Tag:Dallas Mavericks
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:21 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 11:39 pm
 

Mavs zero in on Paul to give Hornets first loss

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
 

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 4:50 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Lamar Odom sues IRS over tax deductions

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 Golliverlamar-odom 

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
 

Game Changer 11.9.10: Where the Warriors win

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 RAPTORS

It 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?

This money game-winner from Dirk Nowitzki, over the out-stretched arm of Celtics forward Glen Davis. You've been Dirked.

 

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DON'T MISS:

 

 

WHIMSY:

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.

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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: Dampier to Rockets

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 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 12, 2010 9:31 am
Edited on: October 12, 2010 9:33 am
 

Shootaround 10.12.10: Carmelo is confused

Posted by Royce Young
  • The Nuggets are still looking at options says The Denver Post. And Carmelo says this process has his head spinning: "On the court, it's easy. Off the court — confusing. Just dealing with all of it, just hearing it. Once I'm in the gym, I play the way I play. . . . I'm approaching this season like I would any other season. I'm just getting ready for the next game. I can't worry if I'm going to be here today or tomorrow."
  • Ben Golliver of Blazersedge: "Potentially the bigger issue for Miller is that he didn't get a look at captaining the second unit like he did last year. Instead, Nate McMillan leaned heavily on Matthews and gave extended looks to both Jerryd Bayless and Rudy Fernandez. After shootaround this morning, McMillan said Bayless/Fernandez/Matthews is a perimeter combination that he will continue to play together because of their tempo-changing ability and complementary skills. Preseason or not, Miller's playing time is therefore getting pressed from all sides."
  • Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News: "Hopefully, Mavericks fans took a close look at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night at American Airlines Center. Through not much fault of their own, the Cavs have become the NBA's No. 1 example of what can happen when your superstar walks. They are irrelevant without LeBron James, even in the Eastern Conference, which still has a sizeable sub-league of poor teams despite the talent at the top end. Remember, this could have happened to the Mavericks, too. Just imagine what they would look like without Dirk Nowitzki. Not that he's LeBron. But Nowitzki is as important to the Mavericks' success as James was to Cleveland's. ... The Mavericks are fortunate to have a superstar who loves his surroundings and is willing to help make it work in Dallas. Those are few and far between. And because of Nowitzki – and no matter how the Mavericks look so far in the preseason -- they at least remain relevant in the Western Conference."
  • Basketball is an emotional game. Players scream after dunks, rebounds and blocked shots. They're playing hard, working to stop the man in front of them. When they get tagged for a call, sometimes they just react. And with the new rules enforcing technicals, some players are worried they're being robbed of that emotion.
Posted on: October 8, 2010 2:34 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Mavs coach Carlisle collapses at practice

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)

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