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Dirk’s Act Of Humility, Generosity And Loyalty

by Michael Lark on July 15, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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While the big story around the NBA this offseason has been centered on the “Chosen One” deciding to “come home,” a more humble story was developing for the player who never left.

12-time NBA-All Star Dirk Nowitzki officially signed off on a $25 million deal to remain with the Dallas Mavericks for the next three seasons. Following the last year of a 4-year, $80 million contract, Dirk made it clear that he intended to come back to the Mavs on a discounted price in order to allow the team to go out and get other big time free agents.

The Mavs courted LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in free agency, but ultimately took a free agent gamble and successfully landed restricted free agent Chandler Parsons, after trading for defensive stalwart, Tyson Chandler. Put those Chandlers Bings together and you have a team ready to compete for another championship.

The best 7-footer to ever play the game began his career with Dallas in 1998 as a skinny, awkward kid out of Wurzburg, Germany with uncertain expectations.

In his first season, he led the Mavericks to a mediocre 40-42 seasons and missed the NBA playoffs after averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. He continued to improve every season and successfully led the Mavs to their first-ever NBA Finals trip in 2006, before ultimately losing to the Miami Heat, 4-2.

The bitter end to the season didn’t have Dirk looking for the exit, and he didn’t need to collude with other free agents in order to win an empty championship, in a random town of bandwagon fans.


He instead chose to believe in his city and his owner. In Dirk’s eyes, if he was winning a championship, it was happening in Dallas.

In 2007, Dirk won the league’s Most Valuable Player awards after averaging of 24.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while leading the his team to a franchise record 67 wins – but fell short of an NBA championship yet again.

Finally in 2011, Dirk hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy in a parade in front of his town with the same fans that were there with him from the beginning.

In 16 seasons, Dirk has never had an NBA agent. He’s made over $200 million in his career and reportedly left max offers in the $60 million range from the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets to remain with the only franchise he’s even known.

When the free agency period began at midnight on July 1, the Mavs never questioned his desire to compete for another NBA championship in Dallas. Dirk realizes the landscape of the NBA. He desires winning over money. Loyalty over royalty.

Dirk Nowitzki is Dallas Mavericks basketball and when he’s ready to retire, Mavs fans will remember this sacrifice that he took, because the one-legged fadeaway statue in front the American Airlines Center won’t have one ring on it. It will have two.

Photo credit - AP Photo/LM Otero

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Chandler Parsons, The Wait Is Over

by Greg Higgins on July 14, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Each year around this time, the NBA goes into a frenzy as marquee players are offered contracts by teams from all over. Every year, a group of elite players are wined and dined in hopes that they will wind up in their city.

Because there are only a few of these superstar players each year, usually it’s the next group of guys that make the difference. This next group of players don’t quite fit the “max contract” mold like the superstars but they are good enough to fill a role on a team.

This is where the Dallas Mavericks come into play. Every year, the Mavs take a shot at one of the big-named free agents on the market. Every year, these free agents flirt with the idea of making Dallas their home and yet ever year the Mavs wind up empty handed (unless it’s bringing back one of their own like Dirk Nowtizki.)

Even though there were talks with Carmelo Anthony, most Mavs fans knew he wasn’t going to sign with Dallas. There was too much money to be had with the New York Knicks. LeBron James was a good thought as well but we all knew that wasn’t happening. Instead of being left high and dry, though, Mark Cuban went on the offensive.

The Houston Rockets were in advanced talks with Chris Bosh and had offered him a max contract. Sources said Bosh was considering this move so Cuban went after Rockets’ small forward Chandler Parsons. Parsons, a restricted free agent, was offered a three year contract worth around $46 million. Being a restricted free agent, though, meant Houston could match the offer sheet the Mavs had in place.

As the waiting game ensued, reports came out that if Houston could land Bosh, they would match the offer made by the Mavericks. Luckily LeBron left the Miami Heat and signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This caused the Heat to keep Bosh and the Rockets allowed Chandler to walk away and become a Maverick.

This was a move that almost all Mavs fans wanted to happen during this offseason. As great a defender as Shawn Marion was, the Mavs needed to get younger at the small forward poition. Chandler allows this to happen.

