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Wrap Up: The King Holds Court At American Airlines Center

by Greg Higgins on February 19, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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January 12, 2011 is the last time the Dallas Mavericks (32-23) have defeated the Miami Heat (38-14). That, of course, was game 6 of the NBA Finals when the Mavericks won the championship. Miami has rattled off six straight wins against Dallas, including Tuesday night’s 117-106 victory at the American Airlines Center.

How it went down:

There are some games when you just have to give credit to the other team. This is one of those games for the Mavericks. The Heat shot 57.1% from the floor and capitalized on 16 Mavericks’ turnovers to the tune of 24 points. Miami also outscored the Mavs in the paint 56-34.

LBJLeBron James, who seems to hold a personal vendetta against the Mavs after the 2011 Finals, torched Dallas for 42 points. He also grabbed nine boards and had six assists. Chris Anderson also added 18 for the Heat. James and Anderson combined for 24 of the Heat’s 33 points in the fourth quarter.

This isn’t the way the Mavs had hoped to start the second half of the season. Considering the two games sandwiching the All-Star game, though, were against the top two in the Eastern Conference and the Mavs split them is a positive sign. Dallas defeated the Pacers in Indiana last Wednesday night before the break.

Inside the Numbers:

James’ 42 points is a season high for him this year.

Dirk Nowitzki has shot at least 50% from the field in nine of his last 10 games (7-14 against the Heat).

Dallas out rebounded Miami 50-28 and had 21 offensive rebounds. It’s the first time since December 20, 2003 that Dallas grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and lost in regulation.

Impact Play of the Game:  With 7:47 left in the game and Dallas up 95-92, LeBron re-entered the game and led the Heat on a 14-0 run, including eight straight points by James.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Dirk Nowtizki

Dirk shot 50% from the floor and everyone else managed to shoot 38%. Dirk also had nine rebounds and seven assists for the Mavs.

Quotes:

“I thought we played extremely hard and our heart was in the right place all night. We just had some untimely misses, some untimely turnovers, and that really hurt us. They are a team that takes advantage of those and they make you pay an exponential price.” – Rick Carlisle

 

“I like how we competed. We played hard and gave ourselves a chance. Just down the stretch we weren’t good enough. LeBron kept making plays, and they stepped up their defense a little bit. We couldn’t score the last four or five minutes, so I guess that separates a good team from a great team.” – Dirk Nowitzki

 

“When we turned it over, [James] was gone. He’s one of the fastest guys in the league in the open court. After his fourth open-court dunk, the basket started to get bigger for him. Then he started pulling up for threes and started hitting some. It just opened the game up.” – Shawn Marion

 

On Deck:

Dallas will face the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night in Philadelphia as they set out on a three-game road trip. The game can be seen on FSSW locally at 6 p.m. CT.

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Game Night: Mavs Begin Stretch Run Against Miami

by Damian Jackson on February 18, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Dallas (32-22) aims to continue its recent ride of success when they host the Miami Heat (37-14) Tuesday night. The Mavericks are winners of six out of the last seven, the most recent a 81-73 road victory against the Indiana Pacers.

The Game at Hand:

You won’t find many outside the Mavericks and maybe Heat fan bases that feel the still smoldering rivalry between the two squads. There aren’t any worthy extra curricular story lines here, but rather just two playoff teams that know this game holds great significance.

The Mavericks return home for this single game before heading on the road for another three-game trip. Miami continues its six-game roadie in Dallas tonight before finishing it up in Oklahoma City on Thursday. The Heat have won three of four on the current trip and eight of ten overall.

Miami defeated Dallas 110-104 in South Beach on November 15. LeBron James scored a game-high 39 points and Dwyane Wade added 17 points with eight assists and eight steals. Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points in the loss, Monta Ellis added 20 points and Vince Carter dropped 21 off the bench.

