In most games, Kyrie Irving, the Slovenian wonder, was putting up the average NBA backcourt figures by himself, which led to the Dallas Mavericks deciding to sign him.
They already had Luka Doncic on their roster, and they went out and got one of the top five guards in the league. This should give them the best backcourt in the NBA.
But things are not going the way that Mark Cuban and the other investors had planned for them to go. The Mavericks have a record of 3-4 since they acquired the NBA Champion from the 2016 season, and the duo that should be riveting is currently 1-3 when they have played together.
It came as a surprise when the Lakers played at home on Sunday night. Despite the Dallas team having a 27-point lead midway through the second quarter, the Lakers were able to come back and win the game 111-108.
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Kyrie Irving Is Taking Full Responsibility for the Embarrassing Loss
Yet Irving, who is not known for being quick to accept blame for defeats as readily as acclaim for victories, did so in this particular instance.
Before the start of the game, everybody knew that Kyrie Irving was going to dominate the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter of games around the league saw him score an average of 9.8 points, but he was only able to score four points in this particular game because his team had a sizable lead after the first half.
They needed to make fewer mistakes, but for some weird reason, neither Doncic nor Kyrie Irving could do this very easily. The latter player, who had three mistakes compared to Luka Doncic‘s six, confessed responsibility for the issue in the interview that took place after the game.
His game-changing pass from out of bounds with fewer than 20 seconds left in regulation time averted the Mavericks from dropping three points and forcing overtime. Due to the fact that they were both equally to blame for the loss that could have been easily avoided, an apology was unavoidable. Both Coach Kidd and Luka, who appeared to be in a state of distress, had some very important points to make.
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There Was a Chance That Dallas Would Have to Play in Overtime
The execution of what should have been an easy Mavericks possession if Doncic gathered the ball, however, turned into a Lakers possession because Kyrie Irving failed to communicate with his new teammate face to face.
This caused what should have been an easy Mavericks possession to turn into a Lakers possession. The shrewdness and perseverance of Jarred Vanderbilt also deserve recognition.
However, these are the types of games that the Mavs tandem would prefer to win rather than humiliate a poor Spurs team doing everything possible to lose the rest of the season.
Let’s find out if they can win on a consistent basis against the clubs that are competing for playoff spots before the postseason gets underway.
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