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Wrap Up: Mavericks Capture Win Against Clippers

by Greg Higgins on April 4, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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After a somewhat disappointing eight-game home stand in which the Dallas Mavericks (45-31) finished 4-4, Dirk Nowitzki ventured off to the west coast for a four-game road trip. The trip started in Los Angeles as the Mavs tried to avenge three losses this season the LA Clippers (54-23). In the previous three games, the Mavs had leads late in the game and lost all three to the Clippers. Thursday, however, would be a different story as the Mavericks would hold on for a 113-107 victory.

How it went down:

These two teams have played some great games this year including the game a week ago Thursday night. Dallas and LA battled back and forth most of the night. Dallas did jump out to an 11-point lead in the second quarter but the Clippers were able to close the gap by halftime to only two points.

Once again, though, Dallas was able to come up with some clutch shooting when they needed it. Dallas had four three-pointers each from Dirk and Vince Carter, while Jose Calderon poured in three more by himself. Most of these seem to come at crucial junctions in the game. Either Dallas was holding off a Clippers’ run or they were building up their own advantage in the process.

Dallas had a hard time stopping Clippers’ big men Deandre Jordan and Blake Griffin. Griffin finished the game with a triple-double (25-10-11) and Jordan added 21 points and 15 rebounds. In the end, it didn’t matter as the Mavs were able to finally win the game. It wasn’t easy, but they found a way to close.

Los Angeles closed a 10-point Mavs lead down to two in a matter of two minutes. However, they could never get over the hump. With the win, the Mavs move a half game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns for seventh in the Western Conference.

Inside The Numbers:

For the second straight game, Dirk finished with a double-double as he had 26 points and 11 rebounds

Dallas shot 50.0% from the field, including 48.3% from three-point range.

Impact Moment of the Game:

With the game tied at 89, Dallas went on a 15-4 run to break the game open. They’d eventually have to hold on to win the game but the run half way through the fourth quarter sparked the win.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk was simply Dirk tonight. He hit huge three pointers, big fade-away jumpers and grabbed some big time rebounds in the win.

 

 

 

Quotes:

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On Deck:

Dallas has a back to back but fortunately for them it will be played in the same building – The Staples Center. Dallas will face the LA Lakers on Friday night at 9:30 pm.
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Photo courtesy Photo by Mpu Dinani/Getty Images

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MGN: Mavs Look For Huge Win To Open LA Back-To-Back

by Ryan Wilson on April 3, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The off days are doing wonders for the Dallas Mavericks (44-31), who woke up Wednesday morning on the outside looking in for the playoff race. They ended up the night back in 7th place, as the Suns and Grizzlies both dropped their games. The Mavericks finished their franchise long home stand at just 4-4 on that stretch, and will now head on the road for five of their last seven games. That stretch starts tonight in Game 1 at the Staples Centeras the Mavs will take on the Los Angeles Clippers (54-22).

The Game At Hand:

What else is there to know? It’s playoff basketball every game for the Mavs for the rest of the season. They are taking on a Clippers team that they could still end up facing in the 1st round of the playoffs, and a team that they very well should have beaten all three times they have squared off.

At A Glance:

- This marks the fourth and final meeting this season; Clippers lead 3-0 (They shouldn’t)
- Possible playoff matching – Will you play San Antonio, Oklahoma City or Los Angeles.

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It’s a season where you just have to ask yourself, “What if?” What if the Mavericks didn’t blow such big leads or leads late in games? You could take those 3 blown leads against the Clippers, and all of a sudden, the Mavs are sitting at 47-28, which would have them in 6th and just a couple games out of the 5th spot.

The Mavericks were once again in a position to take another huge game Tuesday night, but the lack of defense in situations has been the achilles heal all season long. That must begin to change, and there is no better time than right now. They are on the road, but facing a Clippers squad fresh off of 17 point come from behind victory in Phoenix last night.

