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Wrap Up: Mavs Fumble Away Game 1

by Greg Higgins on April 21, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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I’m not sure if the Dallas Mavericks want to forget about Game 1 of their first round playoff match-up with the San Antonio Spurs or try to build on it. Dallas showed some of the worst basketball during the game but also showed some of their best basketball. However, after it’s all said and done Dallas is down 0-1 in their series as they fell to the Spurs 90-85.

How It Went Down:

The first quarter of the game is one of those moments the Mavericks would like to forget. Dallas only managed to score 12 points on 5-20 shooting from the field. The last five points came in the final 1:47 after Monta Ellis and Devin Harris knocked down a two-pointer and a three-pointer respectively. It was a terrible first quarter and one the Mavs will hope to soon forget.

The second quarter was quite different, though, as the Mavericks outscored San Antonio 32-22. The main spark came from Devin Harris, who scored 10 points in eight minutes of action. Devin finished the quarter 4-6, including 2-3 from the three-point line.

The second half was pretty much a back-and-forth game as the Mavericks maintained the lead for most of it. The Mavericks started taking control in the fourth quarter and took a double-digit lead when Brandan Wright knocked down a free throw at the 7:45 mark.

With the score 81-71 Dallas, and all the momentum in their favor, the Spurs did what they do best. San Antonio clamped down and played fundamental basketball the rest of the game. San Antonio finished the game on a 19-4 run to take game 1 at home.

Inside the Numbers:

With the victory, the Spurs have now won 10 straight games over the Mavericks.

San Antonio had 56 points in the paint. Dallas had 32.

Dirk and Monta both finished 4-14 for 11 points.

The Spurs didn’t have a single player average 20 or more points in a game this season. Game 1 saw Tony Parker finished with 21 and Tim Duncan had 27.

Impact Play of the Game:

After taking a 81-71 lead, the Mavericks missed their next 12 shots from the floor. The only points the Mavericks scored came on two Wright free throws and a Devin Harris layup with 0.9 seconds left in the game.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Devin Harris

Jose Calderon started the game 0-4 from the floor. Devin Harris came in off the bench and provided a spark for Dallas. Harris played just under 32 minutes and scored 19 points to lead all Mavs. He finshed 8-for-16, including 3-of-7 from three-point range. Harris also grabbed three rebounds and had five assists.

 

Quotes:

 “They got a couple of transition buckets, they hit some tough shots, they got to the free-throw line and it was a little bit of everything. But, at that point, they just executed better than we did.”

– Devin Harris,

 

On Deck:

The Mavs and Spurs will play game 2 of their best-of-seven series Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. CT. Every first round game can be seen locally on TXA 21 and nationally televised on NBATV.
Game 1: Final – Mavs 85, Spurs 90

Game 2: Wednesday April 23 @ 7:00 in San Antonio

Game 3: Saturday April 26 @ 3:30 in Dallas

Game 4: Monday April 28 @ 8:30 in Dallas

Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

 

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Mavs vs. Spurs Playoff Preview – Staff Predictions

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

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By now, more than likely, you’ve had a chance to read the articles breaking down the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs first round playoff series (including ours). We’ve given you the breakdown, now let’s tell you what our writers think will happen during the series. Here’s our predictions:

Ryan:

What a difference one loss makes huh? The Mavericks were so close to locking up the 7th seed and having a better matchup with Oklahoma City. Now, all odds will be against them. I would love to say the Mavericks could pull off the impossible, but then I really wouldn’t be living in reality.

Yes, the Mavericks have the Hall of Fame Legend in Dirk Nowitzki and a great sidekick in Monta Ellis, but the Spurs can hurt you from a plethora of different angles. They had the best record in the NBA this season, and did it without a scorer averaging more than 20 points per game. What that says is that they can lean on many different players on any given night.

Guys like Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Marco Bellinelli have provided sparks all season for this club, and they still have the usual savvy veterans in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker.

The Mavericks will have to lean heavily on Nowitzki and Ellis in order to even have a shot, but that is not where the problem lies. The Mavericks have lacked a true legit center all season long, and the problem is beginning to cause some real concern. If the Mavericks were to have a shot at taking down the Spurs, Samuel Dalembert, DeJuan Blair, and Brandan Wright would have to show up on a consistent nightly basis. Since that really hasn’t been the case all season, it’s hard for me to give the Mavericks any possibility of the huge upset.