Keys to the Game:

 

1. Force Miami into Tough Shots: The Mavs’ defensive focus was on point in Indiana six days ago. Can they replicate such a performance? Miami shoots a league-best 50.8 percent from the field. The Mavs chances greatly decrease if they allow the Heat to meet its average. Both teams have identical opponent field goal percentages (.461).

2. Rebound and Prevent Second Chances: This won’t be the easiest task for the Mavericks, but could be a deciding factor tonight. Dallas hauls in only 40.1 rebounds each game, good for third to last in the NBA. On this night they face the worst rebounding team in Miami who average a league-low 36.7 per game. The Mavs need to defensive rebound the hell out of the ball tonight. Box out!

Matchup of the Night:

Dirk Nowitzki vs. LeBron James

How can you go with anyone else? The best player in the NBA today against the greatest international player in league history. Both players with double digit All-Star appearances. Of course, LeBron played extensively on Sunday night, producing 22 points seven rebounds and seven assists in 33 minutes. Dirk on the other hand played a game low eight minutes.

In short, All-Star games fit the LeBron mold more so than that of Dirk. Fans get hype off alley-oops slams and highlight reel dribble moves which aren’t the Big German’s style. Dirk may be a little jealous of some Mavs teammates who had more days off to relax than he did, but all in all excited to be back with his guys ready for a strong playoff push.

Looking forward to a battle between two of the games greatest stars. This is an important game to Dirk and LeBron. Most teams have an average of 30 game left and they all matter to those fighting for playoff positioning.

Quotes:

“We played well (in Indiana) and it was great, but it’s over and we have to look forward now to Miami, who has played extremely well. They’ve won back-to-back games in Phoenix and Golden State, which is very hard to do. And they’re coming off the break, too, so it’s an interesting matchup.”

– Mavs Rick Carlisle

 

“Look, his game is timeless. It really is. He’s a great player.”

Heat coach Eric Spoelstra on Mavs F Dirk Nowitzki

 

“I’ve probably taken it a dozen times this year and shooting over 60 percent. I call it The Dirk.”

– LeBron on his 1-legged fadeaway shot

 

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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Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Mark Humphrey; Quotes provided by Dwain Price & Inside Report with Earl K. Sneed

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas vs Orlando

by Greg Higgins on November 16, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (5-4) play the second night of a back-to-back as they travel to Orlando for a date with the Orlando Magic (4-5).

The Game at Hand:

Dallas road woes continued against the Miami Heat on Friday night as they lost 110-104. Dallas is undefeated at home with a record of 4-0. However, the road has been a different story as they are currently 1-4, with their only victory coming against the Milwaukee Bucks 91-83.

The Magic could possibly help the Mavericks figure some things out tonight. Dallas has won the last seven meetings against Orlando in Orlando and the Mavericks are 4-0 this year against teams with losing records. In those games, Dallas has won by an average of 12.3 points per game. Currently the Mavericks are 1-3 in the first game of a back-to-back and 2-1 in the second game. They have yet to be swept in back-to-back games this season.

Orlando is coming off a game, though, in which they had to rally from 19 points down to win. Arron Afflalo had a career-high 36 points in the win against the Bucks. Orlando is averaging 99.9 points per game as opposed to 106.4 for Dallas.

Three Keys of the Night

1.     Limit the Turnovers: Dallas had a season high 24 turnovers in the loss to Miami on Friday. Dallas is averaging 17.2 turnovers a game and 19.2 on the road. The Magic are only forcing 14.4 turnovers a game. Do not give them extra chances by turning the ball over.

2.     Rebound: On Friday night the Mavericks only grabbed 34 rebounds, which was nine rebounds less than their average. Tonight they face a team that is averaging 46.2 rebounds, which is four more than the Mavs. DeJuan Blair and Sam Dalembert will have to secure the paint and make sure they win the rebounding battle.

