Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on September 30, 2009 under xOther | 2 Comments to Read

  • First order of business: DO THE JASON TERRY.
  • Henry Abbott has the beginnings of something absolutely sweet over at TrueHoop: a multi-post meeting of the minds with Mavs’ stat wizard Wayne Winston. Here’s an interesting excerpt on the 2006 Mavs-Spurs series and former assistant coach Del Harris: “…I have an infinite number of stories about lineups and how it can help you. The best example is about the Spurs/Mavericks series. Del Harris came to me before Game 2 (of the 2006 Spurs vs. Mavericks series). I love him to death, he’s a wonderful person. Boy, he’s a genius. When he was working with the Mavericks, he’d always ask me questions. He always knew the right question to ask. The numbers, by themselves, mean nothing. In the regular season, Adrian Griffin was terrible against the Spurs. They had a terrible offensive rating, which means they couldn’t score when he was in. So Devin Harris had a great rating against the Spurs, and Tony Parker had a lousy rating in those games. The coaches sort of knew that Devin Harris could handle Tony Parker, but this gave them a metric to prove that. So they started Devin Harris in Game 2 and they won by 20. Then we can do head-to-head — when one guy is on the court against another guy. When Marquis Daniels was on the court against Manu Ginobili, the Mavericks lost by a point a minute. So in Game 7, they didn’t play Daniels. Del Harris told me “we don’t know why this happens, but since you tell me Marquis Daniels is getting creamed, we didn’t play him.”
  • It’s tough to play an entire decade at the same position as Kevin Garnett. Dirk has a ringing in his ears but none on his fingers, and that’s really what’s setting apart two of the more statistically impressive players of the 2000s.
  • One of the reasons the Mavs signed Quinton Ross (according to Mark Cuban): past success against Carmelo Anthony.
  • Kevin McHale was at Mavs’ training camp. No, he’s wasn’t looking to resume his coaching career. And no, he wasn’t looking to resume his playing career, either. He was just doing a solid to ol’ pal Rick Carlisle, dispensing some free knowledge on the elusive championship mentality.
  • Just in case you’re curious, here’s an interview with the writer of the surrealist Dirk writings that may or may not be haunting your dreams.
  • John

    Meh, that second installment of the Wayne Winston interview on truehoop was kind of underwhelming today.

    Oh, I guess this would be considered blaspheme in these parts. I’ll shut up now.

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

      @John: Feel free to blaspheme. Can’t say I agree though, I thought the bits on Kidd and Antoine Wright were pretty interesting.