Heard It Through the Grapevine 4-7-09

Posted by Rob Mahoney on April 7, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • From Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News: “‘What’s important is that we’re jelling at the right time,’ said Wright, adding that Sunday’s win over Phoenix ‘was a big game for us to see where we are mentally…I don’t know too many teams that want to see the Mavericks right now. They can say what they want, but we’re a dangerous team.’ Perhaps. But moving up a rung or two on the playoff ladder would do more to get everybody’s attention than talking about it. ‘With the way our schedule is set up, this is a great test to see if we can make any noise,” Jason Kidd said. “We’ll be battle-tested.’”  I wouldn’t be so sure, Antoine.  A lot of teams want a piece of Portland, but when faced with the prospects of playing Portland or playing Dallas, who do you think the Lakers would pick?  The Mavs have definitely been impressive, but those of us with long memories know that can’t last forever.  Let’s just hope that this time around it lasts much longer, and is demonstrative of some real progress.
  • Todd McKean lists the Mavs among the best teams to never win a championship on TrueHoop.
  • It’s possible that Manu Ginobili’s injury won’t impact the Mavs whatsoever, unless Dallas can break through to the second round.  But it’s still huge news, and still game-changing to those of us looking at a basketball scene that isn’t exclusive to Dallas.  Check out the takes of Graydon Gordian and Tim Varner at 48 Minutes of Hell, and Matt Moore at Hardwood Paroxysm.
  • This was one of those posts that sat in my browser as a tab all day long, and when I finally got around to really reading and appreciating it, I was sorry that it had taken me so long.
  • Mike Fisher with some chatter that Shaq would like to play in Dallas.  Yeah, I think we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.