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Wrap Up: Mavs streak ends in Charlotte

by Greg Higgins on February 12, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

Wrap Up Mavs Drop Rough One

The Dallas Mavericks (31-22) had a chance to run their winning streak to six as they played the Charlotte Bobcats (23-29) on Tuesday night. The Bobcats had a different mindset, however, as they defeated the Mavs 114-89.

How it went down:

Perhaps the Mavericks were looking forward to their matchup with the Indiana Pacers or just ready for the All-Star break, but someone forgot to remind them about the Bobcats. Dallas held a brief five point lead in the game during the first quarter. After that, though, the Bobcats pounced on Dallas and never looked back.

Charlotte would out-score Dallas 30-18 in the second quarter and 31-21 in the third; a period in which Dallas only shot 34.8% while allowing 63.2% from the Bobcats. Dirk Nowtizki and Monta Ellis both scored 16 but they were the only Mavericks’ players to score more than nine points in the game.

Of course it didn’t help the second quarter woes when Dirk limped off the court with an ankle injur. Dirk would return in the third quarter, but the Mavs couldn’t make a run at the Bobcats. Charlotte built a 27-point lead and that was the end of the winning streak.

Inside the Numbers:

This was only the second time in 19 tries that the Bobcats have defeated the Mavericks.

Charlotte outscored Dallas 60-42 in the paint.

The Bobcats had 42 assists on 45 made field goals. Dallas had 20 assists on 37 made shots.

Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, Gerald HendersonImpact Play of the Game: 

Charlotte opened up the second quarter with a 10-0 run to blow the game open and they never looked back.

Quotes:

“We got beat in the first quarter, the second quarter, the third quarter and the fourth quarter. The first couple of minutes may have been alright, but look, they played a dominant game and we were not good in really any area. Give them a lot of credit and we’ve got to be better.” – Rick Carlisle

 

“Just went back … and got loose there pretty good in the second half, but it really didn’t matter. We weren’t good enough, and no matter what we did defensively we were a step slow to everything, so it didn’t matter whether I was going to play or not.” – Dirk Nowitzki

On Deck:

The Mavs finish out their road trip with the final game before the All-Star break in Indiana to face the Pacers. The Pacers have the best record in the NBA currently. This game can be seen on FSSW at 6:00 p.m. CT.

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Game Night: Mavs Put Winning Streak On The Line Against The Cats

by Albert Luna on February 11, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Mavericks take their recent success into Charlotte for inter-conference matchup with the Bobcats.

The Game at Hand:

The Mavericks made it 5 in a row on Sunday night, starting off their road 3 game road trip with an impressive routing of the Celtics. Dirk Nowitzki led 5 Mavs in double figures with 20 points of his own. Monta Ellis chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds despite playing with a strained hamstring. With the win, it marked the first time since early December that the Mavs found themselves alone in 7th place in the stacked Western Conference and the first time since the 2011 championship season that they also found themselves 10 games over .500 (31-21).

The Mavs will look to make it 6 wins in a row as they travel to Charlotte to face a Bobcats team that despite being 22-29 (on the season) is currently in the 8th spot in the very weak Eastern Conference. This will mark the 2nd and final time the two will play this year. The first meeting was an early-December showdown in Dallas when the Mavs used a late fourth quarter run to escape with an 89-82 win. Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis combined for 47 points while Al Jefferson led Charlotte with 19 points and 12 rebounds.   It will also be the last time the Mavs play the “Bobcats” as they will make a change to the “Hornets” beginning next year. This is a very important game because after this, the Mavs will have to travel into the dreaded Banker Life Fieldhouse to face the elite Indiana Pacers and going in with confidence to start off that game could very well be the deciding factor.

Keys to the Game:

1. Win the Rebounding Battle down Low: Dallas and Charlotte are both next to each other in total rebounds per game; however, that’s not a good thing. The Mavs and ‘Cats are the 3rd (Mavs) and 4th (Cats) worst rebounding teams in the league. Only pulling down about 39 boards per 48 minutes. The Mavericks have been able to offset their rebounding woes recently due to their high powering offense but also partly due to the increased rebounding of Samuel Dalembert and Shawn Marion. Look for the Mavs to box out early and try to establish their dominance on the boards as the game progresses.