 

Keys To The Game:

1. Be Physical, But Smart

Maybe it’s just me, but it feels as if the Mavericks and Clippers are starting to create a nice little rivalry. The Clippers play physical, and while that hasn’t always been one of the Mavericks strong skill sets, they seem to be ready to fight back. There is a right and wrong way to go about that. They need to make sure they come ready to fight but do it in a smart way and not let their emotions get the best of them.

2. Reserves Must Come Through

While we already know how talented the Clippers starting five is, they are missing Jamal Crawford. J.J. Redick is said to have a 75% chance of returning to the lineup however. The Mavericks need to take advantage of the tired legs that the Clippers should be dealing with tonight, and that is where the bench comes in. To be able to offer Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion time to rest, but still feel good about building on a lead is something that could prove to be extremely valuable tonight.

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Matchup of the Night:

Mavs Guards vs Chris Paul 

The best point guard in the game is a hand full for any team. The Mavericks guards have to find a way to slow Chris Paul down. He hit some huge shots in last nights come from behind victory over Phoenix, and is one of the true gamers the NBA has to offer. He can hurt you in all areas of the game, whether it be shooting, passing, or defending. Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Devin Harris must protect the ball and do their very best to limit the highlight plays that Chris Paul and the rest of Lob City can put on display.

Quotes:

 

“It’s almost like a rivalry now to a certain degree, and it’s kind of fun and it’s exciting. It’s a talented team and they’re really deep at every spot. You know, it’s going to be good. They’re playing very good ball, and of course the head of the snake is Chris Paul. - Shawn Marion 

 

“We just find ways to win. We believe we can win in every game.” - Clippers Head Coach, Doc Rivers

 

When and Where:

Tip-off at American Airlines Center tonight is at 9:30 p.m. CST. The game will be televised nationally on TNT.

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Playoff Watch:

5. Portland Trail Blazers (49-27) | Next 3 – PHO, NOP & SAC

6. Golden State (46-29) | Next 3 – SAC, UTA, & DEN

7. Dallas Mavericks (44-31) | Next 3 – @LAC, @LAL & @SAC

8. Memphis Grizzlies (44-31) | Next 3 – DEN, @SAS & MIA

9. Phoenix Suns (44-31) | Next 3 – @POR, OKC & @NO

 

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Photos courtesy of Sharon Ellman & Zachary Steiber

Quotes via Clippers.com and Mavs.com

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Wrap Up: Mavs Fail To Close Out Clippers Yet Again

by Greg Higgins on March 28, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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If you’re a fan of the Dallas Mavericks, then you undoubtedly want them to make the playoffs this season. After a one year hiatus last season, every Mavs Fanatic out there wants to see them in the postseason this year. The problem, though, is the Mavs have placed themselves in a position in which every game they play is a playoff game right now. After playing three over time games in their last four, Thursday’s tilt with the LA Clippers came down to the wire as well. Unlike the game against Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday, the Mavs couldn’t hang on for the victory.

How it went down:

Dallas and LA have played some epic games this year. The second game of the season watched Dallas blow a 17-point lead with less than five minutes to play. Dallas did take a 12-point lead in the second quarter Tuesday but it was promptly erased by the Clippers. Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Paul matched each other with 14 points apiece. The difference was Jae Crowder off the bench, who had 10 points for Dallas.

Dallas has a habit of making games close, though. Even after taking a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Mavs allowed the Clippers to jump back into the game. The game was a tight game in which both teams battled back and forth in the final frame. The only problem was the Mavericks seemed to be playing a man down the entire quarter. Dirk had seemingly disappeared in the fourth quarter as he couldn’t hit a shot. As a matter of fact, he went to the free throw line for three shots and missed two of those. In the final quarter, Dirk finished 0-6 from the field and only 2-5 from the free throw line.

In the end, the Clippers found a way to make stops when they needed to and the Mavericks could not. Blake Griffin forced a back-court violation on Dirk while Vince Carter and Monta Ellis both took wild three-point shots that barely grazed the back board. It’s a game in which the Mavs may look back and wish they had a do-over. Every time the Mavs have played the Clippers this year, they’ve had a double digit lead. The last two games, that lead was in the fourth quarter. The Mavs have lost all three of those contests, which hopefully won’t be the reason they miss the playoffs.

