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NBA Silences Mavs PA Announcer

by Ryan Wilson on April 11, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments


It was announced yesterday that the NBA would be suspending Sean Heath, Dallas Mavericks public-address announcer, following his tweets at the conclusion of the Mavericks and Golden State Warriors game.

We’ve all seen the replay of Jermaine O’Neal’s “block” at the conclusion of the game, which ultimately lead to Stephen Curry delivering the knockout punch at the other end of the court.

Heath wanted to voice his opinion and the NBA overreacted, as they typically do. Here is what Heath had to say on Twitter:



MavsAnnouncerIt was most likely the last tweet that earned Heath the suspension, but what is so wrong with someone voicing their opinion? The NBA is a league in which referees have already been under the magnifying glass in terms of behavior detrimental to the league.

Heath just brought to light one of the issues with the NBA and their review system. They can challenge out of bounds calls, but not this one?

While Heath probably bit off a little more than he could chew, the NBA didn’t really have to suspend him either. In a league where warnings are often handed out prior to fines and suspensions, Heath got neither of those. He let his passion for the Mavericks get in the way of his judgment and started to rattle off tweet after tweet, but I guarantee he never thought he was going to be punished for it, and definitely not to this extent.


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10 Things You Didn’t Know About…Chris Arnold

by Greg Higgins on April 7, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

10 Things

Being a MFFL is something to be proud of. It’s a community of hardcore Mavericks fans dedicated to one thing and one thing only: Supporting the Dallas Mavericks. This tight knit group has long been recognized as one of the better fan bases in the NBA, and any time you have a group that is recognized, you are going to come across some key individuals who help drive that fan base.

Chris ArnoldWith that being said, we wanted to start a new segment here at Mavs Fanatic where we get to learn some things about some of your favorite Mavs personalities. We just recently asked 10 questions to Mavericks game night emcee, Chris Arnold. He was the first emcee ever in the NBA and has been entertaining thousands of MFFL’s for 18 years now.


Here is what he had to say:



1. Favorite Movie:
I love too many genre’s to pick one. One day I’ll give you a list of my top 10 favorites. (People really do love lists)
2. Favorite Song:
Love You Better by LL Cool J (Written by Pharrell Williams)
3. Favorite thing to eat:
Barbeque! (It’s a sport)
4. How did you become the emcee at the AAC?

I was the courtside reporter for the Mavs television broadcasts for eight years then Mark Cuban asked me to be the first emcee in NBA history. He wanted me to add some excitement to the arena during time outs. I’m a people person so it’s a perfect fit.

5. What do you love most about the job?
The excitement of 20,000 people, the challenge of making it interesting and the pressure of going “live”.
6. Favorite Mavericks Moment:
Winning the championship in 2011 and the parade that followed. The most perfect sports parade ever!
7. What’s the most memorable Mavericks game you’ve been a part of?
I loved the game vs Houston when Dirk and Tracy McGrady had a shoot out. It was a regular season game that required Overtime. T-Mac had 48 points, while Dirk had his career high of 53 points…epic
8. Favorite Sports Team not named the Mavericks:
Oklahoma Sooners football. I graduated from Oklahoma University. 
9. Most embarrassing thing that happened on the job?

Nothing really so far. They threw the mic to me one time and it didn’t work. I played it off and made it a cool “inside” moment for the crowd. 

10. A hobby that you have/do that people may not be aware of:
Scuba diving. I’m certified and have swam with sharks. 

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Center Focus: Dalembert’s Minutes

by Damian Jackson on April 3, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments


The Dallas Mavericks play yet another “BIG” game tonight. It’ll be on the road in Los Angeles after concluding the franchise’s record 8-game home stand with a meager 4-4 record.

Before we delve into the fourth and final meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers, let’s focus on Dallas’ starting center Samuel Dalembert.

Mavs’ owner Mark Cuban had this to say to 103.3 FM ESPN about Dalembert in December:

“Actually, I think Sam is the key to our game more than anybody else. One of the things about Tyson [Chandler] when he was here is that he only averaged 28 minutes a game because of foul trouble. Sometimes he’d get into early foul trouble and we had [Brendan] Haywood to back him up.” 

“Our backup center isn’t as strong this year as it was last year. [Brandan] Wright is more of a forward playing center than a true center, and so Sam staying on the court and staying healthy and being aggressive and not being afraid of fouls but not getting fouls will be one of the main indicators of how we go.”

