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Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:12 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 1:25 am
 

Report Card: Bosh carries Miami to unlikely win

Posted by Royce Young


Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley absolutely killed it on the Heat-Hawks broadcast. From ripping on Weight Watchers and the game while being off camera to openly ripping the game on air, Barkley was his usual candid self. That's what makes Barkley so good. You can't really catch him in a "Gotcha!" off camera embarrassing moment, because he'll say the same crap on air. You might not agree at all with what he's saying but you never have to wonder if he means it or is saying what he's really thinking. When he was openly upset at this game going into overtime, it was sealed: Chuck gets the gold star for the night. 

Chris Bosh

While pretty much everyone was dying for the Hawks-Heat game to end (most notably Sir Charles), one person wanted it to go on forever: Chris Bosh. It was his time to shine. He was the star of a team again, the focus offensively and the guy to carry his team. He also might have had 'Nam-like flashbacks to his time in Toronto trying to carry a relatively talentless team to a win. Bosh had 33 points and 14 rebounds, carrying Miami to an unexpected win in Atlanta, while also drilling a game-tying 3 at the end of regulation to send the game spiraling into a couple overtimes.

Gerald Wallace and the Portland Trail Blazers

It's time to re-evaluate the Western Conference. The Blazers are the real deal. It's true. With a 5-1 start and signature back-to-back wins over the Thunder and Lakers, the Blazers are playing faster and player tougher than ever. And a lot of it is behind the play of guys like Wallace who are completely tearing things up. His defense down the stretch on Kobe Bryant was downright outstanding and he's basically become a one man wrecking crew for Portland as he patrols the glass, the paint and adds something in every area. Wallace defines the Blazers right now, who are the best team in the West.

The Heatles' backup singers

Mario Chamlers: 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds. Udonis Haslem: 14 points, 11 rebounds. Terrel Harris (who?): nine points, 14 rebounds. Without Dwyane Wade or LeBron James, it didn't seem like the Heat had any prayer of hanging with the Hawks, but the so-called nobodies on the Heat weren't just going to hand it to them. They played hard and eventually outlasted Atlanta in triple-overtime. 

Keith Smart's Kings

It's always a great thing when a new coach gets a win in his first game. It's even better when it's behind a massive comeback in the second half. The Kings came back from 21 down and even 14 in the fourth quarter. It's clearly a terrific win for Sacramento and Keith Smart who looked to have the full attention of his young team as they battled and played hard throughout, but that doesn't excuse a miserable 12-point second quarter and the fact they looked terrible for a good portion of the game.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs dismantled the defending champs and did it without Manu Ginobili. But they also kind of played terrible. The Mavs were just way more terrible. San Antonio shot just 39.5 percent from the floor, but of its 34 baskets, 16 came from 3-point range. Nobody really stood out for the Spurs, but they had five guys in double-figures. They didn't win pretty, but they whipped the Mavs despite playing kind of bad.

Triple-overtime

The game in Atlanta kind of turned into one of those weird good-but-bad games by default. Without LeBron or Wade, it wasn't a must-watch contest with the Hawks, but triple-overtime is triple-overtime. Except for one problem: Because of it, the game of the night, Blazers-Lakers, had the entire first half wiped out. Nobody saw any of it. And it was evidently a pretty entertaining half of basketball too but instead we were watching the Hawks go 0-9 in the third overtime and the Heat's scrubs lead Miami to a weird victory.

Dallas Mavericks

I wish I could figure the Mavs out. This is the third "F" I've given them already. Another 20-point loss for the defending champs as the Spurs drilled them 93-71. Dallas shot 35.1 percent from the floor, went 1-19 from 3, had just one player in double-figures, had 29 points at halftime and only 42 points after three quarters. They looked like a team that had quit. If you didn't know any better, you would've thought Paul Westphal was coaching them.

Atlanta Hawks

What the heck? They beat a full-strength Heat the other day in Miami and then turn around and lose on national TV to a Miami team missing Wade and LeBron. Really, even if they had outlasted Miami and won in triple-overtime, they'd be getting an F. The lone bright spot of the game was some guy named Ivan Johnson who showed up big. But that's what it came to for Atlanta. Not Joe Johnson, but IVAN Johnson trying to carry them to a win. Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams combined to go 16-59 from the field. What a frustrating night for the Hawks and one that kind of sums them up perfectly.
Posted on: January 5, 2012 9:57 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2012 9:58 pm
 

Jason Kidd out with back injury

Posted by Royce Young

Jason Kidd left the Mavericks game against the Spurs Thursday night with a lower back injury in the first quarter. He did not return and could miss time for Dallas.

