Tag:Dirk Nowitzki
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:24 pm

Dirk Nowitzki to start against Spurs

By Matt Moore

DALLAS- The Mavericks announced Sunday night that Dirk Nowitzki will be in the starting lineups for Dallas as they face the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Center. Nowitzki has missed the past four games with a sore knee and general conditioning issues. 

There were rumors prior to tip that Nowitzki would miss the game, but after Rick Carlisle announced Nowitzki would be a gametime decision, Nowitzki was announced as the starter.  
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Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:29 am
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Report Card: Lakers get revenge in Battle of L.A.

Posted by Ben GolliverMatt Moore and Royce Young

Lakers' Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol proved too much for the Clippers. (Getty Images)

Your nightly report card gives you a big picture look at what happened each night in the NBA. Grades are granted based on team or individual performances, and are graded on a curve for each element. Leave your own grades in the comments.

Los Angeles Lakers

In the rematch of the Battle for L.A., the old guard finally emerged victorious over the up-and-comers. Pau Gasol set the tone for the Lakers early, Andrew Bynum made several key plays late, and the duo combined for 42 points, 16 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 assists on 15-24 shooting while playing heavy minutes and dishing out plenty of trash talk. In a feisty, intense game filled with technicals and skirmishes, the Lakers kept their heads and executed down the stretch. Lakers coach Mike Brown will surely like the shot distribution -- 13 for Gasol, 11 for Bynum and 17 for Kobe Bryant -- and the end result, a 96-91 gutsy victory. Solid way to end a 3-game losing streak. -- BG

Blake Griffin's whirling dervish

Even in defeat, Clippers All-Star forward manages to do something jaw-dropping. Griffin was a high-energy freight train throughout, finishing with 26 points and 9 rebounds, but his most impressive play was more graceful than forceful. Sizing up Gasol in the low block, Griffin dove into the paint and rose for a spinning reverse flip shot that almost defies description.

"The guy's shooting a 360 jump hook," said Bryant, according to ESPNLA.com. "You have to enjoy and admire his stuff. It's pretty sensational stuff." Take a look at the video below. -- BG

The Fired-Coach Effect

It never fails. Worked for Sacramento earlier this season. Worked for Washington on Wednesday night in a romp of the Bobcats who all of a sudden are the worst team in the league. The Wizards made a point Wednesday. For a night, anyway. -- MM

New Jersey Nets

Every bad team (except Charlotte) gets a good grade! A great win of the Sixers that was all about beating up on what is usually a very good perimeter defense for Philadelphia. Their burst in overtime was particularly impressive with Jordan Farmar and Deron Williams leading the way. -- MM

Dirk Nowitzki's color commentary

Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward has been sidelined this week as he attempts to work himself back into shape, but one thing that doesn't need any boot-camp training would be his vocal chords. Nowitzki filled in as a color commentator during Dallas' home loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves and reacted hilariously to a Jason Terry to Brandan Wright alley-oop. "Oh my God!" Nowitzki screetched. "Shut it down! Let's go home! That is a wrap." Watch, listen and love.

Indiana Pacers

This was one of those "I watch the game, then look at the score, then my brain shuts down because the two element are incongruous. It seemed the Bulls were all over the Pacers, but the Pacers were incredibly patient and never got rattled by the Bulls' pressure in Chicago. Roy Hibbert essentially had his way with Joakim Noah. Danny Granger was bothered by Ronnie Brewer, all the way to 22 points and on 16 shots and nine rebounds. Really, this could have been a more convincing win had Darren Collison and Joakim Noah not played wretched in all things related to point guard game management. Paul George was efficient and the Pacers' defense on Derrick Rose deserves an award all its own. Even without Luol Deng and Taj Gibson, a huge win for the Pacers on the road as they start to build their resume with wins over L.A. and Chicago in the past week. -- MM
Detroit Pistons

They pass! They lost, yes, but the improvement shown in their close loss to the Heat on so many levels is enough to warrant a passing grade for this downtrodden team. With Tayshaun Prince out due to personal reasons, Austin Daye flourished, filling up the scoreboard while Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe both contributed. There's a young core in Detroit worth watching, if they can just scrap and claw their way to the front of the rotation. -- MM

