Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on April 17, 2009 under xOther | 3 Comments to Read

  • Mavs-Spurs: “one of the best current rivalries in sports.”  (Relive a bit of the rivalry here.)I’m sure fans of college sports would have a few things to say about that, but this is about competing cores, not competing colors.  Who cares what shade of blue you wear?  The Mavs and the Spurs are a great rivalry because they play each other well, they play each other evenly, and they’ve met in the playoffs a handful of times.  This is players vs. players, not school vs. school; that makes all the difference.
  • Hint – if you want to really catch my attention and then have your basketball opinions flippantly disregarded until the end of time, all you have to do is say one sentence: Dirk Nowitzki is not good in the playoffs.
  • Breaking down the Mavs’ offense with X’s and O’s of Basketball, including this pretty bold statement: “With the added benefit of not having to travel a far distance, and knowing the Spurs intimately (this goes both ways though), I think one could make the argument that it would be an upset if the Spurs won this series.”  I don’t know that there’s any true upset in this series either way, but that’s definitely an interesting thought.
  • Art Garcia’s preview.
  • Check out my predictions, and the predictions of all kinds of bloggers on the Blogger Smackdown.  For the record: Lakers in 5, Nuggets in 6, Mavs in 6, Blazers in 7.  Cavs in 4, Celtics in 6, Hawks in 6, Magic in 6.
  • Missed this one after the Rockets game.  Ron Artest, via Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: “When I was with him, I had a lot of problems…He really showed a lot of genuine care for me… He always came over and made sure I was OK, talked to me, made sure my family was OK. … He knew I was an emotional kid. He always took time out to make sure I was all right. It was just unfortunate I wasn’t really listening…He taught me a lot. He taught me how to play intelligent basketball, taught me a lot about defense.”
  • Everything seems to indicate that George Hill will not see much, if any, playoff action for the Spurs.  I tend to side with Skeets’ comments on The Basketball Jones: Hill could be a valuable defensive piece against Jason Terry.  He’s quick enough to keep pace, and as a rookie he’s still very malleable to Pop’s “don’t ever leave your man, ever” commands.  I feel bad for you, George, but I’m kinda glad you’ve got a comfy seat on the pine.
  • Tom Ziller talks Mavs-Spurs at FanHouse: “To me, it’s a tug-of-war between Duncan’s constant power and Dirk’s fireworks. Each have won old battles — these are hardened soldiers who have done this before and just might do it again. But in the end, I can’t ignore the clip-on-loop of Parker dribbling by Kidd. If any opponent made Kidd a liability on defense … well, that’d be New Orleans. (See: last year.) But if there’s a No. 2, it’s San Antonio. Parker is too fast, too smart, too good for Kidd, and I think the next couple weeks will bear that out.”  It’s a bit tough to argue against that kind of logic.
  • Marc Stein of ESPN.com, on what he likes about the Mavs’ chances: “What’s even better than the history that tells us the Mavericks are one of just two teams this decade to win a playoff series against the Spurs when Duncan is playing? The strong finish. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen one from the Mavs. ‘I think the last two years,’ Mavs sixth man Jason Terry says, ‘we kind of lost steam going into the playoffs.’”
  • Mario Elie thinks the Mavs are like the ’95 champion Rockets.  Umm…right.
  • David Moore of the Dallas Morning News: “No one will say it out loud. Even if you lured a player into an inflammatory quote, he would quickly deny it. But don’t be fooled. This matchup with San Antonio is what the Mavericks wanted.”  Glad to hear we’re all on the same page.
  • Brian D

    I like that Mario has that much faith in this team, but I think winning a title the previous season helped out quite a bit.

    Anyone who thinks Dirk is a poor playoff performer doesn’t know basketball, and that’s all there is to it. On that same note, if you don’t want to seeth with anger, never ever go to the comments on Dallasnews.

  • tcat75

    Where is “Dirk is not good in the playoffs” said in the article you link to?

  • Brian D

    The article is a rebuttal to that.

    But you can find it roughly 957 times in the comments section.