Posts Tagged ‘Dallas Mavericks’

Horry Scale: Monta magnificent in clutch


VIDEO: Monta Ellis lifts the Mavs over the Bucks with his game-winning buzzer-beater

You know, if the Mavericks decide in the future to give the ball to Monta Ellis instead of Dirk Nowitzki, that wouldn’t be such a terrible move, you think?

Look, this is still Dirk’s team, but Ellis proved once again Wednesday night that, in the clutch, he’s every bit as reliable as his future Hall of Fame teammate. With Dirk on the bench resting a creaky back, Ellis chopped down the Bucks and this is starting to become habit-forming. He’s proving to be quite the go-to guy this season and it could end up putting him in the All-Star Game for the first time in his career.

It was his sixth career game-winning basket in the final 5 seconds and the first since last December against the Blazers. But look at this recent closing streak by Ellis: 15 points in the fourth quarter against the Raptors … 14 in the fourth and OT against the Bulls … and against the Bucks, he scored the Mavs’ final eight points and 10 of their last 13. That’s dominance.

Keep in mind that the Horry Scale measures more than just the game-winning basket. Other factors are weighed that make the buzzer-beater truly epic, or merely run-of-the-mill. Although I think we can all agree that no buzzer-beater is routine. That said, let’s study the scale of Ellis’ latest clutch bucket.

DIFFICULTY

Ellis went one-on-one against O.J. Mayo and it really wasn’t a contest. Ellis backed Mayo down, made a quick move and then from 17 feet launched his game-winning bucket on a fadeaway off one foot. From a cosmetic standpoint, it wasn’t the prettiest, but it was effective. Strangely enough, the Bucks didn’t send any help for Mayo, perhaps fearing a wide-open shot by Chandler Parsons. But given Ellis’ play of late, maybe you take that chance.

“They’ll be watching that shot for the next day and a half on SportsCenter,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.

GAME SITUATION

Ellis wasn’t having the most accurate shooting night (11-for-26) but the Mavericks needed him. Dirk played 42 minutes of a double OT game the night before in Chicago. In the other uniform, Brandon Knight was willing to get into a fourth-quarter scoring exchange with Ellis and for a while was winning that contest. Knight hit a jumper over Tyson Chandler with 8.9 seconds left to tie the score after two Richard Jefferson free throws. The game was suddenly up for grabs, which means it was a situation suited for Ellis.

IMPORTANCE

Well, any game the Mavericks win especially without Dirk, is important if only because they’re playing in the West. In a conference that once again is amazingly deep with quality, every loss counts. Oh, and Kevin Durant is back for OKC and you can expect the Thunder to rise in the standings. So there’s that as well. The Mavericks improved to 8-3 on the road, the mark of a team to be taken seriously.

CELEBRATION

Monta did a little strut as he sashayed off the floor, followed by his teammates, who dashed through the tunnel. It had to be especially sweet for Ellis because he played for the Bucks two seasons ago. Maybe he felt he wasn’t as appreciated in Milwaukee, but based on his performance, he is missed.

GRADE

Ellis is clearly on a tear and there are nights when this is his team, even with Dirk on the floor. This was one of those nights. He rescued the Mavericks when they appeared to be reeling against a very improved and frisky Bucks’ team. Milwaukee wanted to use this game to make a statement about where the franchise is and where it’s headed. The Bucks are better than anyone thought, based on the first month of the season. But the statement instead was made by a player who’s one of the more underrated guards in the game, and perhaps the most talented player never to make the All-Star team. Give it four Horrys.

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Dallas Mavericks introduce groundbreaking video system

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has always been on the cutting edge of technology, and the latest innovation in Dallas looks to be pretty awesome.

According to a press release, the “freeD” technology works like this:

Replay will work with the Mavs to distribute 360-degree video footage of key plays from all live game action within the arena. This is the first National Basketball Association (NBA) team to install the freeD™ ARENA System and integrate the technology into their broadcast of the game. The replays will be presented in 5K video resolution, the highest quality viewing experience for fans.

This is the largest freeD™ system ever installed across all international sports properties – consisting of 26 cameras, six of which allow for enhanced zoom capability. The system can navigate the entire court through 360-degree coverage and view any perspective of the action. This is a huge leap in terms of production capabilities, which “frees” the video, allowing viewers to watch any play from any angle.

Cuban’s been talking it up to the local media, and while it sounds cool in theory, what’s really awesome is how it looks in practice…


VIDEO: Mavs freeD

Dallas fan drains halfcourt shot, wins TV

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last season we had what felt like an epidemic of fans hitting halfcourt shots, especially in Oklahoma City. This season is still young, but maybe there’s something about the midwest, because a fan in Dallas drained a shot from halfcourt. His prize? A 70-inch television. Hope he has the HD cable package.


VIDEO: Mavs Fan

Throwback Thursday: Dirk Nowitzki


VIDEO: Dirk Nowitzki’s career scoring milestones

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s TBT topic: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki passed Houston Rockets legend and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Hakeem Olajuwon for 9th on the all-time scoring list on Tuesday night after he scored 23 points against the Sacramento Kings. He is now the highest-scoring player born outside the United States in NBA history.