2. Play to their Weakness: Going into Tuesday night, the Bobcats are the 6th worst passing team in the league, averaging just 20 assists per game. This basically screams out that this team likes to spread out and do a lot of one-on-one’s (in example: Kemba Walker, Al Jefferson). The Mavs should look to throw the Bobcats off their rhythm by mixing it up and running some of Rick Carlisle’s famous 1-3-1 zone defense. By doing this, it will force Charlotte to pass the ball and to look for the extra pass more times than not which stats show they simply can’t do.

 

Charlotte Bobcats v Dallas MavericksMatchup of the Night:

Samuel Dalembert vs. Al Jefferson

This matchup on the low block is a very important part of the game plan. Al Jefferson has had a phenomenal year, using his talented back to the basket post skills to give him season averages of 20.0 PPG and 10.6 RPG. He’s been even hotter as of late, averaging 23 points and 11 boards over his last 5 games including a 40 point outing against the Lakers. Dalembert’s main and only assignment should be to limit the talented Center and to not let any easy baskets go by.  Jefferson having good games usually translates to his team’s success. If Dalembert can take away Charlotte’s number one option, the rest of the defensive matchups should follow suit. Dalembert himself however has been on the upswing of late. In this 5 game win streak he has been averaging 12 points and a team high 8 rebounds. If Dalembert can add anything on the offensive end to go along with his defensive assignment, it would make life that much easier for the Mavs.

Quotes: 

“I think we’re just locked in, we’re just doing what needs to be done. Just playing our level, everybody was on the same page moving the ball. The streak is great, I think that everybody is contributing and understanding their role.”–Mavs Guard Vince Carter on the keys to the Mavs recent success.

 

“We’re looking to move up, If you look at the standings, (places) five through eight is only separated by a couple of games. We’d love to keep pushing.”– 12 –Time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki on the Mavs looking to move up in the Western Conference standings.

 

When and Where:

The game will tip off at 6:00 CST and will air on Fox Sports Southwest

Go Mavs!

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Wrap Up: Mavs Come Back To Ground Pelicans Late

by Greg Higgins on December 5, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (12-8) did something against the New Orleans Pelicans (9-9) that they hadn’t done all season long. They finished the sweep in a back-to-back series. Dallas, playing in its seventh back-to-back series had split five of the series and been swept once. However, with a 100-97 victory over the Pelicans, Dallas completed the sweep after beating the Charlotte Bobcats at home the night before.

How it went down: Although he was a game time decision once again, Jose Calderon was able to play and start for the Mavs for the second straight game. As they tend to do, Dallas jumped out early on the Pelicans. However their 27-24 first quarter lead didn’t last long as the Pelicans took over in the second quarter.

The Pelicans, behind seven points from Ryan Anderson, outscored Dallas 29-25 in the frame to take a one point lead into half time. Once again Dallas was ice cold in the third quarter as they shot a dismal 38.1% on 8-21 from the field. The Mavs, at one point fell behind by eight points. Luckily they were able to rally and only trailed by two after the quarter.

The fourth quarter once again saw a change in fortunes for the Mavs. The Mavs shot 47.1% in the fourth quarter, led by Dirk Nowitzki and his 11 points. For the second straight game, Dirk has taken control in the fourth quarter and led the Mavs to a victory. While this is a good luxury to have, it also begs the question as to why they get themselves in this position to begin with. Dallas has to figure out a way to stay out of these unfortunate situations earlier in the game. Against a team like Charlotte or New Orleans you can get away with earlier mistakes.

Inside the Numbers: Dallas won the game despite being outrebounded by 20 in the game. Besides giving up 58 rebounds, 18 of them were on the offensive glass. One of the funnier moments of the game was in the fourth quarter when Dirk and Shawn Marion were battling for a defensive rebound. Marion accidentally tipped the ball up and it went into the goal for the Pelicans.

The Mavs only had seven turnovers for the game. This is well below their average of 15.2 per game.

Impact Play of the Game:  The Mavs, trailing by eight at 75-68, coming out of a timeout quickly erased the deficit by scoring eight straight points. The first bucket came on a Vince Carter three-pointer. The Mavs quickly took a six point lead early in the fourth quarter.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: Dirk Nowitzki

As previously mentioned Dirk showed his greatness in the fourth quarter. Dirk scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 12 minutes of the game. Dirk was also tied for the rebound lead with seven.

