Miami Vice

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 27, 2013 under Commentary, News | Be the First to Comment

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The draft ended up shaking out in a way that the Mavs nearly had their choice of the top level point guards. Minnesota selected Trey Burke and that started a ripple effect which led to the top point guards being taken off the table. When it was time to make the pick, the Mavs selected Kelly Olynyk and ultimately traded his rights to the Boston Celtics.

As part of the deal to obtain the 13th pick, Boston gave Dallas two future second-round picks, both coming in 2014. The Celtics (drafting for the Mavs) selected Lucas Nogueira  <and his fantastic hair>.  If you’re still following, the Mavs then traded Jared Cunningham and the 18th pick from the Atlanta Hawks.

The Mavs ultimately decided that Shane Larkin out of Miami would be their man.

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Setting the Table: Atlanta Hawks (Game 67)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 18, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The schedule can be unkind. It definitely is as the Dallas Mavericks (31-35) take on the Atlanta Hawks (37-29). The schedule is unkind as both teams are on the second night of a back-to-back and playing their fourth game in five nights. Dallas is 5-8 in the second half of a back-to-back this season.

Dallas is four games back of the 8th spot in the West with only 16 games to go. They likely won’t get any favors from the Hawks as Atlanta is still fighting for playoff positioning. It is likely that the Mavericks will once again be without the services of Shawn Marion as he’s still recovering from a left calf strain. He has missed the team’s last six games due to the injury.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Hawks.

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What Could Have Been

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 8, 2013 under Rumors | 2 Comments to Read

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Mark Cuban spoke on ESPN Dallas Radio 103.3 FM the day after the trade deadline. Of the numerous things he discussed, he mentioned that the Mavericks were close to landing a superstar. “It was crazy,” Cuban said the day after the deadline on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. “We thought we had a bunch of things done, literally a bunch of things done. We had teams get cold feet at the last minute. … Things that would have used cap room next year, would have had money next year, that were high-dollar guys, difference-maker guys.” Many people (sarcastic people) suggested that the players initials were BS (think about it and you’ll get it).

Reports today now suggest Cuban wasn’t fibbing. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on Friday that the Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and Boston Celtics were on the verge of a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline.

In a three-way deal that would’ve secured Josh Smith and surrendered Paul Pierce to Dallas, Atlanta wanted Boston’s first-round draft pick, too.

The Celtics were in talks to send Paul Pierce to Dallas at the trade deadline.

Dallas had constructed a package that included Jae Crowder, Brandan Wright and Dahntay Jones to Atlanta, with the Mavericks and Hawks exchanging positions in the 2013 NBA draft.

Nevertheless, Boston wouldn’t relent on the pick and the deal died on meeting-room grease boards in three cities.

Well, that’s something, isn’t it? Atlanta would have gotten the pieces they needed for a rebuilding project. Boston would have gotten a new superstar. The pieces on Dallas’ end don’t exactly match up in terms of finances, so other pieces would likely need to be involved in that suggested offer. It likely wouldn’t be pieces of a major consequence. Clearly Dallas and Atlanta were on board, but Boston was the team that put things to a halt. What would acquiring Paul Pierce mean to the Mavericks?

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Say Hello, Say Goodbye

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 21, 2013 under Commentary, Roster Moves | 2 Comments to Read

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The Mavericks were expected to be quiet as the deadline came. Despite that theory, it appeared that things might work out to where the Mavericks acquired Beno Udrih if a deal with Josh Smith and the Atlanta Hawks fell through. The Smith deal never panned out, but Udrih ended up being dealt as part of a six-player deal between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Orlando Magic. As the deadline was winding down, the Mavericks ended up striking a deal with the Atlanta Hawks. The Mavericks swapped veteran wing player Dahntay Jones in exchange for Anthony Morrow. “We want to thank Dahntay for what he brought to us,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

After the deal was announced, Carlisle commented on his new player. “He’s one of the best shooters in the game and you can never too many shooters,” Carlisle said. Morrow, 27, averaged 5.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game in 24 appearances for the Hawks this season. He has had to miss a chunk of this season with a hip injury. For those who haven’t tracked Morrow, he was acquired by Atlanta from Brooklyn as part of a package for Joe Johnson. The Mavericks are interested in Morrow as he’s in the final year of his deal that pays him $4 million.

