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Wrap Up: Dirk Delivers in the Clutch at MSG

by Terence Huie on February 24, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

Wrap Up Mavs Drop Rough One

The Dallas Mavericks (35-23) walk out of the historic Madison Square Garden in a 110-108 victory versus the New York Knicks (12-19). Dirk Nowitzki delivers in the closing seconds, hitting a midrange contested jumper at free throw line sealing the game. The Mavs finish their 3-game road trip with a 3-0 record.

How it went down:

It was a sloppy game from the beginning of tipoff, as both teams recorded a combined 20 turnovers in the first half. Dallas, gaining capitalizing off turnovers, jumped out to a 31-21 lead in the first quarter. But from then on, the Knicks started to gain ground, led by Carmelo Anthony’s 17 points in second quarter alone. The Mavs would somehow hold a 60-59 lead at halftime after a clutch three-pointer from Monta Ellis at the buzzer.

The Knicks fought hard resist Dallas from pulling away in the 2nd half. Monta Ellis redeems his 33% scoring first half, scoring back-to-back baskets to give the Mavs a 6-point lead late in the final quarter. Carmelo Anthony would answer back with crucial three-pointer, tying the game 108-108.

The Mavs played their best defense the entire game forcing a shot violation turnover. With 10 seconds left, tightly guarded by Carmelo Anthony, Dirk sinks the game-winning shot thanks to a lucky bounce on rim.

Inside the Numbers:

The Mavs shot 41% from behind the arc tonight (15 of 36 from the three-point line). Jose Calderon and Vince Carter made their presence felt tonight, combining for 12 made shots from deep.

Impact Play of the Game:

Let’s just allow the video to do the talking…

Step-Up Mav of the Night: Monta Ellis

You look at the box score and think, “This was not one of Monta Ellis’ best games”. But he made a major impact in the Mavs’ win tonight. Ellis finished with 9 points off 3 of 9 in field goals in the first half. He would bounce back, penetrating to the basket more instead of settling for jumpshots in the second half. Monta Ellis finished the game with 22 points and 6 assists.

Vince Carter and his 23 points need mention here as well. He made seven 3-point baskets and all played out huge in this one.


“I love this building. Unfortunately I couldn’t play a little better than I usually do.”

– Dirk Nowitzki on The Garden


“It’s the great Nowitzki, man. He’s done it so many times. What an incredible shot.”

- Rick Carlisle on Dirk’s winner


“But he’s done. He can’t play anymore”

– Mark Cuban makes light of media’s opinion Dirk had reach Father Time.


On Deck:

The Mavs finish their 3-game road trip and return home to face the Pelicans on Wednesday night, followed by another home game Friday night against the Bulls.



Quotes courtesy of Dwain Price, Bryan Gutierrez and Ed Sefko

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Mavs Game Night: Mavs Head To Garden To Take On Melo & Co.

by Kaomi Machelle' on February 24, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments


The Dallas Mavericks ( 34-23 ) come into tonight’s game with a win under their belt, defeating the Detroit Pistons on the road 113-102.

The Game at Hand:

Tonight the Mavericks travel to New York to take on the Knicks (21-35). The last time these two squared off, the Mavs fell short at home 92-80. This is the third and final game of their recent road trip, and are looking to go undefeated in the process.

Keys to the game

1. Force the ball out of Carmelo Anthony ‘s hands.

It’s no secret that Carmelo Anthony is the New York Knicks best player and more importantly, always has the green light in terms of shooting. In his last game against Dallas, he scored 15 of his total 19 points in the 1st quarter alone. Eliminating him from the game early will allow the Mavericks to force someone else from the Knicks roster to step up, which is something they have lacked all season.

2. Rebounding.

The Mavericks have done a much better job of cleaning up the glass over the last few games, and tonight will have to be no different. Both teams are near the bottom of the pack when it comes to the boards, but it’s crucial that the Mavericks don’t give New York, and most importantly Carmelo Anthony second chances at scoring.

DirkMeloMatchup of the Night: 

Dirk Nowitzki vs. Carmelo Anthony

For obvious reasons, two of the leagues better shooters on two teams that rely on the them night in and night out. Dirk is averaging 21.8 ppg, while Carmelo averages is 27.9 ppg. They are both incredibly competitive, and are looking at keeping their teams relevant, while leading them to playoff contention.