Chandler (25) will be replacing the 36 year old Marion. Parsons, in only his third NBA season averaged 16.6 points per game. He also had 5.5 rebounds, 4 assists and 1.2 steals in 74 games with the Rockets. Compare those numbers to Marions (10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals) and you can instantly see an improvement in the small forward position.

Last season the Mavericks won 49 games with Dirk, Marion and Samuel Dalembert in the front court. How many more can they win this season with Dirk, Parsons and Tyson Chandler? I don’t know the exact number but I can’t wait for the season to start so we can find out.

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Chandler Parsons Signs Mavericks’ Offer Sheet

by MavsFanatic on July 9, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks are done waiting.

Carmelo Anthony didn’t happen and LeBron James appear ready to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Enter Chandler Parsons.

All along it appeared Dallas favored the 25-year-old Houston Rockets restricted free agent. Parsons is 25, 6’10″ and a talented wing on the cusp of entering his prime.

Parsons inked and sent his three-year, $45+ million offer sheet to Houston early this morning.

Houston will have 72 hours to decide whether they will match the offer.

Ironically it was Parsons who played a major role in recruiting Dwight Howard to the Rockets last summer, but now could be the man squeezed out if Houston picks up a free agent like Chris Bosh.

The move will likely take up most, if not all of, Dallas’ remaining cap room. This would leave the exception to possibly use on Vince Carter, but also means the Mavericks likely will not see Shawn Marion back next season.

It’s a bold move by Mark Cuban and the Mavericks, calling the Rockets’ bluff and truly putting their in-state rival in the pressure cooker. Houston has plenty of obstacles and steps to figure out before deciding whether or not to match.

According to Basketball Insiders’ writer Tommy Beer, Chandler Parsons was one of only three players to average 16 points, five rebounds and four assists while also shooting over 47 percent from the floor. LeBron James and Kevin Durant were the others.

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Plenty of reason to be excited if your a Mavericks fan. Of course it’s now the waiting process.

Mark Cuban and Parsons take a photo here by Parsons’ mother (Credit: ) who joined in the big moment in her son’s life.

Houston to Dallas…may it be!

 

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Carmelo Anthony Meeting With Mavericks Set

by MavsFanatic on June 29, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Free agency is on the horizon and ready to launch come 12:01 a.m. ET Tuesday morning.

Carmelo Anthony holds the throne as the market’s top realistic option to change cities. LeBron James could surprise people by leaving South Beach, but odds are he stays put.

Anthony has at least set dates for meetings with his Top 3 choices outside New York this week.

On opening day of the frenzy, Anthony will first fly out to Chicago and meet with the Bulls on Tuesday. Many believe teaming up with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and playing for the stout defensive club led by head coach Tom Thibodeau in a weaker Eastern Conference serves Anthony his best destination.

Anthony will then knock out two birds with one stone in Texas, meeting both the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Per ESPN, sources say Anthony is likely to visit the Rockets first on Wednesday morning, followed by the Mavericks in the afternoon.

This is Dallas’ third plate appearance in as many summers. Strikes get old, it’s time to make contact and smack one out of the park.

We need a homerun!

Anthony is expected to meet with the Los Angeles Lakers the following week.

New York remains the lone team able to offer Anthony the most money and an extra year, but the sincere visits suggest winning might be the greater priority.

It will be hard for Chicago, Houston or Dallas to offer Anthony his full max deal, which would be four years and nearly $96 million.

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Dallas’ Role in the Carmelo Drama

by Michael Lark on May 22, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Madison Square Garden – it’s February 24, 2014 and the Dallas Mavericks are tied at 108 with the New York Knicks, with only 10.6 seconds left in the game. Vince Carter inbounds the ball from the left sideline to Jose Calderon, who quickly feeds the ball to Dirk Nowizki at the top of the key. Only seconds left, Dirk awkwardly makes his move (in only a way that only Dirk can), and just before the buzzer sounds he heaves a shot at the rim.

The Mavs win.

Carmelo Anthony’s face following that memorable shot says it all. He had one of the best offensive performances of his career, finishing the game with 44 points. But the end of the night, it was his lackluster defense that told the story.

