The Dallas Mavericks were not at all happy with their recent loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Luka Doncic and his team – and their fans – want to move on from the stinging defeat and the many issues they had with it.
No matter why it happens, this loss was a painful one for the Mavericks, who are barely hanging onto a record above .500.
After a hot start to the season, they now sit at 9-7 and are the 9th team in the West.
A footnote from the Mavs’ bizarre loss to the Nuggets: Christian Wood played a season-low 17 minutes. Wood: “I would love to play more. I’ve voiced that several times, but I just play my role.”
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) November 21, 2022
There is still a lot of tweaking that needs to be done with the Mavericks if they wish to make the Western Conference Finals again.
One of those things is the time that Christian Wood gets on the floor.
Wood has done a lot for his new team, averaging 16.6 points and 7.5 rebounds a game so far this season.
But he was held to a season-low 17 minutes on Sunday night and he isn’t quite sure why that is.
“I would love to play more,” Wood said following the game.
He added, “I’ve voiced that several times, but I just play my role.”
Wood isn’t the only one confused by his lack of use by head coach Jason Kidd.
When Wood was acquired in the summer, many people expected that he’d be the new starting center for the team.
However, Kidd and his coaching staff then announced that their new recruit would be a bench player.
People were confused – but that move seemed to play well when 2022-23 started, as Wood was the man leading the bench and was immediately putting up double-digit figures every night.
However, Sunday night showed that Kidd isn’t completely sure about how much and how often to turn to Wood.
That’s a problem that the coach has for every player not named Doncic on his squad.
It’s definitely something that will need to be ironed out in the upcoming months.