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MMPG: Team of the Weak

Dallas Mavericks


No, no, no. It's his fault! (Nathaniel S. Butler -- Getty Images)


An overtime victory over the New York Knicks couldn't completely stop what had been a miserable week for the Mavericks -- a week that became more troubling this morning when brash, billionaire team owner Mark Cuban was charged with insider trading. Cuban has denied any wrongdoing, but the Mavericks have been doing plenty wrong on the floor this season. Losses to Denver, both Los Angeles teams, Chicago and Orlando put them at a season-long five-game losing streak -- the longest since Cuban took over in 2000.

At 3-7, Dallas is off to its worst start since the 1993-94 team that went 13-69. These Mavericks aren't that bad. But didn't they just win 67 games two seasons ago? Making matters worse, Dallas has to watch Devin Harris explode in New Jersey, scoring at least 30 points in consecutive wins over the Hawks. Somewhere, Avery Johnson is smiling.

By Michael Lee  |  November 17, 2008; 4:00 PM ET
 
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I said at the time that the Harris/Kidd trade was a bad deal. Kidd's fast break, push the ball at every turn style was a bad fit for Avery Johnson's slower paced offense and the same holds true for Rick Carlisle (who was notorious for "taking the air out of the ball" when he coached in Detroit and Indy). Acquiring Kidd is like a step back to Nellie-ball which, while fun to watch, never got the team anywhere near a title.

Posted by: kalo_rama | November 17, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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