“This road trip is very important to us, and I think we got the hard part out of the way. We won the first one, and I think that gave us confidence. … We’re on a two-game win streak on this trip, so why not close it out?” - Vince Carter


“It will be great. You know, [the Knicks] beat us at home when they came through the Texas Triangle. They had a stretch where they played really well. They beat San Antonio, and I watched that game. And then they should have beat Houston the next night. And then they ran through us, and it wasn’t really ever that close. Even though we were kind of there, I didn’t really think we had a chance. I thought they were the better team all night. For some reason they play well against us, so we’ve got to be ready.” - Dirk Nowitzki


When and Where:

The game will tip off at 6:30 CST and will air on Fox Sports Southwest

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Wrap Up: Knicks Outplay Mavs Start to Finish

by Greg Higgins on January 6, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments


The Dallas Mavericks (19-15) have to be wondering what is going on as they dropped another game to an opponent they should beat. This time the New York Knicks (11-22) came into the AAC and defeated Dallas 92-80. It’s the fourth consecutive home loss for a team that was nearly unbeatable at home just a few weeks ago.

How it went down: Carmelo Anthony dominated the first quarter, Kenyon Martin took care of the third and Tim Hardaway Jr. locked down the fourth for the visiting Knicks. Carmelo had 15 of his 19 points in the first 12 minutes of the game as the Knicks took a 29-17 lead after one. Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire each had seven points in the second quarter to lead New York while Dallas had one player reach five in the frame as they would trail by 17 at the break.

Dallas only scored 35 points in the half after putting up 39 in the first quarter against the LA Clippers on Friday. Their shooting was horrendous, too. Dallas shot 36.1% from the field in the half, including 0-8 from three-point range. Dallas also shot 17 free throws and only made nine of them, including four misses from Dirk Nowitzki.

Dallas made a run at the Knicks in the third quarter, though. Dallas, after trailing by 19 points cut the lead down to eight in the quarter. Martin, though, made sure the Knicks maintained a double-digit lead after the period was over, though. Martin scored 10 points in the frame. The rest of the team combined for five points in the quarter. DeJuan Blair did his best to match Martin, though, as the Mavs’ Center put in eight points during the frame.

The fourth quarter once again belonged to the Knicks as they shot 52.9% during the period. Hardaway Jr. came off the bench and only played 6:11 during the quarter but led the team with eight points. The Mavs couldn’t match the intensity of the Knicks as they played sluggish.

What has to be more disappointing for Dallas is the fact that Knicks’ big man Tyson Chandler left the game early in the first quarter with an upper respiratory infection and didn’t return. The Mavs allowed an undermanned team to walk all over them in their home building in front of the home crowd. That’s the most disappointing part of the game.

Inside the Numbers: Dallas was outrebounded by New York 47-34. For the game, Dallas shot 41.0% from the field (32-78) and only 23.1% from beyond the arc (6-26). Dallas finished 10-18 from the free throw line as well (55.6%)

Impact Moment of the Game:

With 5:51 left in the first quarter, Dallas had a 13-12 lead. The Knicks went on a 17-4 run to end the quarter and never looked back.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: DeJuan Blair

Rick Carlisle kept Samuel Dalembert out of the lineup because he was late to a team practice on Saturday. In his absence Blair stepped in and played well for the Mavs. Finishing with 11 points, he also grabbed five rebounds and had one steal.


“I marvel at the job [Woodson] is doing with this team right now, given the circumstances, given all of the ridiculous rumors about his job security and all of the nonsense being stirred up in New York City. This is a man who is one of the top coaches in the league and a man of great integrity and substance. He proved that tonight. They easily could have swept this road trip and this is supposedly a team that is dysfunctional.” – Rick Carlisle


“We weren’t very good tonight. I mean, you can blame everybody all the way around. We weren’t very good,”

– Dirk Nowitzki

On Deck: The Mavs will conclude the home stand as they play the host to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at 7:30 Central. The game will be shown locally on FSSW.

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Mavs Pre-Season 2 Days Away – A Look Back at Jason Kidd

by Damian Jackson on October 5, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments


Two days until Mavericks preseason basketball. Two also the number of retired Mavs jerseys in the American Airlines Center rafters. Two NBA Finals appearances in the last eight seasons.

We’re on the home stretch of our countdown and brings us to future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd.

Most fans know Kidd spent two stints of his career with Dallas. He was drafted second overall by the Mavericks in 1994 and went on to win Co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill.