While it would be fun to think of the Mavericks reversing the 1-seed vs 8-seed curse that haunted them back in the 2006-2007 season, I would be coming off as a true homer, which is something even I can’t do.

Prediction: Spurs in 5




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Damian:

The Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies fighting NOT to play the San Antonio Spurs said plenty on Wednesday night.

Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan go head-to-head in their teams’ sixth meeting in the postseason. The difference remains that Duncan has had the same coach and a familiar core around him for most of the Texas playoff tussles.

Rick Carlisle is among the best coaches in the NBA, but he gets trumped by the Spurs’ Gregg Popovich. Carlisle possesses the most recent Larry O’Brien trophy by a Texas squad, but Pop still has four to his name.

It’s no secret the Mavericks have struggled against the Spurs lately, losers of nine consecutive matchups. San Antonio has been dominant over the stretch with an average margin of victory in double figures.

Hard to envision the Spurs dropping four games to their Texas rival this series, but Dallas will fight. The Mavericks veteran team still has plenty of pride and experience. Unfortunately, it comes against a team with the same strengths but in a more bolstered version.

Prediction: Spurs win in 5


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Huie:

Thanks to a heartbreaking 1-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Mavs prepare themselves for a dogfight 1st round series against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. I’m sure the sports world thinks the Spurs would win in an easy sweep, but as a fan I disagree.

This year’s Mavericks team has been on a roller coaster ride for the season. But if it’s one thing I’ve learned about this squad it is that the Mavs play their best basketball when their backs are against the wall. Take for account the Monta Ellis game-winner in Portland, or Dirk’s game-winner in the historic Madison Square Garden. Remember when the Mavs coming back from a 15+ point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets at home?

The Mavs have one thing: HEART. These guys can make some noise in the playoffs if they give 100% every single game, every single minute.

I think the Mavs can win this series. If not, I know for sure that they can give the Spurs a run for their money.

Prediction: Mavs win in 6 games. GO MAVS.


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Marc:

I really do hate writing this but the way I write is totally unbiased. Although I love the Mavericks with everything I have I must type the facts. The facts are the Mavs cannot guard three point shooters. They are slow to rotate and ball movement is one of their greatest weaknesses.

The Spurs do not beat you with one superstar, they play methodical, almost surgeon like and together as a team will beat you down. I’ve seen it all year, Tony Parker penetrates the lane, kicks it out to one of their many guards who then swings it to a wide open Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobli or Patty Mills. All of which are absolutely deadly from three.

If I could pick a team designed to destroy the Mavericks it is the Spurs. Notice I haven’t even mentioned the annoying Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter down low.

With all of this death and destruction I will give you one sliver of hope. We have Dirk, and we have Monta Ellis. The two-man game will have to be perfect to give us a chance. We have to play the best defense this squad has ever played and get some easy fast break buckets.

Prediction: With all of this said I’ve got the Spurs in 5.  Man I hate to say that.


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Greg:

I’ve been saying it for a month now, “We have to avoid the Spurs in the first round at all cost.” Unfortunately for the Mavs, they did not do this. This is a nightmare matchup for the Mavs because of the inability to defend the paint and the rotation defense on three-point shooting has been terrible all season.

The Spurs have defeated the Mavericks nine straight times. Because of this, I do not think this will be a sweep for San Antonio. I mean, you can’t beat the Mavs 13 straight games, can you? I hope not.

One thing I like is the way Monta Ellis plays in the fourth quarter of games. Against Memphis on Wednesday, he had four points through the first three quarters. He scored 14 in the fourth quarter and overtime of that game. With him and Dirk Nowitzki, I like the Mavs to at least win a game or two. I do think, however, the Spurs will be too much in the end.

