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Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:17 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2010 2:30 pm
 

Power Rankings 3-Up, 3-Down: Week 2

The Mavericks, Hornets, and Cavs rise, while the Heat, Blazers, and Timberwolves tumble in our power rankings.
Posted by Matt Moore
 



Our Power Rankings for Week 2 are out. Here at F&R, we'll give the the direct line to who was notable in the rankings from week to week. Here's three who are up and three who are down in week 2.

3-Up


Dallas Mavericks (8): Mavericks rise from 14 to 8 this week and have big victories over the Nuggets (split on a home-and-home) and the Celtics. That's a tasty platter. And for once, they're getting it done with defense. Dallas boasts the fifth best defense in terms of defensive efficiency. Combine that with a legit superstar in Dirk Nowitzki who's carrying 25.8 points per game for Dallas along with 9 rebounds. Dirk's certainly motivated. Offense needs a step up (and a step down in turnovers), but they're getting it done.

New Orleans Hornets (3): KB already told you how they're such a surprise this season, and they rightly rise in the rankings from 5 to 3. Chris Paul is awesome, we already knew that. Okafor's being a man's man, we already knew that, but don't sleep on David West. West has been consistently there for the Hornets, through last year with Paul's injury and Okafor's adjustment, and this season all he's doing is averaging 18 per game shooting 55% from the field, 6.5 boards, and 1 block per game. He's reliable, he's consistent, he's efficient, and he's just as much a part of the Hornets' success as the returning star and resurgent big. Tough week coming up for the Hornets with Portland and Dallas. We'll see if they're still undefeated last week. If they are, going to be hard to keep them out of the second overall spot (LA is still  LA).

Cleveland Cavaliers (20): Eight slot bump for the Cavs this week, who, if they keep this up will be your sentimental favorite in the playoffs come April (in what could be a first-round series with Miami - yikes). The Cavs are just working. The odd thing about it? For years the Cavs have been a tremendous defensive team that couldn't get the buckets. Now it's completely flipped. Their offense is filling it up, but they're letting their opponents get to buckets pretty easy. The weird part is it isn't their at-rim defense, it's their midrange defense that's lacking. Meanwhile, though, J.J. Hickson-Gibson is your new hotness. Bizarre what a new coach can do for you. This team isn't just hanging, they're playing pretty decently, and Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison are largely irrelevant. Which means they could trade both those guys to get younger pieces and still compete.

3-Down

Miami Heat (4): A drop with a loss to the Hornets that they could have won, had they not kept handing off the ball to James Jones and Eddie House who were frozen. With Chris Bosh struggling to find his place , and both of the other stars deferring way too much, the Heat have some problems. Huge week with a rematch versus Boston on Thursday at home. Could this team have 3 losses by the middle of November?  Not exactly Most Dominant Ever so far.

Portland Trail Blazers (9): A minor drop but this team is on kind of a ledge. They get outworked by the Thunder and then obliterated by the Lakers with an unimpressive push against the Raps in-between. It's hard to believe Oden is the difference in this team, and with Brandon Roy talking like he's 35 , and with OKC and New Orleans in the next week, this team will either rise or tumble under the pressure.

Minnesota Timberwolves (29): You know the road kill that makes it all the way to the lane divider? Where it manages to make some progress before having its life ended in a violent and brief encounter with a motor vehicle? That's the Wolves. The past two years they've managed to get an early win, before melting into nothingness. The Wolves were absolutely annihilated by both Miami and Orlando and look absolutely lost on both ends. Michael Beasley cares and is playing well, but in reality, there's just not a lot here for them to develop. The coaching is bad, the team is young, but it's also bad, and the overall construction of the team is bad. It's not surprising, but it's still a downward move from the first week where they just looked pretty bad versus pretty terrible.





Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:17 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2010 2:30 pm
 

Power Rankings 3-Up, 3-Down: Week 2

The Mavericks, Hornets, and Cavs rise, while the Heat, Blazers, and Timberwolves tumble in our power rankings.
Posted by Matt Moore
 



Our Power Rankings for Week 2 are out. Here at F&R, we'll give the the direct line to who was notable in the rankings from week to week. Here's three who are up and three who are down in week 2.

3-Up


Dallas Mavericks (8): Mavericks rise from 14 to 8 this week and have big victories over the Nuggets (split on a home-and-home) and the Celtics. That's a tasty platter. And for once, they're getting it done with defense. Dallas boasts the fifth best defense in terms of defensive efficiency. Combine that with a legit superstar in Dirk Nowitzki who's carrying 25.8 points per game for Dallas along with 9 rebounds. Dirk's certainly motivated. Offense needs a step up (and a step down in turnovers), but they're getting it done.