According to TV play-by-play voice of the Mavericks Mark Followill, the only rookie in NBA history to lead the league in 3-point shooting percentage is Morrow at .467 in 2008-09. Morrow’s career .425 3-point percentage is the 9th highest in league history (minimum 250 3-pointers made).

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Quoteboard: Atlanta Hawks 105, Dallas Mavericks 101

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 12, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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The beards are going to be extremely itchy as the Dallas Mavericks suffered a heartbreaking 105-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The loss put a wet blanket on the run the Mavericks were on as they had won three of their previous four games and three home games in a row. Josh Smith tallied a game-high 26 points to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds and six assists in 40 minutes for Atlanta in the win.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 24 points to go with seven rebounds, two steals and one block in 36 minutes. It his fourth game with 20-plus points this season, and his second-highest scoring game of the year (26 at Portland Jan. 29). One of Nowitzki’s team-high seven boards came on the offensive end. He is now tied with Mark Aguirre (1,259) for second place on the Mavericks’ all-time offensive rebounding list. James Donaldson is Dallas’ all-time leader with 1,296 offensive boards.

The game saw Atlanta start on a 10-0 run and lead the entire first half. The Mavericks continued to scratch and claw their way back into the game and even took their first lead of the game with just over 11 minutes to go in the game. With a chance to take the lead and less than a minute to go, O.J. Mayo raced down the floor in transition. As he was about to make his final approach to the rim, Devin Harris swatted the ball out of Mayo’s hands and caused a turnover. The Mavericks were still within 3 with less than 30 seconds to go and Mayo’s pass to a rolling Vince Carter went astray.

The Mavericks’ playoff chances took a major hit with the crippling loss to the Hawks. It also showed the late-game execution continues to haunt Dallas. According to TV play-by-play voice of the Mavericks Mark Followill, the loss to the Hawks dropped the Mavericks to 8-13 in games where the margin is within 3 points in the final minute of the fourth quarter.

Here are some notes before the quotes:

- Dirk went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc against Atlanta. His third trey of the game at the 6.4-second mark of the fourth quarter was the 1,300th triple of his career. He became the 29th player in NBA history with at least 1,300 triples (he’s shot 1,300-of-3,423, .380, from deep for his career).

- Brandan Wright 5-of-6 from the field and contributed 11 points off the bench. It was his 13th double-digit scoring game of the season.

- The Hawks outshot the Mavericks 50 percent (22-of-44) to 45.7 percent (21-of-46) from the field in the first half. Atlanta outscored Dallas 14-2 in transition and 28-18 in the paint in the first half. But the Mavericks outshot the Hawks 41.7 percent (5-of-12) to 16.7 percent (2-of-12) from beyond the arc before intermission and trailed by only one (49-48) at the break.

Here’s the quoteboard for Dallas’ loss to Atlanta.

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Setting the Table: Atlanta Hawks (Game 51)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 11, 2013 under Previews | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (22-28) are six wins away from being able to shave their beards. A win against the Atlanta Hawks (27-22) will get them one game closer. The Mavericks have won three of their last four games. Dallas has also won its last three home games. They’re looking to continue building momentum towards the All-Star Break. It was mentioned on The Rundown, if Dallas is serious about making a push for the 8th seed, they need to play about .750 basketball from here on out.

Dallas now 4.5 back of Houston and the 8th seed with 32 games to go. The race is officially on and it hits the next gear with the game against the Hawks.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Hawks.

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Setting the Table: Atlanta Hawks (Preseason)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 20, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Mavericks will get their first look at Eastern Conference basketball as they head to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. Dallas will have their first game after finding out that Dirk Nowitzki is on the shelf for the foreseeable future after getting his knee scoped on Friday morning. The team will be getting one player back and losing one player as Roddy Beaubois returns after sitting out for two games due to a sore left ankle. Chris Kaman stayed back in Dallas to get treatment for an ailing calf (not the animal, his actual calf muscle).

Here are some notes of interest as the Mavericks get ready to take on the Hawks.

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