Traded to Phoenix Suns in 1996 and then to the New Jersey Nets in 2001, it wouldn’t be until 2008 that Kidd would make his second tour of duty in the Metroplex. Dallas would send young, water-bug point guard Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Trenton Hassell, Mo Ager, Keith Van Horn, $3 million cash and first round picks in 2008 and 2010 in exchange for Kidd, Malik Allen and Antoine Wright.

The trade divided the Mavericks fan base. While there were those who thought adding the veteran point was the right move to appease a star in Dirk Nowitzki, others believed that Dallas gave away too much in the deal and traded away their point guard of the future.

It took 3 1/2 seasons for the debate to be settled once Kidd and the 2010-2011 Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat to win the franchise’s first ever NBA championship.

Kidd was never the nightly triple double monster in Dallas that he was in the prime of his career with the Suns and Nets, but it was the small things that made the greatest impact. Kidd’s extensively high basketball IQ was a weapon itself for the Mavs in all situations throughout a game.

Defensively Kidd was an animal for his age. His ability to cover shooting guards and even some small forwards provided Mavs teams with versatility on that end of the floor. This bode well for Dallas’ implemented three-guard lineup that most prominently included Kidd, Jason Terry and J.J. Barea.

It’s still shocking to realize the player once named “Ason Kidd” due to his lack of a “Jumpshot”, now ranks third in 3-point field goals made in NBA history only trailing Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. Kidd’s dead eye shooting became a major part of his impact on the offensive end. No longer could Kidd blow by defenders and create for himself or his teammates by penetrating the lane. He worked on his shot diligently and it more than paid off.

Kidd chose to leave Dallas in the summer of 2012 and play for the New York Knicks in a move his thought more beneficial for his playing career. It would be his last season in the league and he now is the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

The list of accolades for this man is lengthy, but here are the highlights:

  • He’s a 10-time All-Star and 5-time All-NBA First Team member.
  • Champion with the Mavs in 2011 after two failed trips with the Nets in 2002 & 2003.
  • 2nd All-Time in both assists and steals (John Stockton in both).
  • 3rd All-Time with 107 career triple doubles (Oscar Roberson & Magic Johnson).
  • 2 Gold Medals in the Olympics 2004 & 2008


Kidd will go down as one of the association’s greatest players ever and certainly one of the greatest Dallas Mavericks. Mark Cuban wasn’t happy with the way Kidd left Dallas in 2012 and initially said there is no way his jersey will be in the rafters. However, they’ve mended those wounds and it wouldn’t surprise us one bit if one day Kidd hangs in those AAC skies.



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Mavs Pre-Season 6 Days Away – A Look Back At Tyson Chandler

by Ryan Wilson on October 1, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments


Your Dallas Mavericks are now only 6 days away until the start of the pre-season. Today marks the opening day of training camp. To continue along with our pre-season countdown, who else can you really place at #6, other than the man who made a lasting impression on the Mavericks franchise in only one season. Yes, we are talking about the man in the middle for your 2011 NBA Champions, Tyson Chandler.

ChandlerThe Mavericks’ history at the Center position has never really been a strong point, or anything to be that proud of. On July 13, 2010, that would all change. The Charlotte Bobcats and the Dallas Mavericks organized a trade that would send Alex Ajinca and Chandler to the Mavericks, and Eduardo Najera, Erick Dampier, and Matt Carrol to the Bobcats.

This was a move that expected great reward, IF and only IF he could find a way to remain healthy. This would be Chandler’s 10th season in the NBA, and in three of those seasons, he failed to play at least 52 games. In the two years prior to his arrival in Dallas, he had missed 68 games due to back issues and a stress fracture in his foot. It was a small risk by the Mavericks that would pay huge dividends.

Chandler would quickly show just how big those dividends were. His hustle on both ends of the floor, and his presence in the paint would provide Dallas the kind of “edge” that analysts said had been missing for quite some time. He fit in perfectly with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, and finally gave the Mavericks a guy who could finish at the rim. He averaged nearly a double double that season(10.1 pts, 9.4 rebs) to go along with 65% from the field.

Chandler 1The Mavericks finished that season with 57 wins and headed into the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Western Conference. They would go on to take down Portland, the L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City, and Miami Heat en route to their first ever NBA Championship.

The Mavericks then had the unfortunate task of dealing with the new Collective Bargaining Act, which lead to multiple players from that championship roster going to different teams. Chandler would head to Madison Square Garden and play for the New York Knicks. He has thrived in New York, and even won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in his first year. However, despite his success in New York, he has always believed that the Mavericks could have had even more success had they kept a few of the players from that team.

