Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:21 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 11:39 pm
Dirk and Terry help Mavericks send Hornets to first season loss as they corral Chris Paul in second half. Posted by Matt Moore
Well, it had to happen sometime. The Hornets had managed to gun out to a franchise-best 8-0 start this season with new head coach Monty Williams leading revamped bench and wing units alongside a healthy Chris Paul. But Dirk Nowitzki and a very solid overall performance from the Mavericks proved too much and the Hornets suffered their first loss this season in Dallas 95-98 .
The Mavericks have now knocked off Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul in a week, and though Paul dropped a line of 22 points, 9 assists, and 4 rebounds, the widely regarded best-point-guard in the league had 20, 5, and 4 at halftime. In the second half, Dallas threw a combination of hard hedges off the pick and roll and constant run-outs on the drive and kick to contain Paul. Paul often wound up late in the shot clock, having to hoist off-balance fade-aways as the Mavericks used many of the same tricks they used against Rondo to keep Paul out of the paint.
On the offensive end, Jason Terry was en fuego. While the Horents actually played great defense, their focus was on trying to stop Dirk Nowitzki (they didn't, he finished with 25 on just 12 shots), and Terry managed to slip out in transition or get open off offensive rebounds. The Hornets controlled the glass, but Dallas was more patient on offense, pulling in a higher free throw rate.
Now that the Hornets have suffered their first loss, the question now will become if they can go back to their winning ways or if this streak of play was a combination of things going right. A lot went right for New Orleans tonight, with Willie Green and Peja Stojakovic playing well in a rare appearance. Their defense suffered at the hands of good ball movement and Dirk-caliber play from Dirk. But if they keep up the kind of effort they've given in the first nine games, it's hard to see the Hornets not maintaining their spot near the top of the West.
For Dallas? Look out. Once again, this is a great team, deep and talented, and they've just solved two of the best point guards in the league. You can't stop those guys, as proven by their stat lines. But by committing your defensive scheme to stop them, you can make life hard enough to get a win.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:17 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2010 2:30 pm
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.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:50 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:37 pm
Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom is involved in an income tax dispute that has led him to sue the Internal Revenue Service. Posted by Ben Golliver.
On the court, it's all peaches and cream for Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom, who is off to a red hot start during L.A.'s torrid start to the season. Odom is averaging a double-double through seven games, 15.9 points and 11.1 rebounds, and he's adding 3.4 assists on top while shooting 46.5 percent from the field. Ow ow. In tax court, however, it's not as smooth sailing for Odom. Apparently, the Internal Revenue Service took issue with some of his deductions in 2007. Namely, according to Forbes.com, Odom tried to write off the cost of league-imposed fines and, after the deductions were disallowed, he is taking his case to court.
“The taxpayer claimed $12,000 of employee business expenses for fines that were assessed by the National Basketball Association,” he declared, writing in the third person. “These fines are commonly assessed on professional athletes and are work related. Therefore the fines incurred are ordinary and necessary employee business expense.” The petition, which listed his address as an agent’s office in Los Angeles, offered no details about the nature of transgressions leading to the fines.
Federal law generally prohibits tax deductions for financial sanctions resulting from criminal cases and matters like traffic violations. But Odom wrote, “The fines imposed by the team and the NBA are not imposed for the violation of any government law and are therefore not specifically excluded.”Does Odom have a case? Who knows. Does he need the money that bad? Probably not, but it sounds like this has become a matter of principle for him. As long as he doesn't try to deduct the cost of Khloe's weaves, I'm cool with this legal journey, especially because it's surely the most complicated way to appeal an NBA fine ever undertaken. Somewhere, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is rubbing his hands together, thinking, "Brilliant!" and yelling for his personal assistant to get his tax attorney on the phone immediately.
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:31 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:36 pm
Monta Ellis goes down hard, Zach Randolph goes 23/20, the Celtics got Dirked, Stephen Curry debates important political issues with a foreign emissary and then goes off on the Raptors, and LeBron James weighs in on an important coaching decision. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.
THE BIG ONE: STEPH CURRY SPARKLES IN WIN OVER RAPTORSIt might not have been the night's marquee match-up (keep reading for the big finish in Dallas), but the Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors game may have been the most watchable.
Get ready for another Stephen Curry gush fest. Despite a wobbly ankle that has kept him out of action recently, Curry brought the do-everything electricity Monday night, unleashing wicked crossovers, making smart decisions in transition, finishing smoothly in traffic and pressing Toronto's (lack of) defense constantly by remaining in attack mode.