Quotes:

“We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to close out better in games. We’ve got to get some practice time. I mean, we’ve had no practices in who knows when. We’ve got to get healthy. … The good thing is, regardless of what happens on this road trip, and obviously I want to win all four, we have a chance to get a lot better as a team with practice and getting healthy.” – Mark Cuban

 

“I thought in the first half it was a little bit too easy. There were a lot of layups. Whether it was Gordon or [Al-Farouq] Aminu attacking us in transition or whether it was Holiday, I thought they got a lot of layups in transition. I thought in the second half we did a better job of getting back and making them come through us.” – Dirk Nowitzki

 

On Deck: The Mavs continue their four-game road trip on Saturday night as they play in Portland. The game can be seen locally on FSSW at 9 p.m. Central.

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Wrap Up: Mavs Lethal Duo Tame Cats In Win

by Greg Higgins on December 4, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (11-8) needed a win in the worse way against the Charlotte Bobcats (8-11). Dallas had lost four of their last five meetings and are about to embark on a four-game road trip. A win against the Bobcats on home is what the doctor ordered and it’s what was delivered.

How it went down: Dallas started out the game strong as they took an early lead against the visiting Bobcats. Of course the early adrenaline could be that their starting point guard, Jose Calderon was back from his ankle injury and in the starting line-up for the Mavs.

Bobcats Center Al Jefferson was trouble down low for the Mavs though. Jefferson scored nine of his 19 points in the first quarter and grabbed six rebounds as well. The second quarter was terrible for Dallas, though. The Mavs only scored 17 points on 29.4% shooting during the frame. Dallas only made five field goals and trailed at halftime 42-39.

DirkThe third period wasn’t much better. Dallas managed to shoot 42.9% during the quarter but saw Charlotte jump out to a 12 point lead three minutes into it at 54-42. Dallas managed to cut into the lead some but still trailed by seven after three quarters: 67-60.

The fourth quarter, though, was a different game altogether. Dallas outscored the Bobcats 29-15 in the fourth quarter behind Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. The two of them combined to score 24 of the 29 points for Dallas, including the final 19. The only other Maverick to score was Vince Carter during the frame. Dallas shot 57.9% from the field in the quarter and only allowed Charlotte to shoot 31.3%.

Inside the Numbers: After shooting 1-10 in the first half and scoring four points, Dirk shot 9-11 in the second half and scored 21 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter.

This is the second time this season the Mavs have rallied from a double-digit deficit to win a game. The first time was against the Houston Rockets two weeks ago.

With the win, Dallas is now 17-1 all time against the Bobcats. Their only loss came last season in Charlotte.

Impact Play of the Game:  Trailing by one with 5:38 to play, Dallas ended the game on a 17-9 run, with all 17 points being scored by Nowitzki and Ellis.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk scored 14 ponts in the fourth quarter on 6-7 shooting. He finished with 25 to lead all scorers as well.

Quotes:

“[Nowitzki and Ellis] did a great job scoring the ball down the stretch … You want the best players touching the ball as much as possible. Chances are they’re going to get shots. We were fortunate.” – Rick Carlisle

 

“I don’t know if I was bending my knees enough in the first half. I thought I had some good looks but something was a little off. I was getting the ball up enough and so at halftime I went out a little early and focused myself to really bend the knees and get a little lift on the jumper and that got my legs going.” – Dirk Nowitzki

 

“You know, I went through the whole game and that was good,” Calderon said while summing up the night. “I could help my teammates … and I’m happy. We needed this win, and it was really important for us after what happened the last couple of games. We fought for 48 (minutes), and it was great.” – Jose Calderon

On Deck: The Mavs travel to New Orleans on Wednesday night to take on the Pelicans. The game can be seen on FSSW at 7:00 Central

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Mavs Game Night: Charlotte (8-10) at Dallas (10-8)

by Damian Jackson on December 3, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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It’s no secret the Dallas Mavericks have hit speed bumps the last week and change. The Charlotte Bobcats visit town after a blowing a double digit fourth quarter lead to the Miami Heat on Sunday. The Michael Jordan-owned Bobcats have yet to defeat a Western Conference team this season.

THE GAME AT HAND:

The most recent meeting saw Charlotte defeat the Mavericks for the first time in 17 tries since becoming the Bobcats. Overtime became a thorn in the Mavs side last season and it’s no surprise the Bobcats 101-97 win came in an extra session.

Four losses in five games have knocked Dallas down several notches in the well-balanced conference. It’s been up and down all year for Charlotte, but they have improved their roster from a year ago.