“I’m very happy with this situation, but to speak past tense I definitely think that we had an opportunity to go back-to-back and unfortunately things were blown up”

Through it all, it must be said that no player in Mavericks history has ever made such an impact on a team in only one season. Tyson Chandler did it with hustle, energy, and an overall will to win. That is exactly how he went out as a Maverick, a winner.

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Mavs Pre-Season 12 Days Away – A Look Back At Derek Harper

by Kaomi Machelle' on September 25, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments


Continuing the countdown to the tip-off of the 2013-2014 Mavs pre-season, today makes just 12 days left until the first pre-season game. What better way to honor the number 12 with no other than Mr. Derek Harper.

DerekHarper1Derek Harper was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks as the 11th overall pick in the 1983 NBA draft. Becoming just one of six rookies of the 83-84 season to play in all 82 games, Harper went on to average 5.7 ppg. Spending his first 10 seasons as an NBA point guard playing for the Mavs, he averaged just over 15 points and 6 assists per game.

With the Dallas Mavericks being a young franchise, only 3 years old prior to drafting Harper, they were out to prove they belonged in the NBA. Within the same season of drafting Harper, the Mavericks went on to have a winning record and earned their first playoff birth. That was only the beginning of the impact Derek Harper would have for the Dallas Mavericks.

Within the first eight seasons, Harper’s scoring average improved every season. He was voted to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in the 1986-1987 season and again 1989-1990. Harper became known for this strong defense and led all Mavs in ever season from 1987 – 1993.

As everyone knows, all good things come to an end. In wake of a season that was going Derek Harper 2down hill, the Dallas Mavericks decided to trade Derek Harper  to the New York Knicks in exchange for Tony Campbell and a 1st round pick. While the Mavericks season ended in disappointing fashion, the Knicks would be a team that eventually went all the way to the NBA Finals.

Just two years later, Harper rejoined the Mavericks franchise to only be traded away once again to the Orlando Magic. He then would have a stint with the L.A. Lakers, and eventually would retire soon after.

There is no doubt that Derek Harper is one of the greatest Dallas Mavericks of all-time. Scoring 12,597 points, setting multiple Mavericks franchise records, and was an integral part in sparking the new Dallas Mavericks franchise. He would lead them to six playoff berths, and a trip to the Western Conference

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Mock Draft: Mavs Fanatic First Round 1.0

by Damian Jackson on June 6, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments


The NBA Draft is three weeks away and player workouts have prospects shifting positions on a daily basis. It’s time that we break out our first edition of the Mock Draft and share our thoughts on who we think will go where based on team need, workout impressions and daily reports.



1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Nerlens Noel, C Kentucky | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 206

Noel has long been slotted as the top pick in this year’s draft and that hasn’t changed. Expect the Cavs to select the slender defensive center who’s aiming for a December return to the court.



2. Orlando Magic – Ben McLemore, SG Kansas | Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 188

McLemore has a pure jump shot and great size at SG for the NBA. Along with his shooting, Ben is an incredible athlete and many say he’s likely to be an All-Star level player for years. The Magic need that scoring infusion and McLemore can be that guy.



3. Washington Wizards – Otto Porter, SF Georgetown | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 198

Otto Porter wins the Naismith College Player of the Year award if not for Trey Burke’s very impressive run in the tournament. Porter has an all-around game with intangibles that make him as NBA-ready an anyone in this class. Wizards keep Otto in DC.



4. Charlotte Bobcats – Alex Len, C Maryland | Ht: 7’1″ Wt: 255

Alex Len provides the Bobcats a center they need. With Byron Mullens likely gone it leaves Brendan Haywood. Bismack Biyombo could move to PF while Len offers Charlotte a solid defensive anchor in the middle who isn’t offensively challenged.



5. Phoenix Suns – Victor Oladipo, SG Indiana | Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 213

The Suns need stability. Victor Oladipo helps in that regard, he’s a relentless worker and plays hard on both ends of the floor. Oladipo would infuse energy into the U.S. Airways crowd, a step in the right direction with a new GM and head coach.



6. New Orleans Pelicans – Shabazz Muhammad, SF UCLA | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 222

ShaMu this high?! The popular pick is Trey Burke, but they do have the 6-foot-6 Greivis Vasquez running point who averaged 9.0 assists in 78 games last season. The Pelicans have a more pressing need at SF and Shabazz could be the right guy.



