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Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:51 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Report: Jason Kidd (calf strain) out 1 week

Posted by Ben Golliver 

The Dallas Mavericks will reportedly be without starting point guard Jason Kidd for a week or more.

The San Antonio Express News reports that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that a calf strain suffered by Kidd in the first quarter of a Friday night game against the Utah Jazz will keep the point guard out for "at least a week."

Kidd, 38, did not suit up for Sunday's game against the San Antonio Spurs. In his place, Carlisle started third-year guard Rodrigue Beaubois.

A one-week absence would cause Kidd to miss four additional games. The Mavericks travel to Phoenix to play the Suns on Monday, return to Dallas to host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday and the Indiana Pacers on Friday and then embark on a 3-game road trip that includes stops versus the Cleveland Cavaliers on Feb. 4, the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 8 and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 10.

Kidd is averaging 4.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.6 steals in 28.7 minutes per game this season for the Mavericks. He missed some time earlier in the year due to a back injury.
Posted on: August 30, 2011 3:11 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 4:03 pm
 

EuroBasket preview: Spain and then everybody else

Posted by Royce Young



Actual competitive basketball being played in an actual arena with actual NBA players! No, this isn't another Drew League versus Goodman League showdown -- it's better. It's Eurobasket 2011 and if you're completely starved for some quality hoops, then welcome your all-you-can-eat buffet of basketball.

You're probably sick of people trying to convince you how quality the European game has become, and while no, it's not the NBA, it is about as good of basketball as you're going to get. And with the labor negotiations going about as well as Charles Barkley in a marathon, this might be one of your last chances to get competitive basketball.

The EuroBasket tournament features 24 countries all with the opportunity to put away an automatic bid to the 2012 Olympics in London. The top two finishers get an automatic bid while four bids to the Pre-Olympic qualifying tournament (for third through sixth) are at stake as well. But it's not only about the Olympic bids. It's about taking home a title for your country against the top competition in Europe. It's a big deal.

It starts up Aug. 31 and runs through Sept. 18. It's going to be a frantic few weeks of hoops with big names like Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Luol Deng and Tony Parker. Let's take a look at the field.

Group A: Britain, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, Turkey, Portugal
Group B: France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Serbia
Group C: Bosnia, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Finland
Group D: Belgium, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Slovenia, Ukraine

(A heads up: Every game of EuroBasket can be watched free on ESPN3.com.)

THE FAVORITES

Spain -- Pau Gasol. Serge Ibaka. Ricky Rubio. Jose Calderon. Rudy Fernandez. Marc Gasol. If you're looking for your NBA fix, the Spaniards are your team to watch. They're going to play the most fluid, flashy game of anything and with players like Ibaka, Gasol and Rubio, will blend athleticism and skill together nicely.

It's really Spain's tournament to lose. There's just so much talent on the team, not even including the big names. Sergio Llull, recent first round draft pick Nikola Mirotic and the irresistible Juan Carlos Navarro make Spain the can't-miss team and clear-cut favorite.

NBA players: Pau Gasol (Lakers), Serge Ibaka (Thunder), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), Jose Calderon (Raptors), Rudy Fernandez (Mavericks), Marc Gasol (Grizzlies)

Lithuania
-- The Lithuanians are sort of a borderline favorite, but they are playing the tournament in their home country, so that's an advantage. Plus, there's talent scattered throughout the team with players like lottery pick Jonas Valanciunas, Donatas Motiejunas and Sarunas Jasikevicius.

NBA players: Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors), Donatas Motiejunas (Timberwolves)

France
-- Quietly, the French have assembled a pretty stellar team. Most aren't listing them as a top tier favorite, but it's hard to ignore the talent. A core of Nicolas Batum, Joakim Noah and Tony Parker make them a squad strong enough to consider. Add in Rodrigue Beaubois (if he's healthy), Kevin Seraphin, Mickael Pietrus and Kevin Seraphin and that's a quality rotation of players.

