Posted on: January 15, 2012 6:59 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 6:12 am
Posted by Eye on Basketball staff
Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul is listed as day to day with a hamstring injury after an MRI Sunday revealed no major results. Officially the injury is being called a strained hamstring.
Paul suffered the injury during the fourth quarter of Saturday's 102-94 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The injury comes at a particularly inopportune time, with the Clippers embarking on a back-to-back-to-back with games Monday afternoon at New Jersey, Tuesday night at Utah before returning home Wednesday against the Mavericks.
The Clipppers started the season with four point guards: Paul, Chauncey Billups, Mo Williams and Eric Bledsoe. They may be down to only Billups by next week. Williams (foot) sat out Saturday's game and Bledsoe (knee) is still 2-3 weeks away from returning.
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:38 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Lamar Odom hasn't really been producing for the Mavericks lately and people are looking for reasons why. The reigning Sixth Man of the Year hasn't looked like himself since he was dealt from the Lakers to Dallas.
But maybe it has more to do with things off the court than on. Because as ESPN Dallas notes, Odom was actually pretty close to stepping away from basketball for a while because of a tough summer.
So often we all criticize and critique a player's performance on the court without entirely considering the circumstances. This is real life. People have things going on, outside influences making them feel one way or the way. Yeah, they're professionals and they get paid a lot to play a game for us to cheer for, but sometimes things happen that make it difficult to care.
For Odom, a challenging summer just piled up on top of a lot of things he's been fighting through over the years.
Odom has to play better for Dallas if the Mavericks are going to return anywhere near their championship level. He's averaging career-lows almost across the board and has looked disinterested and unmotivated at times. He's a wildly gifted player and while there are some things he has to overcome like new teammates, a new city and a new situation, it's the things like the challenges of the summer that he really has to get past.
It's not a given that the Mavs will keep Odom, even if he turns it around. The Mavs want 2012 cap room for a run at Dwight Howard and/or Deron Williams and Odom can have his 2012-13 $8.2 million deal bought out for $2.4 million by June 29. But that's not of his concern right now. It's about playing well and getting back to being the player he was and still is.
Posted on: January 14, 2012 6:49 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 6:53 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver
If you're the kind of person who thinks stupid videos are hilarious, I have just the stupid, hilarious video for you.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted a link on Friday to a YouTube video titled, "The Dallas Mavericks are sexy... and they know it!"
The video is set to the song "Sexy And I Know It" by the beer-hawking goof troop music group LMFAO and features Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and players Dirk Nowitzki, Brian Cardinal, Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Delonte West and Jason Terry with their heads superimposed on dancing people, half-naked people, etc.
It also includes footage of Cuban's appearance on ABC's Dancing With The Stars dance competition show, video of Mavericks fans dancing during games and clips from the Nerd Classic movie, Napoleon Dynamite.
The video's description reads: "What is Sexy? Webster's defines the word as 'generally attractive or interesting.' I find that there is nothing sexier than this simple equation: World Championship + Blinding Dance Moves = Sexy."
Here's the "Sexy And They Know It" video via the Dallas Mavericks on YouTube. Hat tip: @TasMelas.
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:29 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 12:13 am
Posted by Ben Golliver
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: January 11, 2012 11:14 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 2:16 am
Posted by Royce Young
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.
New York KnicksYou have to give credit to the Knicks. They've been up and down so far this season but against division leader Philadelphia, the Knicks played a quality all-around game getting necessary stops, getting big games from Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire and killing the glass. Everyone was riding high on the 76er bandwagon this week, but the Knicks handled them by getting out to a 28-15 first quarter and never looked back.
Raptors. Yeah, it was the Raptors who aren't typically strong inside, but Cousins put up 21 points and 19 boards. That's the type of stuff that makes him worth picking over a coach, no matter what the issues may be. Cousins has serious talent no matter what's going on in his head. If he can ever start channeling it properly, the guy is going to be a beast.
Jazz in a Laker overtime win. He played 43 minutes, took 31 shots (making 14), grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists on top of it all. Kobe has been as good as ever to open this season. Whether it's the German knee treatment or freedom from the Triangle, Kobe's off to an MVP-type start.
Derrick Rose, John Lucas stepped up and scored 25 points and dished out eight assists leading the Bulls to maybe the ugliest win ever over the Wizards, 78-64. But 25-8 is 25-8. Sure, it took him 28 shots, but that has never stopped us from being impressed with Rose. I think the lesson here is that obviously it's just the Chicago system and basically you can insert any player into that point guard spot and he'll produce big numbers. Also, I'm not at all serious about that. But seriously, what the crap John Lucas?
Los Angeles ClippersThe Clips got their biggest win of the season and while it's a very nice victory, it was U-G-L-Y. Chris Paul was terrific, DeAndre Jordan wonderful (six blocks), but the Clipper bench provided only eight points and Blake Griffin struggled, scoring just two baskets in the second half. It's a great win for the Clippers and something for them to build on, but it wasn't exactly a clean victory.
OffenseAcross the league tonight, only a couple games saw a team score 100 points. There were a bunch of games played in the 80s and a few with totals down in the 70s. The Wizards scored 64 total and the Hawks scored only nine in a quarter for crying out loud. It's the way life is in a lockout shortened season I guess, but man, there has been some ugly offense lately.