Inside the Numbers:

Monta Ellis finished the game 4-19 from the field for a measly 12 points.

Blake Griffin’s run of 30 consecutive games of scoring at least 20 points came to an end against the Mavs. Griffin had 18 points in the win.

Impact Play of the Game:

Dallas took a 98-93 lead with just under six minutes to play in the game. From that moment on, LA finished the game on a 16-5 run, holding Dallas to one field goal the rest of the game.

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Vince Carter

Carter continues to make a push for the sixth-man of the year award as he led the team in scoring off the bench. Carter had 23 points off of 9-13 shooting. Carter also knocked down four three-pointers.

Quotes:

“We have another shot at them next week so we have to aim at that. But we have games in the meantime and they are all important, so we just have to shake this one off and get ready for the next one.” - Rick Carlisle

 

“I told [the team] before the game it’s going to be an emotional game. It’s going to be a playoff game, because Dallas — they’re fighting. So I told them if you don’t meet their energy, you’re not going to win, because they’re fighting for their lives right now. You’ve got to act like it’s a playoff game, and I thought our guys for the most part met that challenge.” - Clippers coach Doc Rivers

On Deck:

Dallas has to shake this one off as they welcome the Sacramento Kings to the AAC on Saturday night. Game tips off at 7:30 pm CT on FSSW.

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas Faces Blake Griffin, Clippers

by Damian Jackson on March 27, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (43-29) close the door on one exciting victory Tuesday night and embark on another opportunity to score a huge win when they host the Los Angeles Clippers (50-22) tonight.

The Game At Hand:

Dirk Nowitzki delivered a masterful performance against the Oklahoma City Thunder two nights ago. The Mavericks need a similar outing once again this evening when the Western Conference’s third best team visits.

The Clippers enter this meeting on the heels of a 98-96 defeat in New Orleans. Chris Paul suffered through a Clippers franchise worst 0-for-12 shooting display. Logic says Paul bounces back in Dallas where he injured his shoulder which sidelined him for 18 games.

Blake Griffinnot Chris Paul – has been the best player for the best team who calls STAPLES Center home. Kevin Durant and LeBron James aside, Griffin deserves Most Valuable Player recognition. The former first overall selection in 2009 averages 24.3 points 9.7 rebounds per game with shooting percentages of 53.1 on field goals and a career-best 70.3 at the foul line.

“We’re battling for position and they’re [Mavs] fighting for their lives,” said Caron Butler after the Thunder’s loss in Dallas on Tuesday.

The former Clipper and Maverick accurately describes the predicament both of his old teams face in tonight’s game. Dallas dropped from eighth to ninth on its night off and Los Angeles has the same amount of losses as the fourth place Houston Rockets.

Dallas and Los Angeles will meet next Thursday as well. The Clippers lead the season series 2-0, but the Mavericks can position themselves for a tie with a home victory tonight.

Rick Carlisle listed starting center Sam Dalembert as questionable with back stiffness.

Keys To The Game:

1. Who Comes Out With More Energy

The Mavericks come in off one helluva victory. Will that intensity carry over against the Clippers? Los Angeles didn’t play well against the Pelicans yesterday and will want to bounce back in a big way. The Clippers are 16-5 following losses while the Mavs are only 22-20 after a win.

2. Dalembert’s Status and Possible Shoe-Filling

With Dalembert uncertain tonight, Dallas becomes very thin at center. DeJuan Blair and Brandan Wright each bring different servings to the table, but neither resembles a complete meal. Sammy D’s play of late makes the Mavericks a much better team on both ends of the court. Against Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, the absence of Dalembert requires major shoe-filling by every Maverick that plays in this one. Expect a Bernard “Sarge” James sighting if Sam sits out.

Matchup of the Night:

Dirk Nowitzki vs Blake Griffin

Dirk escaped a recent funk with his all-around dominant game Tuesday. It seems the Big German plays his best when it counts. Also helps his mentor and personal coach Holger Geschwindner is in town.

