In a turn of deja vu, the Dallas Mavericks once again suffered from turnovers in Sunday night’s Game 3 loss, surrendering 14 turnovers to the visiting Miami Heat.
The Heat scored 19 points off of these turnovers en route to an 88-86 victory over the Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. Game 2 saw 20 turnovers from the Mavericks; in Game 1, they coughed it up 11 times.
After Game 3, the Mavericks attributed the turnover problem to a combination of carelessness and defensive prowess on the part of Miami.
“Half are careless, the other half give them credit for getting hands on the ball and taken advantage,” said Mavericks’ guard Jason Terry, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “They’re very opportunistic as you see them making it count.”
Backup guard JJ Barea more or less agreed with Terry’s assessment, saying of the turnover problem moving forward, “We’ve just got to take care of the ball.”