Mavs should blame themselves for Game 3 loss

It's no secret the Dallas Mavericks think the officials that called Saturday's Game 3 loss are to blame for their current woes.

But they're not. And the Mavericks deep down know that it's their own fault they lost the game.

Too many missed free throws down the stretch by guys (Nowitzki, Terry, Howard) who are above average at the stripe.

A complete muff on a defensive series that ended in a Carmelo Anthony dunk late in the 4th quarter.

And on the last possession that Carmelo's three pointer killed them, the Mavs failed to mention to the officials verbally beforehand that they were indeed going to take the foul they had to give, and Antoine Wright was far from demonstrative in committing the foul. He should have wrapped up Melo like he was a Broncos running back.

But I don't blame Wright. He's a young player who learned a valuable lesson. Blame Rick Carlisle for putting Wright, an inexperienced playoff player, and not his best perimeter defender, Josh Howard ,on Anthony.

And one more thing to owner Mark Cuban...

That's enough.

Your spoiled little kid antics after the game were an embarrassment (again) to all Mavericks fans. It's easy to see why the rest of the NBA smiles when the Mavs lose.


Matt Griffin

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