Dallas Mavericks

Really? You lost on banner night to the Heat and rings night to the Timberwolves? Really? Maybe no more celebrations on game nights, Mavs. -- MM

Russell Westbrook

The Thunder's second star has picked up his game lately but took a step back Wednesday against the Hornets. Westbrook started the game 1-10 from the floor and finished just 4-14 for 14 points. And he also turned it over seven times. It was one of those Westbrook games where he made some crucial plays, but for the most part, was a touch out of control and didn't make great decisions. Twice he went for highlight reel jams only to be denied at the rim by a Hornet big man. OKC won, but Westbrook wasn't great. -- RY

Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:25 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:26 pm

Dallas Mavericks championship ring preview video

By Matt Moore

The Dallas Mavericks receive their 2011 NBA Championship rings Wednesday night in Dallas. The Mavericks decided to wait until this game after their season opener against Miami due to the opener coming on a holiday. So what do they look like? There's a preview video that the Mavericks floated Wednesday morning. It's got the whole "working to be a champion" vibe going. 


Considering Mark Cuban's comments about possibly not getting rings, nothing to get super excited about, but it's still striking to see that image of the ring with "Nowitzki" on it. After so many years, Dirk Nowitzki really will have a ring tonight, along with the rest of the Mavericks after one of the most exciting NBA playoffs in history.

(HT: Dime
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:11 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 4:22 pm

Mark Cuban: NBA stars in Olympics is 'stupidity'

Posted by Ben Golliver mark-cuban

For years, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been on a one-man crusade to keep NBA players out of international basketball competitions. His reasoning is straightforward and convincing: NBA team are exposed to the risks associated with injury and fatigue during what should be the players' offseason and the players aren't properly compensated for their participation.

With the 2012 Olympics just around the corner, the topic has come up again thanks to Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki, who is currently sidelined because he is undergoing a week-long boot camp to get himself back into shape. Nowitzki needs the work after taking some time off during the lockout to rest up after competing for Germany at the 2011 EuroBasket tournament. He hasn't been himself throughout the first month of the season.

ESPNDallas.com reports that Cuban is ramping up the volume of his protest in an effort to get NBA commissioner David Stern to consider removing NBA players from the Olympics.
"It's just the epitome of stupidity that we would allow ourselves to be used so other corporations" -- as Cuban calls the Olympics -- "can make tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars," Cuban said. "There's some guys sitting at the Olympic headquarters going, 'Those dumb-***es, we're taking all their best guys for nothing.' "

Cuban knows he's unlikely to bring change to the system, but he said he will continue "fighting so that we'll pull out."

"The commissioner's office won't open it up to discussion. They just make a unilateral call," Cuban said Monday. "They'll take calls about it, but won't put it up for a vote. Hopefully, I can get him to move it to a vote at some point."
Nowitzki's 2011-2012 salary is $19 million and he's on the books for $20.9 million in 2012-2013 and another $22.7 million in 2013-2014. In that light, it's understandable why Cuban might view this situation as a business-owning entreprenuer rather than a gung-ho patriot.

As fruitless as attempts to convince Stern on this subject might be, there's really no better alternative. International NBA players are often heroes in their homeland, and representing one's country whenever possible is regularly a top priority for them, schedule be damned. Saying "no" would be pure heartbreak. 

Even Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski -- whose team is NBA players top to bottom, rather than one exceptional individual like Nowitzki or a handful of NBA players like those on the French and Spanish national teams -- said recently that he pitches his players on the patriotic importance of their participation. 

"We have used the military as a good example of selfless service and we've had many members of the military speak to our teams," Krzyzewski said on a conference call announcing the 20-man candidate pool for the 2012 London Olympics team. 

Without a system revamp -- Cuban proposes turning the Olympics into a 21-and-under tournament -- there's simply no way for NBA teams to receive the protections Cuban desires. In the geo-basketball world, NBA teams have been stuck with the short stick, and convincing monoliths like Stern and the International Olympics Committee to change course could take decades.