7. Sacramento Kings – Anthony Bennett, PF UNLV | Ht: 6’8″ Wt: 240

Kings need a PG more, but it’d be tough to pass on Bennett if he were to drop here. says Bennett may have the most star potential in the draft, but is he a tweener? Sneaky skilled for a PF-type, AB would compliment Boogie Cousins well.



8. Detroit Pistons – Trey Burke, PG Michigan | Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 187

It’s no secret the Pistons want a PG. Michael Carter-Williams could be the choice, but with   Wolverine and College Player of the Year Burke available they may go that route. Burke’s heart and competitiveness would be welcomed in Detroit.



9. Minnesota Timberwolves – C.J. McCollum, PG/SG Lehigh | Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 197

McCollum makes perfect sense for the Wolves. A combo guard with advanced scoring ability and versatility. The foot injury no longer an issue, McCollum would step in next to Ricky Rubio and relieve some of Kevin Love’s scoring responsibilities.



10. Portland Trail Blazers – Steven Adams, C Pittsburgh | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 235

Portland hit a homerun (Damian Lillard) and a ground out (Meyers Leonard) in last year’s lottery. Steven Adams represents a true NBA center with his physical tools, rebounding and defense. Tons of upside and an solid fit next to LaMarcus Aldridge.



11. Philadelphia 76ers – Cody Zeller, PF/C Indiana | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 230

Some have the Blazers snagging Zeller, but he’ll be more of a PF in the NBA. Either way the Sixers will be satisfied to see Zeller fall to them. Cody showed impressive athleticism at the combine and he’d be able to play the 4/5 in Philly.



12. Oklahoma City Thunder – Mason Plumlee, C Duke | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 238

OKC could go in several directions with this pick, but smart money says they address the center position. Kendrick Perkins has been disappointing. Plumlee gives the Thunder an explosive big who rebounds very well and finishes with authority above the rim.



13. Dallas Mavericks – Michael Carter-Williams, PG Syracuse | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 185

The Mavs have their eye set on Carter-Williams. If he makes it to 13, they draft him. His size is special for the position and he owns the best court vision and PG instincts in this class. MCW would be nice addition if Dallas whiffs on Chris Paul.



14. Utah Jazz – Dennis Schröder, PG Germany | Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 165

Utah has strong interest in Schröder to replace free agent Mo Williams. The 19-year-old PG has a lot of Rajon Rondo in his repertoire. Reports say he received a promise from the Boston Celtics, but he may not make it that far.



15. Milwaukee Bucks – Jamaal Franklin, SG San Diego State | Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 191

The Bucks face a lot of uncertainties in their backcourt. If Brandon Jennings stays, Milwaukee could use help on the wing. Franklin fits the bill as an above average rebounder, elite athlete and plays aggressive on offense and defense.



16. Boston Celtics – Gorgui Dieng, C Louisville | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 230

With Schröder likely gone, the Celtics could switch gears and find a center. Dieng owns NBA center size and is skilled defensively. There are other options, but many scouts are high on Dieng ability to contribute immediately.



17. Atlanta Hawks – Dario Saric, SF Croatia | Ht: 6’10″ Wt: 223

Saric is believed to be the draft’s top international prospect and could go as high as No. 6 to the Pelicans. Naturally this would be quite to steal for the Hawks who will be carefully utilizing their cap space this summer. Saric to withdraw from the draft?



18. Atlanta Hawks - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Georgia | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 204

The Hawks’ only guards with guaranteed deals are Lou Williams (ACL) and John Jenkins. There’s buzz about Caldwell-Pope and this seems like a good fit for both parties. Hometown kid stays around and Hawks get a legit all-around player.



19. Cleveland Cavaliers - Sergey Karasev, SG/SF Russia | Ht: 6’7″ Wt: 197

According to reports, sounds like Karasev’s already received a promise and word out there says this is the floor for Karasev. The Cavs really like him. He provides Cleveland a player with immense shooting ability and the size to play either wing position.



20. Chicago Bulls – Kelly Olynyk, PF/C Gonzaga | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 238

A slide of sorts for Olynyk, but he could still crack the lottery. If the Bulls consider amnesty with Carlos Boozer, the Gonzaga product provides Chicago an ample replacement (along w/ Taj Gibson) whose skill set fit an NBA four.



