The Dallas Mavericks’ bombshell mid-season trade for Kyrie Irving isn’t going the way they planned – unless their plan was to lose enough games to miss the playoffs, that is.
Things hit a horror new low today, losing 117-109 at home to the shorthanded (and tanking) Charlotte Hornets.
It was their third straight defeat and could prove devastating in their hunt for a play-in berth.
It was the upset of the season, according to the betting line. The Mavericks were 16-point favourites to win the game, the largest margin of the season.
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They conceded 37 points in a dismal first quarter performance. A furious Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said of their effort to start the game: “It was awful. Dog s**t.”