Kidd, if you remember, is 38 years old.
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:10 pm
 

Report: Mavs to sign Yi Jianlian

Posted by Royce Young

The Mavericks are hunting a little more size and versatility after losing Tyson Chandler to free agency. Dallas reportedly has signed Kyrylo Fesenko to a one-year deal but according to ESPN.com, will add jumpshooting big man Yi Jianlian as well.

Yi, who was originally drafted by the Bucks sixth overall in 2007 but spent last season with the Wizards. He recently has been playing in China playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, while also helping the Chinese national team lock up a spot in the 2012 Olympics in London.

With Guangdong, Yi averaged 16.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while also recovering from a knee injury.

According to the report, Yi will join the Mavericks' D-League affiliate Texas Legends in Frisco on a rehabilitation stint before joining the Mavericks.

It's a low-risk, potentially high reward move for Dallas who is hoping to catch lightning in a bottle with a gifted 24-year-old power forward. Dallas needs a bit of help in different areas. Fesenko will add some physicality inside, while Yi could help stretch the floor with a little jumpshooting and pick-and-pop action.
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:35 am
Edited on: December 31, 2011 8:59 am
 

Report: Mavericks to sign Fesenko

By Matt Moore

Kyrylo Fesenko is still a free agent. Now, most players who are still free agents at this point are insignificant, and Fesenko isn't going to be winning any MVP awards for anyone this season. But he's a young, capable big who can provide another body down low and has both scoring and rebounding ability, even if it's (serverely) limited. In a season as stacked as this, every big counts. 

So where's he going to end up? A deal with the Warriors fell through earlier this week and now ESPN.com reports that Fesenko is now leaning towards Dallas, who could certainly use the help.
The Dallas Mavericks are back in the mix to land free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko after the Golden State Warriors passed on the Ukranian big man, according to sources close to the situation.

Fesenko had committed to signing with the Warriors earlier this week, but sources told ESPN.com that Golden State and Fesenko "mutally" canceled their plans to finalize a one-year deal worth just under $1.1 million, in part because Fesenko needs an additional week or two to get into game shape after September knee surgery.

Sources said Fesenko is now leaning toward accepting the Mavs' one-year minimum offer and is likely to make a decision by early next week.
via Sources: Mavericks back in mix for Fesenko - Dallas Mavericks Blog - ESPN Dallas.

Interestingly, even after Chandler's departure, play down low hasn't been the problem for Dallas. Brendan Haywood has played at least admirably, Ian Mahinmi has had good stretches, and Sean Williams has even contributed with energy and rebounding. So Fesenko's not going to be of a huge help to them, but with the injury history of both Haywood and Mahinmi, it's still a need. And at this point, the Mavericks need all the help they can get. 

Fesenko averaged just 2 points and 2 boards in 8 minutes last season.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 6:04 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 7:12 pm
 

3-on-2 Fast Break: First impressions

3-on-2 asks the EOB crew to compare two quick items for debate. This week's topic? First impressions. You can follow EOB on Twittergerald-wallace-2011 at @EyeonBasketball.

1. Which team has been most impressive in the first week of the season and why? 

Matt Moore: We knew how good the Thunder were going to be, and it took a huge near-miracle shot from Durant to assure victory on Thursday. We knew the Heat could be this good, we're just not certain they'll keep this pace. But how about the Portland Trail Blazers? They've been impressive on both sides of the ball and beat a very good Denver team that had been as impressive before Thursday. The Blazers are hitting on all cylinders and Thursday night Raymond Felton started to get involved. Jamal Crawford has been surprisingly efficient. LaMarcus Aldridge is still LMA, and Gerald Wallace has been a demon on defense. The Blazers have made a statement early. 

Royce Young: Oklahoma City. The Thunder are the only team with four wins, and they aren't wins over nobody. Orlando, an improved Minnesota squad on the road, at Memphis and a buzzer-beating victory over the defending champion Mavericks. And not just that, but those four wins both were sets of back-to-backs.