Prediction: Spurs in 6

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Photos courtesy of Star-Telegram/Ron Jenkins; Jeff Gross/Getty Images; Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports; AP Photo/Eric Gay; Derick Hingle USA TODAY Sports

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Mavs vs. Spurs Playoff Preview – Who Holds the Edge?

by Greg Higgins on April 18, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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After a grueling 82 game season, the Dallas Mavericks find themselves back in the postseason after taking last year off. Dallas finished out the regular season with a one-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. The loss put the Mavs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. Of course being the No. 8 seed does give the Mavs the unenviable position of having to play the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

Dallas fans are all aware of the upset factor involved with a No. 8 seed taking out a No. 1 seed. In 2007, the Mavs finished the regular season with an astounding 67-15 record only to be ousted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors in six games.

The Spurs are aware of this as well as they were knocked out of the playoffs in 2011 by the No. 8 seeded Memphis Grizzlies. Although it has happened twice in recent memory, it is a very unlikely scenario. Only five No. 8 seeds have ever knocked off a No. 1 seed.

The first time this happened was in 1994 when the Denver Nuggets knocked off the Seattle Supersonics. The famous image of Dikembe Mutombo lying on the floor in Seattle holding the ball up above his head is forever engrained in our minds.

Of course that was back when the first round series was the best of five. What about today? Do the Mavericks have a realistic shot at defeating the Spurs? Obviously, anything can happen in the series. Someone from either team could go down with an injury or perhaps a player has a terrible shooting night. All of these things could have a positive or negative effect on the series depending on which side you’re cheering for.

These two teams have played each other four times this season, and the Spurs have won all four matchups. San Antonio has defeated the Mavs nine straight times all together.  In the four games this year, the Spurs have averaged over 112 points per game while Dallas has been just under 101 points per game.

Who has the edge in the different areas? Let’s find out:

Team:

When it comes to playing like a team, does anyone in the four major sports do it better than the San Antonio Spurs? They’ve been a model of consistency since the late 90’s when they won their first title. This year has been no different, either. San Antonio finished with the best record in the NBA at 62-20.

The Mavs, on the other hand, have been trying to find their identity this year. Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion are the only players remaining from the championship team, so Rick Carlisle is having to teach new people his style and get them to buy into that system. They made the playoffs but it was a cat fight all the way down the stretch. This could potentially help the Mavs because they have been playing playoff basketball for a month now.

Advantage: San Antonio

Coaching:

This one is hard to breakdown. Gregg Popovich is one of, if not the best coach in all four major sports. He’s the ultimate chess master when it comes to playing the game and coaching. He’s been known to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli in the same game to save them for the playoffs.

However, Rick Carlisle showed the entire world how great of a coach he is when he took Dirk and a bunch of dudes in 2011 to the championship. He was able to move people around so that they took down Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James on their way to their first title.

If Pop is 1, Carlisle is 1A in my opinion. However, the advantage still goes to Pop because he’s done it more times than Carlisle has.

Advantage: San Antonio (by the slightest of margins)

6109432Superstar:

There’s something to be said about the superstar player for each of these teams. Tim Duncan will probably go down as the best power forward of all time while Dirk will probably finish in the top six in NBA scoring when his career is done. Duncan averaged 15.1 points per game this season while Dirk put in 21.6 for the Mavs. Duncan’s fundamentals are precise while Dirk can hit his one-legged fade away over anyone. Right now, for this series though, give me the big German.

Advantage: Dallas

Defense:

They say defense wins championships and you don’t have to look any further than 2011 to know that’s true. Dallas had amazing records and could score at ease through the Don Nelson/Avery Johnson years. However, it wasn’t until they got someone like Tyson Chandler down low defensively that the Mavs went on to win a title.

The Spurs have won and continue to win based on this motto. Among the starting lineups that played at least 200 minutes together, the Spurs’ starters were the best defensively.

The Mavs are the worst defensive team among those that made the playoffs. The Mavs rely on help defenders and they haven’t gotten a lot of that this season. If they hope to beat the Spurs, they have to get better in this area and they have to do it quick.

Advantage: San Antonio

Photo Credit: Jerome Miron – USA Today Sports; AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

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Dirk & Nash: What Could Have Been?

by Ryan Wilson on April 18, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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This morning, Bill Simmons & Grantland released episode 4 of the “The Finish Line”, documenting the up and down season for Steve Nash in Los Angeles, and his battle to get back on the court.

