Monday, December 7, 2009

Reality Checks Are In

And they are bouncing.

Defensively, this edition of the Mavericks are an improvement over previous issues. Offensively . . . it's not gone well. In the last two games Dallas has not shot the ball over 40%. It's chiseled on the tombstone of almost every single Dallas team -- We Took Too Many Jumpshots. Especially the game against the Grizzlies, who are near the bottom of the league in defensive execution. And who, by the way, are in our division. Divisional record's a tiebreaker. That loss is gonna bite us twice.

What can we take away from our first bone fide losing streak?

Look. The reality of the situation hasn't changed. We need Josh back. Without him, and with Marion still on a sore leg, we go right back to where we were last year. I wish I knew more about what's going on with Howard (me and everybody else). The Organization's committed to him. We like him. And I'm fine with that, to a point. His production, however, is an absolute necessity and if he can't provide it, the Organization needs to find someone who can.

Are they in the process of doing so and just haven't told us? Your guess is as good as mine. The usual suspects haven't heard anything.

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