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Now, I’ve never claimed to be any sort of expert when it comes to telling people how to play defense, but I’ll have to bet that putting your hands behind your back as the 10th ranked scorer in NBA history goes up for the game-winning shot is probably not the way to play defense.

Clearly, the Knicks superstar forward still has some room for improvement.

This summer “Melo” will arguably be the biggest name in free agency (Hint: Lebron James is not opting out). The 11-year veteran is known around the league as an offensive juggernaut who essentially considers defense optional.

Anthony is a 7-time NBA All-Star, 2-time All-NBA second team and 4-time All-NBA third team player. He’s the 2013 NBA scoring champion.

Nevertheless, it’s reasons like Carmelo’s lackluster performance in the final 10.6 seconds on February 24 that have many fans questioning the idea of adding him to the Mavs roster this summer.

I’m here to give you a big wakeup call.

Whether you like it or not, the Mavs will be going after Mr. Anthony when free agency commences July 1. Here’s one thing you should know about the NBA, when talent is available, teams will go after it – and there’s no question the Syracuse product is one of most talented players in the league.

But, is the feeling mutual?

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports the Mavs are quietly optimistic they will be on the short list of teams that will be granted a face-to-face visit with the Knicks’ small forward. While the Mavs only have about $27 million locked up in guaranteed money next season, they also have a ton of holes to fill.

Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports the Mavs will only be interested in adding Carmelo if they are able to sign him at a deal that pays him less than the $22 million annually he’s able to get on the open market.

Convincing a superstar athlete in his prime to leave millions of dollars on the table sounds difficult enough, so let’s take a look at what the Mavs can arm themselves with in their potential face-to-face meeting.

The Monta Ellis Case Study

 

Monta Ellis was a disgruntled Milwaukee Bucks employee in the prime of his career. According to Steve von Horn of SB Nation, Ellis was free to sign anywhere he wanted or accept a three-year contract extension worth $36 million. Ellis left money on the table and chose to sign with the Dallas Mavericks.

Why?

“For me it was more important to be in an environment of winning, and to be on a team with a great group of guys,” Ellis said.

Speaking of winning, that also might entice the 29-year-old Anthony to come to Dallas. After all, he’s playing with a New York Knicks franchise that has 10 losing seasons since 1999 which just happens to be the last time the Mavs actually had a losing season of their own – and they’ve had nothing but a winning culture since.

Let’s also not forget the Larry O’Brien Trophy lassoed in 2011 by having the best owner in sports and one of the smartest front offices in the NBA.

In his 11 NBA seasons, Carmelo has never played with a star anywhere close to Nowitzki’s caliber. Melo is often criticized publicly for being an inefficient, volume shooter.

Sound familiar? That’s because the same label that was given to Monta Ellis before he came to Dallas. That’s now a long forgotten characteristic for Ellis.

So what changed? Two words – Dirk Nowitzki.

For the first time in his career, Monta had the opportunity to play with a respected NBA All-Star and future Hall of Famer who opened up opportunities for him. In a March 2014 article, Grantland detailed the evolution of Monta Ellis’ shooting production with and without Nowitzki. [Also see 'The Evolution of Monta Ellis' by Howard Beck]

The graphic above provides an incredible representation of Ellis’ improved efficiency just by playing alongside the “Tall Baller from the G.” That’s a lot of red and orange! Simply put, the “Dirk effect” allowed Ellis to get open opportunities, which improved his efficiency because defenses were paying so much attention to Dirk.

Imagine how this scenario could work with Carmelo in the fold. Teams around the league would be scrambling to defend the new “Big 3 in Big D” of Carmelo, Dirk and Monta.

The Melo Concerns

 

The Melo to Dallas scenario, however, doesn’t come without major concerns.

While convincing him to take less money is an already particularly difficult proposition in itself, there will be several other viable teams including the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers that will be providing plenty of tough competition for his services.

Secondly, on the defensive end for the Mavericks, Nowitzki and Anthony would be a nightmare for head coach Rick Carlisle. Neither player is particularly known for their defensive prowess and there’s definitely a good reason for it.

