Dallas Mavericks 111, Golden State Warriors 90: Abridged

Posted by Rob Mahoney on March 28, 2010 under Recaps | 6 Comments to Read

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“I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”
-Robert Oppenheimer/Bhagavad-Gita

  • Unreal. Did this possibility even cross your mind last June, when the Mavs drafted a semi-unknown French point guard? Roddy has come such a long way since draft night, and he still has miles to go before he sleeps. Rodrigue Beaubois is going to be a star in this league for a very long time, and this was a giant hop toward that stardom. It’s going to hinge on a ton of factors that are too tough to gauge right now, but his climb seems inevitable at this point. Rookie seasons can yield many mirages, but I don’t think you can explain away Beaubois’ talent, physical tools, and natural instincts. Roddy just looks at home with a basketball in his hands, and with his willingness to learn, talent, and physical tools, he seems like a can’t-miss prospect at this point. I know that’s easy to say after an incredible outburst against one of the worst defenses in the league, but it’s an observation that’s been nearly a season in the making.
  • The already one-sided debate that’s been raging on over Rodrigue Beaubois’ playing time? It should be nonexistent after tonight. Beaubois went off for 40 points in an absolutely surreal display of shooting prowess, in which he shot 9-of-11 from three and scored just one of his 40 at the line. But here’s the thing: the debate won’t disappear. The fact that Beaubois’ big night came against the Warriors will mark it with an asterisk, and the idea that this is exactly the type of game Beaubois should excel in will somehow demean just how impressive of a game this was for Roddy. It’s not fair, honestly, but I have a bad feeling that the perceptive powers that be will try to negate what we saw on March 27th, 2010. Don’t let them. It was a hot night against a bad defensive team, but this was a thoroughly dominating performance.
  • That said, the beauty that was this 40-pointer came with Beaubois at the two. This may be some incredible evidence for Roddy’s value as a player, but not really as a point guard. Or basically, we could be right back where we started, simply with confirmation of Beaubois’ value as a scorer.
  • Other than that, what is there to say? It’s a bit refreshing to have the most dynamic, high-scoring guard on the Mavs’ side of the Dallas-Golden State match-up for once; Monta Ellis (14 points, four assists) and Steph Curry (17 points, seven rebounds, six assists, seven turnovers) each shot 6-for-16 from the field, and neither could stabilize the sloppy Warrior offense. The Mavs’ defense wasn’t all that impressive, though I do appreciate Rick Carlisle’s decision to cover Ellis with Shawn Marion to start the game.
  • The Warriors just couldn’t shoot. Credit to the Mavs for forcing the Dubs into plenty of long two-pointers, but Golden State missed a ton of open looks from three and completely shut down offensively in the second quarter. The same second quarter that was home to 36 Maverick points, 21 of which were Rodrigue Beaubois’. A 20-2 run and a separate 10-0 run (all Beaubois) in the second pretty much sealed the game. If not for an uncharacteristically high turnover rate for those twelve minutes, it could very well have been the Mavs’ best offensive quarter of the season. I’m pretty sure it was Roddy’s best offensive quarter, regardless.
  • The Mavs on the other hand, could. Dallas shot 48.4% from the field, and an incredibly impressive 53.3% from three (on 30 attempts!) thanks to Beaubois’ handiwork. Eddie Najera (nine points, nine rebounds, two steals, one block) was an unexpected contributor from the perimeter, where he hit three of his six three-point attempts. Najera saw plenty of court time due to a minor injury (middle finger jam) to Brendan Haywood and the Warriors’ unique style of play, and he played rather well.
  • Shawn Marion (18 points, 9-12 FG, four rebounds, five steals) had another strong night, and even if the Mavs on the whole aren’t rounding into playoff shape, he certainly has been. He’s been so much more effective with his runners and mid-range game over the last few weeks, and that makes him a pretty effective half-court weapon. He still misses some of his looks at the rim and isn’t a huge threat off the dribble, but Shawn’s value in the offense has improved significantly in about a month’s time. Defensively, Marion was incredibly active in the passing lanes, and if the NBA tracked deflections his stat line would be that much more impressive. Shawn was everywhere, and he was a big reason why one of the more confident offenses in the league looked a bit tentative on Saturday.
  • Dallas shot just ten free throws and collected just four offensive rebounds. It didn’t make a bit of difference. The Warriors’ shooting was so awful and the Mavs’ shooting so effective that half of the Four Factors  were deemed irrelevant. The bottom line, and proof that there’s truth in simplicity: the team that shoots better wins almost every game. Dallas had nearly a 20-point edge in effective field goal percentage, which was more than enough to trump the Mavs’ weaknesses in other areas.
  • Caron Butler finished with 15 and four, Dirk Nowitzki dropped a 13-10 double-double, and Jason Kidd tallied 11 assists, but this was Rodrigue’s show. The game was never in doubt after the Roddy Show in the second quarter, which mean plenty of rest for the Mavs’ big guns (only Marion played more than 30 minutes).
  • Brendan Haywood played almost nine minutes, but Erick Dampier did not play at all. Most of the minutes at center went to Najera, with Nowitzki playing back-up.
  • The Mavs had some serious problems finishing at the rim, despite of the number of uncontested run-outs the Warriors’ defense gifted them. Scoff and shake your head at the Mavs who blew layups (Dirk blew an easy one, Marion airballed a finger roll, and even Roddy couldn’t convert on a fairly rudimentary look), but don’t forget to credit Ronny Turiaf, who only finished with two blocks but was one of the few Warriors interested in playing some real defense.
  • A mixed bag for J.J. Barea, who finished with five points and five assists in 20 minutes, but also turned the ball over four times. Point guards should be allowed to make mistakes, but high-turnover games like this one don’t really indicate high value as a PG. We know J.J. is better than this, even if our love affair with Roddy makes it tough to admit. Barea is a pretty decent point guard, and for some reason his hands were a bit slippery against Golden State.
  • Anthony Tolliver had 21 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Shame on every GM who thought this guy couldn’t be an NBA player, or who looked to use a roster spot on a name rather than a player. His fellow former D-Leaguers, Reggie Williams and Chris Hunter, weren’t as impressive. But those guys are NBA players, and for everything that has gone wrong with the Warriors this year, their ability to scout D-League and their willingness to sign that talent is pretty much unparalleled.
  • Two points for Matt Carroll! He had 20% of the Mavs’ free throw attempts, and boy can that guy make his free throws.
  • Albert

