Posts Tagged ‘Mavericks’

Three For All: Dallas Mavericks

by Micah Hart



As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Dallas Mavericks, who played three straight from Mar. 8-10.

The defending champs have had their share of struggles this season, which is to be expected of any team coming off the kind of high that was the Mavericks’ title run. Order seemed to be restored at one point, but then Dallas faced a nine-games-in-twelve-nights stretch to begin the second half of the season, culminating in the three for all, with all three games on the road to boot. A recipe for disaster? Let’s see:

Game 1: Suns 96, Mavericks 94 – Dallas had beaten Phoenix eight straight coming into the game, and led by 11 at the half. All seemed well. Then the Suns got it going, and Rodrigue Beaubois missed two shots in the game’s final seconds that might have sent it to overtime. Tough start. -2 points

Game 2: Kings 110, Mavericks 97 – This is exactly the kind of loss we should expect to see in this compressed season — a young, athletic team racing past an old, tired squad of veterans. The Kings were up 10 at the break and never looked back. -1 point

Game 3: Warriors 111, Mavericks 87 – See previous paragraph, and double it. 0 points

We’ve seen oh-fers twice before this season, by the Pistons and Suns, two teams on the outside of the playoff hunt looking in (Ironically, both teams have been playing their best ball of the season lately — perhaps the humiliation of the winless threeplays were the inspiration?). We weren’t supposed to see this kind of thing from the Mavericks.

However … we’ve seen a few veteran playoff teams take some games off this season. Mark Cuban said himself on the B.S. Report last week that seeding doesn’t matter this year, that every team is just trying to survive the compressed schedule, and that regular season performance will not necessarily translate to the playoffs. So, -3 points for the Mavericks. Were they giving it their all? Or were they taking a couple losses in battle right now in hopes of winning the war later on? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Up next: The Suns are back at it with a chance to redeem themselves, playing three straight Mar. 14-16.

Three for all Top Ten:
Miami Heat (15 points)
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
New Jersey Nets II (8 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Portland Trail Blazers (6 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets I (6 points)

Full Three for all standings

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Dirk Spawns The Next Great Catchphrase

by Micah Hart

It was a special night in Dallas. And while Dirk Nowitzki was honored before the game, he had to sit on the sidelines during the actual action because of a sore knee. Since he had a little time to kill, he joined the Mavs’ broadcast booth to say hello, and, well, this happened:



I am beginning to think that when Dirk was growing up in Germany, he spent all of his time outside of basketball coming up with what his catchphrases would be if he grew up to become a broadcaster.

It’s too late to cash in on “Take Dat Wit You“. But I fully expect there to be “Shut it down! Let’s go home!” t-shirts tomorrow in Dallas, and I want royalties people. I got mouths to feed.

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Dirk Nowitzki Has Trouble Finishing At The Rim

by Micah Hart

Much like Ted Striker in Airplane!, Dirk Nowitzki appears to have developed a drinking problem:

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I’ve been there, brother. The only thing more embarrassing than spilling on yourself for all to see is trying to give a high five to someone who isn’t looking. Man do I hate it when that happens …

H/T TBJ

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Three for all: L.A. Clippers

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the L.A. Clippers, who played three straight from Jan. 16-18.

The Clippers have been the biggest story of this young season what with their acquisition of Chris Paul. So isn’t it ironic that as they enter their toughest stretch of the season to date that they’d have to do so without CP3, who strained his hamstring against the Lakers this past Saturday?

Game 1: Clippers 101, Nets 91 – No Paul no problem when your opponent is the Nets. Chauncey Billups slid nicely into the starting PG role and scored 20 points. Also, Blake Griffin did this to Kris Humphries, easily the most embarrassing thing to happen to Humphries in the last few months. Cough. 2 points (1 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 2: Jazz 108, Clippers 79 – No real surprise here, as the Clippers have lost 16 straight in Salt Lake City. No Clip scored more than Caron Butler‘s 14 points. -1 point

Game 3: Clippers 91, Mavericks 89 – This is why the Clippers picked up Mr. Big Shot when the Knicks put him on waivers, to take and make shots like the game-winner against the Mavericks. Tough week for Dallas in the City of Angels; they lost both games at Staples on a last-second three-pointer. 5 points

A final total of 6 total points for LAC, which isn’t too shabby considering they were playing without Mr. Paul. Oh, and they were also without my fellow Murrah HS alum Mo Williams, which I expected to hurt them way worse. But I’m a homer like that.

Up next: The New Jersey Nets play three straight Jan. 21-23 when they host Oklahoma City and Charlotte, then hit the road to face the Bulls in Chicago.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
Orlando Magic (5 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Charlotte Bobcats (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
Toronto Raptors (1 point)

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Shawn Marion poses how we all would pose at the White House

by Micah Hart

From ‘Trix’s twitter feed, taken at the White House this afternoon during the Mavericks’ visit with President Obama:

Yeah, I’d take the same picture too.