21. Utah Jazz – Rudy Gobert, C France | Ht: 7’2″ Wt: 238

The Jazz could double dip in international waters by going Gobert after Schroder. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are set to leave, so Utah could be enticed to take Gobert as a development behind ripe big men Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.



22. Brooklyn Nets – Tony Mitchell, PF North Texas | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 237

Mitchell is scheduled to work out for city rival NY Knicks tomorrow, but the Nets have interest as well. Brooklyn could use a PG unless they trust TyShawn Taylor as Deron Williams’ backup. Mitchell’s stock is on the rise nonetheless.



23. Indiana Pacers – Shane Larkin, PG Miami | Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 171

This would be too sweet for the Pacers. Point guard is an area of need and Larkin falling in their lap is a miracle. Chances of it happening are slim though as he could go as high as 14th or 15th to the Jazz or Bucks.



24. New York Knicks - Jeff Withey, C Kansas | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 222

Roy Hibbert’s size was too much for Tyson Chandler and the Knicks. Marcus Camby doesn’t play anymore, Kenyon Martin was too small. Withey plugs in as the immediate backup with great basketball knowledge, physical tools and shot-blocking.



25. Los Angeles Clippers – Allen Crabbe, SG California | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 198

Crabbe is a talented player with a terrific stroke. The Clippers believe Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere and it’s always wise to surround a PG with shooters. Crabbe works well off screens and in transition, perfect wing type for a Paul-run offense.



26. Minnesota Timberwolves – Ricky Ledo, SG Providence | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 197

Ledo appears to be the mystery and possible best sleeper of the draft. Someone mentioned he had a Kevin Durant-like shot and it’s not far off. He looks like a top-notch scorer and special wing this late in the first round. Minny can use ‘em!



27. Denver Nuggets – Glen Rice Jr., SF Rio Grande Valley (NBDL) | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 211

Glen Rice Jr. looks to go from the D-League to the NBA by way of draft. The Nuggets who recently severed ties with George Karl will probably lose SG Andre Iguodala to free agency and seek his replacement. Denver will like that Rice Jr. is ready NOW.



28. San Antonio Spurs – Lucas Nogueira, C Brazil | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 215

With already one Brazlian center on the roster in Tiago Splitter, the Spurs may entertain the idea of selecting Nogueira and stash him away for a year or two. This gives Lucas time to advance his skills and the Spurs to prep a role for him down the road.



29. Oklahoma City Thunder – Tim Hardaway Jr., SG Michigan | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 200

The Thunder addressed a vital need in the lottery, but could seek a cheaper SG option here rather than retain free agent Kevin Martin. OKC still has Jeremy Lamb as well and could have two younger, more affordable guard competition in camp.



30. Phoenix Suns - Giannis Adetokunbo, SF/PF Greece | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 196

Adetokunbo this late would be amazing for the Suns, who want to ignite new enthusiasm to it’s fan base. He brings different elements to the game than any Suns forward. Channing Frye remains a health concern and there’s zero faith in Michael Beasley.





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Mavs Game Night: Knicks (8-1) @ Mavs (6-6)

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

The Dallas Mavericks will once again face the point guard that helped lead them to the team’s first NBA title. Jason Kidd makes his return to Dallas when he and his New York Knicks will play the Mavs for the second and final time this season. In the previous meeting Carmelo Anthony had his way offensively and led the Knicks to a 104-94 victory.

Rick Carlisle and the Mavs come into this one at an even 6-6 record and fresh off an awfully brutal home OT loss to the Golden State Warriors. Warriors’ star guard Stephen Curry picked apart the Mavs defense, besting O.J. Mayo’s valiant effort to pull the win out for our guys.

The Knicks meanwhile continue to cruise through their early schedule with an 8-1 record. The latest victim was the New Orleans Hornets last night who played without rookie sensation Anthony Davis.

Success for the Knicks isn’t a fluke. New York has been superb on the defensive end. No team surrenders fewer points (88.3). Already with DPOY Tyson Chandler in the middle, the addition of Kidd and Ronnie Brewer on the wing adds grit. Melo has made it a point himself to work harder and get better defensively too. The Knicks also do it offensively with the 3-point shot. They lead the NBA in attempts and makes.

As evident in the first meeting, this will not be a barn-burner as in years past. The halfcourt game will be important. Dallas needs to value the basketball and limit unforced turnovers because the Knicks excel on the break.