Blake and Dirk probably won’t be guarding each other every possession, but when it happens, feel bad for the defender.

Griffin hasn’t been held under 20 points since January 18.

 

 

Quotes:

 

“This is a great executing team, but where they really thrive is if you turn the ball over and they get in transition. That’s when the lobs start happening and the chin-ups on the rim and all that, and they get really geeked up. And so we’ve got to stay out of those situations. [...]”

- Rick Carlisle on the Clippers 

 

“After games like this the next game can’t come quick enough. For us, we have an opportunity tomorrow. They’re playing well. They just beat OKC at home and they’re fighting for their playoff lives as well. So, it will be a tough one.”

- Clips SG Jamal Crawford on bouncing back

 

When and Where:

Tip-off at American Airlines Center tonight is at 7:30 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.

Playoff Watch:

5. Portland Trail Blazers (45-27) | Next 3 – @ATL, @CHI & vs MEM

6. Golden State (44-27) | Next 3 – vs MEM, vs NYK & @DAL

7. Memphis Grizzlies (43-28) | Next 3 – @GSW, @POR, & @DEN

8. Phoenix Suns (43-29) | Next 3 – vs NYK, @LAL & vs LAC

9. Dallas Mavericks (43-29) | Next 3 – vs LAC, vs SAC & vs GSW

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Photo courtesy – Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images; Associated Press

Quotes via Clippers.com and Mavs.com

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Trade Deadline Series: Mavericks Player Value – Dirk Nowitzki

by Albert Luna on February 20, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The day has arrived. We are less than 12 hours away from finding out what the Mavericks roster will look like for the remainder of the season. We have given insight on every players’ value, so in keeping with this segment, we must tell you what the trade value holds for Dirk Nowitzki……

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Salary:

$22,721,381

Age:

35 years 8 months

Season Stats:

21.7 PPG – 6.1 RPG – 2.9 APG

Potential: 

Will always be a starter regardless of the team, always a threat for a 30 point game. Eventually with age will have to be second or third option on offense for a team.

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Trade Value:

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Some things just never change. Nowitzki (on the brink of turning 36 years old) remains the Mavs’ go-to guy, a unique 7-footer whose shooting ability makes him the primary focus for opposing defenses, creating space for his teammates to operate. Monta Ellis has especially benefited from playing with the big German, having one of his better shooting campaigns of his career in his first season with the Mavs. Nowitzki had some questions coming into this season, would health become a lingering issue, would his number be down, was he done being a elite power forward? 1150 points and one all star appearance later those questions have quitted. Dirk is still averaging a respectable 22 points a game to go along with a 50-40-90 shooting percentage (on track to be the oldest player to ever do so). However, with Nowitzki being the best player for the Mavs, that also means the Mavs take shape of their leader.  Nowitzki has never been a above average defensive player and with age, it’s only gotten worse. Nowitzki is repeating history we’re well accustomed to in leading one of the best offensive, but worst defensive teams in the league. His work ethic and professionalism however sets the standard for every other player who steps foot in that locker room, giving the Mavs a good reputation during his tenure.
The Mavs swung and missed on their attempt to make Nowitzki the second-best player on the team this past summer. They never got a chance to make a pitch to Chris Paul, and they weren’t persuasive enough to talk Dwight Howard into joining Nowitzki for his golden years instead of teaming with James Harden as he heads into his prime. This probably sealed Dirk’s fate, he is now destined to be the Mavs’ best player for the remaining years he has in Big D. Dallas settled for reconstructing Nowitzki supporting cast by signing Ellis and Calderon (among others) to let Dirk end his career in a competitive manner. Nowitzki has been on the record with his intention to re-sign with the Mavs next summer at a drastically reduced salary for two or three more seasons. With a style that ages well, he expects to be able to perform at a high level for at least that long.