3.     Start fast: Including Friday night, Dallas has scored 30 points in the opening quarter in seven of their first nine games. They are averaging 30.7 points in the first quarter this season as opposed to 25.7 during the 2012-2013 season. Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki both played heavy minutes against the Heat so it would be nice to get a big lead and maintain it so those players can be rested tonight. It’s early in the season but Coach Carlisle doesn’t want to run the minutes up of anyone on his team.

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  • Matchup of the Night: Monta Ellis vs Arron Affalo

 

As previously stated, Affalo had a career-high in points during his last outing. The Magic shooting guard is averaging 21.3 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1 steal a game. Ellis is leading the Mavs in scoring with 22.2 points. He’s also chipping in 4.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals a game. This matchup should be fun to watch on both ends of the floor.

Quotes:

“Our effort was good. The turnovers doomed us.” – Rick Carlisle about the Miami game.

 

“If we go out and compete every night at this high level and turn our turnovers down, we can beat anybody in this league,” – Monta Ellis

 

Tonight’s game can be seen at 6:00 pm on FSSW.

 

 

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas vs Miami

by Greg Higgins on November 15, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Anytime the Dallas Mavericks (5-3) travel to South Beach to play the Miami Heat (5-3), you can’t help but think about June 2011 when Dirk and company hoisted the championship trophy.

The Game at Hand

The two-time defending Heat are coming off a game in which they absolutely destroyed the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat are led by LeBron James with 25.5 points per game and 7.3 assists.Heat Champions Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have the ability to dominate a game at any point in time as well for Miami.

Both teams average 106.8 points per game so expect this to be a high-scoring affair. Since the Mavericks won the Finals in 2011, the Heat have won all four matchups with Dallas by an average of 14.3 points and scoring an average of 110.0 points per game.

 

 

 

Three Keys of the Night

1)      Contain everyone else: You know LeBron is going to get his points. He has 503 consecutive games with double-digit scoring. He has averaged 28 points per game against Dallas in the last four contests so you know he’s going to get his. The Mavs have to limit the play from everyone else. Stop the role players from coming in and scoring 10 points and you put yourself in a position to win the game.

2)      Win the rebounding battle: Dallas is averaging 43.1 rebounds per game to the Heat’s 34. This is an area Dallas has tried to improve on in the past and they need to dominate the glass against a very good offensive team like the Heat. The last thing you want to do is give them second and third chances on the offensive glass.

3)      Rick Carlisle must be the better coach: Last year Erik Spoelstra outcoached Gregg Popovich in the NBA Finals and they won a championship because of it. During the offseason, the GM’s around the league voted Carlisle the second best coach at making in-game adjustments behind Popovich. Tonight, Carlisle has to be the better coach and will need to make adjustments to counteract the offense of the Heat.

Matchup of the Night

Dallas’ Role Players vs. Miami’s Role Players. Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki should probably even out the scoring of LeBron and Dwyane. The game will be won by everyone else. Which bench player can step up and help out the team when they need it?

The Mavericks bench is averaging 35.1 points per game while holding the opponents to 32.1 points. If Dallas can get good minutes and contributions from DeJuan Blair, Gal Mekel, Vince Carter and Jae Crowder, they have a very good chance at ending the losing streak to the Heat.

Quotes:

“We’re getting better each and every game. Our rotations are better. Our individual defense has been better. But just more than anything our help side and our team defense has been better, and it’s fueled our offense.” – Vince Carter

 

“They’re defending champions, so they’re a great team. They’ve got a lot of playmakers, great 3-point shooting and they’re great defensively. They’re solid in every area and they’re dynamic. You’ve got to throw a hard 48 minutes at them, and you’ve got to be real smart and tough.” – Rick Carlisle

How To Watch:

The game can be seen on FSSW at 6:30.

