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Mavs Schedule Release: 5 Must See Match-Ups

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

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The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a bitter-sweet season. It was a season in which they finally made it back to the postseason after sitting out the year before. However, they got beat in the first round in seven games against the San Antonio Spurs. They did manage to take the eventual NBA champions further than anyone else did in the playoffs – which was encouraging.

The offseason has brought about significant changes to the Mavericks and fans are extremely optimistic. Bringing back Tyson Chandler and adding Chandler Parsons, Richard Jefferson and Jameer Nelson make for a very interesting basketball team.

One of the more interesting days in the offseason, is when the NBA releases their schedule for the upcoming season. Today happened to be the lucky day. It’s always fun to look ahead and see the weird oddities of the schedule. For instance, four of the first six games are on the road. This includes an opening night stint with the defending champions in San Antonio as the Mavs will have to watch Tim Duncan and crew raise another championsip banner.

Dallas has a home-and-home series with the Denver Nuggets in January and another one with the Spurs in March. Dallas will face every team at least once at home as part of their 41 home games. Here are five home games that are a must see if you’re a Mavs fan.

 

Sunday, November 9 – Miami at Dallas

Even though the rosters are different, there is something about this game that gets fans going every year. I guess playing each other in the finals twice in six seasons will do that to a fan base. These are two teams that don’t need any introduction. Even though LeBron James is gone, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are still holding down the fort in South Beach. No matter how both teams are playing, each one seems to bring their “A” game for this matchup.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 21 – LA Lakers at Dallas

After sitting out most of last season with an injury, Kobe Bryant makes his return to the AAC for the first time in a long time. The new-look Lakers will be interesting to watch, and could this be Kobe’s last year in the league?

 

 

Saturday, December 20 – San Antonio at Dallas

This game needs no introduction, or at least it shouldn’t. These two teams battled for seven games in one of the more dramatic playoff series we’ve ever seen. Even though the Spurs won the seris, nobody will ever forget where they were on Saturday afternoon when Vince Carter hit the game winning three-pointer to put Dallas up 2–1 in the series. Both teams have mutual respect for each other but hate one another at the same time. Two of the best power forwards of all time will be battling it out again. The crowd at the AAC will be rocking for this game. Make sure you’re there.

 

 

Sunday, December 28 – Oklahoma City at Dallas

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will make their way into the AAC for the first time this season right after Christmas. They will probably be wanting a little payback as Dallas took two of the three games from them last year, including a thrilling overtime game in March. Durant, one of the most exciting players to watch in the game is worth the price of a ticket himself most nights.

 

 

Monday, February 9 – LA Clippers at Dallas

This isn’t a huge rival game but last year these two teams played the most entertaining baseketball of the season. It was the Clippers who came storming back from a 17 point deficit in the final five minutes of the game to defeat Dallas. The fact is, all four games between the Mavs and Clippers were high-drama. The chances of them giving us an encore this season is slim but still worth trying in my opinion.

 

 

(Bonus) Tuesday, March 10 – Cleveland at Dallas

It’s hard to imagine how crazy good the Cavs might be with Kevin Love and LeBron on the same team. Pairing the best player in the game with the best rebounder in the game is a scary combination but should be a lot of fun to watch. This will be the Cavs only trip to Dallas this year, barring a matchup in the Finals. I’m pretty sure that’s an NBA Final’s matchup that every Mavs’ fan would sign up for in a heartbeat.

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Chandler Parsons: ‘Huge Honor’ to Wear U.S.A.

by Damian Jackson on July 28, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons has started his quest to make the cut and be part of the final 12 to represent the United States Men’s Basketball Team.

Parsons is one of 19 high-quality NBA players competing for the opportunity to represent their home country in the upcoming World Cup. He expressed to those covering Team USA his thoughts on wearing the red, white and blue:

“Man! It’s a huge honor. I get goose bumps on my arms every time I put it on and every time you see U-S-A across your chest, it means something. It’s flattering. It’s humbling. I look forward to working extremely hard this week and doing whatever I can to help this team win and to make the team.”

It’s exciting for the Mavericks organization to have the 25-year-old Parsons represent the team in an exclusive club of many of the NBA’s finest young talent. The talent pool is headlined by Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City), Stephen Curry (Golden State) and Anthony Davis (New Orleans).