Sammy D labeled as your team’s most important player? At times this season, any fan could be worried at that notion, but over time it’s evident Dalembert’s impact is as great as any Mavericks player.

Dalembert logged just seven minutes in Tuesday night’s gut-wrenching, yet controversial 122-120 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Prior to the Warriors game, the 13-year veteran center averaged 8.5 points, 10 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 23.3 minutes in the previous seven home games.

The Mavericks own a 14-15 record when Dalembert plays less than 20 minutes; their record when he eclipses the 20-minuete plateau – 29-15.

Rick Carlisle expected the Warriors to possibly go small Tuesday with Andrew Bogut and David Lee inactive. Golden State’s backup center, 37-year-old Jermaine O’Neal put in 33 minutes and finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Check out this Inside the NBA clip where Shaquille O’Neal talks Dallas’ playoff chances and who he feels will be the key:

The Mavericks leap-frogged the Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns last night and rest in the Western Conference 7th seed once again.

Perhaps when it’s said and done, Dalembert is the Mavericks key to success this season. His minutes simply need to stay north of the 20 to make it happen.


Video courtesy Sports; Photo via Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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



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


Charlotte Bobcats

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


Dallas Mavericks

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

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Mavs Wrap Up: Mavs Deliver Texas Size Knockout To Rockets

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

Wrap Up

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.


“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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Mavs Game Night: Philadelphia at Dallas

by Damian Jackson on November 18, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments


The Dallas Mavericks (6-4) return home for three straight games after finishing up five of six away from the American Airlines Center where they are 4-0 on the season. In come the Philadelphia 76ers (5-6) who have gone 2-6 after a surprising 3-0 start to the season with strong wins over Miami and Chicago.

The Game at Hand

Dallas looks to make it five straight wins at the AAC tonight and they will try to build off their 108-100 win against Orlando in which they protected the ball very well with only eight turnovers.

The Sixers last defeated the Mavericks on the road back in 2005 and it won’t get any easier tonight as they expect to be without impressive rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams for the fourth consecutive contest.

The Mavericks average 106.4 points per game on the season, but 114.3 points in four games at home. Philadelphia surrenders 119.3 points to opponents in four road games this year.

Three Keys of the Night

1) PROTECT THE BALL: We saw in Orlando just how much better things go when you don’t turn the ball over. Dallas only had eight giveaways which prevented many extra possessions for the opposition. The Sixers are young, active and can play at a high pace so don’t give them unnecessary chances for fast break points on sloppy mistakes. 

2) ATTACK MODE: Philadelphia (23.2 FTA) gets to the free throw line more than Dallas (21.7 FTA), but the Mavs convert at a better rate and need to use that in their advantage tonight. Attack early and often with Monta Ellis who is among the best in the NBA at getting to the rim. The aggression will only open up the perimeter options throughout the game.

3) KEEP DIRK HOT: Dirk’s season has been up and down and back up early on. He’s feeling it right now – last two games Dirk’s averaging 23 points on 58% shooting from the field and 64% from deep. Mavs need to make it a priority to set him up in his spots and Dirk must continue to let ‘em fly!


Matchup of the Night

Spencer Hawes vs Samuel Dalembert & DeJuan Blair. Now while I could go with leading scorers Monta Ellis and Evan Turner, I am intrigued to see which Mavs center will play best against Hawes who has been one of the Sixers’ most important players.

Hawes is doing a little bit of everything with 15.6 points and 10.1 rebounds. Add in 1.6 blocks, 3.1 assists and the fact he’s shooting 47.5% from 3-point range…he’s clearly been amazing.

So which Dallas center will see the most action against Philly’s versatile center? So far this year it’s been a near virtual split in minutes with Dalembert at 22.7 and Blair with 21.7 a game. Blair’s minutes have gone up over the last three games and I believe he’ll play more tonight as well with all stats besides FG% and blocks in the ex-Spurs favor.


“We got that win and now we can build off of it and hopefully during this home stretch we can get a couple of wins.”

– Monta Ellis


“They’ve beaten two or three teams that we’ve lost to, so we’ve got a lot of respect for what they’ve done. They play extremely hard, they generate pace, they’ve got a lot of guys that can shoot it, they’ve got guys that attack the paint, and so we’re going to be in a stance all night and we’ve got to make them come through us. It’s going to be a challenging game.”