While this may be an immediate red flag for the Mavs, it’s also important to note that the probability remains high that there will be several defensive centers that will be available this summer, including Larry Sanders, Anderson Varejao, Tyson Chandler and Marcin Gortat that could help.

NOTE: Shawn Marion, the Mavs best defensive player and starting small forward, is a free agent.

Then, there’s Carmelo Anthony’s wife, Alani Vasquez Anthony or simply “La La” as she more commonly known in Hollywood circles. La La and Dallas Mavericks fans have a history of bad blood dating back to Anthony’s days with the Denver Nuggets.

In May 2009, during the Western Conference Semifinals, while attending a game in Dallas, La La was alledgedly the subject of racial slurs and threats by a couple of Mavs fans sitting behind her in the stands that evening, according to her issued statement.  

It is unclear how she feels about Mavericks fans today and whether or not this 2009 incident could sway Carmelo away from Dallas. Either way, I say it’s time to put that situation behind us and move on. Rumors say the “reality TV star” (if there’s such a thing) has a desire to stay in New York to pursue her career in…whatever it is she does.

Despite several contending issues, the fact remains the Mavericks should have a legitimate shot at landing Anthony this summer. In 2011, it was reported that Mavs attempted to trade for Carmelo Anthony’s services before he was ultimately traded to the Knicks because of the Mavericks refusal to include the “untouchable,” (gasp) Roddy Beaubois in a trade.

Unlike the mess that was Dwight Howard last summer, this time around, the Mavs will be dealing with a mature, NBA veteran who is hopefully focused on winning titles and not watching cartoons. So if the Mavs are able to put the pieces together to swing a signing of Anthony, you can bet I’ll be first in line to say, “Get the parade route ready!”

On second thought, never mind, we’ll just use the same parade route we used in 2011.

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Mandatory photo credit to Colorado Sports Desk; Yahoo! Sports/Screencap via @Jose3030

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Wrap Up: Mavs Comeback, Nowitzki’s Huge Night Fall Short

by Greg Higgins on January 30, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (26-21) finished their season series with the Houston Rockets (31-17) on Wednesday night. The Mavs, playing the second-game of a four-game home stand, were unable to win the season series as they lost 117-115.

How it went down:

When the season is over, this could be a game that is looked at as the one that got away. This is a game that the Mavericks should have won and you have to know they feel that way. Houston’s leading scorere James Harden was sitting out his second game with a bruised thumb. Houston was playing the second night of a back-to-back and Dwight Howard had a mediocre game according to his standards. Howard only had five rebounds, one block shot and he had four turnovers as well.

For some reason, though, Dallas trailed pretty much the whole game. They were playing catch up for most of the game as Houston kept the offensive pressure up. Houston shot 55.4% from the field, including 42.9% from three-point land.

Dallas was able to stay in the game thanks to the offense of Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter. Dirk poured in 38 points and Vince had 22. The game looked over with 2:44 left. Houston had an 11-point lead 116-105. Dallas closed the gap to two with 22.2 seconds left when Dirk sank two-free throws.

Trailing 117-115, Jose Calderon forced a turnover as Aaron Brooks fumbled the ball out of bounds. With 19.9 seconds left, the Mavs had the ball and a chance to tie the game or even win. Trying to get the ball to Dirk for the final shot, he was double-teamed and so it was Calderon with the three-point try. His attempt came up short. He grabbed the rebound and tried again at the buzzer and it came up just short.

Inside the Numbers:

Dirk became the 13th player in NBA History to surpass the 26,000 plateau.

Dirk is on pace to pass John Havlicek next month for 12th place. There is a chance that he will pass Dominque Wilkins and Oscar Robertson this year as well, which will put him in the top 10 in scoring.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk was the only starter to score in double-figures. He scored 38 and the rest of the starters scored 22 points combined. Dirk also grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds for Dallas.

 

 

 

Quotes:

“The defense was horrible all night. I mean, every time down somebody was in the paint, laying the ball up or in transition, drives or pick-and-roll plays. I mean, if you give up 117 at the house, you’re going to lose.”