Parsons certainly wants a crack at the final roster and chance at gold in the 2016 Olympics among other lead-up competitions. Durant, Davis and Parsons’ former teammate James Harden (Houston) all own a gold medal from the 2012 Olympics.

What will Parsons do to stand out?

“…Continue to get stronger and work on my all around game and be a mismatch when I go to the perimeter at the four and play stretch-forward. Just as tough as it is for me to guard those big guys down low, it’s tough for them to guard me on the perimeter. So I think I can present mismatches and just continue to work. I’m willing to do whatever it takes for me to help this team win.”

This summer work will be beneficial as it falls into what the Mavericks will look for in Parsons come training camp. His versatility isn’t found in just anyone and it’ll be a weapon on display this week and going forward for Team USA before the NBA season gets started in camp.

“I’m sure it will get more competitive and as the week goes on, it’s going to get more serious and more serious.”

Here’s a fantastic capture by the NBA’s Instagram account featuring Steph Curry, John Wall and Parsons finishing on the break in the very cool phantom cam effect:

Check out NBATV on Tuesday for the Behind-the-Scenes look into Team USA Men’s Basketball. It will begin at 2 p.m. CT and run for two hours.

Parsons continues to fight for a spot, backed by plenty of determination to prove his worth following his free agency signing which has him atop Dallas’ payroll. We along with a nation of Mavs fans are pushing for Parsons’ success on this journey to rock the jersey he’s so honored to wear.

Mandatory Credit: USAB.com (Quotes); Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Sports Images

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Wrap Up: Mavs Triumph Over Thunder in OT

by Terence Huie on March 26, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (43-29) end the night with a much needed win, defeating the West’s second best Oklahoma City Thunder (52-19) 128-119 in overtime. The victory puts the Mavs just a half game above the Phoenix Suns for the eighth and final playoff spot.

How it went down:

The moment the game tipped, both teams started in a sloppy fashion. Despite the Mavs and Thunder committing 11 total turnovers in the first period, Dallas took advantage of the Thunder’s lack of production on offense. The Mavs converted 7-of-8 at the charity stripe by entering the bonus just three minutes into first quarter. By the second quarter, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook would spark some fire for Oklahoma City. Durant’s 20 points in the first half (including 7-of-8 from the free throw line) put his team up 60-59 at the midway point.

The second half was a fairly different story as the teams battled throughout the game trading baskets in the third quarter. Two back-to-back 3-pointers from Vince Carter and deep 3-point shot by Jose Calderon gave the Mavs a two-point lead under two mintues in the period. But Kevin Durant would answer back with a 24-foot jumper from behind the line, putting OKC up by four points to start the last quarter.

Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis would not go down without a fight in the fourth quarter. Ellis and Dirk each scored eight in the last quarter alone, providing the Mavs a three point lead with 55 seconds left in the game. After two clutch 3-point jumpers from Derek Fisher and Durant, Calderon (6-of-9 3PTM) responded with a critical triple from the top of the key to send the game into overtime.

Dallas entered the current homestand’s third overtime game with the determination for victory. Dirk refused defeat, scoring a pair on a tough one-legged fadeaway over Durant then a dagger 3-point basket which put the game away.

Inside the Numbers:

Seven Mavericks scored in double figures, including Calderon’s 22 points.

Dallas is now 3-11 when allowing opponents to score 60 or more points in the first half; the Thunder led 60-59 at the intermission.

Kevin Durant scored 43 points, his 36th consecutive game totaling at least 25 points. He needs five more to pass Michael Jordan’s record of 40 such games. Durant is averaging 38.2 points over his past five games.

Impact Play of the Game:

Russell Westbrook stole the ball from Dirk with 55 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. After a Thunder timeout, Durant would shoot and make a triple over Marion who appeared to play the drive with 39.9 remaining.

The impact play came when Dirk who launch a potential game-tying three, but miss and reserve center Brandan Wright grabbed the game’s most important offensive rebound. Wright tracked the ball down near the far corner, scanned the floor before quickly kicking it out to an open Calderon. BANG! Jose would connect on his fifth long ball of the game and force the extra session.
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Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki redeemed himself in this game versus the Thunder, following a painful performance against the Nets from Sunday night. Dirk really showed he can still get the job done at age 35. Nowitzki finished the game with 32 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals while shooting 47% from the field.

 

 

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On Deck:

The Mavs play game five of the home stand on Thursday night when Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers come to town. The game can be seen on FSSW at 7:30 p.m. CT.