The Mavs won’t trade Dirk, he simply means too much to the team and the community. Also it’s worth noting that Nowitzki’s contract contains the very rare “no trade clause” that prevents the Mavs from trading Dirk without his discretion.  He will never play for another NBA team. It’s a matter of how long he decides to keep going in Dallas and whether he’ll ever have a legitimate chance to contend for another championship. This trade deadline, it’ll be the other Mavs players the team will look at to deal in order to improve their team. Dirk will always be there and it’s silly to think the Mavs would try to trade the best player in franchise history at this point in his career.

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Days until trade deadline: The deadline is today at 3:00 PM EST. (2:00PM CST). Be sure to follow us on twitter for any Mavs related trades.

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Game Night: Mavs Head To L.A. To Take On Clippers

by Terence Huie on January 15, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks’ (23-16) three-game winning streak is on the line tonight traveling to Staples Center to take on the Los Angeles Clippers (26-13).

The Game At Hand

The Mavs have been on a roll lately, winning five of their last six games. Of those six games, the Mavs held their opponent under 100 points all of the five wins. Dallas in their previous game dominated for a 107-88 win against the Orlando Magic, led by Monta Ellis’ 21 points.

The Clippers are currently first in a tough Pacific Division. The Clippers are also on a three-game winning streak and won seven of their last eight games. Clippers guard Chris Paul is still out with a shoulder injury for six week. That’s no concern for the Los Angeles, as former Mavs point guard Darren Collison has made a huge impact. In the five-game stretch of Chris Paul’s injury, Collison has averaged 17.5 points per game and 6.5 assists. He’s also shooting 65.8% from the field and 60% from behind the arch.

Shawn Marion expects to play in tonight’s game after missing four games due to a bruised right shoulder.

Keys To The Game

1. Mavs’ Frontcourt Aggressiveness

Just two weeks ago, the Mavs lost to the Clippers 119-112. It wasn’t because of Chris Paul, the Clippers front court dominated. Both Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan combined for 50 points and 33 rebounds. Jordan’s 25 points was his career high. The Mavs have to be aggressive in defending the Clips’ starting frontcourt. Dirk Nowitzki could be beneficial in drawing fouls against Blake Griffin to get him in foul trouble as well. It is important to not like these two big men get in a rhythm.

2. Perimeter Shooting

The Mavs have averaged shooting a phenomenal 53% from behind the three-point during their three-game winning streak. Just last game, the Mavs were 13 for 27 (48%) behind the arch, which is huge for this team. Coach Doc Rivers has a defensive philosophy of not letting opponents penetrate to the basket. Dallas are a team full of streaky shooters, that should be used to their advantage in using the ball movement to get guys open looks.

When and Where

Tip-off starts at 9:30 CST and the game is shown on Fox Sports Southwest.

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Games To Mark Down On That Calendar

by Ryan Wilson on August 8, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Okay, I know we are 83 days away from the Mavs embarking on the 2013-2014 season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get our big games marked on the schedule. Here’s a look at our top games for the upcoming season.

vs. Atlanta Hawks, Oct. 30: This will be our first look at the new look Mavericks at the AAC. It’s been back to back seasons full of many new faces, and this year will be no different. You will be able to see our new starting lineup, one that figures to feature newcomers Jose CalderonMonta Ellis, and Samuel Dalembert.

WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder, Nov. 6: Our first chance to show national television the new look Mavericks against a big time Western Conference contender. The Thunder will be fully healthy, following the return of Russell Westbrook, but will they overlook these Mavericks? Anytime these two teams hook up, it’s bound to be a delight. 

