Quoteboard: Brooklyn 113, Dallas 96

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 21, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks started their six-game homestand with another disturbing loss, this time at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn closed the game on a 22-8 run en route to a 113-96 victory. The game was tied at 51 at halftime before Brook Lopez and Deron Williams took control of the game. The two combined to score 46 of the team’s 62 points in the second half. As a team, the Dallas Mavericks scored 45 points in the second half. Lopez finished with a season-high 38 points, matching the 38 he scored last season in the American Airlines Center. Williams tallied 31 points and a team-high six assists in 41 minutes. Reggie Evans pulled down a game-high 22 rebounds to go along with four rebounds in 32 minutes. It was his sixth game with 20-plus rebounds this season.

Dallas was “led” by Dirk Nowitzki with 16 points, but he once again had a game where he was unable to hoist up a shot in a quarter (third quarter) and only took 10 shots. In the team’s last two losses, Dirk has only had 10 shots. He’s averaged 10.3 field goal attempts over his last three games. After going 12-0 to start his career, Dallas has lost their last two games when Dirk shoots at least 80 percent from the field (minimum 10 field goal attempts). Mike James had the most field goal attempts for the Mavericks with 14.

Some notes before the quotes:

- Dirk Nowitzki recorded his 9,000th career rebound at the 11:26 mark of the fourth quarter against the Nets on Wednesday. He became the 46th player in NBA history with at least 9,000 boards. Nowitzki also became one of only 10 players in NBA history with at least 24,000 points and 9,000 rebounds (joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Garnett and Patrick Ewing).

- Mike James went 4-of-8 from beyond the arc and scored 12 points in 27 minutes against the Nets. He added a season-high-tying seven assists (also had 7 at Milwaukee Mar. 12). James is averaging 9.6 points and 4.3 assists over his last 11 games. He has shot 49 percent (25-of-51) from deep in that span.

- Dallas suffered only their third loss of the season when they shot at least 50 percent from the field (16-3 record).

- The Mavericks allowed 52 points in the paint to the Nets. They have now allowed 102 points in the paint in their last two games.

- Dallas is now 3-15 when an opponent scores at least 110 points against them.

- The team announced that guard Roddy Beaubois had surgery to repair his left second metacarpal fracture.  The surgery was performed by Dr. T.O. Souryal and Dr. Scott Oishi at Texas Sports Medicine.  No timetable has been set for his return.

Here is the quoteboard for Dallas’ loss to Brooklyn.

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Setting the Table: Brooklyn Nets (Game 68)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 20, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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It’s a homecoming of sorts as the Dallas Mavericks (32-35) host the Brooklyn Nets (39-28) in their lone appearance to the American Airlines Center. According to Nets guard Deron Williams, “It’s just another game.” It’s easy for him to say that, but it likely means a lot to fans as it is the first time Williams will play in Dallas since Williams chose to stay with the Nets in free agency over coming to Dallas.

The Mavericks are streaking as they’ve won six of their last eight games. They have a chance to move to two games below .500 for the first time since they were 12-14 on Dec. 20. They have a serious chance to make up some ground with a six-game homestand, starting against the Nets. The homestand marks the longest one the Mavericks have this season.

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

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Setting the Table: Brooklyn Nets (Game 58)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 1, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (25-32) make their first trip to the house that Jay-Z (and other people) built to take on the Brooklyn Nets (34-24). The Nets represent the only team in the league that the Mavericks have yet to square off against this season.

This will mark the first time the Mavericks will see Deron Williams since he decided to stay with the Nets over jumping ship and signing with the Mavericks. Don’t expect a handshake or any witty remarks from Mark Cuban. He is actually not with the team as he’s attending the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston.

The Mavericks will be looking to rebound from their devastating loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Dallas led by as many as 25 points in the second quarter before the Grizzlies went on a 36-4 run spanning halftime. Dallas managed just five points in the third, its fewest in a period since setting an NBA record with two in the third quarter of an 87-80 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on April 6, 1997.

With the Mavericks seven games under .5o0, the earliest the Mavericks could be shave their beards is after a victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Mar. 14. Time is running out for the Mavericks if they want to make the playoffs and want to shave those beards this season.

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

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