Jason Kidd’s style of play does not border on the impossible. He doesn’t seek to make tough shots or difficult passes. Rather, Kidd has founded his Hall of Fame career on the prospect that simple is better. In this installment of Moving Pictures, we take a look at the passing skills and philosophy of Jason Kidd and perhaps just as importantly, what it means for the Mavs’ offense going forward.
As is the case every season, the Mavs’ success boils down to the health and effectiveness of Josh Howard. Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, and Jason Kidd are rocks, stabilizing forces of consistent production. But Josh has always had a bit of unpredictability in his game, and it’s that unknown factor that puts the Mavs somewhere between very good and truly great. Dallas was gently nudged to the preferable end of that spectrum in Howard’s return against the Suns, as Josh scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and provided a cornerstone for victory. In this installment of Moving Pictures, we’ll take a look at Josh Howard’s return performance, and assess what it means for the team going forward.
For three quarters of last night’s game, the Dallas Mavericks were pedestrian. They were hot at times, cold at others, and struggling to defend a sub-par New Jersey offense. But for the span one twelve minutes, the Mavs were soul-crushers. It’s an identity we’ve seen them take on time and time again this season — ending win streaks, surging for wins they have no business claiming, stifling comebacks with last-second heroics — and in this installment of Moving Pictures, we’ll recapture the magic of the Mavs’ 49-point second quarter explosion that doomed any hope of a Nets’ win.
When it comes to Erick Dampier, I’m a believer. I buy the company line that he means more to this team than most people realize. I watch him set perfect screens for Dirk, JET, or Kidd. I watch him go to work on the offensive boards, creating possessions where there were none. And perhaps most importantly, I watch closely to appraise and, in turn, appreciate what Dampier does for the Mavs on defense. In this installment of Moving Pictures (which is totally Nets-less, by the way — it focuses solely on Damp’s return to the lineup against Philly), we’ll examine Damp’s defensive values, in ways both subtle and overt.
The Mavs’ game against the Warriors may seem like ancient history at this point, but there’s still plenty to glean from the loss. Despite all of their defensive improvements, the Mavs have shown two different shades of defensive failure against quick point guards (Monta Ellis, Chris Paul). Though other speedy guards have been contained, Ellis’ performance against the Mavs was a reminder that there’s still plenty of work to be done on the defensive end. In this installment of Moving Pictures, we’ll examine exactly what went wrong against the Warriors, point a few fingers on who’s to blame, and hopefully take away some possible adjustments for the future.
There are huge Maverick performances, and then there are huge Maverick performances against the Spurs. Dirk Nowitzki has made a habit of both, and on Wednesday night, he reminded the Spurs, their fans, and the entire league that anyone who expects this Mavs team to roll over and die is sorely mistaken. In this installment of Moving Pictures, we’ll briefly discuss the nature of the Mavs-Spurs rivalry before letting Dirk’s game do the talking.
Dirk Nowitzki’s incredible one-man fourth quarter comeback against the Utah Jazz will go down as one of the finest performances in franchise history, but Dirk’s brilliance overshadowed another impressive showing by the Mavs’ defense. In the first installment of Moving Pictures, we’ll take a look at some of the key stops Dallas made during their fourth quarter run, the very stops that enabled Dirk and the Mavs to pull off an unlikely victory.