Crunch-time HeatOn a second consecutive night the Heat essentially choked in crunch-time. They missed 14 free throws (including eight from LeBron, four in the fourth quarter) and went nearly 12 minutes without a basket spanning the fourth quarter and overtime. And the one basket they finally got? It was a 3 from Mario Chalmers. We all make a big deal about this fourth quarter stuff with Miami, but it's a thing. You can't ignore it. Going almost a quarter's worth of basketball without a hoop is a problem.
Washington WizardsSixty-four points? Really? I mean, really? Are they even trying to score? Yeah, it was against the Bulls who are a great defensive team, but geez. Thirty-one percent from the floor, only one quarter over 20 points and only 27 points total in the second half? The Wizards terrible. Just terrible.
InjuriesAl Horford went down with a shoulder injury that could cost him a month or more. And he's just the latest in a long line of players getting dinged up. Blame it on the condensed schedule with no camp or just coincidence, but it has seemed like the injury bug has been biting quite a bit this season.
Posted on: January 11, 2012 11:10 am
Posted by Royce Young
Looking down the Dallas Maverick bench last night in Detroit, you saw the usual. There's Brendan Haywood, there's new guy Yi Jianlian, there's Shawn Marion, there's Delonte West, there's bearded guy with a beanie, there's jean jacket guy with sunglasses, there's Vince Carter -- wait, what?
One thing's for sure: If that's actually Jason Kidd and Rodrigue Beaubois, then they're in major violation of the NBA's dress code.
I'm sure there was an explanation for the two fans that wound up on the Dallas bench last night, but by all apperances, it seems that it was two overzealous seat poachers. Instead of playing it cool and just moving to the lower level, these guys went all the way to the opposing bench. I mean, how far do you go with this? During timeouts do you get up and listen in on what Rick Carlisle is saying? Do you go to the locker room with the team at halftime? Do you get up and high five guys after a big run? Do you wave a towel after a big 3 from Dirk?
Really, what was going on out there?
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:17 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2012 4:23 pm
Posted by Royce Young
They haven't got their rings quite yet, but the Mavericks can check off one more thing on their champions tour: They've shaken the hand of the president.
The Mavericks met President Barack Obama at the White House Monday to be honored and recognized for winning the 2010-11 NBA title.
"This was the Mavericks' first title, so I want to start by recognizing everyone that stuck with the team through good times and bad," Obama said to begin.
Obama also joked about the fact that because of the shortened season the Mavs weren't scheduled to play in Washington this season. Something owner Mark Cuban was very vocally upset with.
"It turns out that because of the lockout Dallas wasn't scheduled to play in Washington this season. That did not sit well with Mark," Obama said as Cuban laughed behind him.
Obama also got a pretty good zing in on the age of the Mavs.
"People said that Jason Kidd was too old. And I will say this is the first I've been with some world champions who are my contemporaries."
A few key players were missing from the meeting though as Tyson Chandler is now with the Knicks, J.J. Barea with the Wolves, Caron Butler is with the Clippers, DeShawn Stevenson with the Nets and Peja Stojakovic is retired.
Posted on: January 8, 2012 1:31 am
Edited on: January 9, 2012 1:16 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Update (Monday 12:30 p.m.): As the Mavericks met with President Obama Monday morning, West was not with the team. But why? That's apparently a bit complicated. West told reporters that he was "banned" from the White House. But ABC News, via the Dallas Morning News, spoke with Secret Service, who denied that claim.
West, who had a high profile arrest more than two years ago while under the influence of prescribed medication, said he is banned from stepping foot in the White House after the President's security team ran a routine background check on the guard.via Delonte West not at White House today; Secret Service says he's not banned | Dallas Mavericks Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News.
So for some reason, West thought that he couldn't attend, but if it was related to his misdemeanor gun charge conviction, it wasn't for security reasons, but public relations. This situation remains confusing.
Additionally, West went on a Twitter rant over the weekend, blaming the media for painting him in an unfavorable light. He didn't actually specify who the offending media member was. He expressed regret over not being able to meet the President, while also saying that media criticism over his gun charges lead to him being forced to take a lesser deal from the Mavericks. If you're wondering if any of this makes any sense, it does not.
The 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks are finally headed to the White House to meet President Barack Obama on Monday. Guard Delonte West says he won't be joining his teammates.
West, who pleaded guilty to weapons charges after being pulled over while driving a three-wheeled motorcycle with a shotgun strapped to his back, says he is "banned" from the White House, according to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.
“I’m banned from going to the White House, so I’m not going to make it,’’ West said after tonight’s 96-81 win over the New Orleans Hornets. “But I’m going home to D.C., I’m just not allowed to go to the White House.Touring the White House requires a mandatory background check for all visitors.
West's 2009 arrest made national headlines because of the unusual specifics.
Prince George's County police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Reedy said Friday the Cleveland Cavaliers player was arrested about 10 p.m. Thursday. Reedy said West was riding a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle north on the Capital Beltway in Upper Marlboro when he cut off an officer, who pulled him over. Police said a handgun was found in his pocket, another in his pant leg and a shotgun in a guitar case strapped to his back.
Back in September, West said that he was "not proud" of his gun arrest but said that the incident "looks way worse than it was" because he was under the influence of medication he takes for bipolar disorder. The arrest, which occurred while he was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, led to a 10-game suspension by the NBA.