New Orleans Hornets (3): KB already told you how they're such a surprise this season, and they rightly rise in the rankings from 5 to 3. Chris Paul is awesome, we already knew that. Okafor's being a man's man, we already knew that, but don't sleep on David West. West has been consistently there for the Hornets, through last year with Paul's injury and Okafor's adjustment, and this season all he's doing is averaging 18 per game shooting 55% from the field, 6.5 boards, and 1 block per game. He's reliable, he's consistent, he's efficient, and he's just as much a part of the Hornets' success as the returning star and resurgent big. Tough week coming up for the Hornets with Portland and Dallas. We'll see if they're still undefeated last week. If they are, going to be hard to keep them out of the second overall spot (LA is still  LA).

Cleveland Cavaliers (20): Eight slot bump for the Cavs this week, who, if they keep this up will be your sentimental favorite in the playoffs come April (in what could be a first-round series with Miami - yikes). The Cavs are just working. The odd thing about it? For years the Cavs have been a tremendous defensive team that couldn't get the buckets. Now it's completely flipped. Their offense is filling it up, but they're letting their opponents get to buckets pretty easy. The weird part is it isn't their at-rim defense, it's their midrange defense that's lacking. Meanwhile, though, J.J. Hickson-Gibson is your new hotness. Bizarre what a new coach can do for you. This team isn't just hanging, they're playing pretty decently, and Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison are largely irrelevant. Which means they could trade both those guys to get younger pieces and still compete.

3-Down

Miami Heat (4): A drop with a loss to the Hornets that they could have won, had they not kept handing off the ball to James Jones and Eddie House who were frozen. With Chris Bosh struggling to find his place , and both of the other stars deferring way too much, the Heat have some problems. Huge week with a rematch versus Boston on Thursday at home. Could this team have 3 losses by the middle of November?  Not exactly Most Dominant Ever so far.

Portland Trail Blazers (9): A minor drop but this team is on kind of a ledge. They get outworked by the Thunder and then obliterated by the Lakers with an unimpressive push against the Raps in-between. It's hard to believe Oden is the difference in this team, and with Brandon Roy talking like he's 35 , and with OKC and New Orleans in the next week, this team will either rise or tumble under the pressure.

Minnesota Timberwolves (29): You know the road kill that makes it all the way to the lane divider? Where it manages to make some progress before having its life ended in a violent and brief encounter with a motor vehicle? That's the Wolves. The past two years they've managed to get an early win, before melting into nothingness. The Wolves were absolutely annihilated by both Miami and Orlando and look absolutely lost on both ends. Michael Beasley cares and is playing well, but in reality, there's just not a lot here for them to develop. The coaching is bad, the team is young, but it's also bad, and the overall construction of the team is bad. It's not surprising, but it's still a downward move from the first week where they just looked pretty bad versus pretty terrible.





Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:07 am
 

Mavericks roster set for now and later

Mavericks unexpectedly keep Steve Novak and Brian Cardinal despite previous decision to only hold 13 on roster. Posted by Matt Moore

The Dallas Mavericks are simultaneously gunning for this season and setting themselves up for the future. Dirk Nowitzki is entering his last contract. Jason Kidd is a dinosaur. Jason Terry is less of a jet and more of a Wright Brothers airplane. But it's still talented, versatile, and a strong contender for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. To fill out that versatile orster, the Mavericks today confirmed that both Steve Novak and Brian Cardinal would be making the roster. To make room , they waived Rashad McCants and Sean Williams.

The Mavericks had spoken strongly of only carrying 13 on the active roster, but loved what both Cardinal and Novak did in camp and preseason . It's an example of how hard work and chemistry can overcome an organization's conservative convictions. Cardinal is nothing to write home about, but he's a pro and has a good reputation from previous benches he's played on. Novak is a curious case. He blossomed in Houston, struggled in LA with the Clippers (who doesn't?) and has been lighting it up in preseason. He's shot 41% in thre preseason and with his size could be a dangerous perimeter option off the bench in a crunch.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks cut McCants who is expected to join their D-League affiliate in Frisco which begins play this year. Though not formally associated with the Texas Legends, the Mavericks have been instrumental in the formation of the team, with GM Donnie Nelson taking a significant role in the franchise. The Mavericks appear to be starting to examine their future, even as the current core begins another desperate attempt to finally claim the ring to validate a stellar run in the 2000's.