– Rick Carlisle

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
  • Shane Larkin Day-To-Day
  • Devin Harris OUT


Philadelphia 76ers

  • Michael Carter-Williams Day-To-Day
  • Nerlens Noel OUT


Sources –, Shootaround Report by Earl K. Sneed (quote)

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas at Milwaukee

by Damian Jackson on November 9, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments


As the Dallas Mavericks (3-3) wrap up their fourth game in five nights, they will also be trying to win away from the American Airlines Center for the first time. Tonight they face some old familiar faces in Caron Butler and O.J. Mayo when they play the Milwaukee Bucks (2-2).

The Game At Hand:

Milwaukee has been dealing with the injury bug early this season as they’ve already had to start rookie point guard Nate Wolters twice in the absence of Brandon Knight and reserve Luke Ridnour. Wolters has played very well in his opportunities averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 assists.

The Mavericks and Bucks essentially swapped starting shooting guards this summer in O.J. Mayo and Monta Ellis. No trade took place, but both ended up in each others spots and it seems both are satisfied thus far. Ellis turned down a three-year $36 million extension offer and joined Dallas once his free agency market cooled.

Ellis now leads the Mavs in scoring with 23.8 points as Mayo leads his Bucks with 16.3 points.

The two teams split their season series last season 1-1 with each winning on the oppositions home court.

Three Keys for a Win:

1) Unforced Turnovers – It’s understandable that when a team places at a high pace turnovers can be expected due to an aggressive attack mode. It’s the giveaways that aren’t a product of game speed or aggressiveness, but rather poor execution and simply poor blunders. Dallas has fallen victim to these the last two games against teams in OKC and Minnesota that can make you pay quickly for those unforced errors. Need to be more fine-tuned tonight.

2) Dirk’s Aggression – The Big German started the season with three consecutive games of 22+ points, but over his past three is only posting 13.7 points on just 10.7 shot attempts. Dirk’s never been one to be selfish and launch 25+ shots a night, but we do need him to be more aggressive and take more than 10 or 11 shots each night – he’s simply too important and talented NOT to.

3) Set Tone & Pace – Last night in Minnesota the Mavs started the game in a funk and got behind the Wolves early and played catch up much of the evening. Dallas needs to come out early against a depleted Bucks team and put their imprint on the game.

Matchup of the Night: Monta Ellis vs O.J. Mayo


It’s funny how opinions change in the matter of one year. In the summer of 2012, the Mavericks somehow landed O.J. Mayo as a free agent and Dallas fans were pretty excited about the acquisition. By the end of the season, it was a different story. Some friction with Coach Carlisle and heading into the off season not many Mavs fans were rooting to keep Juice Mayo around.

One summer later, the Mavericks sign former Bucks and Warriors guard Monta Ellis. Initially people didn’t seem too thrilled about the addition, arguing we overpaid for a player known for his inefficiency.

Ellis has been outplaying his three-year $25 million contract through six games this season, averaging 23.8 points and 4.3 assists. Mayo is coming off his best performance as a member of the Bucks with 28 points on six 3-pointers.

It will be fun to see how these two guards go at each other tonight.


“Both guys are gonna be geeked up come tomorrow night. I know shots are probably gonna be flying all over the place…it should be exciting.” – Bucks head coach Larry Drew on Monta and O.J.


GAME ACTION STARTS AT 7:30 P.M. CT and airs locally on both Fox Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Wisconsin

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Mavs Game Night: Memphis at Dallas

by Damian Jackson on November 2, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments


The Dallas Mavericks (1-1) return home for the second game of a back-to-back and continue division play when the Memphis Grizzlies (1-1) visit tonight. The Grizzlies won 111-108 in overtime against the Detroit Pistons Friday night. The Mavs look to bounce back from last night’s defeat in Houston.

GAME AT HAND: The Southwest division doesn’t provide many easy nights and this will be no different. A night after playing the star-led Rockets, the Mavs now face a griddy, defensive-minded Grizzlies team headed by reigning Defensive Player of the Year center Marc Gasol and point guard Mike Conley.

It’s hard to determine a team’s outlook only two games into a season, but early on defense hasn’t been the strong suit for the Mavs and Grizz. Dallas is tied with Washington surrendering an NBA-worst 111 points and Memphis isn’t far behind giving up 104.5 points.

Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki are averaging 49 points together after two games. The Grizzlies don’t have a 20-point scorer, led by Conley’s 18 points and an early surprise 15.5 points per night from defensive specialist Tony Allen.

Dallas has won 52 of the 70 games against the Grizzlies franchise, but lost the season series 1-3 last year.


1. Compete on the glass. The Mavs received a fabulous effort from reserve big man DeJuan Blair who hauled in 10 boards (5 OREB) in only 18 minutes. Need our front court led by Shawn Marion’s nine rebounds per game to win the battle against Gasol and Zach Randolph.

2. Protect the ball and limit turnovers. Memphis ranks 5th in the league with 22.5 points scored off other team’s giveaways. Dallas is allowing a league-worst 13.5 steals a contest and surrender 22 points off overall turnovers.

3. Start of the game needs to be stronger. After falling in an early 22-point hole against the Rockets kept Dallas buried until a late push in the 4th quarter. A team without a defensive identity right now will struggle playing from behind.


”We have to play better at the start of the game,” coach Rick Carlisle said. ”Our play in the first quarter put us in such a hole that we could never get back over the hump.”

MATCHUP OF THE NIGHT: Monta Ellis vs. Tony Allen

It’s always fun when one of the league’s top scorers face off against one of the game’s elite individual defenders.

Ellis had his way for an explosive opening night and even had plenty good looks in Houston despite his 7-for-19 shooting. Allen will work to keep Monta out of the lane where he’s most effective. Ellis settled for too many long range two-point shots last night.

It’s unlikely Ellis defends Allen, but rather checks the speedy Conley. As mentioned earlier, Allen isn’t known for his scoring but has averaged 15.5 points this season.

If Allen can limit Ellis’ effectiveness tonight, it’ll be up to Jose Calderon to bust out of his early season slump and create for the Mavericks offensively.

INJURIES: Dallas - Brandan Wright OUT (Shoulder); Shane Larkin OUT (ankle); Devin Harris OUT (toe) | Memphis – None

Game action tips at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest & Sports South.

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas at Houston

by Damian Jackson on November 1, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments


The Dallas Mavericks (1-0) started off the season with a bang, a 118-109 victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks. Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki displayed immediate chemistry en route to 56 combined points. Vince Carter dropped in 21 points off the bench.

GAME AT HAND: The competition stiffens when the Mavericks travel instate for an early divisional tussle with the Houston Rockets (1-0). These two teams met for preseason action in Houston – a 100-95 Rockets win – but the intensity will certainly be elevated in this one.

Houston had five players score in double figures, led by James Harden’s 19 points and Dwight Howard’s double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds.

Dallas has won 24 of the last 31 games since 2006 between the two Texas titans.


1. Defend the 3-point line better against a Rockets team loaded with capable shooters from deep. Houston connected on 13 long range shots in the preseason contest. Francisco Garcia made 5-of-10 and Harden added four of his own.

2. Compete on the glass. Howard grabbed a career-high tying 26 rebounds in his Houston debut and had 17 boards in the preseason meeting. The 16 offensive boards surrendered to the Rockets in preseason cannot be repeated. Dallas did win the rebound battle 42-33 in Wednesday’s opener versus the Atlanta Hawks.

3. Battle of the benches – Whichever team’s bench production can trump the others will win this game. The Mavs bench scored 41 points, led by Carter’s 21 and solid work from DeJuan Blair who added nine points and five rebounds in 21 tough minutes.

Garcia and Jeremy Lin combined for 35 bench points for Houston. Casspi added another four.

MATCHUP OF THE NIGHT: Dirk Nowitzki & Sam Dalembert vs. Dwight Howard

The reason I have both Dirk and Sammy D against Dwight in the matchup of the night is because each will have their chance on different ends of the court.

For Dalembert the test comes at the defensive end. Can he manage to battle Dwight, contest in the post and rebound…all while avoiding foul trouble? If Sammy D can stay in the game it will drastically help a Mavs team lacking a reliable backup defensive center with Brandan Wright (shoulder) out.

If Dwight covers Dirk tonight as he did in the preseason, it will be up to the Big German to take advantage. Dwight cannot cover Dirk, one of the hardest matchups in the NBA. It will be interesting to see how much Kevin McHale chooses to play Dwight with Omir Asik in a game that should be rather up tempo.

