The Difference: Dallas Mavericks 122, Phoenix Suns 99

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 31, 2012 under Recaps | 3 Comments to Read

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

  • So much of this brilliant offensive outing was built on the strength of the Mavs’ multi-angle drive-and-kick game. Initial penetration would draw defensive attention and lead to a kick to the corner, which would lead to a close-out and more dribble penetration and an ensuing kick-out from the wing, which would lead to an open three-pointer above the break. That cycle of dribble action may make it seem like the Mavs were getting nowhere, but having so may consecutive opportunities to put pressure on the opposing defense is hugely beneficial. Hence the scoreboard.
  • Which isn’t to say that the Mavs didn’t work the ball in other, less direct ways. Dallas’ ball movement was as crisp around the perimeter as it was from the inside out; despite the fact that everyone seemed to be connecting on their three-point attempts, the Mavs willingly rotated the ball around the perimeter to fully scramble the Suns’ defense and manufacture wide open attempts. They could have settled — in a sense — for good shots rather than great ones, but the ball never stuck to a single hot hand.
  • The basketball gods gave the Mavericks a gift: On the second night of a back-to-back — and following a hard-fought overtime game against the San Antonio Spurs — Dallas was given a crack at the struggling Phoenix Suns. Even better: They were given a crack at the struggling Phoenix Suns sans the one player that the Suns can never afford to lose. Again, hence the scoreboard.

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Heard It Through the Grapevine 4-3-09

Posted by Rob Mahoney on April 3, 2009 under xOther | 5 Comments to Read

  • Chip Crain of 3 Shades of Blue did the usual position-by-position evaluations of tonight’s Mavs-Grizzlies game.  There weren’t exactly any surprises…until I got to the bench.  Come on, Chip, you’re honestly telling me that a group of Darko, Hamed Haddadi, Greg Buckner, Hakim Warrick, Quinton Ross, and Marko Jaric has an edge over Jason Terry, Brandon Bass, J.J. Barea, James Singleton, and Ryan Hollins?  The Mavs are thin as hell on the bench, but I think this is a tad insulting.  Darko has his moments as an interior defender, Haddadi is going through growing pains, and Warrick is a great energy forward.  But Jason Terry has been incredible, Brandon Bass and J.J. Barea have become more and more comfortable with their roles as the season has gone on, and Singleton and Hollins hold their own in terms of energy big men.  I’d take the Mavs bench, any day.  Or, think about it this way: if both teams traded benches, which team gets better and which team implodes and loses their playoff spot to Phoenix?
  • The Mavs are participants in two of the remaining Mini-Championships.  Considering the Jazz loss last night moved the Mavs within striking distance of the 7 seed, I’d say their head-to-head matchup is going to be kinda big.
  • Mavs fans with any kind of memory would probably never have expected the Dallas Morning News to run an article on alley-oops.  Acquiring Jason Kidd had many of us conjuring images of fast break lobs to Josh Howard and Erick Dampier, but those dreams were quashed as quickly as they came.  Now, the oop has become an interesting surprise of the Mavs’ offense, appearing out of thin air to keep defenses on their toes.  Via Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News, here’s a quote from Ryan Hollins, one of the oopers in question: “Coach has done a great job…He’ll wait for the right moment to call it. We disguise it. We’ll run one action the same way. Jet [Terry] goes over the top, and I set the pick for him. We might run it 10 times the same way. That 11th time, I’m going to set the pick, then roll for the lob. They’re so set on guarding Jet and Dirk, it’s going to be there. It’s an easy bucket if it’s there…If you take that away, then Dirk’s open or Brandon Bass gets an open jumper at the free throw line. He’s not going to miss that shot. It’s just another thing to keep them honest.”
  • A phenomenal interview of Blazers GM Kevin Pritchard by Blazers Edge’s Ben Golliver.  A perfect demonstration of what blogs can offer when given access.  Look out, Donnie and Mark: I might be coming for you next.
  • Frisco wants a D-League team, and I’m all for it, but the plans are being put on hold.  Fingers crossed for you, Frisconians.