Injury Report:

Dallas Mavericks

  • Brandan Wright PF – Nov 13: Out
  • Wayne Ellington SG – Nov 12: Day-To-Day
  • Devin Harris PG – Nov 12: Out

Miami Heat

  • Udonis Haslem PF – Nov 14: Day-To-Day
  • Ray Allen SG – Nov 14: Day-To-Day

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Games To Mark Down On That Calendar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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UPDATE: Mavs To Re-sign Recently Waived Bernard James

by MavsFanatic on July 20, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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UPDATE: C BERNARD JAMES CLEARS WAIVERS, PAVES WAY FOR MAVERICKS RETURN.

The waiver wait on Bernard James is over and the Mavs are fortunate no team put a claim on the second-year center whose per 36-minute stats were 10.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3 blocks, per ESPNDallas.

According the Marc Stein, the Mavs will re-sign James as they intended if the 28-year-old indeed cleared. Dallas will retain “Sarge” at the league minimum once their remaining cap space is used.

This is great news for a Mavericks squad that sorely lacked the depth at the center position. Once James is back on board, it gives the Mavs a solid backup to new starter Samuel Dalembert.

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not this affects Dallas’ continual pursuit of Greg Oden. Oden is expected to meet with New Orleans and Sacramento this week.

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And then there was one…again.

The Dallas Mavericks have waived C Bernard James, leaving the recently signed Samuel Dalembert as the only true center on the roster.

It wasn’t a decision the Mavs wanted to execute, but with commitments to Dalembert and the still unofficially signed G Monta Ellis, waiving James was the chosen avenue to create ample cap space.

When James left Las Vegas after just one Summer League game, it was reported as an illness. Later it came out that James left for Dallas for personal reasons. It had been said his deadline for his non-guaranteed was mutually moved back, which led many to believe his Vegas departure was a contract related issue.

James will hit the waiver wire and the Mavs would love to re-sign the 28-year-old center who started 11 games in his rookie season. James saw about 10 minutes per game and averaged 2.8 points with 2.8 boards and almost one block.

If James gets claimed, where do the Mavs turn from here in order to solidify the center position behind Dalembert?

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Greg Oden would be a terrific gamble for the price the Mavs can offer, but no contract talk has actually taken place. Dallas and Oden did have two face-to-face meetings already which could be an encouraging sign, but no clear choice has emerged in the Oden sweepstakes.

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The recently amnestied F/C Drew Gooden could be an option, right? Gooden has played for the organization before he was dealt to the Washington Wizards in the trade that saw Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson becomes Mavericks. Gooden can play both power forward and center off the bench and would be had for the vet minimum.

 

For now those two names appear the most likely targets if James indeed gets snagged by another team in the waiver process. It still leaves Mavs fans questioning why James and not the expendable guard Josh Akognon? Does the front office know something we don’t?

We’ll find out soon enough…

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NBA Finals: Storm Brews for MavsNation

by Tony Clayton on June 4, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Like a dark cloud on the horizon, it’s upon us, a Spurs/Heat finals.  Not only did Mavs fans have to suffer through a depressing regular season, but now we’re forced to watch an NBA Finals matchup between the two most hated teams amongst the Mavs fan base.  But we can’t just sit idly by and watch the Finals without a rooting interest can we?  Personally, I cannot.  So who should we root for?  Why?  Are we blasphemers for choosing a particular team?  Is there a right choice?

Let me break it down for you.

I’ll be pulling for the Heat in this year’s Finals.  It hurts to type that, I promise. But as a Mavs fan, it’s a must. Here’s why……..

1) By the Heat winning the title, it will make the Mavs the only team to beat the ‘Big 3’ Miami circus in the 2011 Finals.  It will make that title run even more special than it already is.  Yes, I understand that it will be a beating to have to hear about LeBron James and the “Heatles” every five minutes in this ESPN generation. We will be the only team to take down the Heat before the new CBA dismantles them. Imagine the team that would’ve taken down the 90’s Bulls (hypothetically). Not even the Bulls were built with a checkbook like the Heat were/are. I’m selfish…I want Dallas to be the only team to take down the mighty, modern day NBA, cHeat.

