Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on November 17, 2009 under xOther | Read the First Comment

  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on that final Mavs’ possession (via Charles Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel): “I tried to deny [Dirk] the ball, but he [Kidd] threw it high and he [Nowitzki] caught it…I was trying to make him drive, but he shot that fadeaway. It was a tough shot.”
  • Ersan Ilyasova has long flown under the radar as a prospect (so much so that he skipped over to Europe for a spell), but he looked damn effective on both sides of the ball last night.
  • Brandon Jennings, on his perhaps ill-advised three with Beaubois in his face (via the wonderful Holly MacKenzie from SLAM Online): “I wanted the ball at the last second. I didn’t know Ersan’s man had doubled me. When I looked back at the tape I saw he was wide open for the jump shot. It’s something I’m going to learn from. It’s a long season.”
  • A friendly reminder that Drew Gooden, contrary to his initial performances in a Maverick uniform, is a pretty good basketball player.
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “This is on the Mavs. This was a decisive performance that, even if it ended with the Mavericks taking the loss, tells us that we can’t bank on the “Dallas’ core is on the other side of 30, and they played last night” warning shot. This isn’t to say the team won’t drag during some four-game-in-five-night endeavor before the All-Star break — every team does — but we do know for sure that these Mavericks have the mettle to work through those tired legs.”
  • Giving a little love to Dirk, Kidd, and Gooden.