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.