Another key factor for the Mavs will be on the defensive end. Shawn Marion wasn’t active last time the two teams met, which left only Dahntay Jones and rookie Jae Crowder to cover the elite scoring Anthony. It didn’t work as Melo got what he wanted and dropped 31 points with relative ease. Marion has been very effective in slowing down Melo in the past, but with an achy knee we will see what transpires.

In New York, Mayo started the game scorching from deep, but got himself into foul trouble. He was also a mess turning the rock over eight times. That’s absurdly poor and since then he’s toned the careless giveaways somewhat, but still needs to improve on protecting the ball better.

Darren Collison really wants and needs his confidence to return. He hasn’t resembled the player he was in the first few games this year, but I still believe he’ll bounce back. The Mavs are much better when DC elevates his play by creating opportunities for his teammates.

What’s going to be the response for Jason Kidd when he’s introduced as the starter for the visiting New York Knicks tonight? I think there will be a mixed result with plenty ‘Boos’ and plenty cheers. I would cheer because he was a huge piece in winning the championship and I believe both the Mavs and Kidd benefited from the split over the summer.

Everyone is happy, well maybe everyone besides Mr. Cuban!

Game tips tonight at 7:30 p.m. CT and airs on both FSSW and MSG.

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The TC Report – Pump The Brakes Mavs Fans

by Ryan Wilson on November 13, 2012 in Mavs 09 comments

Walking into work this morning I noticed the Christmas decorations were out in full force.  Light posts were dressed up with red and green and the building had lights on the lower section.  That’s funny. I don’t even remember eating Thanksgiving dinner yet.  Did I miss something?  Did I sleep through the Cowboys/Redskins Thanksgiving day game?  We win?

My point?  We’re jumping the gun on Christmas.  Much like we’re jumping the gun now on the latest Mavs losing streak.

First of all, all three recent losses were winnable games.  Mavs hung tough against a good New York Knicks team only to fall short in the 4th.  It was more frustrating as the Mavs lost their first game EVER to Charlotte on Saturday night after a miserable effort to close out the game.  And last nights loss to the Timberwolves was there for the taking if not for our awful shooting percentage.

By the way, I’m reading and hearing a lot of negative reaction towards the loss to the Bobcats.  Let’s try taking the glass-half-full approach to this.  This Bobcats team is the same team that we throttled in the 3rd game of the season, 126-99.  I understand that sports are a “what have you done for me lately” type of scenario.  But let’s not freak out over an OT loss to a team that we already beat earlier in the season.  Plus, we were due for a loss to the Bobcats at some point.

“We have to play desperate basketball every night,” said sixth man Vince Carter, who endured his worst offensive performance of the season (four points, 1-7 FG). “We’re not one of the best teams. We have the ability to be, but we have to play harder than teams.”

With the Mavericks hot 4-1 start, it resulted in some unreasonable expectations.  Not saying that this team is not that good, but the team also shot 62% from the field vs. the Blazers and Bobcats in games 3 and 4 of the season.  Obviously, this wouldn’t sustain.  Mavs were able to mask the negative rebounding proportions by making a lot of shots.  A lot of these shots came from the 3 point line as OJ Mayo quickly found himself on the top of the 3pt shooting list for the league. On Friday night inNew   York, the Mavs turnover machine was cranked up to a high level.  20 turnovers in NY and 19 in Charlotte were the main cause for the losses.  Mavs reduced the turnovers to 8 against the Timberwolves but only shot 36%.

Some of you have commented that the Mavs defense needs work.  This is true to a certain degree but it’s not the reason that we’re losing.  Last night we surrendered the highest shooting percentage by an opponent all season, 46.2% but we also created 17 turnovers.  The second highest percentage was given up to the Raptors at 44%, a game we won.   The defense has been stingy this season for the most part.  Grabbing more defensive rebounds would be beneficial given that we’re stopping a lot of first attempts.  This is where an injured Shawn Marion would help.  He was our leading rebounder before his injury.

The MAIN issue with this current Mavs team, without Dirk and Marion, is that they can not win games if they’re severely struggling in any of the categories of Shooting percentage, Rebounding, and Turnovers in one specific game.   All three categories have to be at average or better to produce a win.  (Season Averages:  Shooting: 46.3%. Rebounding: 41.9. Turnovers: 15).  With a scorer like Dirk on the floor, the Mavs can afford to have a bad turnover night simply due to the fact that Dirk can keep them in a game offensively.  But this current Mavs team has limited scorers and once defenses close in on Mayo, the offense panics. Hence the desperation 3’s by Carter and company when down by 5 or more.  Had the Mavs shot closer to their season average and not a abysmal 36% vs. the Timberwolves, they would’ve won.