 

(Photos by Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas Plays Host to Oklahoma City

by Terence Huie on March 25, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (42-29) have four games left in their 8-game home stand, looking forward to the intra-conference matchup against the Oklahoma City Thunder (52-18).

The Game At Hand:

Dallas has performed somewhat sluggish as of late, winning only five of nine games since the All-Star Break. Sunday night is a prime example of the Mavs’ late season struggles with a heartbreaking overtime defeat versus the Brooklyn Nets. It is important for the Mavericks to win tonight to maintain the 8th seed in the Western Conference.

As for the Thunder, this young, yet experienced team is currently holding a 2-1 record in the season series against the Mavericks. Oklahoma City has shown no signs of slowing down this season by winning six of their last seven games. With Thunder guard Russell Westbrook returning tonight (knee), the Mavs have a tough task of defending both Westbrook and Kevin Durant.

Keys To The Game:

1. Stop KD

The Mavs gameplan should be displayed short and sweet into a hashtag: “#STOPKD”. Capitalizing all the letters in this hashtag emphasizes how important it is for the Mavs to defend Kevin Durant. Durant is essentially the foundation of OKC’s offensive production. The All-Star forward has averaged 35 points per game in the last ten, shooting slightly above 50% from the field. Shawn Marion and Vince Carter have to contain and defend Durant as much possible. If Durant catches fire, this game could end on a sour note for the Mavs.

2. “Run Killers”

The Oklahoma City Thunder as a team are what I like to call “Run Killers”. Run Killers are teams that when the opponent starts a scoring run, the team rallies to stop that run. OKC is probably one the best teams at stopping their opponent’s runs, which is why they’ve been one of the most dominant teams in the league. After an opponent’s run, a 3-pointer from Durant, a steal and breakaway dunk by Westbrook or block by Ibaka can crush a team’s morale throughout the game. Every offensive possession is critical for the Mavs when going on scoring runs.

The X-Factor:

Dirk Nowitzki

There are times where MFFLs see amazing performances from Dirk. Then there are the times (not often) where Dirk has “it’s just one of those games” type performances. Sunday night’s game against the Nets was a game that Nowtizki can forget about going forward. Dirk shot an excruciating 16% (2-12 FG), finishing the game with 10 points. Expect Dirk to have better production on the offensive end of the ball tonight.

When and Where:

Tip-off at American Airlines Center tonight is at 7:00 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast on nationally on TNT.

GO MAVS and #STOPKD!

 

Playoff Watch:

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

7. Memphis Grizzlies (42-28) | Next 3 – @UTA, @GSW, & @POR

8. Phoenix Suns (42-29) | Next 3 – @WAS, vs NYK, & @LAL

9. Dallas Mavericks (42-29) | Next 3 – vs OKC, vs LAC & vs SAC

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Wrap Up: Mavs Hammer Thunder Behind Balanced Attack

by Greg Higgins on March 16, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (40-27) finished off their three-game road trip in Oklahoma City to face the Thunder (48-18) on Sunday night. The Thunder, who were without Russell Westbrook for the night, were trying to increase their winning streak over Dallas to 12. The Mavs weren’t having any of it though as they went on to win 109-86.

How it went down:

At 16-11, the Oklahoma City Thunder had their largest lead of the night. When Vince Carter hit a three-pointer to put the Mavs up 24-21, it was for good. Dallas never trailed nor was the game tied after that point.

Despite their best efforts, Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka couldn’t keep the Thunder in the game. Durant finished with 30 and Ibaka had 19 for OKC but the rest of the team was held at bay by the Mavs defense.

Dallas was led by a balanced attack in which no player had more than 19 points but five players finished in double figures. Dallas built a lead as big as 26 in the game and they held one of the more prolific offenses to only 36.7% shooting on the night. Dallas shot 53.3% from the field and they made 13 three-pointers, including four each from Vince Carter and Jose Calderon.

Inside the Numbers:

Dallas outrebounded OKC 42-33

Dallas had 40 points in the paint to only 22 for OKC

Impact Play of the Game

With the game tied at 19, Rick Carlisle inserted his reserve players. Brandan Wright, Devin Harris and Vince sparked a Mavs run that put them up by 10 early in the 2nd quarter. The Mavs never looked back.

