Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 20, 2010 under xOther | 2 Comments to Read

  • The Mavs have faced some pretty stiff competition this season, as the entire Western Conference has seemingly stepped up its game. But Dallas is still second in the conference standings, and the rest of the regular season schedule could smile on the Mavs. Via the excellent @mavstats (if you’re not following mavsstats on Twitter or RSS, do so immediately): “The Mavs have the weakest remaining schedule of any West team at .478 (3rd weakest in NBA). The hardest? Denver at .539.”
  • Kris Humphries is off to a hell of a start in New Jersey. After three games as a Net (which is an absurdly small sample size), he’s averaging 15 PPG (.517 FG%) and 7.7 RPG. Translate his numbers into their per-minute values, and it gets even more impressive: 22.8 points per 36 minutes and 11.7 rebounds per 36 minutes. That’s a PER of 26.1. I wouldn’t expect Hump’s numbers to be quite so gaudy at the end of the season, but still. Wow.
  • Josh Howard was anything but impressive offensively Monday night, but Rick Carlisle noted his second half defense against the Celtics. Which reminds me of something I forgot to mention in the recap: Ray Allen had a tidy 21 points on 9-15 shooting, but both Josh Howard and Jason Terry did a terrific job of chasing him around screens. Having to guard the likes of Allen (or Detroit’s Rip Hamilton) is not only unenviable, but physically draining. It takes incredible endurance to not only chase Ray, but fight through screen after screen, and both Josh and JET refused to be deterred.
  • Brendan Jackson of Celtics Hub: “These are mostly guys who fall under the “match up nightmare for any team” and “gonna get his” categories.  Still, the C’s have a huge disadvantage when trying to defend more mobile power forwards like Dirk, Durant, and Stoudemire.  I don’t even see this changing much when KG gets back.”
  • I like John Hollinger, but in his choices for All-Star starters, he jumps the shark a bit by naming Tim Duncan the starting power forward and Zach Randolph the starting center. Here’s his explanation: “How good has Duncan been? He leads all Western Conference big men in estimated wins added despite playing only 32 minutes a game and sitting out three games. It’s just unfortunate that he’s on the ballot at power forward, because we could have used Duncan as the starting center and listed Dirk Nowitzki (who likely will beat out Duncan in the fan voting) as a starter at forward. Instead we have to do this…” No problem whatsoever with Duncan getting a nod, but Hollinger’s positional reasoning is confusing at best, impossible at worst. He says that it’s a shame that Duncan is on the ballot as a forward, because otherwise he could have put Dirk at forward and Duncan at center. Instead, he selects Duncan at forward, and then anoints Zach Randolph, who is very obviously a power forward, as the center. Right.
  • Shawn Marion pins ball movement as the key to the Mavs’ success, and he’s certainly not wrong. Sometimes it’s all about the basics.
  • Rasheed Wallace unhappy with the officiating? Nawwww.
  • http://basketballforbeginners.blogspot.com BJ

    Uh-huh, and how many more Ts will it take before ‘Sheed’s slapped with a suspension?

  • Ryan

    You moron, it’s because Tim Duncan can not be the starting Center, since he is listed in the PF spot on the All-Star ballot. So Hollinger just wanted to fit the parameters of what is possible, and Zach Randolph, for some reason, is listed as Center on the Ballot. Don’t diss Hollinger, you newbie.