Heard It Through the Grapevine 2-9-09

Posted by Rob Mahoney on February 9, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • Jason Terry is injured.  This sucks.
  • Mark Cuban booted up his calculator and crunched the numbers, unveiling the results of one of the team’s statistical analyses.  No explicit formula, but Cuban’s explanation suggests it’s adjusted +/- on steroids.  Kidd ranks 2nd on Cuban’s metric and Dirk 23rd.  What does that mean, exactly?  According to Cubes, Kidd and Dirk are “…players that are being best put in a position to succeed and are delivering. When their teams have a need, they deliver.”
  • The Mavs could look to Jerry Stackhouse to help hedge the loss of Jason Terry.  I don’t think it’s a very good idea at all, and you can read more of my thoughts on that here.  Still, if we’re leaving no stone unturned, it’s an option we should at least give a proper examination.  From old friend of the Mavericks Art Garcia of NBA.com: “There is a proven scorer on the roster many have forgotten about and with good reason. Jerry Stackhouse, with his career scoring average of 18.5 points, has been on the shelf for nearly three months recovering from a foot injury. He’s getting closer to returning to practice fulltime — Stackhouse has begun doing some drills — but won’t rush it because Terry is hurt. ‘I’m on my body’s pace,’ Stackhouse told NBA.com Saturday night. ‘Whenever I’m ready, I’ll be ready.’ “
  • Fish of DallasBasketball.com also looks at the Mavs’ options sans Terry.  Can we officially scratch Matt Carroll off the options list, though?  No one expected Carroll to step into the Mavs’ rotation seamlessly, but Carroll’s stroke has been beyond bad.  It has to be a confidence issue, and I guess there’s a chance that if Carlisle puts an egg in Carroll’s basket it would hatch into a dragon (or maybe just a really angry bird that can shoot threes), but I’d like to see him play well in a limited role first.  When you’re a shooter by definition and end up hitting all backboard on a jumper, you worry me a little bit.
  • Eddie Sefko with the obligatory “everyone else needs to step it up!” piece.  Two of them, actually.
  • Dating back to 2003-2004 (regular season and playoffs), Dirk is tied for 7th in game-winners made (“24 seconds or less left in the game, team with the ball is either tied or down by 1 to 2 points.”).  JET ranks 29th.  He’s also 3rd in game-winners made for the playoffs over that same timeframe.  Sounds like someone who shrinks under pressure and never hits the big shots, right?