Cuban isn't one to take a slight without a response, so we shouldn't be surprised that Cuban is speaking up. If anything, we should be surprised that he hasn't been able to rally more voices by now given how many of his fellow owners face the same predicament. Their frustrations, though, are likely to continue. This is the mother of uphill battles given the money and national pride at stake.
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:12 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 1:28 pm

Reports: Dirk Nowitzki (knee) to sit next 4 games

Posted by Ben Golliver dirk-nowitzki

The Dirkus Circus will be on a brief hiatus.

Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki will reportedly be out of action for at least a week.

Mavs.com and the Star-Telegram reported that Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Nowitzki will sit out "at least four games" to nurse a "sore right knee."

The Associated Press adds that the week off might be as much about conditioning as it is about the knee.
“We just thought it was a good decision for everybody. I’m not happy right now anyways, so the guys are better off when I’m not out there,’’ Nowitzki said. “This gives me time to really do some of the stuff that I couldn’t do when my knee was bothering me the last couple weeks. I couldn’t lift and run and do the things I needed to do.’’

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said he and the Mavericks’ training staff decided Nowitzki needed “an uninterrupted eight days of work to resolve some physical issues and conditioning issues,’’ adding that Nowitzki had “no choice’’ in the matter.
The Mavericks are scheduled to play at the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday before beginning a 4-game homestand that will include games against the Phoenix Suns on Monday, the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, the Utah Jazz on Friday and the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. If Nowitzki is to miss four games, he would return for that Sunday match-up between the two Texas powers.

Nowitzki, 33, has been one of the NBA's most durable players for more than a decade, playing in at least 80 games in six of the past 12 years and missing more than six games in a season just once since 1999-2000. That was last season, though, when Nowitzki's sat out nine games in the middle of the season with a knee injury. Of course, he rebounded to help lead the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA championship.

This year, Nowitzki's numbers are off across the board. He's averaging 17.5 points -- his fewest in more than a decade -- and he's grabbing just 5.4 rebounds per game and shooting just 45.6 percent from the field, his lowest marks since his rookie year.

Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News this week that his right knee was "stiff" and that he "can't really move the way I want to." He has also admitted to taking an extended time away from basketball following the 2011 EuroBasket tournament.

The Mavericks enter Saturday night with a record of 9-7.
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:29 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 12:13 am

Dirk Nowitzki is 23rd player to hit 23,000 points

Posted by Ben Golliver dirk-small

Dallas Mavericks All-Star forward Dirk Nowitzki became the 23rd player in NBA history to score 23,000 career points during a Friday night game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Nowitzki finished with 11 points and the Mavericks went on to win the game, 102-76, at American Airlines Center. 

Nowitzki entered the game with 22,997 points. He crossed the 23,000-point threshold with a second quarter free throw. It took 1,005 games for him to score 23,000 points.

"I’m trying to keep going and trying to help this team and franchise win as many games as I can," Nowitzki said, according to Mavs.com.  "All the milestones are gonna be great when I look back on my career in 10-15 years."

The German forward is the third highest currently active scorer in the NBA, trailing only Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who ranks No. 6 on the all-time scoring list, and Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, who ranks No. 19.

Nowitzki is averaging 18.0 points per game on the season. If he continues to score at that clip and doesn't miss significant time due to injury, he will almost move into the NBA's top-20 all-time scorers by season's end. Robert Parish, Adrian Dantley and Elgin Baylor all finished their NBA careers with between 23,000 and 23,400 points. Nowitzki could also push past Charles Barkley, who retired with 23,757 points, this year. 

Nowitzki, 33, is in his 14th NBA season. He has never won a scoring title; his high-scoring season was 2005-2006, when he averaged 26.6 points per game. He was named the 2011 NBA Finals MVP when the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat. His other awards include: 2006-2007 NBA MVP, All-NBA first team four times and 10 All-Star selections. He is the Dallas Mavericks' all-time leader in points, rebounds, field goals, field goal attempts, games and minutes, according to HoopsManifesto.com.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:34 am
Edited on: December 30, 2011 2:50 am

Report Card: Westbrook's redemption

By Matt Moore

The Knicks wilt again out West, the Thunder rise and fire, and the Blazers win the best game of the night. Here's your nightly report card. 