The Dallas Mavericks were in town, and as they typically do, Dirk Nowitzki and Nash got together. Nowitzki, Nash, and Al Whitley, equipment manager for the Dallas Mavericks, and childhood friend of Nash’s sat down for a dinner to reminisce about the past and what could have been.

It’s a fascinating video that really shows how Nash is dealing with decisions from back in the day, and the fact that his career is coming to a close. It’s layered with questions about what could have happened with Dallas had Nash resigned back in 2004. Dirk mentioned how the Western Conference wasn’t all that great after Nash left, and that there was a window of opportunity there that we will all just never know.

It was an honest conversation between two longtime friends – one from Canada and the other from Wurzburg, Germany. On the court, they were a lethal duo who entertained the Dallas Metroplex on a night to night basis, but many believe it was ended to short.

DirkNashAs they talked about the battles between the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks, Nash even points out that it was a “rough time” for him when the Mavericks prevailed over his Suns in the 2006 Western Conference Finals, and he wasn’t even really pushing for Nowitzki in the Finals that season. He does mention right after that once the Mavericks got back to the 2011 NBA Finals and won it, it was fun for him to watch Nowitzki back in the big dance and finally get that trophy.

“I almost feel like I wasn’t cheering for you. Instead, I was kind of like ‘I don’t care’” - Steve Nash on Nowitzki reaching NBA Finals in 2006

 

“It was fun for me to root for you. It felt great to see you get back there and to have me rooting for you.” - Steve Nash on Nowitzki returning to NBA Finals in 2001 and winning 

But what really could have been?

The real important thing to remember here is the Mavericks had a whole different Steve Nash than the one the Suns received. Phoenix had a guy in Amar’e Stoudemire who was amazing on the pick and roll and finishing with his athleticism. He provided Nash a real true inside power, whereas Dirk at the time, was really just a shooter. Many feel that they were only just growing at that point, but as Dirk mentioned in the video, it really allowed the two of them to develop on their own, which is something that maybe never would have materialized had they remained together.

“I’m not sure, but it would have been a hell of a time” - Dirk Nowitzki on what would have happened if Nash stayed in Dallas. 

At the conclusion of the dinner, Nash asks Nowitzki what he would do if he was in his position at 40 years old, and if he would come back.

“With what you are going through with all the treatments, I’m not sure I could do it” - Dirk Nowitzki 

Two things are for sure. The NBA is going to miss these two superstars when they ride off into the sunset and they have developed a bond that will last a lifetime.

Photo Credit: G.J. McCarthy

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Wrap Up: Mavs Fall In Overtime; Will Face Spurs In Round 1

by Greg Higgins on April 17, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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For the Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies, the playoffs started a game earlier than the rest of the NBA. Both teams came into the final regular season tied at 49-32.  The winner gets the seventh seed in the playoffs; which means avoiding the San Antonio Spurs in round one of the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Mavericks, the seventh seed wasn’t meant to be for them as they fell 106-105 in overtime.

How It Went Down: 

It was a close game the entire way. For a brief period in the first quarter, the Grizzlies had a 10-point lead over Dallas. Other then that, though, the Mavs and Grizzlies battled back and forth for the seventh seed.

The same thing that has bothered Dallas all year, though, reared its ugly head. The Mavs had a hard time with interior defense and help in the weak side defense down low. Memphis had 58 points in the paint.  Memphis also had 20 offensive rebounds for 19-second chance points.

Dallas, trailing by two after three quarter would rely on Monta Ellis to do what he’s done all season long. Monta, who only had four points in the first three quarters, scored 14 points between the fourth quarter and overtime. His biggest shot came with 13 seconds left in the game and the Mavs trailing by three points. Monta hit a three-pointer to tie the game and eventually send it to overtime.

MavsGrizzIn overtime, the Mavs had a chance to put the game away. Dirk Nowitzki hit a three-pointer to put Dallas up 105-102 with 46 seconds left, Mike Conley missed a three-pointer that would tie the game. However, three Dallas players couldn’t secure the rebound as Tony Allen got the offensive board and put back to cut the deficit to one. Monta dribbled the clock down as much as he could but missed on a jump shot with just under seven seconds left in the game. Mike Conley took the rebound and drove the length of the floor in and drew a foul by Vince Carter as he was trying to shoot. He calmly sank both free throws to put Memphis up by one with 1.1 seconds left. Monta’s jumper from 20’ out clanked off the back iron and Memphis celebrated the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

 

 

Inside the Numbers:

Dallas made the eighth seed in the playoffs but how high could they have gone? Dallas lost five games in which they held at least a 17-point lead in the game..