Al Jefferson signed a four year contract with the Cats and drafted Cody Zeller with the No. 4 overall selection to bolster the frontcourt. Jefferson has played in just eight of the team’s 18 games. Over his past three Big Al has averaged  18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds.

In 15 games against the Bobcats, Dirk averages 26.2 points and 9.5 rebounds. If the Big German can carry along that trend, the Mavs will be in good shape.

THREE KEYS OF THE NIGHT:

1) FORCE TOUGH SHOTS:  The Mavericks defense has been sporadic all season, but they’ve struggled to get it together consistently. One thing they need to work on is forcing opponents into tougher looks. Dallas currently allows an NBA-fourth worst 47% shooting to its opposition. Meanwhile the Charlotte defense is 5th best holding opponents to 42.9%.

2) RESTART DOMINANCE : There is a reason the Mavericks were the last team the Bobcats finally defeated. Dallas simply dominated the matchup until last year’s team ended the streak. It’s time for this Mavs group to recapture that ownership we had the first nine years.

3) CLOSE OUT: A large part of this will be based on Jose Calderon’s return to the lineup. He provides a stable leader in late game situations, but he’s still a game-time decision. Dallas let games slip away on the road in Atlanta and also at home against Minnesota. Better execution will be severely needed, because the last thing you want to do is take Charlotte lightly.

MATCHUP OF THE NIGHT

Al Jefferson vs Dirk Nowitzki: Dirk has been dominant against the Bobcats as mentioned earlier and he should have every opportunity to keep it rolling. Jefferson won’t be able to contain Nowitzki.

Big Al has been getting into a groove of his own lately and will be a defensive key point for the Mavs. Few have the lowpost repertoire Jefferson beholds and it will be a tough task to contain.

Jefferson averages 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in 24 career games vs Dallas.

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HOW TO WATCH:

The game can be seen on FSSW at 7:30 p.m. CT

INJURY REPORT:

Charlotte Bobcats

  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (foot) Day-to-Day
  • Brendan Haywood (foot) Out

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Dallas Mavericks

  • Brandan Wright (shoulder) Out
  • Devin Harris (toe) Out
  • Jose Calderon (ankle) Day-to-Day
  • Monta Ellis (back/ankle) Day-to-Day

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Wrap Up Report: Jose Calderon Shines In Mavericks Debut

by Greg Higgins on October 21, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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He’s back! That’s the words Mavs fans had been waiting to hear about their new point guard, Jose Calderon. Calderon, who tweaked his hamstring the first week of training camp, had yet to play in a preseason game before Saturday’s tilt with the Charlotte Bobcats.

Even though Calderon was back, fans will still have to wait another game before possibly seeing him in action with the regular starters for Dallas. Coach Carlisle decided to give Dirk Nowitzki the night off to rest. Carlisle talked about wanting to cut down the minutes of some of his veteran players and so far he’s holding to that. Vince Carter had the night off in Indiana and this was Dirk’s night.

Despite not having their leading scorer, Dallas was able to still take care of the Bobcats as they walked away with an 89-83 win.

Dallas (3-2) was led by Calderon, Carter and Shawn Marion as each of them finished with 13 points. More importantly for Dallas is Calderon didn’t have any turnovers in his 21 minutes of playing time.

“I thought he did a great job,” Carlisle said of Calderon’s performance. “All things considered, if you look at the amount of time he’s been out and everything, he had a good rhythm. I thought he played hard within the system, he hit open shots, and he had a presence as a leader out here.”

Calderon was brought in to this system to be the quarterback and be the general. Calderon also had five assists for the Mavericks in his debut.

“It was good. It was a great feeling out there,” Calderon said. “I’m just trying to figure out my teammates a little bit, but I felt good. … That’s it. It’s done. Now, we’ve got to put it behind us and forget about the debut of Jose Calderon.”

MontaPerhaps lost in the game was the sub-par performance of Monta Ellis. Ellis finished with five points as he went 2-10 shooting from the field. He did have five steals, however. This game showed a lot about the Mavericks and their depth. Monta has a bad game and Dirk doesn’t play at all and they still found a way to win the game. This was a good win for Dallas and they will hope to add onto the two-game winning streak as they face the Houston Rockets in Houston Monday night. Perhaps we will see the starting five together for the first time in Houston.