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Shawn Marion

Marion led the team in scoring with 19 points and he also grabbed six rebounds. However, he was extremely active on both sides of the floor. Whether it was getting loose balls, grabbing rebounds or whatever, he was active and caused all kinds of problems for the Thunder defense.

Quotes:

“We played well. And look, they’re down a great player, so we caught a break there. But you’ve still got to go out and play. They’ve had a great record with and without Westbrook, so it’s a game we needed. I mean, we need every one with the battle that we’re in, and we did some good things.” – Rick Carlisle

 

“We came out there and took them out of everything they wanted to do pretty much. We made it hard for them and we were moving the ball. And everybody was helping each other.” – Shawn Marion

On Deck:

The Mavs return home for a franchise-long eight-game home stand starting Monday Night against the Boston Celtics. The game can be seen on FSSW at 7:30 p.m. CT.

 

(Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas Faces Tough Task in OKC

by Damian Jackson on March 16, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (39-27) continue to truck along in their wild playoff race along with Golden State, Memphis and Phoenix. After a solid road win behind the magnificent Dirk Nowitzki performance in Utah, Dallas now faces the Oklahoma City Thunder (48-17) – a team they’ve lost to 11 straight times.

The Game At Hand:

The Mavs took care of business against the Jazz, but winning tonight in Oklahoma City will be all kinds of difficult. As mentioned the Thunder have only lost to the Mavericks once since the two teams met in the 2011 Western Conference Finals. In the 11 consecutive defeats, including the 2012 first round sweep, Dallas lost by six or less in seven of those games.

At the end of the day, close does not cut it. It gives you a chance, but losing still feels the same awful way.

Dallas comes into tonight’s game on three days rest. They are 8-4 when playing after a two or three day break. Meanwhile the Thunder are a mere 5-5 in such games. What this tells you is the Mavericks should come out guns blazin’ against a team with much younger legs and put them on their heels.

Keys To The Game:

1. Play Smart

The Mavericks right now have it in their minds the Thunder have not been easy to beat. They know this. You don’t lose 11 straight to a team and not have them in your head. The time of having that advantage over the diaper babies Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook is over. It’s now about playing smart and making less mistakes than they do. OKC thrives off turnovers and piling up points on the break. Limit those chances for them by valuing the ball.

2. Effort and Hustle

It’s not always going to guarantee the win, but effort and hustle go a long way in ensuring you left everything on the court without the feeling of regret. That said, we’ve seen the games where our Mavericks have etched into our minds hustle plays that proved the urgency to win (The Vince Carter multiple tap rebound and eventual Jose Calderon 3-point basket vs. Indiana). It’ll be important Dallas shows that level of effort tonight and outwork the Thunder in the trenches.

Matchup of the Night:

Thunder Bench vs Mavericks Bench

To think anyone is going to stop or slow down the league’s best scorer in Durant isn’t realistic, these days it’s like false hope. What you can do is make him work hard for his scoring attempts. The point is Durant and the seemingly always snarled-faced Westbrook will get theirs more often than not. Same can be said for Dirk.

This leads me to an area of strength for the Mavericks and where the Thunder are well-equipped themselves. Each team has a bench mixed with veterans and some youth. Dallas boasts a group of Devin Harris, F/C duo Brandan Wright and DeJuan Blair led by the age-defying Vince Carter. They’ve played extremely well of late which really helps a starting unit that can go cold outside of Dirk and Monta Ellis.

OKC has used both Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III off the bench with veterans Nick Collison and Derek Fisher. A short time ago they added former Mavs champion Caron Butler to add even more experience.

Looking forward to watch which reserve group brings more to the table tonight. This clearly needs to roll in Dallas’ favor as they don’t possess the same firepower to match the Durant/Westbrook combo.

Quotes:

 

“Dirk is one of the best shot makers in the game’s history. [Monta] Ellis does a good job of finding his offense with his aggressiveness, his quickness, he gets to the paint. We’re really going to have to play good defense for 24 seconds because they pass until they find a good shot.”

 - Thunder head coach Scott Brooks on Dallas’ attack

 

“They [OKC] put a lot of pressure on both ends. You have to get good shots and the only way to do that is to move the ball, quickly. If you turn it over, those guys are doing chin-ups, if they’re dunks, and they get going in that building.”

- Rick Carlisle on the Thunder

When and Where:

Tip-off at Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight is at 6:00 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Oklahoma.

