Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 110, Phoenix Suns 95

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 28, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks did well on a momentous evening as they delivered a 110-95 beating to the Phoenix Suns. Shawn Marion appeared in his 1,000th career regular-season game against the Suns on Sunday. He became the 107th player in NBA history to reach the milestone. Marion played in 660 games with Phoenix from 1999-2008. Marion recorded a game-high-tying 18 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 30 minutes against the team that brought him into the league.

With a jumper at the 5:38 mark of the third quarter, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki passed Allen Iverson (24,368) for 18th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The basket gave Nowitzki 13 points for the game (and 24,370 for his career). Next on the list for Dirk is Patrick Ewing. Ewing ranks 17thon the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 24,815 career points. Dirk tallied a game-high-tying 18 points to go along with seven rebounds in 30 minutes against Phoenix.

Elton Brand appeared in his 900th career regular-season game and recorded 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench. He scored in double figures for the sixth time in his last seven games (14thtime this season). Brand is averaging 12.1 points and 8.6 rebounds over his last seven games. Brand came off the bench because Bernard James made his first career start and managed two points and three rebounds in 11 minutes. The Mavericks used their 17th different starting lineup of the year in their 44th game of the season.

O.J. Mayo dished out a team-high six assists against Phoenix. His fourth assist of the game, at the 9:22 mark of the third quarter, was the 1,000th assist of his career. He finished the game with only eight points. Dallas now moves to 1-5 this season in games where he scored fewer than 10 points in a game.

Here is the quoteboard for the Dallas victory over Phoenix.

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Quoteboard: Miami Heat 110, Dallas Mavericks 95

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 21, 2012 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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Well, the game between the last two NBA champions felt like a replay of the Christmas Day matchup to start the 2011-12 season as the Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in convincing fashion by a score of 110-95. Jae Crowder tied a season-high with 15 points off the bench against Miami on Thursday, also had 15 at the L.A. Lakers on 11/24. It was his sixth double-figure scoring game of the season. He added three rebounds and three assists in 26 minutes. Bernard James went 6-of-10 from the field en route to a season-high 12 points against the Heat (previous high: 9 at Indiana 11/16). He added a season-high-tying nine boards and three blocks in 22 minutes, finishing one rebound shy of his first career double-double. He did not play, coach’s decision, in three of the Mavericks’ previous four games.

O.J. Mayo was held in check by Miami’s stiff defense as he was held to only eight points on 3-of-14 shooting (0-of-5 from 3-point range). LeBron James set the tone early in the game as he scored 13 of his 24 points in the opening quarter. In addition to the 24 points, he added nine rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes.

Prior to the game, a taped interview of Dirk Nowitzki was shown to the crowd. He said that they’ll continue to keep pushing the rehabilitation process and while he doesn’t want to put a specific target date on the record, he is hopeful to make his return to the court before New Year’s Day.

Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the Miami Heat.

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Setting the Table: Philadelphia 76ers (Game 15)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 27, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (7-7) now begin a potentially make or break portion of their schedule starting with their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (8-6). What makes this stretch so critical for the Mavericks is the fact that they won’t be spending much time at home. The Mavericks will play 16 of their next 23 games on the road beginning with the game at Philadelphia on 11/27. The Mavericks will play five of their next six and eight of their next 10 away from the American Airlines Center. Dallas will have to do whatever they can to keep their heads above water. At 7-7, Dallas is looking for a win against Philadelphia to avoid dropping below .500 for the first time this season. If recent games are an indicator, Dallas is due for a win. The Mavericks have now alternated wins and losses in each of their last seven games (vs. Minnesota 11/12 to vs. L.A. Lakers 11/21).

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

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The Rundown, Volume V

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 19, 2012 under Commentary | 2 Comments to Read

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The Rundown is back. Every Monday, The Rundown will chronicle the week that was for the Mavericks, as well as let you know what is coming up for the boys in blue, with a unique spin. Simply put, it is your Monday catch-up on all things with the Dallas Mavericks.

After a frustrating loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, causing a three-game losing streak, the Mavericks made some changes. Some perplexing negative trends popped up and a special person chimed in to say hello and give an update. Let’s take a look at the week for that was for Dallas.

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Setting the Table: Cleveland Cavaliers (Game 11)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 17, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Mavericks have dropped four of their last five games and are now 5-5 on the year. The Mavericks have never had a below-.500 record at any point this season. They are looking to avoid that situation as they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on the second night of a back-to-back. The Mavericks are 1-2 in the first half of a back-to-back and 0-2 in the second half of a back-to-back this season. The Mavericks have 16 back-to-backs in 2012-13, with only one stretch of four games in five nights. In total, 10 back-to-backs are on the road, three begin at home and conclude on the road and three are road-to-home. Dallas played 22 back-to-backs in 2011-12, going 7-15 in the first half and 13-9 in the second half of those back-to-backs.

The Cavaliers are an intriguing young team. They are led by second year guard Kyrie Irving. Irving is fifth in the league in points with 24.3 points/game. Dion Waiters is 2nd among rookies at 14.5 points/game. Darren Collison and O.J. Mayo will have to be on their game to combat the young Cavalier backcourt.