 

Photo: Sam Sharpe/Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

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Mavs Game Night – Dallas at Charlotte

by Greg Higgins on October 19, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Mavericks (2-2) continue their preseason schedule on Saturday night in Charlotte as they will take on the Bobcats (3-2). Dallas is coming off an impressive win against the Indiana Pacers in which they held the Pacers to 33.3% from the field. Shawn Marion led the Mavericks in points and rebounds with 18 and 11 respectively. Perhaps, one of the highlights, though, Monta Ellis dishing out nine assists in the game.

On Saturday the Mavericks will be facing a team that statistically they should take care of with no problem. These are the type of games, though, that the Mavericks have struggled with the past few seasons. Whether it is New Orleans taking Dallas to the wire, or having to come from behind to beat the Raptors, the Mavericks seem to play down to the competition at times. As a matter of fact, last season Charlotte beat Dallas in overtime 101-97. That was pre-Dirk, however, so this game should be a little different.

One thing Dallas’ fans have going for them tonight is the return of Jose Calderon. Calderon hasn’t played in the preseason yet and has been limited in practice since tweaking his MontaJosehamstring the first week of training camp. Calderon has been cleared to play and, although, we’re not sure how many minutes he’ll get at this time, it will be the first opportunity for fans to see him in action with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.

Calderon, along with Ellis and Sam Dalembert, were key free-agent signings in the offseason. Last year the Mavs had problems at the point guard position and they wanted to make sure they could shore up that position. Calderon was brought in for that reason. It may take a few games for him to adjust to the play of Ellis and Dirk but hopefully they’ll get that ironed out before the first regular season game against Atlanta on October 30th.

 

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Mavs Pre-Season 6 Days Away – A Look Back At Tyson Chandler

by Ryan Wilson on October 1, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Your Dallas Mavericks are now only 6 days away until the start of the pre-season. Today marks the opening day of training camp. To continue along with our pre-season countdown, who else can you really place at #6, other than the man who made a lasting impression on the Mavericks franchise in only one season. Yes, we are talking about the man in the middle for your 2011 NBA Champions, Tyson Chandler.

ChandlerThe Mavericks’ history at the Center position has never really been a strong point, or anything to be that proud of. On July 13, 2010, that would all change. The Charlotte Bobcats and the Dallas Mavericks organized a trade that would send Alex Ajinca and Chandler to the Mavericks, and Eduardo Najera, Erick Dampier, and Matt Carrol to the Bobcats.

This was a move that expected great reward, IF and only IF he could find a way to remain healthy. This would be Chandler’s 10th season in the NBA, and in three of those seasons, he failed to play at least 52 games. In the two years prior to his arrival in Dallas, he had missed 68 games due to back issues and a stress fracture in his foot. It was a small risk by the Mavericks that would pay huge dividends.

Chandler would quickly show just how big those dividends were. His hustle on both ends of the floor, and his presence in the paint would provide Dallas the kind of “edge” that analysts said had been missing for quite some time. He fit in perfectly with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, and finally gave the Mavericks a guy who could finish at the rim. He averaged nearly a double double that season(10.1 pts, 9.4 rebs) to go along with 65% from the field.

Chandler 1The Mavericks finished that season with 57 wins and headed into the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Western Conference. They would go on to take down Portland, the L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City, and Miami Heat en route to their first ever NBA Championship.

The Mavericks then had the unfortunate task of dealing with the new Collective Bargaining Act, which lead to multiple players from that championship roster going to different teams. Chandler would head to Madison Square Garden and play for the New York Knicks. He has thrived in New York, and even won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in his first year. However, despite his success in New York, he has always believed that the Mavericks could have had even more success had they kept a few of the players from that team.

“I’m very happy with this situation, but to speak past tense I definitely think that we had an opportunity to go back-to-back and unfortunately things were blown up”

Through it all, it must be said that no player in Mavericks history has ever made such an impact on a team in only one season. Tyson Chandler did it with hustle, energy, and an overall will to win. That is exactly how he went out as a Maverick, a winner.

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Mock Draft: Mavs Fanatic First Round 1.0

by Damian Jackson on June 6, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The NBA Draft is three weeks away and player workouts have prospects shifting positions on a daily basis. It’s time that we break out our first edition of the Mock Draft and share our thoughts on who we think will go where based on team need, workout impressions and daily reports.

 

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Nerlens Noel, C Kentucky | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 206

Noel has long been slotted as the top pick in this year’s draft and that hasn’t changed. Expect the Cavs to select the slender defensive center who’s aiming for a December return to the court.

