The newest Mavericks played absolutely terrible last night, making me smile just a little bit that they are no longer on our team. Don't get me wrong, I do wish them all well, but I do feel better that they are no longer playing this badly for us. Consider:
Caron Butler started, was second on the team in shot attempts behind Dirk, but was last among starters in shooting percentage at 25% (4-16 from the field). He also led the team in turnovers with 4, managed only 1 assist, and committed 4 personal fouls in only 31 minutes of play. I don't have any stats on how many jab-steps and hesistation step-back jumpers he took, but I'm sure he lead the team in those too.
Brendan Haywood backed up Erick Dampier (why? I thought B-Wood was better than Dampier), played only 15 minutes, missed 3 of his 4 free throw attempts (oh where art thou, Dave Hopla?), and had the second lowest +/- on the team with -16. Considering that he only played 15 minutes, that means the team was outscored by more than a point for every minute he was on the floor. I've never seen such horrible numbers from Haywood when he played here. He did manage 6 rebounds in those 15 minutes though, and half of them were offensive.
DeShawn got 5 minutes of burn. Enough time to miss his only field goal attempt and turn the ball over once. He was also a -5 in +/-, meaning that Dallas was also outscored by a point a minute while he was on the floor.
I know this is only one game, but these are the kind of shitty performances we've come to expect from the guys we've given up (with the exception of Haywood), and at least that will stop. This also gives me hope that the Wizards will be better by simply not having those guys (also excepting Haywood). Any good play we can get from J-Ho and the other guys is just gravy. And we won't have to pay over $14 million in salary next season for hundreds of missed jumpers and turnovers. That cheers me up, just a little.