Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by admin on April 14, 2010 under xOther | Read the First Comment

  • Mavericks General Manager Donnie Nelson talks Mavs with Mike Fisher of Dallas Basketball.
  • After Monday’s road win against the Clippers, the Mavericks will finish with a 27-14 record on the road, good for the best away record in the NBA (Cleveland can tie with a win tonight at Atlanta)
  • Mark Cuban is building something massive in South Dallas: “Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is planning a massive development of corporate offices, homes, ball fields and an indoor sports facility in a declining area of east Oak Cliff that city officials say needs the spark such a plan could create. As envisioned, the development would include the corporate offices for some of Cuban’s businesses, although it is unclear whether that includes the Dallas Mavericks.”
  • The Mavs will lock up the 2 seed tonight with a either a win over San Antonio or a Utah loss to Phoenix. As for first round match-ups, the Mavs will play either San Antonio or Portland. The Mavs will play San Antonio if: Dallas wins OR Utah loses and Portland wins OR Dallas loses, Utah wins, and Portland loses. The Mavs will play Portland if: Dallas loses, Utah wins, and Portland wins OR Dallas loses, Utah loses, and Portland loses. Out of the 8 possible outcomes of the 3 relevant games, 6 result in a Mavs-Spurs series and 2 result in a Mavs-Blazers series.
  • Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas talks Mavs-Spurs: “All three meetings this season occurred prior to the Mavs shipping four players, including Josh Howard, to Washington as Dallas recast its team on the fly with Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson… The one constant in all three games? Nowitzki, who averaged 32.0 points and 9.7 rebounds and remains a nightmare matchup for the Spurs. So the final meeting at 7 tonight at the American Airlines Center ultimately is rife with the potential for another playoff series and numerous new storylines for two Texas franchises that have slugged it out for the better part of a decade.”
  • Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News explores the Caron Butler-Tony Romo connection. Check out the picture from back in the day.
  • Mark Kao

    Some interesting additional “clutch” stats that Mike Fisher just brought some attention to on Dallas Basketball comparing Dirk with other superstars (clutch defined as 4th qtr or OT with less than 5 min to play and neither team ahead by more than 5pts):

    Free-Throwing “Clutch”
    Dirk (62-of-64 97%) LeBron (74-of-91 81%) Kobe (46-of-55 84%) Durant (69-of-81 85%)

    3-Point Shooting “Clutch”
    Dirk (13-of-18 72%), LeBron (17-of-54 32%), Kobe (11-of-31 35%), Durant (10-of-31 32%)

    Field-Goal Shooting “Clutch”
    Dirk (64-of-137 47%), LeBron (68-of-147 46%), Kobe (48-of-111 43%), Durant (43-of-115 37%)

    Not too shabby, Dirk, not at all.