Mining for Gold: Part Two

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 16, 2013 under Interviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Mark Cuban was at it again with his open discussion with the media prior to the team’s game against the Denver Nuggets. His squadron was out of playoff contention, a position the team hasn’t been in for quite some time. This season definitely leaves him angry that he’s in a position that he’s not used to being in. He’s been knocked down and he’s motivated to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Even more so than the discussion prior to the game against the Suns, Cuban opened up even more to reporters about his team’s disappointing year and what needs to happen going forward. He also had some high praise for one of his veterans. Here is the quoteboard for Mark Cuban for the game prior to the game against the Denver Nuggets.

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The Rundown, Volume XVI

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 4, 2013 under Commentary, Recaps | 5 Comments to Read

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The Rundown is back. Every Monday (unless there’s a better feature to run with), The Rundown will chronicle the week that was for the Mavs, 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.

To say the least, the playoff hopes are officially teetering on the ledge. The week saw a classic showdown between two future Hall of Famers, a colossal meltdown that left one team singing the blues, a loss that might be the nail in the coffin and the true return of the Tall Baller From the G. There was all of that, and a former Mav popped his head back into the news. Let’s take a look at the week for that was for Dallas.

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Quoteboard: San Antonio Spurs 113, Dallas Mavericks 107

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 26, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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San Antonio hit the ground running and never looked back as they had a convincing 113-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs are now on a seven-game winning streak. Spurs big man DeJuan Blair went 8-of-9 from the field in the opening half and led all scorers with 17 points in 11 first-half minutes. Blair finished with a season-high 22 points on the night. His previous high was 19 vs. Denver on Nov. 17, 2012. Tony Parker had a game-high 23 points and a game-high 10 assists.

Roddy Beaubois tallied a season-high 19 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a block in 16 minutes off the bench against the Spurs on Friday. His previous high was 11 points in season-opener at the L.A. Lakers Oct. 30. It was his highest scoring game since Mar. 13, 2012 vs. Washington (19 points). As ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon noted during the game, the 19 points Roddy had against the Spurs was more than he did during the month of December (15). Before the game against the Spurs, the last time Roddy was the outright leading scorer for Dallas was March 2, 2012 on the road against New Orleans. He had 25 in the loss to the Hornets.

Elton Brand started at center in place of Chris Kaman. It was his 14th start of the season, 844th career, but his first since Dec. 6, 2012 at Phoenix. It was also just his second start at the center position. The Mavericks used their 16th different starting lineup of the season in their 43rd game of the year. Brand totaled eight points to go along with a season-high-tying 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. He grabbed 13 boards for the second time in his last three games, 13 vs. Oklahoma City on Jan. 18. He also pulled down 10-plus boards for the third time in his last four games, seventh time this season. Brand failed to score in double figures for the first time in his last six games. He is averaging 12.2 points and 9.5 rebounds over the last six games.

Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the Spurs.

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Run It Back?

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 25, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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It’s funny how timing can work. Earlier in the week, grades were given out for the Mavericks and Delonte West was mentioned. West didn’t get a grade due to not playing a single game during the regular season. He was waived after being suspended twice in the month of October for conduct detrimental to the team. The timing was funny as the mock grades came out just a day before news surfaced that had West popping back up on the radar.

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported that the former Maverick has entered the D-League’s player pool. It appears West had or still could have a path that puts him directly back into the NBA via the Memphis Grizzlies and a 10-day contract. While the offer hasn’t officially been made, a source close to West told Jeff “Skin” Wade of the Ben and Skin Show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM that West would prefer to take a chance through the Texas Legends, the D-League affiliate for the Mavericks, in order to have a chance to land back with his former team. That’s an awfully bold stance to take if all things are equal, but every man is entitled to take their own path.

Looking from the outside, there’s quite a bit to examine when looking at the prospects of bringing Delonte West back into the mix. Let’s look at the pros and the cons.

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A Meditation on Movement

Posted by David Hopkins on October 30, 2012 under Commentary | 2 Comments to Read

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“I have need of a new Herald…” – Galactus, Devourer of Worlds

Tonight, Darren Collison debuts as the Mavericks’ starting point guard. I wrote last week about the expectations that burden and bless O.J. Mayo, and in some regards, it’s amazing how similar the fates of Mayo and Collison are. Both had standout rookie years. Both had starting-caliber production, but were moved to bench. And both have been acquired by the Mavericks to “replace” popular guards, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd. However, while Mayo will be scrutinized for his ability to reproduce Terry, most people are letting Collison off the hook. After all, we know he’s no Jason Kidd. Shrug your shoulders and move on, right? It’s as if Mavs fans collectively agreed there are only two kinds of point guards — good point guards who play like Jason Kidd and then everyone else.

