DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks’ last three losses have one common denominator.
The Mavs put themselves in a massive hole by getting off to a terrible start.
It happened on Mar. 5 in Denver when the Mavs fell behind the Nuggets 33-16 with 3:47 remaining in the first quarter. Dallas went on to lose that game 115-110.
It happened again on Mar. 11 in Oakland when the Mavs fell behind Golden State 29-22 after the first quarter. Dallas promptly was blown out in that game 108-85.
And it happened this past Wednesday at American Airlines Center when the Mavs trailed the Minnesota Timberwolves 32-19 with a minute left in the first period. Dallas rallied, but still lost that game 123-122 in overtime.
Coach Rick Carlisle knows the slow starts must come to a halt, or else his team will be singing the blues again and again at the end of the game.
“We were very poor at the beginning of the Denver game at Denver, we were very poor at the beginning of the Golden State game at Golden State, and (Wednesday) night was the same,’’ Carlisle said. “It’s a 48 minute game and the momentum that you establish early, it carries through.
“This sport and this game of NBA basketball is as much a first quarter game as it is a fourth quarter game. When you win the first quarter it really increases your chances to take a lead into the fourth, which is a great indicator of winning in this league, and when you lose the first quarter your chances of doing that go exponentially down.’’
-- Dwain Price
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