2) Do we really want Spurs fans celebrating a fifth title? Not only will they be celebrating their championship over the Heat, but they’ll also gain more ammunition in any future Mavs/Spurs trash talk. Deservingly so, there will be absolutely ZERO rebuttal we can make for that. We’ll lose every bit of bragging rights we gained from 2011. Is that what you want, Mavs fans?

3) Texas Schmexas. I could care less that the Spurs are a “Texas team.”  It doesn’t make it OK to root for the Spurs because of their geography. If this logic is acceptable, then I can’t wait to see the entire Longhorn fans root for the Aggies this year.

4) Look at it this way. We’re NOT rooting for the Heat; we’re only rooting against the Spurs. Just keep telling yourself that. It will help you sleep at night. A Heat title will not put LeBron in the “Jordan” category if that’s what you’re concerned about. No matter how well they play, LeBron will always have the advantage of other superstars on his team. LeBron lost all of that “Jordan” credibility when he sold out and went to Miami.

It’s important that you all recognize something here. I dislike the Heat as much as you do. I hate that the Pacers laid an egg in Game 7 and put us in this position, I really do. I realize the evil of LeBron James and Dwayne Wade and all they represent to today’s NBA. But this is about basketball, not personalities. The way I see it, win or lose, LeBron will always be talked about and blown up in the media. He’ll always be relevant. If Miami wins then he’ll be the best “ever”, if they lose the talking point will be what LeBron didn’t do.  It’s a lose-lose.

So for the sake of basketball related points, and in the BEST interest of the Mavs; I’ve made my rooting interest decision.  I dislike both teams with a passion.  But my disdain for the Heat is .00000001% less than my disdain for the Spurs.  So by default, go NOT THE SPURS!

MFFL

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas Looks For Revenge In South Beach

by Ryan Wilson on January 2, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

The Dallas Mavericks became the first NBA team to win in 2013. In the process they scratched off the six-game losing streak with a 103-94 win against the Washington Wizards. It was just the second win forDallasin the first games of back-to-back sets.

Tonight the Mavs are in south Florida to battle the Miami Heat. The Mavs will look to carry some momentum from the win into a tough test against one of the league’s elite. The Heat has stumbled recently, dropping two of their last three games. Still at 21-8 they are good for top seed in the Eastern Conference and the only team in the East without double digit losses.

In their previous meeting on December 20th, the Heat came intoDallas and handled the Mavs for a 110-95 victory. The Heat kept O.J. Mayo in check and controlled the game from start to finish. LeBron James led the way with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh added 19 and 17.

This time around the Mavs have their star Dirk Nowitzki back. Though he’s slowly getting his game legs back, he’s been making steady improvement from game to game. Against the Wizards Dirk scored 11 points in limited minutes; it was his first double figure scoring effort since his return.

Avoiding a slow start would do wonders for the Mavs. Now they did fall behind early against Washington last night, but the Heat will be much more difficult to fight back against.

Vince Carter has provided the needed offense with the starting crew. In his two starts Carter has averaged 18 points on 56% shooting. This has given the Mavs another scoring wing option next to Mayo. LeBron and Wade are still going to be stout defensively, but it’s been an effort to get off to better starts.

Dallas also did a much better job prevented second chance points after the first quarter last night. After surrendering 17 in the first period, the Mavs held them to none in the second quarter and the tone was set on the way to the win.

We’re not sure when Nowitzki will join the starting five, but it too would bolster the Mavs morale. Once we see the full speed Dirk it should alter the Mavs dynamic. It will send Carter back to the bench where he can be instant offense as a reserve. Dirk then gets to begin games as the go-to guy and eventually work in the pick-and-roll/pop with either Mayo or Darren Collison.

Collison continued his strong play and now is averaging 18 points and 5.2 assists over his last five games and has scored in seven straight games he’s finished.