Playoff Watch:

6. Golden State (41-26) | Next 3 – @POR, vs ORL, vs MIL

7. Dallas Mavericks (39-27) | Next 3 – @OKC, vs BOS, vs MIN

8. Memphis Grizzlies (39-27) | Next 3 – vs UTAH, @MIA & vs IND

9. Phoenix Suns (36-27) | Next 3 – @BKN, vs ORL, vs DET

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Dirty Talk: Nowitzki Checks in with Jim Rome

by Damian Jackson on February 14, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks’ franchise player took time this Valentine’s Day to join Jim Rome’s radio show ‘The Jungle’ and dish out his high quality commentary.

Dirk Nowitzki has previously appeared on Rome’s television program, but never his radio show and both were very thrilled to have each other’s company today.

Rome kicked it off asking about Dallas’ ability to win six of seven heading into the All-Star break including the physical, defensive win against the East-best Indiana Pacers.

Dirk: That was a big win for us, because they have a very tough front line; they’re long at every position and we kept battling. We had a tough loss the night before in Charlotte, we talked about how we wanted to be better defensively, we needed to compete harder on both ends of the floor. Any time we feel we defend and rebound well, we give ourselves a chance…if we don’t we’re usually in trouble.

Dallas faced the Pacers prior to the break and will host the Miami Heat on Tuesday after the season hiatus. Rome wants to know whether Dirk and the Mavs approach the two teams as next game on the schedule or statement games.

Dirk: Usually you look at the schedule before the season and you circle some games and those two are definitely on. Miami and Indiana are both great teams in the East, and will probably end up playing in the Conference Finals. Plus, with them being in the East you only play them twice…in Dallas once. Miami comes in next week, the only time, and I know the crowd will be ready. We had a little thing going, we beat them in ’11, they’ve won the last two years, they’re a great team and I know our crowd and fans will be ready…one we have circled on the calendar.

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Jason Terry was a guest on ‘The Jungle’ previously and mentioned he still hates the Heat despite beating them in the Finals. Does Dirk share the same hate for Miami or is it just a Terry thing?

Dirk: That’s a Jason Terry thing, I don’t really hate anybody. I think rivalries or big matchups are great for this league. We played the Spurs almost every year in the playoffs for years back in the day and it was always a fun rivalry. Both teams respected each other, but once the ball went up it was physical, hard playing. Those are great and great for the league, so I don’t necessarily hate much, they’re just fun rivalries.

Rome: You don’t run on that kind of fuel, we know the Jet does. [Gets a chuckle out of Dirk]

As a 12-time All-Star who did not make the team last year, does it mean more to get back there this season?

 

 

Dirk: Yeah, I put a lot of work in. These last two years were disappointing for me starting with the lockout season. All these games; My knee started to act up and last year I thought I’d be fine and then right before the season I ended up needing knee surgery and almost missed 30 games so it’s been a tough two years and I wanted to put a lot of work in to get ready. It’s paid off, been uphill to play at a high level and that’s where I wanted to get back at, helping my team win every night. Missing the playoffs last year and watching from home was tough on me. We had made the playoffs 12 years in a row, it motivated me again and that’s why I’m here. With 30 games left, we hope to finish strong.

 

Dirk recently eclipsed 26,000 points in his career and could possibly crack the NBA’s top 10 all-time scoring list by season’s end. What would that milestone mean to you?

Dirk: That’s insane, really. If you think about when I first got here as a 7-foot guy that weighed barely 200 pounds, didn’t really know if I was gonna make it in this league with all these athletes the way they play. 16 years later knowing the crazy ride we’ve been on; the All-Star games are tough, the championship run in 2011, it’s been an amazing ride. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and if I were to end up in the top 10 in scoring that’s an amazing accomplishment. Those things and accomplishments are great once your career is over and you look back over your entire career at what you’ve done. So far chasing and competing every other night it’s not as important, but in 10 years when you’re showing your kids what you’ve done, all those things are unbelievable.

 

 

When he entered the league, the power forward position was in the mold of guys like Charles Barkley. Dirk defined the stretch-four term used frequently in today’s game. Dirk describes his evolution from his NBA beginning to present day.

