Mavs Head Coach Jason Kidd After Another Disappointing Loss: 'Gotta Fail to Be Successful'

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As of Sunday, the Dallas Mavericks have lost four games in a row, all of them against the Philadelphia 76ers. Head coach Jason Kidd is running out of reasons for this.  

After a season-high seven-game win run, the Dallas Mavericks have dropped four of their last five games with Western Conference playoff position at stake.   

Sunday afternoon's setback to the Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers was the latest. After an impressive 11-0 start, the Mavs lost 120-116, dropping to 34-27 and remaining eighth in the West.  

Dallas won 40-30 in the fourth quarter, but it was too late. Luka Doncic scored 38 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists for his third straight triple-double. Irving scored 28 points, five rebounds, and four assists. Unfortunately, both stars had 11 turnovers.  

Being desperate means you have no margin for error. "The fourth-quarter guys played well," Mavs coach Jason Kidd remarked after the loss."Defensively, we executed many of our schemes in the fourth and they went as planned.  

As mentioned previously, our offence is our defence. One of the league's best teams when we score. Without points, we're one of the weakest teams. When we can't score, we don't defend and try to score.  

Health was the Mavs' main (and valid) justification for their struggles this season. Kidd said he and his coaching staff will need time to figure out rotations now that the squad is healthy.  

"Healthy people must follow a routine and realise we have returning players. Kidd stated they're trying different combinations to win.   

"We added two people. Our goal is to familiarise them with the schemes. There will be breakdown, and we must work through it. One thing we want our group to do is talk. Texting outside isn't allowed.   

We can't use Instagram or Twitter while playing. We must communicate and assist each other. It was low this afternoon. We must improve our communication and accept criticism to move forward."  

One huge concern lately has been Tim Hardaway Jr., who concluded Sunday's loss with two points on 1-8 shooting from the field and 0-6 from deep in 15 minutes off the bench. Hardaway is averaging 8.6 points and shooting 34.  

1 percent in the Mavs' 1-4 streak."Now I must review what has to be changed. Everyone knows Timmy's a bad shooter. We could watch Major League, order Kentucky Fried Chicken, and put it in his locker "Kidd joked.  

"No, we trust Timmy to recover. Sports are great because you have to fail to succeed. I was in Boston, and I give those people a lot of credit—they struggled before winning and going to championships.   

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