– Dirk Nowitzki

 

“We kept fighting. We knew it was some tough plays. We couldn’t get a stop for one part of the fourth quarter, but we kept on fighting till the end. We got the shots at the end and we couldn’t make it, but we shouldn’t put ourselves in that situation. To be able to win this game, I think we made too many mistakes.”

– Jose Calderon

 

“We gave ourselves a chance, which was great, but the first 46 minutes or whatever it was were not good. It’s a lot of the same problem — keeping people in front of us and giving up too many layups. We’ve got to do better.”

 – Rick Carlisle

On Deck:

The Mavs continue their home stand as they host the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. The Kings defeated Dallas in their lone meeting this far. The game airs on FSSW at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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Game Night: Rested Mavs Take On Rockets

by Albert Luna on January 29, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Mavericks hope to reel in their second win of this home stand against James Harden (game-time decision; thumb), D-12 and the Rockets.

The game at hand:

The Mavericks grinded out a 116-106 win over the Pistons on Sunday, ending a two-game losing skid. Dirk Nowitzki was phenomenal, having a game high in points (28) and rebounds (9) in a game in which he went up against the likes of Greg Monroe and Josh Smith.

Now the Mavs have a date with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night in Dallas. This is game 2 of 4 game home stand. The Mavs are looking to put together a string of consecutive wins for the first time in over two weeks.  This Rockets team will be in its second night of a back-to-back, fresh off of taking down the Spurs last night. This will also be the fourth and last time the two will face off in the regular season, the Mavs are currently 2-1 vs their rivals, including a late November thriller in which Monta Ellis went for 37 points en route to a Dallas victory.

Keys to the game:

1. Continued bench production: Sunday’s game was a step in the right direction for the Mavs bench, particularly Devin Harris. After struggling in his first three games back from a toe injury that kept him out most the season, Harris has shown he’s not done yet , averaging 14 points and about five assists in his last two contests. Vince Carter has also (not so coincidentally) been thriving off of Harris’ improved  play, averaging 16 points on over 50 percent shooting during that span as well.

2) Take care of the ball: For the fourth straight game, the Mavs had yet another contest in which they turned over the ball 15+ times. Simply, that won’t get it done. Monta Ellis had an eight turnover game on Sunday, collecting just three assists in the process. With Ellis getting a lot of ball handling duties, this is big area for improvement. If the main guards can cut back on TO’s, the rest of the team should follow suit.

EllisHardenMatchup of the Night:  James Harden vs. Monta Ellis

In what is probably a matchup of the two most well rounded shooting guards in all of the Western Conference; all eyes will be set on this matchup. Although Monta Ellis has been struggling a little as of late, a strong performance here will certainly force his name back into the discussion of All-Stars for the remaining seven spots in the West.  In the two games Harden has played against the Mavs, he’s averaged 29 points, six assists, and three rebounds while Ellis is averaging 25 points, five assists, and four rebounds in his 3 games against Houston this season.

Harden (thumb) sat out last night’s game against the Spurs. His status for this one is questionable. If the beard can’t go, expect more minutes and production from Jeremy Lin and Francisco Garcia.

 

 

 

Quotes:

“I’ve looked at it pretty close and he’ll make it, I just have a feeling that he will. And if he doesn’t, it’s great because he’ll have (time to) rest. But I do think, if you look at his stats and the production and minutes – if he was playing the minutes some of those guys are playing, he’d be a 25-point scorer. So he’ll make it. I think (Monta) Ellis deserves, too.” – Rick Carlisle on Dirk Nowitzki’s All-Star chances.

 

“I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but I’m just building on each game, trying to get better, I try not to have too high expectations, having that much time off. I know what I feel I can do. It’s what my body will allow me to do. The last two games have been good for me.” – Devin Harris on his evaluation of his performance.

When and Where: The game will tip off at 7:30 CST and will air on Fox Sports Southwest

Go Mavs! 

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Wrap Up: Mavs Provide Early Christmas Gift In Win Over Rockets

by Greg Higgins on December 26, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (16-12) coming off an embarrassing two-game stretch against the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns were hoping to right the ship against the Houston Rockets (18-11) on Monday night. This was the third meeting between the two teams already on the season, with both teams splitting the first two games. Dallas made sure they didn’t drop three games in a row as they defeated the Rockets 111-104.