 

 

2. Orlando Magic – Ben McLemore, SG Kansas | Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 188

McLemore has a pure jump shot and great size at SG for the NBA. Along with his shooting, Ben is an incredible athlete and many say he’s likely to be an All-Star level player for years. The Magic need that scoring infusion and McLemore can be that guy.

 

 

3. Washington Wizards – Otto Porter, SF Georgetown | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 198

Otto Porter wins the Naismith College Player of the Year award if not for Trey Burke’s very impressive run in the tournament. Porter has an all-around game with intangibles that make him as NBA-ready an anyone in this class. Wizards keep Otto in DC.

 

 

4. Charlotte Bobcats – Alex Len, C Maryland | Ht: 7’1″ Wt: 255

Alex Len provides the Bobcats a center they need. With Byron Mullens likely gone it leaves Brendan Haywood. Bismack Biyombo could move to PF while Len offers Charlotte a solid defensive anchor in the middle who isn’t offensively challenged.

 

 

5. Phoenix Suns – Victor Oladipo, SG Indiana | Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 213

The Suns need stability. Victor Oladipo helps in that regard, he’s a relentless worker and plays hard on both ends of the floor. Oladipo would infuse energy into the U.S. Airways crowd, a step in the right direction with a new GM and head coach.

 

 

6. New Orleans Pelicans – Shabazz Muhammad, SF UCLA | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 222

ShaMu this high?! The popular pick is Trey Burke, but they do have the 6-foot-6 Greivis Vasquez running point who averaged 9.0 assists in 78 games last season. The Pelicans have a more pressing need at SF and Shabazz could be the right guy.

 

 

7. Sacramento Kings – Anthony Bennett, PF UNLV | Ht: 6’8″ Wt: 240

Kings need a PG more, but it’d be tough to pass on Bennett if he were to drop here. SI.com says Bennett may have the most star potential in the draft, but is he a tweener? Sneaky skilled for a PF-type, AB would compliment Boogie Cousins well.

 

 

8. Detroit Pistons – Trey Burke, PG Michigan | Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 187

It’s no secret the Pistons want a PG. Michael Carter-Williams could be the choice, but with   Wolverine and College Player of the Year Burke available they may go that route. Burke’s heart and competitiveness would be welcomed in Detroit.

 

 

9. Minnesota Timberwolves – C.J. McCollum, PG/SG Lehigh | Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 197

McCollum makes perfect sense for the Wolves. A combo guard with advanced scoring ability and versatility. The foot injury no longer an issue, McCollum would step in next to Ricky Rubio and relieve some of Kevin Love’s scoring responsibilities.

 

 

10. Portland Trail Blazers – Steven Adams, C Pittsburgh | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 235

Portland hit a homerun (Damian Lillard) and a ground out (Meyers Leonard) in last year’s lottery. Steven Adams represents a true NBA center with his physical tools, rebounding and defense. Tons of upside and an solid fit next to LaMarcus Aldridge.

 

 

11. Philadelphia 76ers – Cody Zeller, PF/C Indiana | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 230

Some have the Blazers snagging Zeller, but he’ll be more of a PF in the NBA. Either way the Sixers will be satisfied to see Zeller fall to them. Cody showed impressive athleticism at the combine and he’d be able to play the 4/5 in Philly.

 

 

12. Oklahoma City Thunder – Mason Plumlee, C Duke | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 238

OKC could go in several directions with this pick, but smart money says they address the center position. Kendrick Perkins has been disappointing. Plumlee gives the Thunder an explosive big who rebounds very well and finishes with authority above the rim.

 

 

13. Dallas Mavericks – Michael Carter-Williams, PG Syracuse | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 185

The Mavs have their eye set on Carter-Williams. If he makes it to 13, they draft him. His size is special for the position and he owns the best court vision and PG instincts in this class. MCW would be nice addition if Dallas whiffs on Chris Paul.

 

 

14. Utah Jazz – Dennis Schröder, PG Germany | Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 165

Utah has strong interest in Schröder to replace free agent Mo Williams. The 19-year-old PG has a lot of Rajon Rondo in his repertoire. Reports say he received a promise from the Boston Celtics, but he may not make it that far.

 

 

15. Milwaukee Bucks – Jamaal Franklin, SG San Diego State | Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 191

The Bucks face a lot of uncertainties in their backcourt. If Brandon Jennings stays, Milwaukee could use help on the wing. Franklin fits the bill as an above average rebounder, elite athlete and plays aggressive on offense and defense.