Dirk: It was just really tough for me, I wasn’t strong enough. [Laughs some before retelling one of his common early NBA stories] When a ‘four’ or power forwards caught the ball on the block and I was guarding him, I would hear the whole [opposing] team yell, “Go at him! Please go at him! Kill him!” It was always in the back of my mind that I have to get stronger, you don’t have to be a great defender but you have to be a smart defender, team defender and help your team if they need you. So I got stronger, my base, my legs to keep guys out of the post more. Then the rule change from few years ago changed the game to more of a flow and not as much iso and post ups. Fours now need to be able to run, jump, shoot a little bit. Even the fives now need to be able to shoot a little, I think the game has evolved away from the one-on-one pounding into more five-on-five with ball screens and flow.

You get stronger and your game evolves. Others NBA greats like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant start emulating the trademark Dirk one-legged fadeaway. What do you think of having a move so unique other guys are trying to copy it?

Dirk: That made me proud, to know that some of the best in this game are using that move and what’s good about that shot is you can always get it off. You could be stuck somewhere on the wing, no dribble, all you do is create a little separation, step back and you’re able to get your shot off. That’s how I started to shoot it more, because as you get older you don’t want to drive as much and take the pounding. All you do is take one little step back, have decent balance, lean back and get the ball over. Obviously, it helps me that I’m 7-foot, I can still get that shot off over anybody. It’s really helped me still score a lot of points even though I can’t drive as much anymore and I’m glad that some of the best are putting it in their [arsenal] even though it’s not their main weapon, I think it’s a big weapon to have.

Dirk provides insight on his role in all these classic music video parodies the Dallas Mavericks create for him and his teammates. Fun times.

Dirk: I’m not that talented in other things besides basketball, but I love making a fool out of myself, always have. The Mavericks always come up with fun stuff for me to do. I mean the camel commercial [Spoof on Gieco's Ad] when I walk through the office and yell “GAMEDAY!” Stuff like that…the fans in Dallas have really soaked up over the years and people only see me on the court when I’m really fired up, they don’t really know how I am off the court so those kind of things let them know I have fun and am really laid back. All those videos and clips just show that I’m a fun guy, I love to have fun, but I don’t think I have a career in singing once I’m done.

Tennis was and is a part of Dirk’s life. Is he a baseliner or one to charge the net? Prefer serving or playing the volley?

Dirk: I did try to serve and volley a little bit. I used to love Boris Becker growing up in the nineties, he was the man, he was our hero in Germany. I even went to the hair salon and said I want a hair cut like Boris Becker [Rome laughs] so I was a huge fan. I had a big serve for my size, I used my serve well, had a big forehand, my backhand was struggling, but I like to come forward and make the points shorter. If you’re a tall tennis player, the less you have to move the better, the less court in the back you have to cover the better, so it’s better for us to move in and keep the points short.

Rome: “That was a great interview Dirk, you do a great interview Dirk. What a blast, that’s so much fun, such a good interview. Literally, one of the best guys ever.

Dirk is known for his one-of-a-kind fadeaway jumper. It’s time more people found out about his one-of-a-kind personality on and off the basketball court.

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Photos provided by NBA.com; ‘Mavs Music Mix’ by Dallas Mavericks; Quoteboard content collaborated from Jim Rome’s CBS Sports Radio interview with Dirk Nowitzki (02/14/14)

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Game Night: Mavs Look To Sweep Season Set With Cavs

by Terence Huie on February 3, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The NFL season is now officially over and it’s time to for teams in the NBA to compete for their rightful playoff positions. The Dallas Mavericks (27-21) defend their home court tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers (16-31)

The Game At Hand: 

With a win versus the Kings three days ago, the Mavs are looking to step up in the month of February. Dallas is currently 9th in the Western Conference standings, being one game back behind the Memphis Grizzlies. Don’t start hitting the panic button yet though as the Mavs face nine of twelve teams with an under-.500 record in the month of February.

The Cavs appears to be a lottery team again with their dismal play this season. Cleveland has lost their last 4 games, which led to rumors being released that Kyrie Irving might sign with another team in the summer.

Mavs’ rookies Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo have recently been assigned to the Texas Legends D-League team.

Keys To The Game:

 

1. Backcourt Needs to Step Up

The play of the Mavs’ backcourt has been somewhat ineffective, primarily focusing on the slump of Monta Ellis. Ellis in the last three games totaled 33 points and eight assists. Ellis’ January 20th showdown against the Cavs resulted in a 22 points and eight assists performance. Hopefully, Jose Calderon can also rebound from missing a game-winning three-pointer against Houston last Wednesday.

