Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on October 28, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • Jason Kidd, post-game: “[Dirk] would be dead by Christmas if we’re going to let him be the offense.”
  • Kyle Weidie from Truth About It.net on the Wizards’ (and Gilbert Arenas’) knack for timely responses in last night’s game: “There are certainly many different types of swagger, just ask Dan Steinberg. What was seen last night was ‘Sustainability Swag’. Every time Dirk started heating up, every time you thought the Mavs might make a run, the Wizards’ veterans came together and withstood oncoming water like a brick wall. The Wiz didn’t dazzle and amaze. They simply looked good.”
  • Rick Carlisle points to the second quarter defense as the problem (the Mavs allowed 35 points in the frame, and would’ve allowed 38 if DeShawn Stevenson’s last second three pointer wasn’t waved off).
  • Kelly Dwyer on the last night’s bottom line: “It really was a lay-up line — a line toward easy open shots from all areas, really – on both ends. Dallas’ problem is that it couldn’t make shots. Couldn’t nail open, easy shots that usually go in. Lots of hard luck misses as the Mavs clanged 14 of the team’s 18 three-point attempts. This could have been a close, high-scoring affair, but Dallas just wasn’t up to it. The panache was there. The makes were not.”
  • I’m not sure I agree with exactly how he arrives at his conclusion (nothing “work[ed]” last night…especially not on a level I would consider “fascinating”), but Shoals IDs the Mavs as one of this year’s “League Pass Teams.” They will definitely be worthy of that designation, just not based off of their opening night performance.
  • You may not have heard this, but Gilbert Arenas officially announced his return last night at the Mavs’ expense.
  • Zac Crain claims that whole affair had a preseason vibe, and he isn’t wrong. The offense was sloppy, even if the turnover numbers tell a different story, and the defense was worse, ranging from lazy to technically flawed to.