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

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Successful Call into Action

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 15, 2012 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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With the moves the Mavericks made in their starting lineup in preparation for their game against the Washington Wizards, there were going to be alterations to their supporting cast. In a surprise move, Brandan Wright didn’t log a single minute of action. According to Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News, Wright found the situation “weird.” With the weird situation, Bernard “Sarge” James was called into duty and he responded positively. The possibility of using James more within the rotation was an idea that was worth looking in to.

The story of James’ life leading up to coming to the NBA has been well documented, so we’ll mainly just cover what we have seen on the floor. James stepped into the backup center role and scored four points and pulled down three rebounds in 15 minutes in the victory over the Wizards. So, what led to the change with bringing James into the new position? “He earned it from his play in the previous game,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said after the game. “We will see – it is game to game. I would love to have a set rotation but with a couple of exceptions, there’s going to be unpredictability to it.” James collected six points and four rebounds in 10 minutes off the bench vs. Minnesota on 11/12. In comparison, Wright played only nine minutes against Minnesota, and he failed to get a rebound. Before the performance against the Wizards, James managed at least six points in all three of the games in which he had logged 10-plus minutes in this season. James has shot a perfect 8-for-8 from the line this year.

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The Difference: Dallas Mavericks 82, Minnesota Timberwolves 90

Posted by Kirk Henderson on November 13, 2012 under Recaps | Be the First to Comment

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Box Score — Play-by-Play — Shot Chart — Game Flow

You know the drill. The Difference is a reflection on the game that was, with one bullet for every point in the final margin.

  • With about three minutes left in the game, Dallas rediscovered that which had made them an offensive juggernaut the previous week: attacking the basket. Darren Collison (21 points, 11-12 FTs, 5 assists) is the engine behind the Dirkless offense and when he isn’t probing the lane and Dallas settles for long jumpers late in the shot clock, the offense is borderline unwatchable.
  • Dallas started the game the same way they’ve finished the last two: giving up four offensive rebounds in the first 8 minutes of playing time. However, the next three plus quarters they only gave up three.  Dallas is still -69 on the year in terms of rebounding margin, but tonight it was due to the poor shooting display (36.2%).
  • A variety of Timberwolves played excellent.  For the second straight game a point guard had a big game against Dallas; Luke Ridnour (15 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals) helped control the game for Minnesota. Andrei Kirilenko (16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals) set the tone early and abused Jae Crowder. Nikola Pekovic (20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) is such a massive man and to be that skilled offensively is such a rare trait in today’s NBA. Rookie Alexey Shved (16 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 9-11 FTs) didn’t shoot the ball well, but as you can see by his stat line, he managed to affect the game in every other possible way.  I recommend taking a look at A Wolf Among Wolves for their take on the game as well.
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The Rundown, Volume IV

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 12, 2012 under Commentary, Recaps | Be the First to Comment

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The Rundown is back. Every Monday, The Rundown will chronicle the week that was for the Mavericks, as well as let you know what is coming up for the boys in blue, with a unique spin. Simply put, it is your Monday catch-up on all things with the Dallas Mavericks.

After getting off to a hot start, Dallas has seen two avoidable losses pop up as they went out on the road. The question is, how much do we take away from the losses as the Mavericks have once again hit a rough patch with injuries and they obviously deal with life without Dirk Nowitzki? Let’s take a look at the week for that was for Dallas.

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Quoteboard: Dallas 109, Toronto 104

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 8, 2012 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks spotted the Toronto Raptors a 2-0 lead and then handled things the rest of the way en route to a 109-104 victory. The Mavericks closed out their homestand with their third straight win. With the win, the Mavericks improved to 4-1 on the year. It marks the first time since 2007-08 that Dallas has started 4-1. In addition, it’s the first time since 2007-08 Dallas has started 3-0 at home.

Chris Kaman made his first start of the season and tallied a team-high-tying 22 points. O.J. Mayo shared team-high honors with 22 points. Mayo is averaging 28.0 points and shooting 66.7 percent from 3-point range over his last three games. Darren Collison scored 15 points in the victory. He joins O.J. Mayo and Brandan Wright as the only Mavericks to score in double figures in each of Dallas’ first five games.

Rebounding has been an issue for the team as of late. They found an unexpected source of relief in that department as rookie Bernard James grabbed nine rebounds in only 18 minutes of action.

Play of the night: It didn’t count, but Collison had a nice lob pass to Vince Carter. As Aaron Gray channeled his inner Andrew Bynum and delivered a hard forearm shiver to Collison, the point guard delivered a perfect lob pass to Carter for the dunk. The play was reviewed and Gray was given a flagrant-one foul. Despite that call negating the play, it still looked good.

Here is the full quoteboard for the Dallas victory over Toronto.

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The Rundown, Volume II

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 29, 2012 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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The Rundown is back. Every Monday, The Rundown will chronicle the week that was for the Mavericks, as well as let you know what is coming up for the boys in blue, with a unique spin. Simply put, it is your Monday catch-up on all things with the Dallas Mavericks.

If you thought you saw it all in The Rundown last week, you’ve got another thing coming. The news kept on coming for the Mavericks (most of it being unfavorable). Another chapter in the Delonte West saga was written, and new Mavericks came walking through the doors of the American Airlines Center. As the preseason wrapped up and the regular season is approaching, let’s take a look at the week for the Mavericks.

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