2. One Word…. Dirk.

All the attention has been on Kevin Durant as of recent with his 30+ point scoring streak. Now that his scoring streak ended at 12 games, Dirk Nowitzki is on a little scoring streak of his own. The 2014 All-Star forward has managed to score 25+ points in the last three games, also shooting almost 60% from the field. Expect the Mavs tonight to feed Dirk the ball early and often on offense.

Quotes: 

“We shouldn’t have any letdowns against anybody,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle added. “You know, our games have all been hard, and they’re going to continue to be hard. It’s becoming more and more of a league of parody. Everybody is spending the same amount on players, so we’re getting a lot of close games. Watching Cleveland play two nights ago against Houston, they had a fighting disposition about them. They were into it, they were battling all night, and I expect that’s what they’re going to do. We’re going to have to do it better.” - Rick Carlisle

 

“I’ve been in a good groove. Before the last three, I didn’t really have a good groove.” - Dirk Nowitzki

 

Where and Where:

The game tips off in the AAC at 7:30 pm CST and airs on Fox Sports Southwest

GO MAVS!

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TC Report: Memo to Media…Just The Beginning…

by Tony Clayton on November 7, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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“It’s only the 5th game of the season.  It’s only the 5th game of the season.”

This is what I kept telling myself last night as the Mavericks were once again overwhelmed by those pesky Thunder(s)??  The pesky Thunder?  Whatever.  Stupid mascot name anyway.

Last night’s game was actually pretty tightly contested throughout until the end.  Every chance the Mavs had to make a comeback was quickly extinguished with a brutal turnover or a missed layup.  It happens I guess.

But I have a major issue in the way some national media and even local Dallas media is dismissing this team as some dysfunctional team of spare parts that doesn’t stand a chance in the West.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  I strongly believe that this Mavs team can compete with any team in the NBA.  Here’s why……

MontaOur Dallas Mavericks have NEVER had a point guard like Monta Ellis.  He’s the second best PG the team has ever had (behind Jason Kidd of course).  And I put Ellis ahead of Nash because he wasn’t quite in his prime yet while in Dallas.  Monta has the ability to penetrate to the paint if the opportunity presents itself, or he can pull up for a jump shot.  His quickness and shot making ability open the floor for others to have open shots; Dirk, Calderon, Vince Carter, Crowder.  Monta is the type of player that Dirk has never had before.  It’s a shame that it’s come in the twilight of Dirk’s career.  But it’s here now and this team will take advantage of it. Ellis has also shown his defensive capabilities in terms of stealing the basketball and intercepting passes.  Jason Kidd was a great defender as well, but didn’t have the explosiveness that Monta has after making a steal.  But Monta has to cut down on turnovers.  Last night showed that he can rush the lane with reckless abandon and throw a pass to the 4th row or off the thighs of a defender.  I’m hoping that as the season progresses, he’ll see the court better and find his new teammates in a better position to score.  Jose Calderon has had a tough start offensively but has really impressed me with his court vision.  He’s made some great passes to open shooters and slashers.  He’s showed some great shot making ability too in his last 2 games.  With Monta driving, Dirk at the Elbow, and Calderon setting up at the 3 point line; this could wreak havoc on opponents.

Dallas’ rebound potential was a question mark for me heading into the season and so far, its exceeded expectations.  Sure, Mavs have been out-rebounded in 3 of the first 5 games but not by much.  Not enough to call it a legitimate concern.  Samuel Dalembert has grabbed a lot of boards just due to his size and Shawn Marion has done his regular cleaning of the glass as he does year after year.

But then there’s Dejuan Blair who’s been a great addition to the Mavs down low.  It’s obvious that he has something to prove this season and has played with a passion and aggression that this Mavs team hasn’t seen since Brandon Bass.  Although Blair is undersized, he’s always around the ball to grab an offensive/defensive rebound.  He also has really quick hands to grab the 50/50 balls that the Mavericks have struggled with for most of their existence.  I can’t wait to see how a bulked up Brandan Wright will help the rebounding cause as well.

Some might be concerned about the Mavs defense.  It’s honestly too early to make an assessment of the defense just yet.  Last night’s defensive effort in OKC wasn’t anything to write home about.  But obviously, that’s the Thunder.  Westbrook and Durant are going to get buckets against any defense.  The Mavericks have surrendered 100 plus points in 4 out of 5 games.  But the Hawks and Lakers got their points in trash time.  I see the Mavs creating turnovers and blocking shots in this young season so I’d like to see a larger sample of games before I start with the slander of the defense.