The Thunder had to overcome a lot of noise after the Memphis game to remain focused on their task. Outside distractions like supposed altercations and supposed feuds can be difficult to move past, but the Thunder have handled their business in the first week. They've put away four wins in five days. And against some pretty good teams. That's impressive.

Ben Golliver: Miami Heat. The Big 3 and company have dumptrucked Dallas, blown out Boston and come back against Charlotte after appearing a bit bored during the first half. In each game, the Heat had flashes of superhuman play that can't be match by anyone in the NBA, Oklahoma City included. LeBron James is the key: his improved mid-range game, attack mentality and restraint from hoisting long balls takes Miami a giant leap towards becoming the team everyone has wanted them to be since the Summer of 2010. A self-assured Chris Bosh helps too.

2. Which team has been most disappointing in the first week of the season and why?

MM:  How about the Suns? The Suns weren't going to be good, but they weren't supposed to be this bad. Steve Nash looks trapped on an island of misfit toys and this is not how his career should end. Marcin Gortat is fine, good even, but the rest of the team can't hit a shot and still can't defend. It's looking very bad early for the Suns. 

RY: Dallas. The Mavericks are going to be fine. I don't know if they're going to be fine in the sense they'll compete in the playoffs for a repeat, but they're going to be fine in terms of getting back to the playoffs. Thursday's game in Oklahoma City showed that those wheels are turning again finally after a pretty major champagne hangover. 

But still, an 0-3 start with two blowouts is not how you want to see a defending champ come out of the gate. There was a real complacent look to the Mavs early on. They were missing a bit of that drive. Totally understandable, but at some point you've got to snap out of it.

BG: Sacramento Kings. No one expected the Kings to be world-beaters this year and their season opening win was about as exciting as life gets for the Cowbellers. The disappointment is more about Tyreke Evans. What is going on here? Evans has barely produced in the boxscore aside from his scoring, which is way down from his career averages through three games. A 4-point, 5-turnover effort against the Portland Trail Blazers was particularly bewildering. Is he out of shape? Checked out? Out of sync? Struggling to deal with new teammates? Simply off to a slow start? Evans seemed like a prime candidate to bounce back from an injury-plagued sophomore season and get back to his sterling Rookie of the Year performance in 2009-2010. Instead, the nosedive continues.
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.
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:45 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 1:29 am
 

Video: Kevin Durant buries the Mavs in one second

By Matt Moore

The Mavericks had the Thunder where they want them. Like last year in the Western Conference Finals, the Mavs had hit a huge shot, forcing the Thunder, who have historically struggled with final possessions, to try and hit a shot with just one second. Last time the Thunder tried this against the Mavericks, Kevin Durant was blocked on a pull-up 35-footer. 

But on Thursday night? The Thunder didn't try anything silly or miss their execution. A catch and shoot for the best offensive players in the league. The result? KABOOM.




That. The Thunder should do that every time they're in a late-game situation. Durant has one of the best catch-and-shoot motions in the league and yet he almost always is put in an ISO off the dribble position. That was absolutely perfect execution and an amazing shot from one of the game's best. 

It should be noted that it was Russell Westbrook nailing two huge jumpers and converting a big steal along with a key offensive rebound off a Durant miss which set all this up. Regardless of their relationship, the two need one another and on Thursday, they delivered for each other.
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:23 am
 

Mavericks F Sean Williams throws up during game

Posted by Ben Golliver

Dallas Mavericks forward Sean Williams lost his lunch during a 115-93 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

Star-Telegram.com reports that Williams threw up on the Mavericks' team bench after being subbed out of the game late in the fourth quarter.
When he was taken out of the game with 3:25 left, he proceeded to throw up when he reached the Mavs' bench. At that point, the Mavs players started laughing. Even Williams laughed -- after he finished throwing up.
The puking cleared out Dallas' bench as the Mavericks gave Williams his necessary space and made sure there was plenty of room for things to air out. Williams wiped his face with a towel while trainers and ballboys took turns attending to him.

Williams finished with 12 points, 3 rebounds and 1 block in 11 minutes. Williams, 25, is in his fourth NBA season; his three previous years were spent with the New Jersey Nets. Monday night marked his 127th career NBA game and, as far as we know, it was the first time he blew chunks on the bench during a game.

Here's video of Dallas Mavericks forward Sean Williams throwing up on the bench courtesy of BasketUSA.com.


 
 
 
 
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