Nowitzki has 26,953 points in his career and trails Moses Malone by only 456 points for seventh on the all-time list, which would move him past Elvin Hayes.

This Throwback Thursday, we look back at the incredible career of Dirk Nowitzki:

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Dirk Nowitzki

What’s your favorite Dirk Nowitzki moment? Leave your comments below!

Need help? Try some ‘Maverick Justice’

By Jeff Case

The Dallas Mavericks have got a pretty good grip on what goes viral in the NBA world, as evidenced by some of their recent videos (like Dirk Nowitzki in Run DMC and him pumping up office workers, the team parodying “Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Avengers”, asking fans to help design alternate unis, etc., etc.).

Their latest offering is “Maverick Justice”, which stars Tyson Chandler and Chandler Parsons as basketball players/lawyers (who quickly remind you they’re not really lawyers at all) …

“We do basketball, so you don’t have to.”


VIDEO: ‘Maverick Justice’ in Big D

(h/t Tim MacMahon)

The Dallas Mavericks are Run DMC

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the great things about Dirk Nowitzki, maybe the best thing, is his apparent complete lack of self-awareness when asked to participate in goofy videos. He loves to sing and be silly, as we’ve seen again and again. And it don’t stop, because in this latest video from the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk teams up with Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons as some sort of new version of the seminal hip-hop group Run DMC, singing a remixed version of “Sucker M.C.’s.”

WÜRZ-BURG!


VIDEO: Mavs DMC

(via Skin Wade)

Throwback Thursday: Classic ring ceremonies


VIDEO: Relive the San Antonio Spurs’ 2014 championship ring ceremony

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Classic Ring Ceremonies

Opening night in the NBA is reason to celebrate in and of itself, but for the team that won the title the season before, it takes on special meaning. Last season’s NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs, got their championship rings on Tuesday night before their home (and season) opening game against the Dallas Mavericks.

With that in mind, we take a look back today at some great ring ceremony moments from throughout NBA history.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Classic Ring Ceremonies

Got a favorite ring ceremony memory or anything else to share on Throwback Thursday? Let us know by using the hashtag #NBATBT or visit for NBA.com’s Throwback Thursday page.

 

Dirk Nowitzki can’t stop singing David Hasselhoff songs

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago, we looked into Dirk Nowitzki‘s long interest in the pop stylings of David Hasselhoff, including a recent performance of “Looking For Freedom” on a German talk show.

Now Dirk is back in Dallas and prepping for a new season with the Mavericks. And in between stops during media day, Nowitzki was asked to drop a few bars of whatever song he would sing to audition for “American Idol.” Without pause, Dirk went for The Hoff and gave a passionate performance…


VIDEO: Dirk Sings

(via TNLP)

Mavericks, Pelicans Unveil New Alternate Uniforms

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The season is just weeks away, but today two teams announced new uniforms, one for this season one for next season.

Let’s start with this season. The New Orleans Pelicans got new uniforms last season when they changed their name to the Pelicans. This season they’re introducing an alternate red uniform.

According to Pelicans.com…

The Pelicans’ new red uniforms capture the culture and character of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region as, similar to the team’s current jerseys, the word mark is inspired by French Quarter street signs. The uniforms will feature “Pelicans” on the front of the red jerseys, different from the team’s current jerseys. The lettering on the jerseys is white with navy outline and features the NBA logo on the back of the neck of the uniforms.

“With the second season as the New Orleans Pelicans approaches, we are thrilled to introduce our latest addition to the best looking uniforms in the NBA,” said Owner/Vice Chairman of the Board Rita Benson LeBlanc. “The feedback we have received from our fans on every element of our Pelicans branding and identity has been tremendously positive and we are particularly pleased with how our new alternate uniforms turned out. The red signifies the passion our players have for the game and our fans have for their basketball team, we can’t wait to see both on display when we debut these new uniforms on opening night.”

The Pelicans’ partial logo is featured on the side of the red shorts, as well as gold and navy stripe detail. At the center of the waistband of the shorts sits a unique ligature that combines the letters ‘N’ and ‘O’ to form a basketball. This new mark, created specifically and exclusively for the Pelicans, will be used selectively by the team and incorporated into Pelicans’ branding.

Also, in Dallas, the Mavericks introduced an alternate jersey for next season, the 2015-16 season, which was designed by a Dallas native named Geoff Case. His design was selected out of a thousand entries. Here are a few looks from today’s press conference…

NBA People Throwing First Pitches (Pt. 3)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All summer long, we’ve seen NBA players throwing out the ceremonial first pitches at baseball games. Not just major league games, and not just from active NBA players, but from NBA-related folks (coaches, retired players) all over the place.

I’ve been collecting these videos for a few months, and now we present them, all of them, in several parts, because there’s a lot to get through.

And so, here are a bunch of NBA people throwing out the first pitch at baseball games…

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

CHANDLER PARSONS
CP went from Houston to Dallas this offseason, but before taking the court for the Mavericks, he took the mound for the Texas Rangers and may have thrown the best NBA pitch of the summer. (As he admits, he’s a former high school baseball player.)


VIDEO: Parsons pitch

JAMES HARDEN
Parsons’ former teammate James Harden spent his summer in Spain with Team USA, but before leaving stopped by an Astros game (while rocking jorts) to throw a first pitch…
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