Now we get what Rick Carlisle is talking about.

The coach has harped on defensive shortcomings for, oh, about 10 years. But specifically in the last couple weeks.

This marathon home stand has proven his point.

The Mavericks will finish their seven-game run at American Airlines Center with a 4-2 record after the finale of the stay, scheduled Wednesday against Detroit, was postponed by the NBA because of the government shutdown of AAC because of severe weather conditions in Dallas.

This is a good time to analyze just how the Mavericks did statistically in the longest home stand the franchise has had since 2014 – and the defensive numbers are not pretty.

By the way, since 2010, the Mavericks had only one home stand longer than this one – an eight-game stay at AAC from March 17 to April 1, 2014.

With that, here’s a look at this home stand by the numbers:


Category       Mavericks     Opponent       Mavs’ season     Opponent season

Record           4-2                 2-4                  13-15                   15-13

Points            126.0             128.2               112.9                   114.6

FG pct.          .494               .514                  .465                    .472

3pt. pct.         .421               .433                  .350                    .376

FT pct.          .859                .784                  .785                   .769

Rebs              41.0                40.3                  42.3                   45.5  

Assists           26.2                27.3                  23.1                   23.8

Steals             3.8                   7.5                    6.5                     7.5

Turnovers     10.8                11.0                  12.1                    13.7

Note: Below is the official news release from the NBA on the Wednesday postponement.

NEW YORK, Feb. 16, 2021 The National Basketball Association announced today that the Detroit Pistons at Dallas Mavericks game scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 17) has been postponed due to government shutdown of American Airlines Center because of severe weather conditions in Dallas.

The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

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