Heard It Through The Grapevine

Posted by admin on April 15, 2010 under xOther | 5 Comments to Read

  • The Spurs hope George Hill will be ready for the first round series vs. the Mavericks, and Jesse Blanchard of 48 Minutes of Hell breaks down why he’s the key to the series for the Spurs, and Gregg Popovich’s favorite player.
  • While watching the game last night, I, like many of you, started wondering why Marion shoots so many floaters around the basket, even though it seems like he never makes them. I looked up his At-Rim FG% at HoopData, and surprisingly, he’s at 62%, 1% higher than the league average. I’m still of the opinion that he needs to lay off that floater.
  • Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas writes about the respect the Mavs have for this Spurs team: “The Mavs simply have too much respect for Gregg Popovich’s team to get their britches in a bunch about Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili taking off Game 82. Plus, the Mavs are much more concerned about preparing for Game 1. “
  • Angry Trey shared this video with us Mavs fans, from the 16th President of the United States
  • And in case you were wondering, my first round predictions (in the West) are Lakers in 6, Jazz in 5, Suns in 6 and Mavs in 6…..which isn’t very brave of me at all.

Grapevine cont’d, by Mahoney:

  • Rick Carlisle has been named the Western Conference Coach of the Month according to a release from the team. It’s the first time a Mavs coach has won the award since Avery Johnson nabbed it in February of 2007.
  • From Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) on Twitter: “Ed Stefanski interviewed Dwane Casey twice last year and source close to Sixers GM says ‘He loved him.’ Philly may have to move fast should it want to hire Casey this time, because sources say he’s moved to top of Clippers search. OKC almost hired Casey over PJ Carlesimo.”
  • Shawn Marion manages to crack out the “that’s what’s up” “it’s on” and “it is what it is” trinity. Not in one scrum, but one after another in a single sentence.
  • Yahoo’s John Ludden has an excellent piece in Manu Ginobili: “Looking back, maybe it was foolish to question him. Through his eight years in San Antonio, Ginobili had lifted the Spurs through all those end-of-game, pressure-cooker moments. Resurrecting himself might have been his greatest comeback yet. It took five months, but he has again made believers of them all, and that explains more than anything why the Spurs decided to give him a contract extension that will pay nearly $40 million over the next three years. When Ginobili’s healthy, when he’s playing as he has over the past couple months, isn’t anything possible?”
  • Kirk Henderson

    7 Games of old man, YMCA style basketball. Who’s smarter. Who can execute? Who can not get hurt? Mavs-Spurs is smart mans basketball!

  • Jack of Arcades

    Actually, Blaine, I think most of his floaters would fall in the “less than 10 ft” range.

    he shoots about 44% on those, which is above league average. It’s actually got a similar percentage to a long Jason Terry 2 or a Dirk turnaround jumper. So those are fine, even if they’re a little ugly or something. I’d rather he take those shots than Dirk take another tough shot, so the distribution is spread a little more evenly.

  • Cynthia

    Congrats to Rick Carlisle. A well deserved honor.
    GO MAVS!

  • Kirk Henderson

    Bill Simmons on Caron…

    “even though the Caron Butler trade was a no-brainer, he’s a world-class ballstopper. In other words, when he gets the ball, everything stops. Hmmmmm … I have the ball … clear out for me … OK … hmmmmm … what move should I try?… maybe I’ll dribble a few times … I hate guys like that.”

  • http://angrytrey.blogspot.com/ Angry Trey

    Thanks for linking to my blog