How it went down: On a night in which Dirk Nowitzki only needed 13 points to tie Alex English on the NBA All-Time Scoring list, Dirk made sure he did more than that. Dirk tied English in the first half and early in the third quarter he took over the No. 13 spot on the scoring list.

Dirk finished the night with 31 as he led the charge for Dallas. The Mavericks were dominated in the paint due mostly to the fact that Dwight Howard had 29 points for Houston. The Rockets outscored Dallas 60-32 in the paint.

Late in the second quarter, Dallas trailed by 11 points to Houston 55-44 and trailed by seven at half time. The Mavs opened up the third quarter on a 15-1 run and never looked back. Dallas outscored Houston 61-47 in the second half.

Inside the Numbers: This is the second time the Mavs have defeated the Rockets after trailing by double-digits in the game.

The Mavs turned 18 Rocket turnovers into 21 points.

Dallas had five players in double-digit scoring, including two players off the bench (Vince Carter and Brandan Wright)

Impact Play of the Game:  From 1:30 left in the half until the 8:08 minute mark of the third quarter, the Mavs outscored Houston 21-3 to take a seven point advantage. On a night where offense took center stage for Dirk, it was a block on Dwight Howard at the half-time buzzer that set the tone for the second half.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: Dirk Nowtizki

When it’s all said and done, Dirk is going to go down as one of the greatest power forwards of all time. Too bad the rest of the world can’t see what the fans in Dallas already know: He’s been great for years.

Quotes:

 “It was a must-win for us. We had to get back on track to feeling good again after two devastating losses that we figured came because we weren’t playing our basketball within our system. Tonight, we came in with a great game plan and stuck to it.” – Monta Ellis

 

“We tried a bunch of different stuff. We tried showing and coming back. We tried staying on him. We tried running at him. Nothing seemed to work.” - Kevin McHale on stopping Dirk

On Deck:

The Mavs have a couple days off for Christmas before taking the floor again on Thursday night against the hated San Antonio Spurs. The game can be seen on FSSW at 7:30 Central.

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Mavs Game Night: Utah at Dallas

by Ryan Wilson on November 22, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Coming off an emotional roller coaster victory Wednesday night, the Mavericks will look to continue their success at the American Airlines Center tonight against the Utah Jazz. The Mavericks overcame a 14-point 4th quarter deficit to beat the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, largely in part to Dirk Nowitzki (35 points) and Monta Ellis (37 points).

MontaEllisTHE GAME AT HAND:

The Mavericks will take on a Jazz team that is 1-12 in this young NBA season and winless on the road at 0-7. They are one of the lowest scoring teams in the NBA and that will have to change in order to have any chance against the high scoring Mavericks. The Jazz won the season series last year 2-1. Gordon Hayward leads the team in scoring at 18.2 points per game and Derrick Favors leads them in rebounding at 10.4 per game.

THREE KEYS OF THE NIGHT:

1) DON’T OVERLOOK OPPONENT: The Mavericks took a huge game on Wednesday night and while it’s still early in the season, they are starting to catch some of the attention from the national media. Games like these can bring you back down to earth quickly, so it’s important that the Mavericks take care of business and don’t put themselves in a tough situation throughout the ball game.

2) LIMIT MARIONS MINUTES: Despite some early concerns, the groin strain of Shawn Marion will not hold him back from action tonight, but it should be noted that it would be wise to take care of business and limit his minutes. The Mavericks can ill afford to lose their top defender for any stretch of time.

3) TAKE AWAY HAYWARD: Gordon Hayward is by far the best player on the Jazz, and he can really fill up the box score as well. At 6’8, he is listed as a Shooting Guard, but we imagine he will be defended by Marion for the majority of the game. He is a very good defender and can change the momentum of the game at any time.

MATCHUP OF THE NIGHT

Shane Larkin vs Trey Burke: While both of these guys are just in their first year in the NBA, they are two up and coming players who figure to be around for a long time to come. Trey Burke was taken 9th overall in last summers draft and he just made his NBA debut the other night in New Orleans, racking up 11 points on 5-8 shooting. Larkin has quickly taken over the role of back up point guard, and will continue to see some heavy playing time leading up to the season debut of Devin Harris. Two rising stars should figure to be on the court at the same time tonight. What more can you ask for?