 

 

16. Boston Celtics – Gorgui Dieng, C Louisville | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 230

With Schröder likely gone, the Celtics could switch gears and find a center. Dieng owns NBA center size and is skilled defensively. There are other options, but many scouts are high on Dieng ability to contribute immediately.

 

 

17. Atlanta Hawks – Dario Saric, SF Croatia | Ht: 6’10″ Wt: 223

Saric is believed to be the draft’s top international prospect and could go as high as No. 6 to the Pelicans. Naturally this would be quite to steal for the Hawks who will be carefully utilizing their cap space this summer. Saric to withdraw from the draft?

 

 

18. Atlanta Hawks - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Georgia | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 204

The Hawks’ only guards with guaranteed deals are Lou Williams (ACL) and John Jenkins. There’s buzz about Caldwell-Pope and this seems like a good fit for both parties. Hometown kid stays around and Hawks get a legit all-around player.

 

 

19. Cleveland Cavaliers - Sergey Karasev, SG/SF Russia | Ht: 6’7″ Wt: 197

According to reports, sounds like Karasev’s already received a promise and word out there says this is the floor for Karasev. The Cavs really like him. He provides Cleveland a player with immense shooting ability and the size to play either wing position.

 

 

20. Chicago Bulls – Kelly Olynyk, PF/C Gonzaga | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 238

A slide of sorts for Olynyk, but he could still crack the lottery. If the Bulls consider amnesty with Carlos Boozer, the Gonzaga product provides Chicago an ample replacement (along w/ Taj Gibson) whose skill set fit an NBA four.

 

 

21. Utah Jazz – Rudy Gobert, C France | Ht: 7’2″ Wt: 238

The Jazz could double dip in international waters by going Gobert after Schroder. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are set to leave, so Utah could be enticed to take Gobert as a development behind ripe big men Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.

 

 

22. Brooklyn Nets – Tony Mitchell, PF North Texas | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 237

Mitchell is scheduled to work out for city rival NY Knicks tomorrow, but the Nets have interest as well. Brooklyn could use a PG unless they trust TyShawn Taylor as Deron Williams’ backup. Mitchell’s stock is on the rise nonetheless.

 

 

23. Indiana Pacers – Shane Larkin, PG Miami | Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 171

This would be too sweet for the Pacers. Point guard is an area of need and Larkin falling in their lap is a miracle. Chances of it happening are slim though as he could go as high as 14th or 15th to the Jazz or Bucks.

 

 

24. New York Knicks - Jeff Withey, C Kansas | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 222

Roy Hibbert’s size was too much for Tyson Chandler and the Knicks. Marcus Camby doesn’t play anymore, Kenyon Martin was too small. Withey plugs in as the immediate backup with great basketball knowledge, physical tools and shot-blocking.

 

 

25. Los Angeles Clippers – Allen Crabbe, SG California | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 198

Crabbe is a talented player with a terrific stroke. The Clippers believe Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere and it’s always wise to surround a PG with shooters. Crabbe works well off screens and in transition, perfect wing type for a Paul-run offense.

 

 

26. Minnesota Timberwolves – Ricky Ledo, SG Providence | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 197

Ledo appears to be the mystery and possible best sleeper of the draft. Someone mentioned he had a Kevin Durant-like shot and it’s not far off. He looks like a top-notch scorer and special wing this late in the first round. Minny can use ‘em!

 

 

27. Denver Nuggets – Glen Rice Jr., SF Rio Grande Valley (NBDL) | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 211

Glen Rice Jr. looks to go from the D-League to the NBA by way of draft. The Nuggets who recently severed ties with George Karl will probably lose SG Andre Iguodala to free agency and seek his replacement. Denver will like that Rice Jr. is ready NOW.

 

 

28. San Antonio Spurs – Lucas Nogueira, C Brazil | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 215

With already one Brazlian center on the roster in Tiago Splitter, the Spurs may entertain the idea of selecting Nogueira and stash him away for a year or two. This gives Lucas time to advance his skills and the Spurs to prep a role for him down the road.

 

 

29. Oklahoma City Thunder – Tim Hardaway Jr., SG Michigan | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 200

The Thunder addressed a vital need in the lottery, but could seek a cheaper SG option here rather than retain free agent Kevin Martin. OKC still has Jeremy Lamb as well and could have two younger, more affordable guard competition in camp.