Mayo did something in the nation’s capital that he hadn’t done since early November. HE DIDN’T COMMIT A TURNOVER! It happens to be just the second game this season that occurred. Granted the ball had been in his hands often without Dirk around for most the year, but his giveaway numbers were atrocious. Currently he’s averaging only 3.8 dimes to his 3.1 turnovers, a poor ratio.

Let’s hold out hope this is a sign of things to come and Collison and Mayo can keep their turnover numbers down. It’s a proven trickle effect, protect the ball and good comes from it.

Game action tips tonight at 6:30 p.m. CT and airs locally on both FSSW and SUN.

Here we go Mavs!


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The Mavs Wrap Up: Burnt in Big D

by Ryan Wilson on December 21, 2012 in Mavs 09 comments

I’ll admit it. My love for the Dallas Mavericks took over my body and mind going into last night’s game. No Dirk Nowitzki. No Derek Fisher. No Elton Brand or Brandan Wright either. How did my mind translate this?

“I’m not worried. The Mavs are going to take this game tonight.”

Then the game began. Mayo hit his first jumper, and the basketball gods were smiling down at me. Then they stopped smiling.

Lebron James rattled off 13 points on 6-7 shooting in the 1st Quarter, and the Mavs couldn’t buy a bucket. I mentioned Mayo hitting his 1st jumper of the game. He followed that by shooting 2-13 from then on. Some would say that this was a matter of Mayo struggling against the big boys. That isn’t really the issue. With the Mavericks missing Nowitzki, the Heat used their intense half court defense to shut Mayo down. The absent  Nowitzki lead the Mavericks to have nobody to help spread the floor.

“We’re playing a random game right now because of our personnel situation,” Carlisle said. “It’s not like we’re running a lot of plays for O.J.

If you want to really get an idea for how bad this game was, check this out.

 

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Shawn Marion, SF

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Chris Kaman, C

-27

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Darren Collison, PG

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Dahntay Jones, SG

-8

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O.J. Mayo, SG

-24

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Those are your starters from last nights game. Look at those numbers. The Mavericks would’ve had a better chance last night had they played their bench the whole game. After all, it was their bench that got them to within 3 in the 2nd half, and cut a 36 point lead to a final deficit of 15.

These types of performances are expected from time to time, but now we have the media once again demanding that we look ahead to the off season and our upcoming lottery pick. The Mavericks are 12-14 without Dirk Nowitzki. His return can’t come fast enough, but it is on the horizon. Are we really going to act like the Mavericks are going to continue this kind of play when he is back?

Believe it or not, the Mavericks once again cut it down on the turnovers(9). It was just a very poor shooting night that lead to this outcome. The Mavericks shot 38.5% from the field, and made only 3 of 22 three point attempts. That’s not going to win many games, especially against Lebron James and the defending champions.

What’s Next:

The Mavericks will have to erase their memory following last night’s game, because they don’t have much time between games. The Mavs will now head to Memphis to start a gruesome 5 game stretch that features the following:

@ Memphis – 12/21

@ San Antonio – 12/23

@ Oklahoma City – 12/27

Denver – 12/28

San Antonio – 12/30

We are just hoping that the Big German will be on that floor at some point during it.

As always, GO MAVS!

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Mavs Game Night: Toronto Raptors (1-3) @ Dallas Mavericks (3-1)

by Ryan Wilson on November 7, 2012 in Mavs 09 comments

As the Dallas Mavericks head into their fifth game of the season, they will be without Dirk Nowitzki (knee), Shawn Marion (knee) and Roddy Beaubois (doubtful; ankle). You’d think the Mavs and the fans would be in panic mode and distraught with the inevitable struggle to lottery-quality basketball. Things couldn’t be further from the truth. At all.

