The Mavericks started the game very poorly, Tuesday night against the Miami Heat. That’s not really breaking news, it’s been something of a running trend for the team and Tuesday night was no different. Dallas was down 14-3 in the opening minutes and 39-30 when the quarter ended.
For the season, the Mavericks have a minus-1.8 net rating for the first quarter, which is not ideal for a team with greater ambitions than just making the playoffs. You’ve likely seen the stat repeated 100 times by now, but it truly is amazing — the Mavericks are 22-0 when leading after the first quarter.