They don't have the same level of talent as Spain, but if Batum can emerge as a go-to scorer to supplement Parker, the French team could make noise in the knockout rounds.

NBA players: Tony Parker (Spurs), Nicolas Batum (Trail Blazers), Mickael Pietrus (Suns), Joakim Noah (Bulls), Rodrigue Beaubois (Mavericks), Kevin Seraphin (Wizards), Ronny Turiaf, injured though (Knicks), Ian Mahinmi (Mavericks), Boris Diaw (Bobcats)

Serbia -- One of Europe's most consistent powers, Serbia features a smooth balance of interior scorers and outside shooters. Nenad Krstic is the anchor but don't underestimate players like Milos Teodosic and Milenko Tepic. Serbia doesn't have anything all that flashy, but it's a team that's stayed together for a while and knows how to play extremely well with each other.

NBA players: None

THE DARK HORSES

Germany -- They have Dirk. That's enough to at least warrant consideration. Now after that it doesn't look extremely strong, but it's Dirk and if we learned anything, the dude can play in big moments. He can carry a team that otherwise looks like a batch of just mid-level players to a higher place and win with them. So I'm not doubting him one bit in this tournament.

Plus there's Chris Kaman and Thunder property Tibor Pleiss there with him, which gives Germany a pretty formidable front court.

NBA players: Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks), Chris Kaman (Clippers)

Russia -- One thing that constantly intrigues me with the Russian team is coach David Blatt. He's an American coach that played for Pete Carril at Princeton and has been extremely successful overseas with major clubs. The team has some talent, but nothing to get too excited about. It would take a breakout tournament from Timofey Mozgov or swingman Victor Khryapa a huge showing from Andrei Kirilenko for them to truly contend, but they could be medal contenders.

NBA players: Timofey Mozgov (Nuggets), Andrei Kirilenko (Jazz)

Slovenia -- Slovenia's the Atlanta Hawks of Europe. Always solid, never good enough to win. They have some quality players, but lack enough quality size to compete with Spain, Lithuania or France.

NBA players: Goran Dragic (Rockets)

Turkey
-- Last year's World Championship runners-up to the United States, Turkey has most of that team back. It's a good group and one that could certainly get hot and make a run again, but the World Championship run came largely because of a huge bump from a home court advantage. Not happening again in Lithuania.

NBA players: Semih Erden (Celtics), Omer Asik (Bulls), Ersan Ilyasova (Bucks), Enes Kanter (Jazz), Hedo Turkoglu (Magic)

THE MIDDLE GROUND

Greece -- When their fluid passing is leading to open 3s (which they make), the Greeks are a problem for people. But when they're missing, they're a team easy to run over. They're scrappy and will claw on each possession, but reality is, they just don't have enough talent to hang with the bigger clubs. They do have one of the funner players to watch in Dimitrios Diamantidis, so keep an eye on him.

NBA players: Kostas Koufos (Nuggets)

Croatia -- Much like Slovenia, Croatia is a squad that is always in the conversation, but lacks the firepower to truly contend. Hard to figure where the points will come from for them in big spots. They'll be good enough to likely win Group C, but after that, it'll be a tough road to advance.

NBA players: Bojan Bogdanovic (Nets)

Great Britain
-- I'm intrigued by this British team despite it not having any depth whatsoever. Had Ben Gordon been cleared to play, the Brits would've had a dark horse caliber team. Instead, they'll have to fight to get out of group play. Luol Deng is good enough to carry them some with Joel Freeland and Ryan Richards potentially adding some scoring pop from inside.

Don't worry though: They've already qualified for the 2012 Olympics. Because, you know, they're hosting it.

NBA players: Luol Deng (Bulls)

Italy -- There's a little something to the Italian team. Danillo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli and Andrea Bargnani give them some scoring. Problem is, can they stop anyone? It's a decent team and one that can probably make the knockout round, but not much after that.