There were 15 lead changes and 16 ties in the game.

Impact Play of the Game: 

With 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Monta Ellis calmly knocked down a three pointer to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Monta Ellis

Monta scored seven points in the fourth and another seven in the overtime period. Despite losing the game, Monta keeps proving himself as a player that can be relied upon during the stretch run of games.

Quotes:

 

 

 

On Deck:

Dallas will play the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs.

Game 1: Sunday April 20 @ 12:00 in San Antonio

Game 2: Wednesday April 23 @ 7:00 in San Antonio

Game 3: Saturday April 26 @ 3:30 in Dallas

Game 4: Monday April 28 @ 8:30 in Dallas

Photo Credit: Lance Murphey, AP

 

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Mavs Need Win To Avoid Nightmare Matchup With Spurs

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

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The term “fighting for your playoff lives” takes on a new perspective tonight in Memphis, Tennessee. The Dallas Mavericks will face the Memphis Grizzlies in what seems like a must-win game. The teams each sit at 49-32 and have secured a playoff spot in the Western Conference thanks to both teams defeating the Phoenix Suns in each of their last games.

With both teams already in the playoffs, who would have thought game 82 would have such an impact, though? The winner of this game will have the seventh seed in the playoffs while the loser will have the eighth seed.

“What’s the difference?” you might be asking yourself.

There’s a big difference. The no. 8 seed has the daunting task of having to deal with the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. The seventh seed will have to face either the Los Angeles Clippers or the Oklahoma City Thunder.

 

San Antonio Spurs v Dallas MavericksThe Spurs have locked down the top seed but the No. 2 seed is yet to be determined. If the Clippers win and the Thunder lose on Wednesday night, LA will have that second seed. Otherwise OKC will have the advantage.

What does this mean for the Mavs? Dallas has lost nine straight to the Spurs. This year, the Mavs took the season series with the Thunder 2-1 and lost the series with the Clippers 3-1. However, the games against the Clippers were some of the most exciting games this season. The total points’ separating the teams in the four games was 21 total points. In the three games Dallas lost to LA, the Mavs held a double-digit lead at some point during the game.

I don’t know if they can beat the Clippers or Thunder in a seven-game series, but I like that matchup way better than I do the Spurs. So I repeat, “The Mavs are fighting for their playoff lives in Memphis tonight.”

 

Photo Credit: CBS-DFW

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NBA Silences Mavs PA Announcer

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

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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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Wrap Up: Mavs Top Off Perfect Road Trip In Utah

by Greg Higgins on April 8, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The magic number is now at two for the Dallas Mavericks (48-31). After Dallas’ 95-83 win over the Utah Jazz (24-54), the Mavs have put themselves in a good position with three games remaining in the season.

How it went down:

With the exception of a brief stretch in the first quarter in which Dallas trailed by seven points, the Mavs took care of the Jazz pretty easily. Dallas capitalized on a record-breaking performance in the first quarter to take care of Utah. The Mavs shot an unbelievable 94% from the floor in the first quarter as they put up 39 points. Dallas shot 17 times and only missed one of them.

The Mavs took a 14-point lead to the second quarter and pretty much rode that to victory. Dallas eventually took the lead up to 20 points at 77-57. The only thing left in the game was to see when Dirk Nowitzki would pass Oscar Robertson on the NBA’s All-Time scoring list.

That feat happened in the first minute of the fourth quarter. Dirk knocked down a 20 foot jump shot and put himself in the top ten in scoring. More importantly, though, the Mavs have put themselves in the drivers seat for a playoff spot. The formula is simple for Dallas: Win two of the final three games and you’re in the playoffs. They don’t need to worry about anyone else. They just need to take care of business themselves.