Don’t get me wrong, we’d love to see the Big German out there showing players like Kobe and Kevin Durant how the step-back, one-foot fadeaway is properly executed.Marion’ defense and all his intangibles, yeah those awkward teardrop floaters that athletic small forwards normally don’t shoot, will be missed. Add Roddy to the mix and it leaves you with only one healthy member from the championship team. Dominique Jones.

Yikes! That can’t be good. It’s actually been working though. DoJo, as most fans refer to him, has elevated his game at least to provide productive minutes as Darren Collison’s reserve. He’s been most effective penetrating the lane and finding teammates with some quality dimes.

A familiar face is in town, not a player, but a coach. When the Toronto Raptors play the Mavericks tonight, it will be a return to Dallas for head coach Dwane Casey. Casey was the defensive mastermind during our champion season. In Casey’s years as a head coach (Minnesota 2005-2007 & Toronto 2011-), he’s a measly 1-4 against the Mavs.

The Raptors are playing the second game of a back-to-back and will be without leading scorer Kyle Lowry. Lowry injured his ankle last night in a 108-88 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

That’s good news for the Mavs because Lowry has usually played very well against the Mavs in his time with both the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets.

Enough Raptors chatter, let’s delve into what’s going on with our Mavericks as they prepare for a third straight home game.

The birthday king O.J. Mayo poured in a second consecutive 30-point effort Wednesday night. You’ve heard about it by now. Who isn’t gushing about Mayo, the guy is a HUMAN TORCH! Feel bad for the nets. (I don’t really feel bad for them).

Collison has been ballin’ since the regular season started recorded his second straight double-double. In the last two games, Collison is averaging 16 points and 11.5 assists with ONLY 1.5 turnovers!! The guy has been ridiculously efficient and it shows with a 19.69 PER (player efficiency ranking).

Mark Cuban and the rest of the Mavs organization including the fans couldn’t have expected better frontcourt production from Brandan Wright and Chris Kaman. These guys have a hard time missing shots. Surely, the numbers will come down, but I’m okay riding this stretch for as long as they can sustain it. Wright and Kaman together have provided 28 PPG and 10 RPG on a combined 81-percent from the field!! That’s so crazy.

Jae Crowder Jae Crowder #9 of the Dallas Mavericks poses during the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at the MSG Training Center on August 21, 2012 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.In wake of Marion’s sprained MCL, Rick Carlisle has a choice to make. Who fills the Matrix’s role?Carlisle loves rookie Jae Crowder as does the entire MavsNation. We ride that Crowder bandwagon with pride with great reason. CROWDER IS A BEAST! He’s beyond impressive with the demeanor of many veterans still lack. Another option for Carlisle could be reserve Dahntay Jones, but it seems much more likely that Crowder gets the opportunity to start and play big minutes.

The one half in Utah aside, the Mavs have provided us a brand of basketball we haven’t seen in Dallas for a long time. The high-octane style is back, but with a defensive emphasis that helps win championships not only regular season games. The defense is a work in progress though, but the right tools are in place.

The Mavs are only second to the Miami Heat in league scoring, averaging 108.3 per contest. The fact Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t even suited up yet is SCARY! Dirk’s an elite scorer in this league and has been for over a decade. It doesn’t take a genius to understand how amazing the offense will become once he joins the party.

It’s still going to be awhile before Dirk does return from knee surgery, but it has to be a welcome sight for him. These guys are playing HUGE and there’s no need to rush back early to save the day. Several players are stepping up and it’s a beauty to witness.

Mavs games WITHOUT Dirk ARE watchable. This year at least, because the new-look Mavs have made Mavericks basketball simply more fun than it has been in recent years. Hold your heads high MAVSNATION!!!

Game tips at 7:30 p.m. CT and airs locally on Fox Sports Southwest.

Notes: O.J. Mayo has never scored 30 points in three consecutive games, he gets a chance tonight. Darren Collison totaled three double-doubles last season with the Indiana Pacers; he’ll be going for his third in five games with Dallas.

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