Earlier I mentioned that Monta was the 2nd best PG this team has had.  I’d like for you to think about how some other current Mavs stack up, in my opinion of course.  Dalembert is the 2nd best Center we’ve ever had (next to Chandler).  Calderon is the 3rd best SG that we’ve had in the last 15 years (Jason Terry).  Marion is the best SF that we’ve had in the last 20 years. Dirk is Dirk.  Vince Carter is the best 6th man we’ve had since Jason Terry (Even Jamison).  Brandan Wright is the best backup Center/Forward that we’ve ever had.  Not to mention, this team also has a deep bench with Mekel, Harris (when healthy), Blair, and Crowder.  There’s a ton of potential here, people.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas MavericksThere’s a lot to be excited about with this year’s Mavericks.  If you’re not at least on that bandwagon then you haven’t been paying attention.  In my opinion, this could be one of the better teams in Mavs history considering we stay healthy.  This team has a lot of scoring options, good mixture of young and veteran players, good three point shooting, speed, and great coaching.  Naturally, there’s some still out there that think this team will be lucky to squeak in the playoffs at the 8 seed.  If that’s your philosophy, I’d suggest you stop getting your basketball news from ESPN and watch the games yourself.  Be smarter than that.  The 2013/2014 Dallas Mavericks are a top team in the NBA and should be taken seriously.

 

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Wrap Up: Mavs Unable To Overcome Turnovers and Rebounding In Loss To Thunder

by Greg Higgins on November 7, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Playing the second game in as many nights, the Mavericks learned something very important: They have some work to do if they want to get to the next level. Dallas, coming off a dominating performance against the Lakers on Tuesday, was brought back down to earth on Wednesday against the Thunder as OKC won 107-93.

How it went down: The Mavericks kept the game close much of the first half as they trailed by two points after the first quarter and by six at halftime. The second half was a different story, though, as the Thunder pulled away with six quick points. They held a double-digit lead for much of the game after that point.

The Mavericks were dominated statistically by the Thunder as well. They gave up 54 points in the paint to Kevin Durant and company. OKC also had 27 fast break points to only 15 for the Mavs. Dallas was out-rebounded by eight and they allowed the Thunder to shoot 54.4% from the field.

Monta Ellis led the Mavericks in scoring with 20 points, while Shawn Marion and Jae Crowder each had 17. Perhaps the more pressing question though is what’s going on with Dirk Nowitzki? He finished the night with 16 points but he only shot 5-12 from the field. This is after only scoring 11 points the night before. Ellis is doing a good job slashing and hitting shots, but the Mavericks need Dirk to be making his shots in order to spread the floor.

Impact Play of the Game: With about eight minutes to go in the game, Shawn Marion hit a three pointer to get the game down to ten points. The Mavs, who trailed by 17 earlier, were hoping to make a run. Derek Fisher put a stop to the run, however, as he banked a shot in off the glass and was fouled by Jose Calderon in the process. Fisher would hit the free throw and a Russell Westbrook layup would put the Thunder up by 15 and essentially sealing the fate of the Mavericks.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: Jae Crowder.

Crowder, fresh off his career high 18 point performance against the Lakers, chipped in 17 against the Thunder. In 25 minutes off the bench, Crowder was 6-8 from the field, including 3-5 from beyond the arc. Crowder also pulled down three rebounds with two of them coming on the offensive glass, and he had two steals as well.

Quotes:

“The combination of untimely turnovers that turned into points and other problems we had did us in. They’re a good team and to win this game in this atmosphere you really have to be right and it just wasn’t there for us tonight.” – Rick Carlisle

 

“The problem is they’re so fast and athletic, if you do turn it over, it’s one or two dribbles, a couple long steps and a dunk,” Nowitzki explained. “You know, it’s extra costly against them, because they make you pay so fast. Without you even having a chance to get back it’s already a dunk.”

 

“I mean, 23 points off turnovers on the road is going to be really hard to overcome,” Carlisle concluded. “And then we got beat on the boards and we just didn’t play well enough. It’s a disappointing night, but we’ve got to get ready for the next one.”

On Deck: Dallas will now travel to Minneapolis to take on Kevin Love and the Timberwolves Friday night. The game can be seen locally on FSSW.

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