Heard It Through the Weekend Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on December 27, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • Over the last four games, the Mavs have leaned more and more on Josh Howard to supply fourth quarter minutes. That often leaves Shawn Marion as the odd man out, but things could be different if Marion’s defensive talents are needed against Carmelo Anthony and the Denver Nuggets.
  • Jason Terry, when asked if he needs to make adjustments in his game to accomodate his shooting slump (via Jeff Caplan): “No question, going into the new year, for me personally, I’ve had a situation where I’ve had an adjustment to make…Teams are playing me a little bit different defensively. I’ve watched tons of film, I know what to do now. I don’t want to give it away, but it does involve getting in the paint and loosening them up. It’s just something that I have to do and I have to remain concentrating on it.”
  • Per the AP report, yesterday’s game against Memphis was the first all season in which Dirk did not attempt a free throw.
  • Is Jason Kidd a possible candidate to participate in All-Star Weekend via the 3-point shootout? On merits alone, probably not. But if the powers that be opt for some local flavor, Kidd may very well see his day in the games…if not as a shooter, than surely in the skills competition.
  • The best and worst of a decade in Dallas sports, with plenty of Mavs on both ends.
  • Last year, the Mavs stuck it to the Blazers on Christmas day by milking the J.J. Barea/Brandon Bass pick-and-roll for all it was worth, in spite of a huge performance from Brandon Roy. Though the Mavs didn’t play on Christmas this year, the Blazers did, and the loss from a year ago was still very fresh in Roy’s mind.
  • A fun scatterplot charting NBA teams by offensive and defensive efficiency. As you can see, the Mavs have some pretty talented neighbors. (link via Ryan Parker of Basketball Geek)