Miami Heat, Nov. 15: Forgive me I get stuck in the past a little bit, but I feel like the Mavericks have made Miami (American Airlines Arena) their second home ever since they clinched Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2011. Hate them all you want, but the Miami Heat are always must see television, and this is one you won’t want to miss.

vs. Houston Rockets, Nov. 20: The Mavericks entered the 2013 summer of free agency with huge goals. One of them was to land Dwight Howard. All of Mavs Nation waited for an answer from Dwight, only to be let down when he chose the Houston Rockets instead. Is he now a hated villain in Big D? This will be our second look at Howard in a Rockets jersey, but the first one in Dallas. It shouldn’t take long to see how Mavericks fans feel about it either.

act_jj_redickvs. Los Angeles Clippers, Jan. 3: Chris Paul came into this summer the Mavericks’ #1 target in free agency, which quickly went out the window when Doc Rivers became new head coach, and Paul signed his 5-year, $107 million contract. The Clippers loaded up on new talent in J.J. RedickJared Dudley, and former Maverick Darren Collison. They figure to once again be one of the more entertaining teams, so it figures to be a heck of a ball game in Big D.

vs. Miami Heat, Feb. 18: Just like the Mavericks made Miami their second home, this must be gut wrenching anytime King James comes to Dallas. Each and every time he walks into the AAC, he will be reminded of the 2011 defeat by a banner high up in the rafters and have to deal with the fact that the only team to beat the Miami Heat in a playoff series is our Dallas Mavericks.

timthumbvs. Brooklyn Nets, March 23: Did you ever think you would have a chance to watch a team that featured Deron WilliamsJason TerryKevin GarnettPaul Pierce, and Joe Johnson? How about Hall of Fame point guard and former Dallas Maverick NBA Champion Jason Kidd coaching the squad? Not satisfied yet? Don’t know what else to tell ya. Must see. 

Los Angeles Lakers, April 4: The Mavericks figure to be battling for playoff position, and the Lakers could as well, depending on how Kobe Bryant responds to his achilles surgery. The Lakers will no longer have the burden of the Dwight Howard drama, and should be able to focus solely on basketball. This game could be of little meaning, but it figures to be just the opposite. I expect this to be a pivotal matchup in Hollywood..one that the Mavericks and Lakers tend do so well.

 

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Grading the Mavericks Offseason with Greg Higgins

by MavsFanatic on July 27, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Coming into the offseason, Dallas Mavericks fans have had lots of questions. Fans have been disappointed since the summer after Dallas brought home the title in 2011. Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson felt it was best to allow Tyson Chandler (Knicks) and J.J. Barea (Timberwolves) walk away in free agency. Cuban and Nelson kept talking about financial flexibility and leaving room for the summer of 2012 when Deron Williams and Dwight Howard would be available.

The summer of 2012 came and went and Howard wound up with the Los Angeles Lakers while Williams chose the Brooklyn Nets over his hometown Mavericks. After a disappointing season in which the Mavericks missed the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, there was much optimism about the Mavericks offseason plans this summer. Chris Paul and Howard were the premier ‘Big Fish’ free agents out there and Dallas was hoping to land one of them.

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Once the Los Angeles Clippers landed head coach Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics, Paul did as most assumed and decided to re-sign with the Clippers while the Howard sweepstakes concluded when he signed with the Houston Rockets. Despite Houston being the popular front-runner, Howard’s decision was anyone’s guess. He had narrowed it down to a handful of teams with the Mavericks being one but in the end he chose Houston over Dallas. Obviously there were other players available in free agency but these were the two that everyone was targeting.

Many people, myself included, wondered what Dallas would try and do next.

Andre Iguodala who reportedly was an hour away from becoming a Dallas Maverick, signed with the Golden State Warriors and Josh Smith went to the Detroit Pistons. These were two other players on the Mavericks watch list.

Two positions Dallas needed to address this offseason were point guard and center. Last year Dallas was terrible on the boards and a big man would help solidify that position. One of the big men on their radar was Andrew Bynum. Although Bynum has had some injury problems in the past, he was someone Dallas felt they could utilize down low with Dirk Nowtizki. Following careful medical consultation, the Mavs brass passed on Bynum, who then decided to sign a partially guaranteed two-year $24 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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With all the talk of who the Mavericks didn’t get and what they missed out on, one could be led to believe the Mavericks are in worse shape than before. However, let’s not jump to conclusions too quickly. When analyzing the offseason you must understand where the Mavericks were last season.