INJURIES: Dallas - Brandan Wright OUT (Shoulder); Shane Larkin OUT (ankle); Devin Harris OUT (toe) | Houston – Patrick Beverley OUT (sore ribs)

Game action tips at 7:00 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest & Comcast Sports Houston.

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Mavs Memories With TC: 2003 Western Conference Finals

by Tony Clayton on October 22, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

Mavs Memories

We all know how magical the Mavs’ 2011 run was.  It’s been written about and documented on and I’m sure we’ve all watched the 4th quarter of game 2 multiple times.  It was one of the greatest stories of vindication ever told.  Never before have we seen a single championship seem like it was a dynasty run.  I can’t be the only one who feels like that title felt more like 2 maybe 3 rings. I always catch hell for saying that to fans of other teams, but Mavs fans know what I’m talking about.  Right?

There’s been some other Mavs moments in franchise history that I’d like to relive on paper if I may.  Some moments are engrained in my memory like it happened last night.  These are the moments that were compressed for a little over a decade, only to finally burst out in the form of confetti in June 2011.  These are also moments that will all live in infamy as the “Days of Dirk”.

I’d like to start a series that I have cleverly named, “Mavs Memories”, with Tony Clayton:

**Disclaimer: Tony was in college when the following story took place.  By no way does Tony encourage this behavior in any way.  Nor do the thoughts and actions of Tony reflect current day Tony who is married with two children.

2003 Western Conference Finals, Mavericks vs. Spurs: 

NashSpursThis is when the Mavericks became a passion for me on an unhealthy level.  I’ll never forget the previous series when the Mavs took down the Kings in 7 games.  The real test would come in the next round where the Spurs would become my most HATED team in professional sports (Oakland A’s have come awfully close).

I was in college at the time in San Marcos, TX. For those that don’t know, San Marcos is just 45 minutes north of San Antonio, so I was surrounded by Spurs fans on a daily basis. The first few games of the series were watched at a friend’s house that had a big screen T.V.  A few Spurs fans were there and the debates would get heated but I still felt like the only one in the room that was losing my mind each and every play.  The venue had to change.

So we watched games 3-6 at a local bar called Nephews. I remember Game 4 specifically. We were watching the game in an upstairs area of the bar where there were a few couches. I would get there before anyone else to arrange the couches to get the best angle on the TV and save seats for me and fellow Mavs fans.

I remember I became so heated after a Spurs run that I swung my hand in disgust and a ring that I was wearing flew off and hit a Spurs fan in the side of the head. This guy was pretty big. Usually the “liquid courage” I was consuming would have resulted in an altercation, but not this time. I told him it was an accident and he returned the ring. Mavs lost that game and went down in the series 1-3.

Two nights later we headed back to the bar for Game 5. The Mavs were trying to avoid elimination IN San Antonio. Mavs were on the brink but made a comeback to get the win, 103-91. This was also without Dirk who had hurt his knee in Game 3. At the bar I made a deal with a buddy that if the Mavs came back and won this game (which they did), I would run around our apartment complex naked and jump in the pool.  Well, I did not follow through with that bet completely.  For some reason there was a massive roll of bubble wrap in front of the apartment next door.  So I wrapped that around my naked body and bolted through a courtyard where a party was going on.  I think I yelled something in the form of “Woohoo Mavericks! Spurs Suck!” or something real clever like that. I finally made it to the pool and leaped in. My roommate was not far behind with a pair of shorts so I could walk back to the apartment with some dignity.


The good feelings were short lived as the Spurs and Steve Stupid Kerr put the dagger in our hearts after we lead Game 6 by 15 points in the second half. Kerr and Stephen Jackson went unconscious and made every 3 pointer in sight, ending our season. Spurs then went on to beat the New Jersey Nets in the Finals.

I’m still convinced to this day that the Spurs were lucky to avoid dealing with Dirk in games 5 and 6.  Had Dirk been healthy, we could have faced the Nets that year in the Finals.

The Dirk/Nash/Finley era was over soon after that.  Who knows what could’ve been had Cuban met Nash financially and he had stuck around Dallas.  But then again, we wouldn’t have had no Jason Terry and ultimately, no Jason Kidd.

More stories coming soon.  Be sure to tune in for the “smashed Motorola in game 4 of the 2006 Western Conference Finals” story.  And also the story of the time I was on all fours praying for a Mavs miracle and it was answered.



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