Heard It Through the Weekend Grapevine 3-29-09

Posted by Rob Mahoney on March 29, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • From Dave McMenamin of NBA.com: “‘If we could get [him] in a few different sizes, a team full of ‘Jets’ would be amazing,’ Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently told USA Today. ‘His value is off the charts.’”
  • From Hubie Brown of ESPN.com: “Not many folks would point to this, but the Mavericks have struggled with the loss of Jerry Stackhouse for most of the year. His absence took away the extra shooter that they needed to either start at the 2-guard position or come off the bench with Jason Terry so their bench would be productive night in and night out. That, to me, is their missing ingredient.”  Umm…yeah.  The problem is that Stackhouse’s production has been deteriorating in the last few seasons.  A throwback Stack at full health would definitely help the Mavs, but this year’s model might just be another jumpshooting blackhole on a team overly reliant on jumpshooting.  If the problem is a lack of bench contributions, I’m not so sure that the answer is lying right under the Mavs’ collective noses, Hubie.
  • Eddie Sefko brings up a point that I’ve tried to tackle, but ultimately remain undecided about on the DMN Mavs Blog: “I know the NBA is a fraternity and most players know each other well and even pal around in the off-season with each other, even though they aren’t on the same teams. Still, it was a little hard to swallow seeing Josh Howard, Jason Kidd and Jerry Stackhouse chatting, smiling and man-hugging Carmelo Anthony after Anthony had just torched the Mavericks for 43 points and while Antoine Wright was still trying to get at Denver’s J.R. Smith in the post-game walk to the locker room. It’s just not good form.”
  • Rick Carlisle on J.J. Barea (via Tim MacMahon of the DMN Mavs Blog): “‘A lot of this goes back to what’s needed from him by his national team. They need scoring. They need a dynamic leader, playmaker. He’s more of a scorer than a true point guard for that team…When you have a guy like that, my thing is always that you try to roll with things that he’s very good at and then along the way you try to get him tuned into some of the other aspects of the position. As the season’s gone on, you’ve seen him a lot less frequently get stuck in the air and have to make a split-second decision. He’s stayed on the floor. He’s more under control. He’s using change of speeds instead of all-out bursts all the time…That’s a sign of maturity, experience, and I think a willingness to adapt, because he’s played that one way most of his career.’”
  • Henry Abbott, on his TrueHoop piece entitled ‘The End-of-Quarter Killers’: “This is his list of 2008-2009′s (through play of 3/26/09) highest scorers on plays that initiated within the last 24 seconds of any quarter (with desperation heaves filtered out):

    1. Chris Paul 98 points, on 92 plays (1.07 points per offensive action.)
    2. Dwyane Wade 88 points on 106 plays (.83)
    3. Brandon Roy 82 points on 68 plays (1.22)
    4. Andre Iguodala 76 points on 77 plays (.99)
    5. Devin Harris 71 points on 70 plays (1.01)
    6. Lou Williams 70 points on 70 plays (1)
    7. Nate Robinson 68 points on 83 plays (.82)
    8. Vince Carter 65 points on 66 plays (.98)
    9. Kevin Durant 64 points on 56 plays (1.14)
    10. Jason Terry 64 points on 56 plays (1.14)
    11. LeBron James 64 points on 82 plays (.78)
    12. Richard Hamilton 61 points on 54 plays (1.13)
    13. Kobe Bryant 60 points on 68 plays (.88)
    14. Raymond Felton 58 points on 74 plays (.78)
    15. Jarrett Jack 57 points on 56 plays (1.02)
    16. Jamal Crawford 55 points on 56 plays (.98)
    17. Paul Pierce 55 points on 49 plays (1.12)
    18. Baron Davis 54 points on 70 plays (.77)
    19. Ben Gordon 52 points on 56 plays (.93)
    20. Randy Foye 51 points on 67 plays (.76)
    21. Manu Ginobili 51 points on 48 plays (1.06)
    22. Rudy Fernandez 51 points on 46 plays (1.11)

    I bolded everyone who totaled more than 1.1 points per play, which appears to be a special threshold. Chris Paul just missed that cut, but at his size, and with that volume — everyone knows he’s little, and everyone knows he’s going to take the shot — he clearly has a special ability to elude the defense…the standouts here were mostly guys who play alongside superstars — perhaps they have a better chance of getting open? Jason Terry (27 on 27 plays), Roger Mason (24 on 24), Jeff Green (21 on 21), Andre Iguodala (31 on 32), Kevin Durant (18 on 19) and Fernandez (18 on 19). Superstars were less efficient: LeBron James has 33 points on 42 plays, Chris Paul 31 on 49 plays, Dwyane Wade 25 points on 46 plays (the lowest efficiency of the 19 biggest scorers in the last three seconds), and Kobe Bryant 18 points on 30 plays.”

  • OMG, Mark Cuban voices his displeasure with NBA refs via Twitter.  Nothing about this is truly headline-worthy (Cubes not agreeing with officiating is fairly common practice, ‘new’ medium or no), but that didn’t stop everybody from running with it.  In case you’re curious: yes, critical tweets are considered fine-worthy.
  • A fleeting thought from the Denver Game, courtesy of Tim MacMahon of the DMN Mavs Blog: “Dirk didn’t blame the fact that the Mavs were missing the NBA’s No. 4 all-time assists man for his struggles. It was just one of those rare nights when his jumper wouldn’t go down. ‘The looks were good,’ said Dirk, who had 26 points but was only 7-of-23 from the floor. ‘I just didn’t make them.’ He had an especially good look with seconds remaining and the Mavs trailing by a point. But he couldn’t hit his second game-winner in a week, as the shot he hoisted from near the left elbow went in and out. ‘I’ll take a 16-footer wide open for the game any time,’ said Dirk, who was 0-for-3 in the fourth. ‘The play was actually kind of broken up, which actually worked in our favor, because they were scrambling. We still ran our play, and I came off the double and was open. I’ve just got to make the shot.’”