NBA players: Danillo Gallinari (Nuggets), Marco Belinelli (Hornets), Andrea Bargnani (Raptors)

Montenegro -- Not a powerful team but one with some consistent shooters and a couple decent interior players. Montenegro could very well be every bit as good as Slovenia or Croatia, but their roster doesn't strike you as anything special.

NBA players: Nikola Vucevic (76ers), Nikola Pekovic (Timberwolves)

THE NO CHANCES

Belgium
NBA players: None

Israel
NBA players: Omri Casspi (Cavaliers) -- Casspi's unlikely though because of injury

Bosnia
NBA players: None

Macedonia
NBA players: None

Georgia
NBA players: Zaza Pachulia (Hawks)

Ukraine
NBA players: Kyrylo Fesenko (Jazz),

THE BLOWOUT FODDER

Poland

NBA players: None

Finland
NBA players: None

Portugal
NBA players: None

Latvia
NBA players: None

Bulgaria
NBA players: None

PREDICTION: If Spain doesn't reach the final, it's a massive disappointment and a massive shock. It's really just a matter of who will challenge the loaded Spaniards. I see the final four teams being Spain, France, Lithuania and a dark horse in Germany. A lot of people aren't necessarily on the French bandwagon, but I see a team with a bunch of talent that could possibly put together a little run. The safe bet is to go with a Spain-Lithuania final (this of course assuming the teams match up correctly in the knockout round), but I'm looking at France to fall to Spain in the gold medal game but still earn that automatic bid to London in 2012.
Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:50 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Roddy Beaubois to have another foot surgery

Posted by Royce Young

Last season was a pretty major disappointment for Rodrigue Beaubois. The Mavericks' young combo guard had an impressive rookie campaign that made most believe he's have a major impact on the 2010-11 season.

Didn't happen, as Beaubois fractured his left foot preparing for the World Championships last summer and only appeared in 28 games for Dallas. Once he returned, he ended up spraining it again in the Mavs last regular season game and didn't appear once in the playoffs.

Now according to sport.fr, Beaubois will have another surgery on his left foot and be out 2-3 months. That timetable would bring Beaubois back right around training camp or maybe a at the beginning of the season. Of course he might be entirely healthy for the start of the regular season depending on this lockout mess.

Beaubois was seen as a key part of the Mavs' future but because of his injury, was squeezed out a bit. But with DeShawn Stevenson and J.J. Barea both being free agents this summer, Beaubois could find himself back in an important role. He was seen last year as Dallas's starting shooting guard before the injury. The team's acquisition of Rudy Fernandez might change that some depending on how Rick Carlisle wants to settle his rotation.

"This summer is going to be very important for me," Beaubois said at the end of the season. "I first have to recover from my foot injury because I am still not 100 percent. I have a lot of work to do and just want to be ready to come back at 100 percent. Right now, I just support my teammates and if they call me and want me to play I am going to give everything. It is the last step, so I have to forget about my foot and just go out there."

There's still a lot of time for Beaubois to get right, but foot injuries aren't something to take lightly. He's clearly having trouble getting over the fracture and a second surgery isn't a good sign.

Posted on: April 6, 2011 6:18 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Dallas Mavericks: The behemoth's puzzle

Are the Mavericks lying in wait or stumbling to the finish? 
Posted by Matt Moore




The Dallas Mavericks are in-between worlds right now. Like all of the top teams in the league, they're patiently waiting for the playoffs, waiting for the real games to begin. Middle-March through middle-April is a war of attrition, and after losing Caron Butler to a ruptured patellar tendon, the Mavericks are in no condition to take on more casualties. 

