First, a few programming notes:
- First, NBC Sports has launched a brand new NBA blog called ProBasketballTalk, featuring yours truly. It’s an awesome scene, and with Kurt Helin (formerly of Forum Blue & Gold) at the helm and myself, Matt Moore (Hardwood Paroxysm), and John Krolik (Cavs the Blog) all contributing, there’s going to be a ton of content on a daily basis. Check it out.
- For those of you looking for more video content, I’ve started up a video feature called “Video Killed the All-Star” over at HP. They probably won’t be Mavs-related, but it’s still a good time.
- I’ll be in Dallas this weekend for some basketball game that’s going on in the area. I’m not exactly sure what all of the hoopla is about, but check back throughout the weekend for coverage and updates.
And on to the real Grapevine:
- I didn’t want to mention this angle in the recap because I don’t think it’s necessarily unique to the Mavs, but yesterday’s game was horrific schedule-wise, even for a back-to-back. According to Tim MacMahon, “only one of the last 22 Nuggets foes that played on the West Coast the previous night have won at the Pepsi Center.” Could help ease the loss in the minds of some, but I don’t really see it as an excuse for the overall effort.
- American Airlines Center may be turned into part professional sports arena, part convenience store.
- Does anyone out there remain unconvinced of Erick Dampier’s impact? Let Dirk persuade you (via Brandon George): “Defenisvely, we have to have a healthy Damp…If you look at all the great defensive teams, you have to have a shot blocker to protect the rim. Damp was so great when he was moving well early in the season. Over the last month with his knee issues, he really hasn’t been a factor in the paint for us. And that’s where it all starts with me. We have some issues with other stuff with keeping guys in front of us, but it all starts with needing a presence at the rim. We’ll definitely need him just to establish some presence defensively in the paint.”
- Even those with a finger on the league’s pulse right now, like Mark Cuban, are having a hard time predicting what movement, if any, will go down before the trade deadline.
- Shawn Marion missed yesterday’s game nursing a sore back and groin. The All-Star break couldn’t have come at a better time.
- via @mavstats: “Including [last night], Mavs have 6 losses by 30+ pts since 2000-01 (3 of them in last 2 seasons).”