Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

J.J. Watt has a blast at Game 2 of Rockets-Mavs series

By Jeff Case

The Houston Rockets are expecting a big playoff run in 2015, what with their fancy, new pregame intros and whatnot. Tuesday night’s Game 2 moved Houston to 2-0 in its series with the rival Dallas Mavericks and delighted the fans at Toyota Center — one of whom was Houston Texans star J.J. Watt.

Before the game, Watt and his fellow Rockets fans were treated to a masterful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” by 12-year-old Nicholas Connors:

After which Watt congratulated Connors on his rendition (and clearly shocked him in the process):

And lastly, Watt soaked up the Rockets’ win with some celebratory dancing:


VIDEO: J.J. Watt dances after the Game 2 win

Warriors fan revises, relaunches familiar ‘We Believe’ slogan


VIDEO: The Warriors stun the Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 playoffs

By Jeff Case

(Disclaimer: This post is not intended for Mavs fans)

Remember back in the 2006-07 season, when the Golden State Warriors squeaked into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed and took on the No. 1-seeded (and 67-win) Dallas Mavericks? It was perhaps the greatest first-round upset in NBA playoff history as the Warriors ousted the defending Western Confernce champion Mavs in six games.

In that series, Golden State built a 3-1 series edge thanks to a raucous home crowd at Oracle Arena. Back then, the team rallied behind a “We Believe” slogan that was started by a season-ticket holder and loyal fan, Paul Wong. Although that wasn’t the official slogan of those Warriors, that crew led by Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson and Jason Richardson came to be known as the “We Believe” Warriors to many.

As Golden State embarks on what it hopes will be a run to The Finals, Wong has updated that familiar slogan: “We Believe Championship”. Wong unveiled that phrase on placards — about 250 of them — during last night’s Blazers-Warriors game and is hoping it will catch on like the ’07 slogan did.

Jeff Faraudo of the Bay Area News Group has more on Wong’s new campaign. And, here’s an image of the new signs, too …

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NBA players react to Steve Nash retiring

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Earlier today, former two-time MVP Steve Nash announced his retirement. Nash, an 8-time All-Star, had been riddled with injuries the last few seasons as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. As news spread of Nash’s retirement, players around the NBA took to social media to say goodbye and show respect…

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Steph Curry, J.R. Smith, Lance Stephenson compete in new Crossover Contest

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season we had the occasional Crossover Contest post. This season, I was planning on saving up some of this season’s best crossovers for one big season-ending post. But after the weekend we had, I think we need to break out another Crossover Contest, because dudes were putting people on skates all across the NBA.

Let’s start in Cleveland, where J.R. Smith sent Brandon Knight flying with a killer crossover…


VIDEO: J.R. on Knight

Now to Los Angeles, where Chandler Parsons had Lakers forward Ryan Kelly all mixed up…


VIDEO: Parsons on Kelly

In Detroit, down the stretch in a close game, Lance Stephenson went at Anthony Tolliver and left him stumbling in his tracks…


VIDEO: Lance on Tolliver

And let’s end with Stephen Curry yesterday out in the Bay, where he crossed over half the Clippers and drained the three…

VIDEO: Curry cross

Now it’s your turn: Who had the trickiest dribble? Cast your vote for the winner in the latest Crossover Contest…

Mark Cuban is the president

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERMark Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, but he’s also much more — he’s a cast member on “Shark Tank,” he’s a tech innovator, he owns an entertainment company, etc. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Mark Cuban is now going to act in an upcoming film.

Now sure, Cuban may not really be an actor, but at the same time, the movie he may be appearing in may not actually be a movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cuban will play the President of the United States in the upcoming Sharknado 3. If you’ve seen the first two Sharknado “films,” as I have, then you know that these movies are more focused on entertaining than they are on changing the norms of filmmaking.

Cuban joins a cast that includes Bo Derek, Jerry Springer and Chris Kirkpatrick.

Sounds like a real (shark) home run, to me…

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Richard Jefferson throws down dunk of the year candidate

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERRichard Jefferson is 34 years old and in his 14th NBA season, but last night against the Hornets, pretty much out of nowhere, RJ broke out a thunder dunk that will have him in the upcoming season-ending Posterized Poll.

Now, an offensive foul was called on this play, I guess saying that RJ fouled Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as he dunk all over him, which would normally invalidate the play from Posterized contention, but since it wasn’t a foul, and it was an incredible play, I think we should allow this one…


VIDEO: RJ Dunk

Dirk Nowitzki can still throw it down


VIDEO: Dirk’s alley-oop

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One moment from last night’s All-Star Game that didn’t get that much attention during the game was a simple alley-oop. Now, obviously an alley-oop isn’t all that special in the context of an All-Star game — almost every NBA player can complete an alley-oop. And an alley-oop to an NBA player that is 7-feet tall is even less surprising. But Dallas Mavericks big man Dirk Nowitzki spend most of his time closer to the perimeter than the rim, which is where he’s shown his greatest value throughout his MVP-winning career.

So when Dirk got out on the break last night and completed an alley-oop, he immediately began celebrating, breaking out his former teammate Vince Carter‘s “point to the sky” routine.

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And why the huge celebration from Dirk? According to ESPN, it was his first alley-oop in the regular season in over a decade…

(via FTW)

DeAndre Jordan channels Marshawn Lynch

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We talked about Star Wars night in Dallas, but unfortunately the force was not with the Mavericks, who lost to the Clippers, 115-98. The Clips got a huge game from center DeAndre Jordan, who went for 22 points and a career-high 27 rebounds. And to commemorate his big game, Jordan did his best Marshawn Lynch impression during the postgame interview.

Why did Jordan have such a big game? Perhaps because he was playing near home and his Mom was at the game…

(via SBNation)

The Dallas Mavericks host Star Wars night


VIDEO: Mavs Wars

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you, like me, love the Star Wars franchise, you’ll appreciate this. Last night the Dallas Mavericks hosted Star Wars night, which basically means they found ways to tie in everything to Star Wars, like the great video above. The Mavs came up with about a hundred Star Wars comparisons. This also meant they did things like having Stormtroopers involved in the pregame intros. Fun stuff…

Japanese fans select Chandler Parsons as NBA’s most handsome star

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A group of NBA fans in Japan have selected Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons as the NBA’s most handsome player. As Parsons posted on Instagram, they presented him with a certificate certifying his handsomeness, and even a drawing of Parsons in traditional Japanese dress. I’m not sure what organization presented this award, or how large this group of fans is, but Parsons seems pretty excited about it, so he’s got that going for him…

Japan voted me best looking guy in the @nba…I'll take it! #thanksjapan

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