After the losses to Memphis and Golden State, Dallas looked at its game schedule and surely breathed a sigh of relief that its next pair of games are against Charlotte - one of the worst teams in the league, which of course lacks its biggest star, Amlo Ball, and also Kelly Oubre.
how did it end
With two more losses, which fairly complicated the Mavericks in the race for the playoffs in the West.
Luka Doncic's 40 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists were not enough last night (Sunday) 110:104 against the Hornets.
More precisely, it is a race for the play-in - Dallas will no longer reach the sixth place, and now even the tenth place seems far away - certainly with such a dismal ability.
Now Dallas is only 11th in the West, one game behind Oklahoma City in 10th place.
Although the table is crowded and everything is open, the mood is depressed.
How serious is the situation?
In the pair of games against Charlotte - a team that lost 51 times this season - the Mavs led for only 81 seconds (!).
Since the trade that landed Kyrie Irving in the team - a trade that was supposed to make Dallas a much more dangerous and explosive team - they have a record of 13:7.
Let's remember: when Irving arrived, Dallas was in fourth place in the West, with a record of 26:30.
Now it stands at 39:36.
"Sometimes you go down to the level of your opponent. Sometimes you take things for granted," concluded a frustrated Jason Kidd.
"It's unfortunate that these two games were deleted from us, we need to find a way to stop the bleeding."
Tim Hardaway Jr. added: "Doncic, Irving and Kidd take the criticism, but it's a team effort. It's the players. We have to get better. Our desire to win has to be higher. A few more games, we won't even be in the play-in picture ".
If the loss itself is not enough, during it Luka Doncic received a 16th technical foul of the season, which means an automatic suspension from his team's upcoming game against Indiana.
"I hope the league cancels this offense," said Jason Kidd, while Irving added: "I don't want to be fined, but it wasn't justified."
Doncic (Photo: Reuters)
Irving, who is suffering from a leg injury, said of his situation: "I wish I was 100 percent healthy, and could play in the flow of the game. But I'm on the floor, there are no excuses. I have to tie my shoelaces and do what I can to help my teammates."
On the ability itself he said: "We have the talent, we just have to function. We knew it was a dangerous game - we have something to play for and they don't. We have to keep moving forward, keep moving forward."