Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by admin on April 21, 2010 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • Mark Cuban hates the spurs.
  • Gregg Popovich thinks Dirk is faking it (via Jeff Caplan): “I thought sometimes we fouled him, sometimes we didn’t. But you know what’s going to happen in a game. You get calls one way or the other. He’s great at selling it… He did make some tough shots there, no doubt about it, but he’s also a Hall-of-Fame player so he’s going to make those shots. It’s not like it’s the first time he’s made a tough shot, that’s for sure.”
  • Andrew McNeill of 48 Minutes of Hell presents a very good, very detailed analysis of how the Spurs defended Dirk in Game 1 and how they should defend him in the games to come.
  • Former Mavs stat man Wayne Winston (via 48 Minutes of Hell) talks Mavs-Spurs Game 2 adjustments.
  • We all know Popovich is a great coach but Rick Carlisle ain’t no slouch either. Mark Cuban on Coach Carlisle (via the Dallas Morning News): “Rick is a very cerebral coach and that comes through in its shining glory in the playoffs. You don’t get a chance in the regular season to play the chess match because you don’t have enough time. He’s not looking to create Brand Carlisle, not that Pop is. He’s not about coming up with sayings that make people know who he is. He’s an amazing, brilliant X’s and O’s coach.”
  • Mike Fisher of Dallas Basketball explains why Erick Dampier is starting.
  • As Dwight Howard repeats as Defensive Player of the Year, Shawn Marion comes in 13th place in the voting. Really? I have to disagree with the voters here. Now I’m not saying Marion should have won but he certainly should have placed higher than 13th, as he was arguably the NBA’s best defender against the league’s premier small forwards.