Posted on: October 7, 2010 9:28 am
 

Shootaround 10.7.10: Thinkin' 'Bout Things

Bulls thinkin' 'bout Dampier, Wizards thinkin' 'bout a name change, and Kidd thinkin' 'bout playing till he's 40, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore


Peja Stojakovic says health will determine if he plays past this season , the final year of his contract. He wants to get through just one year pain free. It's something we rarely consider with these players, treating injuries like they're some sort of outside clamp that prevents them from playing instead of actual pain the players are experiencing.

With Boozer on the shelf, the Bulls are taking a long look at Erick Dampier, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com . The Bulls waived Chris Richard this week, which is surprising considering their lack of frontcourt depth and the job Richard did in limited minutes.

Marcin Gortat is not going to suddenly get quiet about the issue: he wants a bigger role, now. Unfortunately for him, the Magic are pretty much like "Deal with it, baldy ." Gortat signed a huge contract with the Mavericks last summer but the Magic matched it in restricted free agenc and here we are. For some reason the Magic think having a severely disgruntled Polish guy called "The Hammer" on their team is a good idea.

So this is pretty awesome. Ted Leonsis, the new Wizards owner, posted 101 things the Wizards have put in play to try and improve the fan experience at Wizards games. Some of the smallest details are covered, like how fresh the hot dog buns are. But hidden in there is the following: Changing the name back to the Bullets. Status? "Under consideration." Hold your breath, Bullets fans.

The Hawks exercised their option on Jeff Teague, which should surprise absolutely no one. Teague's locked up through next year, if there is a next year.

Kevin Garnett "went to a dark place " after last year's Finals, which is just classic over-the-top Garnett talk. He was pretty much a wreck after losing that series, leaving you to wonder how he deals with life in any sort of way whatsoever.

Rudy Ferandez' agent went absolutely psycho-hose-beast on local radio, basically pulling a "Leave Britney alone" speech for Fernandez. The kicker is when asked why Rudy wants to go home: "There's friends, there's family, he's a shy guy. He's special." And also a Fraggle, apparently.

Josh McRoberts had an outstanding line last night and the bandwagon is starting to Heat up. McRoberts has already filled into the starting PF spot for the Pacers, and with little competition, will probably hold onto it. A star is born? Maybe?

Jason Kidd wants to play until he's 40 , which is just ridiculous and yet completely believable on all fronts. Oddly, he's already a defensive liability, but the Mavs are thinking about moving him to shooting guard. Which could end up disastrous, but hey, you never know with Kidd. Dude's a survivor. He's going to make it. He's going to work harder. Keep on survivin'. What ?

This Nets-Knicks rivalry gets more entertaining every day .
Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:24 am
Edited on: September 21, 2010 10:04 am
 

Shootaround 9.21.10: Bogut good to run

Bogut's back, Joe Alexander's back, Pops is back, and Curry is not back. Posted by Matt Moore

We've kept you up to date on the health and progress of Andrew Bogut. The latest news is good news . He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he expects to be ready for training and camp and in the opening night lineup. Bucks fans, you can exhale, paramedics are standing by.

The Hornets have agreed to terms with Joe Alexander. Joe Alexander, people. There's simply no way that the economy is not rebounding if Joe Alexander has found himself employed. Alexander provides the Hornets with almost nothing they have any use for, but hey, someone's gotta guard in camp.

The Knicks are so young Posting and Toasting dreamed up Anthony Randolph with crayon.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu got a training camp invite ! With... the Hornets. But hey, that team doesn't have depth issues. Not in the slightest. It mayh sound disingenuous to say that Joe Alexander doesn't deserve a camp invite and Mensah-Bonsu does, but Pops has NBA length and can defend. Alexander has a poor choice in facial hair.

Baron Davis may win an Emmy for his gang violence documentary. Being involved with film was a big reason Davis wanted to leave the Warriors for the Clippers, and it's good to see he's put the opportunity to good use. Probably won't make fans feel much better about all the time he's missed, though.

How far the might have fallen. Michael Ruffin is now in coaching the ABA . What's left of it, the modern one. Not in the 1970's. That would require a time machine and that risks Ruffin seeing his past self and causing a hole in the universe and it's all very complicated. Much like the reasons for the existence of the ABA currently.

The Greatest Center of modern times gets a run by Kelly Dwyer. If you didn't love the Dream Shake, you didnt like sports.

Arco Oil's naming rights deal for the Sacramento arena is expiring . So the Kings will open it up. With the economy and its effects, I'd imagine we're going to see more and more changes in arena rights. Which is kiind of a reason to have a non-sponsored name. But that's just too much money to leave on the table.

Eddy Curry will be the last Knick to report for training camp. Which is nice. I'm actually glad, that way we can spare ourselves the talk about how this will be the one where Curry turns it around and how he looks more motivated than ever. Let's just get it out of the way, he's deadweight. Heavy deadweight.