    i think this calls for another edition of moving pictures. i was AT this game! all the warriors fans had no idea who roddy was… right before he took them all to school.

  • Albert

    i also apologize for the stupid ass profile picture… apparently its autosaved from years ago.

  • DOH

    1. Yes.
    2. Wanna bet against future DNP-CD’s?
    3. If we’re honest, he’s doing the same thing he did back in europe. Shooting threes and using his speed getting to the rim without drawing much fouls.
    4. 3 blocks is to say. 3 BLOCKS!
    5. The best offensive Quarter of the Mavs was their second quarter vs the Nets in Jersey.
    6. 48% is pretty bad vs the Warriors.
    7. I wonder if his monthly quota of dunks is already used up. Wait, the month is almost over? Nevermind, then.
    8. Which is another way of saying: “Don’t let them shoot better then you!”
    9. Sadly, the game was very much in doubt before he checked in. Reoccuring theme.
    10. The old “adjusting down”-thang. Nobody to guard for you, traditional center, so get off the floor!
    11. It’s the great Tragedy of the big Bulldog.
    12. Most of his assists came of made threes by Roddy. You have to wonder though, Barea does feel the pressure of the emerging Rod, eh? And since he is only effective when playing with confidence, RC tries really hard to deliver.

    At what Point does Terry have to fear for his minutes?
    13. In related News, the Mavs got outrebounded. The sky is blue sometimes, too.
    14. Expect a free-throw-attempts disparity of 25 in the game on Monday against Denver.

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  • Cynthia

    WHAT A GAME! Beaubois was otherworldly. And he’s such an athletic player. It looks so effortless out there for him. And man is he ever fun to watch?!! I don’t want to see another DNP EVER again. Will he get us 40 every night? No, but Roddy can take some of JJs minutes and some of Jets too if Jet is having an off night (which we’ve seen many times this season). I’ve never understood why Carlisle hasn’t put Roddy in for Jet on those nights when Terry couldn’t hit the side of a barn with the ball. NO MORE EXCUSES! IT’S TIME TO FREE RODDY B FOR GOOD NOW! CONGRATS TO BEAUBOIS ON A SPECTACULAR GAME!!
    GO MAVS!

  • harry

    Wow. What’s impressive to me is the shot chart. This isn’t a guy getting Bruce Bowen hot with the corner three. This is like my nephew playing around-the-world in the back yard.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/shotchart?gameId=300327009

    Everyone seems to be thumbing thier nose at RC over Roddy and his playing time. I, personally, see no problem with it. On a roster this deep and talented a rookie is going to have to earn his playing time. Its called paying your dues and earning the respect of your teammates.You can’t sit Terry or Butler based on someone’s potential.
    That said, it seems like Roddy is fist fighting his way into the rotation. The lineup I would love to see: JKidd, Roddy, Marion, Dirk, and Haywood. Roddy defends the 1, Kidd the 2. Our backcourt, regardless of whose there, gives up something but I feel like that back court can at least be pesky and physical. I also like this line up because it can run, stretch the floor, and should rebound. Outlet passes to Roddy or Kidd, all three front court players are great trailers. Could be really, really fun to watch. It also leaves a second unit of Butler, Terry, and Damp, with limited minutes for Eddie and JJB.