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda.

Let’s credit the opponents some for creating turnovers, grabbing boards, and forcing us into bad shots.  But mostly these issues can be solved by the Mavs.  The last 3 losses hurt but in no way is it showing the teams “true colors” and the first 4 wins were not as much of a “fluke” as some of Dallas’ own would say.  No matter what Jean-Jacques Taylor wants us to believe, this Mavs team is better than what you think.

Stay strong Mavs fans, we’ll be ok.  Just weather the storm until @Swish41 is back.

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas Mavericks (4-2) @ Charlotte Bobcats (1-3)

by Ryan Wilson on November 10, 2012 in Mavs 09 comments

Here we are again. The Dallas Mavericks face the Charlotte Bobcats for the second and final meeting this season. It comes at the right time. The Mavs have lost twice early on and both times the Bobcats have been the next in line. 17-0 will be the Mavs goal when they leave the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte tonight. Send those Bobcats home waiting until 2013-2014 for another crack at our Mavs.

So last night…hmmm…do we want to really remember that game? I’ll be brief. The Knicks came away with a home win 104-94. Carmelo Anthony took his 20-plus shots and scored 31 points. Dallas went to the foul line 23 times, converting 20. Only the Knicks went to the stripe 38 times and were called for seven less fouls. After going 7-for-15 from 3-point land in the first half, the Mavs shot just 1-for-13 from deep after the intermission. And finally, 20 turnovers shot us in the foot. Do the math and it’s clear the performance didn’t equalize a winning formula.

The Mavericks young backcourt of Darren “DC” Collison and O.J. “Juice” Mayo shouldered the blame for their team’s loss last night.

“I’m really, really disappointed in my performance tonight,” said Collison, who had as many turnovers as points (four) and was 1-of-8 from the floor. “I promise you that I’ll be in full-mode attack next game. I felt like I let my team down tonight.”

 “I think it’s on me, too.” Mayo said backing up his backcourt mate.

HIGHLIGHT ALERT: Brandan Wright’s high-flying flush on Rasheed Wallace

Mavs Game Night is in Charlotte and ready for a fresh start to a new streak. However, the last thing Dallas should do is take the Bobcats easy. Yes it would seem the history of matchup trumps the possibility of a ‘trap game’, but it DOES NOT. Anyone can beat anyone any night in the NBA. Was that too many “Anys”?

In the previous meeting between these teams, Dallas cruised to a 126-99 home win. In the first preview for the Bobcats game I mentioned three keys and each played its part in the Mavericks W. Tonight the Mavs need to replicate that effort to continue the league’s longest opponent winning percentage.

My three successful keys from Mavs’ 126-99 win on November 3rd

  1. Darren Collison – DC, our Mavs engine had himself a night to forget against New York, but tonight provides him a solid bounce-back opportunity. I believe he’ll be in double-double territory.
  2. Rebound – Against the ‘Cats in Game 3 of the season, Dallas actually out-rebounded an opponent (43-38 edge). The Mavs will once again be without leading rebounder Shawn Marion, so they will need guys like Chris Kaman and Troy Murphy to crash the glass even more. Kaman goes for his first double digit rebounding effort in this one.
  3. O.J. Mayo Shooting – Mayo had his coming out party against Charlotte. He took advantage of a soft perimeter defense scorching the twine for a career-high seven 3-point baskets. Mayo’s November shooting numbers are sexy:

Time for a quick look at the Mavs injury front. Roddy Beaubois (ankle) returned to action last night and played 14 minutes. Vince Carter seemed to injure his hip area on a contact jump shot in the lane. According to VC he will be a go tonight in Charlotte.

“I’m planning on playing,” Carter said. “I don’t care what they say. We’re already down some bodies. Gotta go.” 

The Bobcats’ starting center Brendan Haywood is questionable due to a family issue. Haywood missed their game in New Orleans on Friday night. Expect Byron Mullens to slide over to center and Bismack Biyombo to start at power forward if Haywood can’t go.

The Mavericks conclude the back-to-back two-game road trip and head home for a homestand duo against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards next week.

Tonight’s game will tip at 6:30 p.m. CT and locally airs on Fox Sports Southwest. NBATV will carry the broadcast nationally. Go Mavs!

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