Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 120-116 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at Oracle Arena:
1. COMEBACK FELL SHORT: The fact that the Mavs rallied from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter and had a shot to take the lead with 33.5 seconds left speaks volumes about the way they stayed engaged in the game. Especially when you consider the Warriors are the two-time defending NBA champions, and they have arguably the toughest arena for opposing teams to play in. When you factor in the notion that the Mavs haven’t won but two road games this season, that’s a positive for the Mavs.
2. LUKA INJURY KEY: There’s no discounting the fact that the absence of rookie Luka Doncic had an impact on this game. Doncic left the game for good with 6:13 to go with a right hip contusion. Just his presence on the court would have made the Warriors adjust their defense accordingly. But before he left, Doncic left his imprint on this contest. Doncic started the game with a bang when he drilled a pair of 3-pointers in the opening 2:40. He wound up scoring 14 of his 19 points in the first quarter.
3. JORDAN A ROBO REBOUNDER: Not many NBA players rebound the basketball with more efficiency than DeAndre Jordan. On Saturday, Jordan was so effective on the boards that he grabbed exactly half of the 46 rebounds the Mavs collected. It’s the sixth time this season Jordan has grabbed at least 20 rebounds in a game. It’s also the third time in the past four games that he’s snatched at least 22 boards. By the way, Jordan also has two other games this season where he finished with 19 rebounds.
4. MATTHEWS HAD THE HOT HAND: Wesley Matthews scored a season-high 25 points on 9-of-15 shots. The nine made field goals are the most Matthews has converted in a game this season. He also was 7-of-11 from 3-point range. The seven made 3-pointers are the most by any member of the Mavs this season. In the second half alone, Matthews was 5-of-8 from beyond the 3-point arc as his shot-making helped keep the Mavs in a game the Warriors threatened to blow open in the third quarter.
5. JONAS WHO?: When the average NBA fan talk about the Warriors, they readily know All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. They even know Andre Iguodala, who was the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 NBA Finals when the Warriors won it all. But, Jonas Jerebko? Who’s he? Yep, it was Jerebko who was 10-of-12 from the field, tallied a career-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench Saturday while doing considerable damage to the Mavs.