Heard It Through the Grapevine 3-23-09

Posted by Rob Mahoney on March 23, 2009 under xOther | 8 Comments to Read

  • Don’t look now, but the Mavs might have to climb even higher than 7th if they want to play the Spurs in the first round; last night the Rockets beat the Spurs to overtake the division lead and the 2 seed in the West.  Right now that means close to nothing, but keep in mind that the Rox could be an unexpected wrench in the works of the Mavs’ playoff positioning.
  • A young, raw player that seems to perfectly understand his role?  Shocker!  From David Moore of the DMN Mavs Blog: “‘I just want to bring energy to the game whether it’s dunking, running the floor or blocking shots,’ Hollins said. ‘That’s my style of play…It’s simple with this team. I just need to play hard, give energy and be a defensive presence. I’m starting to feel a lot more comfortable out there. I’m getting a chemistry with my teammates.’”
  • David Moore of the Dallas Morning News definitely has the Mavs’ piece of the day: “Too often this season the Mavericks pout on defense when shots don’t fall. Shots didn’t fall against the Hawks or Pacers. And there was no pouting. The Mavericks overcame a 17-point deficit in Atlanta and remained competitive deep into the fourth quarter because they fought on defense. The Mavericks rarely win when held to less than 44 percent from the field, yet they beat the Pacers while shooting 42.2 percent because their defense was strong.”
  • More from Moore: “‘If we want to beat anybody in the playoffs, we need a healthy Josh,’ forward Dirk Nowitzki said. ‘There’s no question. We need his slicing, his ability to do something on the weak side…Without him, it’s going to be tough to win.’”
  • Brian D

    I hate to break it to you Dirk, but Josh hasn’t been interested in slicing since 2006.

  • wacc_attack

    so given the NBA teams’ financial struggles, what do you all think is the best value we can get if we were to package J-Ho with Stack’s expiring deal?

  • Chaz

    I’d actually love to see the Mavs try to get a young guy like Jeff Green, Krstic, and a draft pick for Howard and Stack, but I don’t even know how feasible that’d be. It’s sad to say that too since 2-3 years ago we were all excited at Howard’s potential.

    Also, I really don’t want to see the Mavs take on the Rockets. That’ll be just like last season against the Hornets. Play the final game of the regular season at home against them, play decent, and then get trounced.

    • http://www.thetwomangame.com Rob Mahoney

      The Rockets are a good team, but they’re no big bad wolf. When your team’s ace in the hole is Chris Paul, that’s one thing. When it’s Ron Artest, that’s another entirely. Houston’s defense could be a problem, but I’ll take my chances against Artest any day over playing the Hornets again, or trying to beat the Jazz or Lakers.

  • Jared

    The Rockets are definitely a more favorable matchup than several other possibilities. However, can you imagine the pounding Dirk will take from Artest in a playoff series? I’d rather play the Spurs than watch Battier and Artest chase Dirk around for an entire series.

    • http://www.thetwomangame.com Rob Mahoney

      That, my friend, is exactly why the Mavs need Josh Howard back. Who knows what he’d be able to provide in terms of tangible impact, but I’m pretty sure Adelman wouldn’t match up Luis Scola with Howard. That’s pretty huge.

  • Chaz

    Yao would go nuts against our smaller Bigs. It wouldn’t be pretty at all. I think Kidd might do well overall (especially compared to playing CP3) as well as JET, but Dirk and a somewhat healthy Josh would get hammered every game.

  • wacc_attack