Inside the Numbers:

Dallas shot 94% in the first quarter while Utah shot 47%

Dallas won the game despite being out rebounded 47-36. They also gave up 23 offensive rebounds to the Jazz

Impact Play of the Game:

Less than a minute into the game, Dirk proved once again his greatness to the rest of the NBA. The power forward has put himself in the top 10 in scoring as he passed the great Oscar Robertson.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Dirk Nowitzki

From the very beginning, Dirk was ready to play. He hit nine of 11 shots including two three-pointers. Dirk had a game high 21 points in the win.

Quotes:

 

On Deck:

Dallas will return home to face the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night. San Antonio leads the season series 3-0. The game can be seen on TNT and will begin at 7:00 p.m. CT.

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Photo: AP Photo/Rick Bowmer; Quote Via Earl K. Sneed/Mavs.Com

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MGN: Mavs Look For Yet Another Important Victory Before Returning Home

by Marc Cashion on April 8, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (47-31) take on the last place in the West Utah Jazz (24-53).  The Mavs have won the last three while the Jazz are coming off a blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors in which they gave up 130 points.  With only four games left the Mavs must take care of business and come out with a victory.  A victory against Utah will hopefully give them some confidence leading up to their three biggest games of the season.

The Game at Hand:

Coming off a California sweep beating the Clippers, Lakers, and Kings the Mavs play against another team with nothing to gain from a victory.  Although the Jazz have no real star players they do have players that, when firing from all cylinders, can hurt you.  Although it seems to be the story every night for the Mavs with Trey Burke and Gordon Hayward on the opposing team our guards will again have to step up and defend.

With the Spurs, Suns, and Grizzlies up next on the schedule it will be important for the Mavs to not overlook this game and do what they have on this current road trip, take care of business. The Jazz’s only real motivation is to play spoiler so it will be up to Dirk Nowitzki and company to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Certainly worth noting, a potential historic game could go down tonight.  Nowitzki is 18 points shy of passing Oscar Robertson to crack the top 10 in career points scored.  As most around the league will tell you, there is no one more deserving than the tall baller from the G.

Keys to the Game:

1. Defending the Jazz’s Point Guards: Stand out rookie Trey Burke will be a key tonight for the Mavs defense and our guards Calderon, Harris and Ellis. When he is able to penetrate the lane and distribute the basketball to an open Derrick Favors the Jazz are a completely different team.  Even  when he is on the bench 22 year old Alec Burks does much the same when he is given the space. Averaging 14 points per game this year, Burks is no slouch.  Getting these point guards out of the paint and not a huge factor in the offense will almost certainly lead to a Mavericks easy victory.

2. Team Defense/Rebounding: Like a stated earlier, this team really doesn’t have just one star that can beat you by himself.  It’s a combined effort(although it hasn’t worked this year). Marvin Williams has played big against(waiting to hear if he is playing or not) the Mavs and Gordon Hayward is always liable to have a great offensive game.  Even down low Enes Kanter has shown flairs of offensive production and great rebounding.  Overall, as long as the Mavs play a solid team game and don’t let any one person catapult this Jazz offense to a new level, the Mavs should be fine.

Derrick FavorsMatchup of the Night:

My matchup of the night belongs to Derrick Favors and the Mavs big men.  Favors is averaging 13 points and 9 rebounds.  If Dalembert and Wright can keep Favors off of the offensive glass and not give away extra possessions, I do not believe the Jazz have enough talent to handle the Mavs offensive fire power.

Quotes:

“I just think everyone’s locked in to what we’re trying to do,” Carter explained. “We’re trying to make that playoff spot and it means something. And a lot of these guys weren’t here last year for the disappointment of breaking the streak, but it feels like they were because it all means something. And everybody is coming together and ready to go.” Earl K. Sneed Mavs.com

When and Where:

The Utah Jazz host the Dallas Mavericks in Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Game time 8 PM CST on TXA 21.

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Playoff Watch:

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

6. Golden State (48-29) | Next 3 –  DEN, @LAL & @POR

7. Dallas Mavericks (47-31) | Next 3 – @UTA, SAS & PHO

8. Phoenix Suns (46-31) | Next 3 –@NO, @SAS & @DAL

9. Memphis Grizzlies (45-32) | Next 3 – MIA, PHI, @LAL

Photo Source: George Frey/Getty Images North America)

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About…Chris Arnold

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

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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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