Hey, look, Mark Cuban's delusional . Fun!
Posted on: September 16, 2010 4:01 pm
Edited on: September 23, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Tim Thomas leaves Mavericks again

 Mavericks journeyman forward will miss 2010-2011 season to support wife through illness for second consecutive season.
Posted by Matt Moore

Less than a month after a feel-good reunion , the Tim Thomas-Dallas Mavericks reunion is over. Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas reports that Thomas has informed the Mavericks he'll miss the 2010-2011 to continue supporting his wife with an undisclosed illness, the same situation that forced him to miss almost the entirey of the 2009-2010 season.

The Mavericks are working with the league to void the $1.35 million contract they agreed to with Thomas for this season. The Mavericks now have a month and a half and two roster spots available. It's deeply regrettable, and there is a lot of discussion that this might be the end of Thomas' career. Life gets in the way. Hopefully, Thomas' wife will recover from whatever she's facing. The Mavericks' season is important to them and their fans. But not nearly as this reminder that athletes have lives with serious complications and struggles to overcome that have nothing to do with conditioning or jump shots.

F&R wishes the best for the Thomas family.





Posted on: September 7, 2010 9:21 am
Edited on: September 7, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Shootaround 9.7.10: Believe!

Reggie believes in Wade, Thomas believes in loyalty, and Butler believes in Burger King.Posted by Matt Moore

Reggie Miller believes the Heat are still DWade's team . Miller's probably on target here, but the fact that this is debatable is an interesting thought exercise. After all, we say we determine the quality of a player not by his performance, but by how many rings he has. Wade is the only one of the Miami Triad to have a ring, and yet LeBron is burdened with leadership of the squad. It's possible that this whole thing could only serve to show us how we've been underrating Dwyane Wade the past few years.

In a summer that put a very large nail in the coffin of loyalty in sports, the Mavs' actions towards Tim Thomas remain a hand propping it open. Art Garcia spoke with both Thomas and the Mavs , and both sides used the Magic word, loyalty, in their joint decision to add Thomas to the Mavericks' roster this season after his wife's illness forced him away from the game. We'll see if both sides remain loyal if Thomas does well enough to earn more money next season, or poorly enough to force the Mavericks' hand at the trade deadline.

Derrick Rose has been obsessing over improving his three-point range shot. The Bulls were one of the worst offenses and one of the worst perimeter shooting teams in the league last season. They were simply without a perimeter threat. They brought in Kyle Korver to fix that problem. But Rose is taking that burden upon himself and working to improve it while he's with Team USA. Giving that kid range makes him essentially unguardable. Yikes.

A list of NBA pairings that should happen, including Greg Oden and the Phoenix training staff .

Caron Butler owns six Burger Kings , mostly due to the fact that he used to work at one. Do what you know, I suppose.

It's time to put childish things away and start acknowledging the potential that lies in Miami.

Larry Drew says the Hawks are going to switch less , which is a terrific idea. The switching killed the Hawks against the top teams in the league. Surprisingly, it worked against the Celtics, because they weren't fast enough to make the Hawks pay. But against Orlando, the Magic shredded them off switches by forcing penetration in the interim and creating space, the building block of their offense.

Kobe's ready to go at it again . Raise your hand if you're surprised.

An interesting look at who the Magic's rival is now. The Heat-Magic rivalry has several factors boosting it. It's an in-state rivalry, Dwyane Wade has killed the Magic (on a performance, not win-based level) over the years, and the teams play four times a year. The fans say the Celtics, but we'll see what they say by the end of the year.

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Tim Thomas back with the Mavericks

Forward signs with Mavericks after half-season away on personal reasons.
Posted by Matt Moore


I'm not sure at what point Tim Thomas became the veteran forward you root for and stopped being "the lazy dude that cashed in on one good playoff season" but it happened. Thomas was a phenomenal disappointment in Philadelphia, Milwaukee, New York, and Chicago, wound up being a huge part of the Suns' playoff run in 2006, then reverted back to form with the Clippers. But with the Mavericks last season, he was experiencing a bit of a career rennaissance. He shot better than he had in nearly a decade, was playing solid defense, and was a good veteran option off the bench.

Then, a personal situation that has as yet not been reported developed with his wife, and Thomas was forced to leave the team after only 18 games to be with her. But with that situation resolved, he's back with the Mavs . It's kind of a feel-good story when you look at all the factos, and if Thomas can return to his production last season, he could help the Mavs challenge again in the West. His services were certainly needed against San Antonio, whose depth caused major issues for the Mavs.
 
 
 
 
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