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Kevin Durant, how do you rate on the Horry Scale?

by Micah Hart

Well now, that didn’t take long. I was wondering how far into the 2011-12 season we’d get before someone got nice with the game-winner, and Kevin Durant decided five days was long enough. Works for me! Two straight years on the Horry Scale for KD, and I imagine many more to come.

For those that are new around these parts, the Horry scale examines a game-winning buzzer-beater (GWBB) in the categories of difficulty, game situation (was the team tied or behind at the time), importance (playoff game or garden-variety Clippers-Nets game), and celebration, and give it an overall grade on a scale of 1-5 Robert Horrys.

Let’s get this show on the road for the year and see how Kevin Durant rates:

Difficulty

For mere mortals, that’s a tough shot. For Durantula, the 30-foot-fading-turnaround is almost a layup at this point. Still, with only 1.4 seconds to release, and three Dallas defenders rushing at him (well, two Dallas defenders — what you watchin’ there Dirk?), that’s a pretty impressive make.

Game Situation

Vince Carter was nearly the hero tonight, as his 3-pointer gave the Mavericks the lead with under two ticks remaining. As soon as his shot went through, I checked to see how much time was left, saw 1.4, and said to myself, oooh, that’s a little too much clock for the Thunder. Not like VC could help it, but just sayin’.

Importance

It is early in the season, but I’m going to give this one pretty high marks for import. For starters, the Mavericks are the defending champs, and knocked the Thunder out of the postseason in the Western Conference Finals, so that’s a nice little payback shot for OKC. It’s no ring, but it’s a start. Secondly, in a season with only 66 games, every win counts a little bit more — and every loss you can give a potential playoff rival helps as well. The Thunder nearly gave this game away and allowed the Mavs, who had been blown out two straight games to start the season, to find a little rejuvenation. Instead, KD is a killer, and all you’ll see in the standings tomorrow is a 0 in the loss column for the team from Oklahoma.

Celebration

The Thunder have terrific fans, so its no surprise to see them going hog wild. But what makes the celebration great to me is Royal Ivey, Durant’s fellow Texas alum (Hook ’em!), coming in at the end in a suit to serve as hype man for his incredible teammate.

Grade

4 Horrys. I’ve already watched this replay about 25 times, and I could watch it 25 more. The ball barely touches the net! Sometimes I give Durant a little grief for settling for long jump shots in these scenarios when he might get something a little easier near the basket, but tonight no such option was available. Didn’t seem to bother him too much, did it? Either way, I’m just glad to have the Horry Scale back.

What do you think?

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Cuban to Piers Morgan: “Mavs knew they had it after Game 3”

by Micah Hart

In case you missed this the other night, Mark Cuban dropped by Piers Morgan Tonight to discuss, among other things, the Mavericks’ thrilling run to the NBA title in June.

I love that the Mavs’ players knew after Game 3 that they had Miami beat. I wish they would have shared that information with the rest of us. We might have slept a little easier during the Finals.

I know there is heady stuff to deal with right now with labor negotiations and whatnot, but you can see that Cuban is definitely still reveling in his team’s title run. As well he should.

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Mavs take the sweetest plane ride ever

by Micah Hart

As the NBA Draft gets underway tonight, let’s take a moment to remember why teams spend so much time preparing for it. You never know which player, at which pick, will end up being the guy who leads your team to greatness. How different might the league look right now if Milwaukee hadn’t traded the rights to Dirk Nowitzki to Dallas for Robert Traylor in the 1998 Draft?

One thing is for certain, you wouldn’t have gotten to see this video, courtesy of the Mavs’ excellent video crew, of the team plane ride back to Dallas after their title-clinching victory in Game 6 last week in Miami. Roll it!

Best. Plane. Ride. Ever.

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Dominique Jones sees your bicep tattoo, Jason Terry, and raises you a neck

by Micah Hart

We are all aware by now of the infamous Larry O’Brien tattoo Jason Terry got before the season. Now that Terry’s Mavs have made good on his promise, it seems his teammates are ready to get in on some of that action. Like Dominique Jones for example, who recently had this added to his neck:

Jones got no postseason minutes for Dallas, but no matter — he’s on the team and therefore a victor, and to the victor go the spoils. By the way, the new trend of getting a tattoo of the championship trophy, is that the new thing?

H/T Eye on Basketball

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Mavs title earns them the requisite Letterman appearance

by Micah Hart

I had jury duty yesterday, so apologies for not getting this up sooner, but here are the Dallas Mavericks delivering the “Top Ten Good Things About Winning an NBA Championship” on Late Night with David Letterman:

Caron Butler‘s is my favorite, not only because it’s funny, but also because it has nothing to do with the supposed subject of the Top Ten.

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