Dallas ranked 16th in the league in team rebounds last year but they were 29th in opponents rebounding. The Mavs were fifth best in assists (23.2/gm) while being middle-of-the-pack in steals (16th). These were areas they needed to improve and in order to do so they needed to upgrade at the aforementioned center and point guard positions.

 

Let’s grade the Mavericks offseason so far:

Draft – A

Dallas walked away from the draft with a really good point guard in Shane Larkin, a player ranked 9th on the Mavs’ draft board.

“Our pick-and-roll game this past year was not at the level we’re used to, so we wanted to get better in that area,” Carlisle said. “Shane’s one of the best in college basketball at doing that.

During the championship run in 2011, Jason Terry and Nowitzki mastered the two man game and were virtually unstoppable. The Larkin (ankle) addition will eventually benefit Dirk and hopefully free him up for some more open shots.

The Mavericks also drafted shooting guard Ricky Ledo out of Providence. Ledo (6-7; 195) never played a minute in college, but had he his talent was worthy of a late lottery to mid-first round selection. Coming off the bench, he can be a nice complimentary player to go along with some of the other shooting guards the Mavericks have. Expect both Larkin and Ledo to spend time with the Mavs’ D-League affiliate Texas Legends.

Free Agency – B

At first I was really disappointed with the Mavericks free agency approach. Once again it seemed as if they had all their eggs in one basket and when that didn’t pan out, they seemed lost again. That wasn’t the case at all. Instead Dallas had a back up plan. While many of us were trying to figure out what that plan was, Cuban and Nelson seemed to have it figured out.

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Dallas scooped up the best pure point guard left on the market by signing Jose Calderon (4 years $29 million). Calderon has been on the Mavericks radar for a while and has been the topic of many trade discussions with Toronto over the past several seasons. Nearly acquiring the Spanish vet weeks before the trade deadline, Dallas simply waited to sign him outright. Last year for the Raptors and Detroit Pistons he averaged 11.3 points and 7.1 assists. Calderon along with possibly Devin Harris (toe) plus rookies Gal Mekel and Larkin, the Mavs should have a nice rotation at the point guard position.

 

 

 

Dallas also signed 27-year-old Monta Ellis (3 years $25 million), formerly with the Milwaukee Bucks. Last season, the shooting guard averaged 19.2 points and 6 assists per game. Ellis will take the place of the departed O.J. Mayo and gives Dallas another viable scoring option along with Nowitzki.

Along with Ellis, the Mavericks brought his former teammate Samuel Dalembert (2 years $7.5 million) to help plug up the middle of the lane. Dalembert has career averages of 8.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. The defensive presence will be welcome sight for the Mavs who lacked a defensive anchor last season.

To help out with the center position, Dallas re-signed both Brandan Wright (2 years $10 million) and Bernard James. The fan favorite averaged just over eight points a game and four rebounds.

Dallas also addressed additional shooting by signing former North Carolina Tarheel Wayne Ellington to a two-year deal worth a little over $5 million.

Considering what all Dallas missed out on during free agency, they seem to be sitting pretty right now. Of course nobody knows what will happen during the season with injuries and/or trade possibilities but as a Mavericks fan, I like the position they have put themselves in for the upcoming season. Coach Carlisle has a group of guys that if they come together could be the surprise of the NBA season this year.

Greg Higgins is a contributor with Mavs Fanatic. Video courtesy of @itsKlayAllen





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Sterling vs Cuban: Round 1 To The Mavs Boss Man

by Ryan Wilson on May 31, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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In the upcoming Chris Paul sweepstakes, the Los Angeles Clippers may have taken a huge blow in the fight. That fight isn’t even supposed to start until June 30th.

According to sources, Chris Paul is angry with the organization for making him out to be the lone reason for the firing of Vinny Del Negro last week.

“He’s angry right now and his anger is directed toward the Clippers organization,” the source said. “Chris is a man of principle and if he feels like you’ve gone against his principles, it will affect how he feels about you. He’s very agitated that his name has been put out there as the reason for Vinny’s firing. He had nothing to do with it.”

