Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on March 26, 2010 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • A point that came up in the comments yesterday and in Eddie Sefko’s mailbag: if back-up point guard is a problem for the Mavs with Barea and assuming Beaubois isn’t the answer, why not go to Jason Terry? If we’re moving around pieces on paper, it makes sense. I thought Terry did a nice job as the Mavs’ full-time point guard, and this would be a similar role but scaled back in minutes. It also opens up more minutes at the 2 for Roddy Beaubois, with the cost being the complete marginalization of J.J. Barea. I’m sure plenty of Mavs fans would not be opposed to that. Some concerns though: Terry hasn’t been a real point guard for years, and even though he can and will distribute on occasion, it hasn’t been his in-game mindset for quite some time now. Plus, in terms of his familiarity with the playbook, Terry knows the Mavs’ sets as the 2. He’d have to go back to basics if he were to take over as a point.
  • Caron Butler will be blogging (on occasion) for NBA.com.
  • Positions that worry the Mavs defensively: PG, SG, PF. No problem with SF and C, though, which has been the story all season with Shawn Marion, Erick Dampier, and Brendan Haywood putting forth some solid defensive performances. Extra credit – notice anything about the Mavs’ problem areas and the Blazers’ top performers last night?
  • Dave of Blazers Edge: “Portland didn’t let the Dallas runs throw them.  They didn’t settle for a ton of bad shots.  They never lost their poise.  They took advantage of their advantages, which sounds circular but as year-long viewers will know it’s something the Blazers have struggled to do this season.  They rolled the dice with the No-No Nowitzki strategy, stuck to it, and it worked.  It was just a nice game. Finally.”
  • You can see Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd’s locker room availability here, as well as Q&A with Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Nate McMillan.