But there is the other side of it. You want to hit your stride right now. And the Mavericks aren't there. They've gone .500 over their last 16 games, including a pair of losses to Portland, a pair of losses to the Lakers, and losses to the Spurs, Hornets, and Grizzlies, all of whom they could see in the playoffs at one point or another. It's beginning to feel eerily similar to the Mavericks team we've come to know year after year. Monsters of the regular season, wilt down the stretch, kicked out of the first or second round in stunning fashion. This after a start to the year that had many whispering about being Finals contenders. After all, the Lakers have not met Dirk Nowitzki and his Mavericks in the playoffs during their run with the current core, and if anyone can match Pau Gasol's production, it's the Big German Machine. But now they're the team Portland and New Orleans are aiming for, trying to join the Warriors and Spurs as teams in the past four years to eliminate the Mavericks in the first round. 

But there is one differential here. The Mavericks know where they need to improve. From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"We didn't shoot the ball well [the last three games] and so we spent some extra time today on shooting," Carlisle said. "Our first half against Portland was a setback. The rest of the trip I thought we played solidly on defense."

As the Mavs prepare for Wednesday's home game against Denver, they do so knowing that they have to pick up the pace on the offensive end of the floor.

"I think defensively it was actually a decent trip for us," Nowitzki said. "We've been sliding defensively here in the new year."
via Stretch run is no time to slow down | Mavericks/NBA | Sports News and Videos on the Dallas Co... .

Oddly enough, the Mavericks are playing Denver on Wednesday night for the right not to play them, in a way. A win would go a long way towards cementing Dallas as the No. 3 seed in the West. (Update: Mavs lose 104-96 to Denver, now are just a game above OKC for that No.3 seed.) But bigger than that is Dallas continuing to get their defense back in line. In the past 16 games, the Mavericks allowed 104 points per 100 possesions, which is significantly worse than their 10th ranked season defense in that category  (allowing 102.7).  What's most concerning, however, is the past four games of that road trip, which saw them give up an average of 108.3 points per 100 possessions, which is terrible on a whole other level. Yes, the Lakers game was an exception, but they also gave up over 115 per 100 possessions to the Blazers.  (Update: The Mavs gave up a 114 efficiency Wednesday night to the Nuggets.)  The Mavericks have to get back to more solid defense. 

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How do they do that? Well, the easiest answer is to get Caron Butler back. But since he's out until at least the second round , the Mavericks will have to isolate their problems and find solutions. One significant issue is Jose Barea's role. Barea is a speedy, talented guard that plays his tail off every time he enters the game. He also has the worst defensive rating of any Maverick. And in March, with Shawn Marion battling injuries, The Mavericks were forced to play smaller. In April, Barea has played 25 minutes a game in both losses. The Mavericks need a better wing defender. What's particularly interesting is that the Mavericks' slide defensively coincides with increased time for Rodrigue Beaubois returning from injury. It'll be key to see how Rick Carlisle handles Beaubois in the playoffs.

Lost in the look at their record is the fact that Dallas dropped two back-to-back to Golden State and Portland at the end of a four game road trip. Which at the end of the season is a recipe for slogging off games. Our own Ben Golliver isn't concerned about Dallas , and he's right, this team still has the ability to buckle down and play elite ball in the Western Conference.  Dirk Nowitzki is still one of the best competitors in the game, Jason Kidd has played surprisingly well this season, they have center depth for the first time in years,  and when clicking, are one of the most dangerous teams in the league. 

But at some point they have to get into playoff gear. Wednesday night presents a fine opportunity to do so against the Nuggets. The Nuggets have the top offense in the land. The Mavericks need to find ways to exploit the talent advantages they have. Oklahoma City found out Tuesday night how stiff of a counter-punch the Nuggets can land. If the Mavericks don't right their defensive ship and get their heads together, they could be seeing a lost more of the Nuggets in the first round, an even scarier first-round prospect than Portland, Memphis, or New Orleans. Dallas knows what it needs to do. Getting there is another question. 

Deciphering whether the Mavericks are a contender getting their legs under them or an albatross crashing to the finish line is a puzzle that will be wrought between now and the end of their season. But uncertainty has seldom held the promise of success.
 
 
 
 
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