Darren Collison is not Jason Kidd. Kidd has this ability to make the ball magically appear in the hands of whomever he wants. If Kidd wanted the child in section 111, row M, seat 3 to get the ball, then by god, that child would have the ball. Collison can’t do that. But what Collison offers is, in some ways, just as mythic and powerful: Speed. It’s Collison’s birthright, and crucial to every bit of his NBA success.

From the 2012-13 edition of Pro Basketball Prospectus:

“Collison’s best asset is no secret. The son of two sprinters—his mom was an Olympian in 1984, representing Guyana—Collison might be the league’s fastest player from end to end.”

He carries the ball like Mercury, like Hermes, like Iris. Like a messenger from the gods, Collison can move.

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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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Setting the Table: Charlotte Bobcats (Preseason)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 26, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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It’s reunion night as Brendan Haywood returns as the Charlotte Bobcats face the Dallas Mavericks play in the preseason finale. Bobcats center Brendan Haywood played in 154 games. started 81, for the Mavericks over the course of two-and-a-half seasons from 2010-12, averaging 5.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Haywood was a member of the Mavericks’ 2011 NBA championship team. We will see the debut of Eddy Curry for the Mavericks. He should get extended minutes as Elton Brand sits due to be given the night off.

As of 6:15 pm, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Melvin Ely had not arrived at the arena.

Here are notes of interest as the Mavericks face the Bobcats.

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A Door Opens, A Door Possibly Closes

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on under Commentary, News | Read the First Comment

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After playing a total of 83 minutes in 14 regular season games for the Miami Heat and being released after being a training camp invitee by the San Antonio Spurs, Eddy Curry has now joined the Dallas Mavericks. He was claimed through waivers by the Mavericks on Thursday afternoon. Curry, 29, has been widely regarded as one of the most disappointing players in recent league history. Whatever the reason has been, Curry has never lived up to the promise he had when he was selected fourth overall in the 2001 Draft. In a weird series of coincidences, Tyson Chandler joined Curry as he was selected second overall in the draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, who immediately traded his draft rights to the Bulls for…Elton Brand.

“He did a nice job this morning in shootaround,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of Curry. “This is a good opportunity for him and for us.” Curry (7-0, 295) has played in 525 games, 411 starts, with Chicago, New York and Miami.He holds career averages of 13.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 24.9 minutes per game while shooting 54.5 percent from the field. “I feel great about it,” Curry said at the team’s shootaround. “Obviously, it’s a great organization with great players. It’s a great opportunity.

“I’m just going out there and play. I know what I can do and they’re giving me the opportunity to do it. I’m just going to make the best of it.”

Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reported that the Mavericks would waive guard Delonte West in order to make room to acquire Curry. West was suspended for the second time, this time indefinitely, within a span of 10 days. As was the case the first time, West was suspended due to performing conduct detrimental to the team. “We have suspended Delonte for conduct detrimental to the team,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said in a statement. “The suspension is effective immediately and no other statements will be issued.”

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Quoteboard: Phoenix Suns 100, Dallas Mavericks 94

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 18, 2012 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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The Phoenix Suns used a 17-2 run from the 10:02 mark of the third quarter through the five-minute mark of the period to turn a six-point deficit into a nine-point advantage and that proved to be the difference as the Suns secured a 100-94 victory over the Mavericks. The two main issues for the Mavericks were turnovers and a rough second half on the defensive end of the floor. Dallas had 21 turnovers in the game with seven of them coming in the first quarter. They also shot 39.5 percent from the field in the second half and allowed Phoenix to shoot 50.0 percent in the second half.

An interesting tidbit was dropped by the human database that is Mark Followill, television play-by-play voice for the Mavericks. The projected roster for Dallas would be the youngest one for the team in the last four years at 28.3.

Again, I could possibly do an adequate job of recapping the game, but I’ll let the guys who coached and or played in the game handle the responsibilities of talking about it. They’re certainly going to be more interesting than me. There’s a lot of talk discussing the issues of defense and turnovers, so get ready. Here is your quoteboard for the game against the Phoenix Suns.

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Setting the Table: Phoenix Suns (Preseason)

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

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The Dallas Mavericks take the court at the American Airlines Center for the second time this week as they host the Phoenix Suns for another round of preseason basketball. This isn’t your older, slightly weirder older brother’s Phoenix Suns squad. Steve Nash and Grant Hill are out of the mix as the team is now led by Goran Dragic, Marcin Gortat and Luis Scola.

Here are some things of note to set the table for the game against the Suns.

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