Dallas Mavericks

It’s early, but Wesley Matthews’ shots are way off the mark

kbouaphanh@star-telegram.com

DALLAS – Wesley Matthews’ offensive numbers are nowhere near where the Dallas Mavericks want them to be.

In the Mavs’ season opener at Indiana on Wednesday, Matthews scored 13 points, grabbed five rebounds and collected three assists and three steals. But he was only 3-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc.

And in Friday’s home opener against the Houston Rockets, Matthews tallied 13 points and was 4-of-14 from the floor and 1-of-8 from 3-point range.

Overall, Matthews averages 13 points and is shooting a paltry 23.3 percent from the field and a frosty 16.7 percent from 3-point territory. The shooting percentages, coach Rick Carlisle admits, must improve as the season progresses.

"He’s just got to stick to the process and keep lining up good shots,’’ Carlisle said. "We got stuck with the ball at the end of the shot clock a few times, which is no fun.

"But he is getting some good shots, (and) we’ve got to keep getting him as many good ones as we can. And if we can guard better, everybody’s going to get shots because it’ll get transitional a bit.’’

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