QUOTES:

“He’s always aggressive, and he’s their best player and their leading scorer, so he’s going to be aggressive and we have to be aggressive with him.” - Rick Carlisle on Gordon Hayward

 

“We’re really just playing off of him. He’s been aggressive, he’s been shooting the ball well, but what’s been great is that he has been making plays for others. He’s making all of us better.”  – Dirk Nowitzki on Monta Ellis

HOW TO WATCH:

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

INJURY REPORT:

Dallas Mavericks

  • Brandan Wright OUT
  • Wayne Ellington Day-To-Day
  • Devin Harris OUT

Sources – Game Preview by Earl K. Sneed (quote)

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Mavs Wrap Up: Mavs Deliver Texas Size Knockout To Rockets

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

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For those of you who went to bed around 11:00 central time because the Dallas Mavericks (8-4) were getting blown out by the Houston Rockets (8-5), you may be kicking yourself today. Dallas capped off an unbelievable comeback as they knocked off their Interstate Rivals.

How it went down: The Mavericks got bombarded in the first quarter of the game against the Rockets as they came out on fire. Four minutes into the game and Houston had 20 points already. Houston would wind up with 40 points in the first quarter and a 40-29 lead.

The second frame was a little more Dallas speed as they outscored Houston 32-28 and only trailed by seven going into the break. After three, Houston led by 14 and the Mavericks looked dead in the water. They had trailed by as much as 18 in the game and seemed to not be able to stop the Rockets from doing anything.

Monta EllisThis is when everything changed. Somehow, the defense picked up and Dallas was converting on the other end of the floor. The final quarter saw Dallas erase the lead completely as Shawn Marion knocked down a three-pointer with about 45 seconds left to go in the game. Dallas took a 121-119 lead at that point and it was their first lead since 4-2 in the first quarter. James Harden was fouled and only made one of his free throws. Dallas would knock down a couple more free throws to secure the 123-120 win over Houston.

The AAC was quite ecstatic at what had just happened. Dallas, even with all the new faces, showed what they can do when the pull together as a team. During the 2011 championship run, Dallas had six fourth quarter comebacks in the playoffs. This is one of those games that could go a long way in deciding this teams’ fate in the future.

Inside the Numbers:

After Houston shot a staggering 64.9% in the first three quarters, Dallas held them to only 26.3% in the final quarter. Dallas outscored them 36-19 in the frame too.

Despite being turned down by Dwight Howard in the offseason, Dallas managed to out-rebound Houston 36-30.

For the second game in a row, Dallas was outscored in the paint by a huge margin (56-36 against Houston), yet Dallas managed to win both games.

Impact Play of the Game:  Trailing by 14 going into the fourth quarter, Dirk Nowitzki opened up the fourth quarter with six straight points to pull them within eight of Houston. Dallas would go on a 14-3 run to open the quarter before eventually overtaking Houston.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: Dirk Nowitzki

Monta Ellis led the team in scoring with 37 but it was Dirk’s fourth quarter run that ignited the team and sparked the comeback. Dirk finished the night with 35 points and he also passed Reggie Miller for 15th place on the NBA all-time scoring list. Dirk trails Kevin Garnett by 42 currently for 14th place.

Quotes:

“They were on pace for a 60-point quarter at the eight-minute mark, and we knew they weren’t going to keep shooting it that way, But we also knew we had to step it up and make them feel us more than they were defensively. Gradually, we were able to do it.” – Rick Carlisle speaking about the first quarter explosion Houston had.

 

“We made some runs there in the third and in the fourth, but it seemed like they had an answer every time. You know, somebody would hit a big three … and it seemed like they had an answer every time. But we stuck together and we talked about it in the huddle and kept fighting. And you know, anything is possible.” – Dirk Nowitzki

On Deck:

Dallas will finish their three-game home stand Friday night against the Utah Jazz. The game can be seen on FSSW starting at 7:30.

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