A: Russell Westbrook

One day removed from a horrid shooting performance in a near-loss and after a brief altercation with Kevin Durant that subsequently became the biggest story in the league for a day, Russell Westbrook brought the Thunder back. He made all the plays late starting with a dunk and-one off a steal. He hit big shots when he needed to and grabbed a huge offensive rebound off a Durant miss late. It was a terrific job by a player with a lot of pressure on him, and showed why the Thunder believe he and Durant can be special together.

Westbrook isn't the pure point a lot of people think Durant needs. But in terms of scoring point guards, he's one of the best in the league. His fearlessness and ability to make things happen in key moments should not be overshadowed by a handful of poor shooting nights for the young player. Westbrook is a legitimate star who plays on the same stage, if not level, as Kevin Durant. 

A: Los Angeles Lakers

Ball movement. Help defense. Efficiency. The Lakers won with good basketball. Not superstar power, though Pau Gasol played well. They weren't pretty or fun to watch, they just worked to create open shots and knocked them down. Even when the Lakers were losing earlier this week, they had great effort, just poor execution. Against the Knicks, they really turned the effort into execution and simply played better basketball against what is arguably a more talented team in terms of star power.

B: Houston Rockets

The Spurs didn't have it, but the Rockets also never allowed them to find it Thursday night. The Rockets ran efficient offense over and over, getting contributions from their key guys and really attacked the Spurs inside with Samuel Dalembert. It was a key win after a disappointing opener against the Magic. Kevin Martin stopped being terrible and went back to Kevin-Martin-hood.

B: Portland Trail Blazers

They won against a very good Nuggets team and kept their hot streak alive. They shot 51 perent from the field. They also turned the ball over 25 times and let the Nuggets back in it after a huge initial rush. They lost the free throw battle. In reality, they had a hot night, shooting 51 percent from the field. They also played solid defense, if allowing a number of open looks. These two teams are evenly matched and the Blazers edged them. Room for improvement, but they get a B.

C: Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks got a number of things to go their way in this game, and also played much better. The ball movement was there, Dirk was resurrected from lockout hibernation (29 and 10), JET was firing, and Ian Mahinmi and Brendan Haywood played well inside. But their defense was still several steps off of last year, and for crying out loud, the only guy in the building you have to guard with 1.4 seconds left and you give him a look? Better, Mavericks. Not good.

D: Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk nabbed a technical for complaining about a call in the fourth quarter. Was just a terrible time for that kind of a tech. 

D: New Jersey Nets

Missing Brook Lopez? Sure. But the effort isn't there, from any of the players. How exactly are you going to convince Dwight to come there by getting killed by him?

F: New York Knicks

Carmelo Anthony, point forward is not walking through that door. Carmelo Anthony, ball-stopping shooter is. Both Anthony and Stoudemire struggled mightily against a Lakers defense that attacked their dribble whenever they got the ball. The Knicks have no creator, no initiator, no playmaker, just bullets and no gun. Oh, and defensively? Renaldo Balkman spent the most time guarding Kobe Bryant. Whoever had that idea needs to spend some time reconsidering the way he approaches the world.

Incomplete: San Antonio Spurs

Back-to-back, but after two really solid defensive games the Spurs took a giant step backwards Thursday night.

E for Effort: Orlando Magic

It's not hard to beat the Nets. But the Magic are firing on all cylinders right now. Dwight Howard with 24 rebounds, Ryan Anderson 22 points. The Magic are still a good team in the middle of all the turmoil. Again, against the Nets. But still.

Gold Stars:

Dirk Nowitzki. Jason Terry, Serge Ibaka. Steve Blake. Pau Gasol. Josh McRoberts, Luis Scola. Jimmer. Wesley Matthews.
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