As against the Spurs, Thursday night, the Mavericks timidly started their meeting against the Nuggets. Except that, this time, their irregularity paid off cash, against such an experienced and talented team. Too clumsy and easily dominated in the painting in the absence of Kristaps Porzingis, the Texans were eaten from the moment the Colorado players (yet very expensive) accelerated in the second quarter.
Then, it was only a formality for Denver, who quietly took advantage of the second period to increase its lead and blow its holders, much more awake than those of Dallas. On arrival, this gives a success of more than 30 points (106-75) for the men of Michael Malone, who return above the bar of 50% of victories, like those of Jason Kidd .
WHAT YOU MUST REMEMBER
– Nikola Jokic is doing great, thanks for him. Hit in the knee against the Jazz on Tuesday night, the reigning MVP finally did not need to ignore this match against the Mavericks. And the least we can say is that his physical glitch is behind him, as the Serbian has compiled 11 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists in just 25 minutes, against Texans unable to contain him. In control from start to finish, content to dominate the rebound and drink balloons his teammates, the pivot of the Nuggets accelerated as soon as he wanted to scoring, that is to say on the return from the locker room, in order to outrun Dallas for good.
– A story of “runs”. 11-2 Denver. 14-6 Denver. 15-2 Dallas. 23-5 Denver. 10-0 Dallas. 21-3 Denver. And finally 12-4 Denver. To fold the game in just three quarters, the Nuggets managed a multitude of “runs” during the game, to which the Mavericks were generally unable to respond. Next to the plate, they leave Colorado with a suitcase and questions in their heads.
– Dallas, between fatigue, clumsiness and apathy. In “back-to-back”, the Mavericks have never really made the weight against the Nuggets. Quickly dropped from the scoreboard, due to a new failed start from their holders, the Texans have, like against Spurs, found a way to return to the score, thanks to their bench. But, as soon as Denver got back on the accelerator, it was over for Jason Kidd’s men, crushed on the rebound (36 to 51), not very energetic and lacking in skill (30% on shots, including 22% at 3-points).
✅ Will Barton. While Michael Porter Jr. is currently struggling to assume his responsibilities in attack, “Will The Thrill” continues to find his rhythm, after his end of last season undermined by yet another injury. Symbol of domination in the paint of the Nuggets (50 points scored in this area, out of an overall total of 106), with his aggressiveness and his attacks from the circle, the 30-year-old finished at 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the counter, without forcing anything (7/12 on shots, including 2/6 at 3-points). Bodes well for the rest of the events.
⛔ Tim Hardaway Jr. Without Kristaps Porzingis, injured again, he is supposed to be Luka Doncic’s right-hand man. Except that, as against Spurs (2/8 shots, including 1/4 3-point), “THJ” was torn last night (1/7 shots, including 1/5 3-points). Difficult to fall on him more than another, when we know that it is all the holders of Dallas who have eaten the sheet (10/42 cumulative shots, with an average “+/-” of -26 …) but , given the contract he signed this summer ($ 72 million over four years), he must weigh much more.
Denver (3-2) : moving to Minnesota, overnight from Saturday to Sunday (3:00 am).
Dallas (3-2): Sacramento reception, Sunday evening (9:30 p.m.).