This is fantastic news for all Mavericks fans out there. What this means for the Mavericks pursuit of Paul is unknown at this time, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. The Dallas Mavericks organization has never really ran into anything of this nature, and that’s one of the categories that favor the Mavericks in this chase.

When things got shaky with Lamar Odom, Cuban and Mavs management could’ve really made things public and fired back. Instead they chose to take the high road and grant Odom his freedom. When the Delonte West fiasco came about, management once again handled it like a top notch organization would.

Chris Paul wants to go to an organization where he can win, but more importantly one that he can trust is moving in the right direction with him. The Los Angeles Clippers organization must have missed that memo. Look, it’s May 31st, and there is quite a bit of time before decisions will need to be made, so it’s all hear say at the moment. The Clippers should take a note from the Mavericks book. It’s better to keep things in house then to let your dirty laundry pile up for all of the public to see.

What Does This Mean For Mavs Summer Plans

It’s also been rumored that because of all these recent developments, Paul would be willing to sign a deal for less than the max, or even do a sign and trade for the right situation. How does this help the Mavs?

If the Mavericks can offer Dwight a max deal, they could then turn their attention to a sign and trade deal for CP3. There are still a lot of pieces that need to fall into place for all of this to happen. However, one thing is for sure. The Dallas Mavericks odds just got moved a little more in their favor. June 30th can’t come soon enough.

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Unfamiliar Territory: Watching The Balls Drop

by Ryan Wilson on May 21, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The 2013 NBA Draft lineup will be determined tonight in New York City, and for the first time since 2000, your  Dallas Mavericks will be participants. In an off-season full of potential, this marks the first step in that process.

Donnie Nelson and Keith Grant will be in New York to represent the Mavericks, and all of Mavs Nation have their fingers, toes, and anything else you can imagine crossed. After all, it’s really a game of luck.

“As much as we want to say it’s all science, there’s a big part of it that’s luck.’’ – Mark Cuban

The Mavericks have a 0.6% chance of winning the lottery. Yes, I’m saying there is a chance. If you didn’t win the powerball last weekend, here’s your chance Mavs Nation.

 

If the Mavericks can land a high pick in the draft, they could then find a promising talent that can contribute immediately. Why is this important? Anything that the Mavericks can use to entice players like Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and others to come to Dallas is crucial.

 

“It depends on who it is,” owner Mark Cuban said. “We’ll find out. It’s going to be an interesting draft and we’re working hard right now to evaluate all the talent.”

 

Can the Mavericks find a player who can contribute before Dirk Nowitkzi rides off into the sunset? That remains unknown. One thing is for sure, come Tuesday night, for the first time in 13 years, all Mavericks fans everywhere will be glued to that television. Fingers crossed Mavs fans.
Eddie Sefko, writer for The Dallas Morning News, provided how the Mavericks have done in previous lotteries. Since it’s been so long, we thought we would refresh your memory.

 

What are the odds?

A look at the Mavericks’ chances of winning the lottery during their lean years in the ‘90s:

Year, Finish, lottery, result 

1991, 28-54 (6th), 9.1, 6th

1992, 22-60 (3rd), 13.6, 4th

1993, 11-71 (1st) , 25.0, 4th

1994, 13-69 (1st), 25.0, 2nd

1995  36-46 (10th), 0.8, 10th

1996, No pick, traded to Boston

1997, No pick, traded to Boston

*1998, 20-62 (6th), 9.2, 6th

*1999, 19-31 (8th), 3.6, 8th

2000, 40-42 (12th), 0.6, 12th

*Pick was previously traded to Phoenix, who selected Shawn Marion.

*Pick was traded to Milwaukee for the rights to Dirk Nowitzki, who was selected 9th.

It’s important to note that in all these years, the Mavericks have never traded up in the draft. That may not be the case this season. If the Mavericks find themselves at #13 or #14, they could very well package that pick along with a player to move into the top 3 slots. This is a make or break off-season for the Mavericks. Time to figure out which direction it’s going to go. It all begins tonight.

As always, Go Mavs!

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