How Curry doesn't receive more national publicity is beyond me, as he combines elements of Steve Nash and John Wall into a pure-shooting, hard-working, highly-intelligent package that screams marketability. The mental lapses that lead to turnovers are still there, but so is the absurd statistical output: 34 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 36 minutes. Plus a ridiculous 12-21 from the field, including 2-4 from deep and a perfect 8-8 from the line. This guy will break your efficiency calculator.
While Curry was just returning to the court, his teammate, Monta Ellis, was crashing down hard onto it. Check out the must-see video of Ellis's scary hard fall late in the fourth quarter, one that necessitated the training staff's help to carry him off the court and post-game X-rays on his back. Ellis, who has been sparkling in the early season, had 28 points again tonight before the injury.
The Warriors closed the door without their go-to option thanks mostly to Curry, who had the final seven Warriors points down the stretch.
While awards are not given out for defeating the terrible Toronto Raptors, the Warriors showed on Monday that they could take care of business, on the road, while sustaining some adversity, a necessary outcome for a team that has its collective eye on playoff contention in the Western Conference.
GO-GO-GADGET LINES:Zach Randolph: 23 points, 20 rebounds, two assists, three steals on 9-16 shooting in 41 minutes in a Memphis home win over the Phoenix Suns.
Honorable mention to...
Stephen Curry: 34 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals on 12-21 shooting in 36 minutes in a Golden State road win over the Toronto Raptors.
Dwight Howard: 27 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block in 34 minutes in an Orlando Magic win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Joakim Noah: 13 points, 19 rebounds, one assist, four blocks in 39 minutes in a Bulls home win over the Denver Nuggets.
Rajon Rondo: 11 points, 15 assists, six rebounds, five steals and a block in 42 minutes in a Celtics loss to the Dallas Mavericks.
HERO OF THE NIGHT:
It was a game of runs in Texas, with the Dallas Mavericks running out to an early lead, then giving it all back (and more) to the Boston Celtics. But the Mavericks mounted a final push at the right time, running off the last seven points of the game.
The last two?
Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors mascot discuss the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives during the midterm elections.
ONE FINAL THOUGHT:Dallas Cowboys fan LeBron James, who knows a thing or two about coaches getting fired (cough, Mike Brown, cough), weighed in on Twitter with his thoughts on who should replace Wade Phillips in the Big D. "We want Coach Cowher or Coach Gruden!! No one else is ready for that task and I know they will command RESPECT right off top!! Let's go."
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Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:22 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 2:52 pm
Report says Dampier will sign with Rockets. Posted by Matt Moore
Our long national ... apathy may finally be over. Hoopsworld is reporting that Erick Dampier has made his decision, many moons after "The Decision", and will join the Houston Rockets as a backup center. The Rockets are at 15 players, so there will have to be cut to make room for him, likely Ishmael Smith. Smith may wind up in the Rockets' D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers who they use quite a bit.
Dampier makes for a valuable addition to the Rockets. Against the Lakers, when they had a center with size in, they flourished. Those players went out due to minute restrictions or endurance, and production dropped. They need that size, despite having an absolute plethora of bigs. Dampier gives them elite size to combat their opponents' bigger lineups. He's slow, old, and never been a great scorer, but he does his job and does it well. In limited minutes, he could pack a big punch for Houston, who has struggled in rebounding through their first two games.
Dampier had been pursued by Toronto, Portland, Phoenix and Milwaukee, with heavy talks of him signing with all three. But Dampier took his time, or those teams pursued other options, and so now Houston will bring him in and slide Chuck Hayes to backup power forward. The race for size in the Western Conference continues.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:07 am
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 12, 2010 9:31 am
Edited on: October 12, 2010 9:33 am
Posted by Royce Young
Posted on: October 8, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 4:46 pm
Posted by Royce Young
From Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News, via The Two Man Game:
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle collapsed on the team’s practice court this afternoon and was taken from the court on a stretcher. It was unknown what happened to Carlisle, who was sitting up on the stretcher when he was wheeled toward the loading dock at about 12:38 p.m. An ambulance was waiting. At 12:50 p.m., the ambulance left the loading dock. Carlisle was moving his arms when he was taken out of the arena and seemed to be alert.Update (3:10 ET): From Earl Sneed of the official Mavs site: "Donnie Nelson just walked by me and gave two thumbs up, saying that Coach fainted but he's doing well."
Definitely good to hear.
Update (4:45 ET): Mavs GM Donnie Nelson says it's "highly unlikely" Carlisle joins the team tomorrow . (Via Art Garcia on Twitter)