 

 

30. Phoenix Suns - Giannis Adetokunbo, SF/PF Greece | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 196

Adetokunbo this late would be amazing for the Suns, who want to ignite new enthusiasm to it’s fan base. He brings different elements to the game than any Suns forward. Channing Frye remains a health concern and there’s zero faith in Michael Beasley.

 

 

 

 

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The TC Report – Pump The Brakes Mavs Fans

by Ryan Wilson on November 13, 2012 in Mavs 09 comments

Walking into work this morning I noticed the Christmas decorations were out in full force.  Light posts were dressed up with red and green and the building had lights on the lower section.  That’s funny. I don’t even remember eating Thanksgiving dinner yet.  Did I miss something?  Did I sleep through the Cowboys/Redskins Thanksgiving day game?  We win?

My point?  We’re jumping the gun on Christmas.  Much like we’re jumping the gun now on the latest Mavs losing streak.

First of all, all three recent losses were winnable games.  Mavs hung tough against a good New York Knicks team only to fall short in the 4th.  It was more frustrating as the Mavs lost their first game EVER to Charlotte on Saturday night after a miserable effort to close out the game.  And last nights loss to the Timberwolves was there for the taking if not for our awful shooting percentage.

By the way, I’m reading and hearing a lot of negative reaction towards the loss to the Bobcats.  Let’s try taking the glass-half-full approach to this.  This Bobcats team is the same team that we throttled in the 3rd game of the season, 126-99.  I understand that sports are a “what have you done for me lately” type of scenario.  But let’s not freak out over an OT loss to a team that we already beat earlier in the season.  Plus, we were due for a loss to the Bobcats at some point.

“We have to play desperate basketball every night,” said sixth man Vince Carter, who endured his worst offensive performance of the season (four points, 1-7 FG). “We’re not one of the best teams. We have the ability to be, but we have to play harder than teams.”

With the Mavericks hot 4-1 start, it resulted in some unreasonable expectations.  Not saying that this team is not that good, but the team also shot 62% from the field vs. the Blazers and Bobcats in games 3 and 4 of the season.  Obviously, this wouldn’t sustain.  Mavs were able to mask the negative rebounding proportions by making a lot of shots.  A lot of these shots came from the 3 point line as OJ Mayo quickly found himself on the top of the 3pt shooting list for the league. On Friday night inNew   York, the Mavs turnover machine was cranked up to a high level.  20 turnovers in NY and 19 in Charlotte were the main cause for the losses.  Mavs reduced the turnovers to 8 against the Timberwolves but only shot 36%.

Some of you have commented that the Mavs defense needs work.  This is true to a certain degree but it’s not the reason that we’re losing.  Last night we surrendered the highest shooting percentage by an opponent all season, 46.2% but we also created 17 turnovers.  The second highest percentage was given up to the Raptors at 44%, a game we won.   The defense has been stingy this season for the most part.  Grabbing more defensive rebounds would be beneficial given that we’re stopping a lot of first attempts.  This is where an injured Shawn Marion would help.  He was our leading rebounder before his injury.

The MAIN issue with this current Mavs team, without Dirk and Marion, is that they can not win games if they’re severely struggling in any of the categories of Shooting percentage, Rebounding, and Turnovers in one specific game.   All three categories have to be at average or better to produce a win.  (Season Averages:  Shooting: 46.3%. Rebounding: 41.9. Turnovers: 15).  With a scorer like Dirk on the floor, the Mavs can afford to have a bad turnover night simply due to the fact that Dirk can keep them in a game offensively.  But this current Mavs team has limited scorers and once defenses close in on Mayo, the offense panics. Hence the desperation 3’s by Carter and company when down by 5 or more.  Had the Mavs shot closer to their season average and not a abysmal 36% vs. the Timberwolves, they would’ve won.

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda.

Let’s credit the opponents some for creating turnovers, grabbing boards, and forcing us into bad shots.  But mostly these issues can be solved by the Mavs.  The last 3 losses hurt but in no way is it showing the teams “true colors” and the first 4 wins were not as much of a “fluke” as some of Dallas’ own would say.  No matter what Jean-Jacques Taylor wants us to believe, this Mavs team is better than what you think.

Stay strong Mavs fans, we’ll be ok.  Just weather the storm until @Swish41 is back.



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