Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on April 29, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • Jason Terry, with a pretty strange post-game comment (emphasis mine), via Mavs Moneyball: “Over the last three years we’ve obviously been through a lot of adversity — not getting out of the first round.  But that’s not our goal.  Our goal is to win a championship.  Obviously there is some urgency, with Jason Kidd probably not going to be with us next year.  The time is now.  We feel we are still under the radar.  Nobody expects us to win.  We are definitely not going to be favored in the next series, so we all have to continue to play and keep it going.”  We can fret all day about this one sentence, but who is to say with any certainty what Kidd’s plans are?  Obviously Kidd himself is leaving the issue for the summer, as he focuses on this playoff run.  I thank him for that.  His head has clearly been in the game, and as long as he continues to play at such a high level, you won’t hear any complaint from me.  It’s an off-season issue that’s going to be answered one way or another over the summer, so rather than read between the words, let’s just ignore it for now.
  • Art Garcia investigates Kidd’s plans for free agency.
  • David Moore of the Dallas Morning News: “Jason Terry declared before the playoffs began, before he knew San Antonio was the opponent, that the Mavericks would get out of the first round. Terry believed the emotional baggage that had dragged down the Mavericks in the last two postseasons had been shed. It looks like he was right. These Mavericks have always been at their best when expectations are lowest. They have shown us this side of their personality time and time again.”  I know the idea of only succeeding when expectations are low can seem like an insult, but try not to think of it that way.  Rather than A, the Mavericks are B.  One’s no better than the other, they’re just different.
  • Bob Sturm of Inside Corner: “Dirk was dominant.  He was really, really good.  Once again, if there were coaching errors in this series, they appeared to come from the San Antonio bench, and this time they decided to start the game with Bruce Bowen on Howard, Parker on JJB, Finley on Kidd, and Bonner trying to defend Dirk 1-on-1?  Ummmm.   Dirk scored 11 of the Mavs first 16, and the Mavs were up 16-6.  Time out, Spurs.  Change your strategy, but was the damage already done?  The margin for most of the rest of the game was about 10 points.  Dirk had 31 points, 9 rebounds, 3 sneaky-nice assists, and some solid defense on Tim Duncan in spurts.  Well done, big man.”
  • Tony Parker, in an interview (translated) with TP9.com via 48 Minutes of Hell via SpurtsTalk: “I’m disappointed but I’m not angry. Dallas was stronger. You had to accept it. Their win was logical. Now, I hope that San Antonio will make good job this summer to improve the team. Maybe that this elimination will bring something positive. Spurs wanted to continue with this team until 2010. Now, if we want to stay competitive next year, we have to make big changes.”
  • Josh Howard finds redemption.
  • Mike Fisher of DallasBasketball.com: “If Dallas plays Denver in Round 2, Erick Dampier’s role might be completely different. (Give me some time to research the thing, OK? Damp-vs.-Nene doesn’t sound all that fun at this moment.) But for now, props to Damp, who in Games 1 and 2 was the most consistent Mav out there, was pretty close to as good in Games 3 and 4, and in G5, was all about guarding Duncan one-on-one. Duncan scored 30 to go with eight rebounds. Good. But Damp – with little rest due to his 41 minutes…was good for 11 points and 12 rebounds. His second double-double of the series. And that, ladies and gents, is as close to negating Tim Duncan as you’re gonna get.”
  • Make sure to get your tickets ASAP if you’re planning on boogieing on down to the AAC.  They go on sale today.
  • Graydon Gordian of 48 Minutes of Hell: “There are several other, more microscopic issues I had with tonight’s game, the most glaring of which was Popovich’s decision to have Ime Udoka cover Dirk Nowitzki. I know a lot of Spurs fans disagree but I think Ime is a decent role player. Nonetheless, he possesses nowhere close to the height or savvy required to cover Dirk. Kurt Thomas did a far better job against Nowitzki while on the floor.”
  • Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News: “Now, the Mavericks may not exactly be poised to make a championship run, either, but in beating San Antonio rather handily, Rick Carlisle has them peaking at the absolute right time. They will need it in the next series when they almost certainly will face Denver, which is just carving up the New Orleans Hornets in record-setting fashion. And they will need much from Dirk Nowitzki, which is what the Mavericks finally got from their 7-footer in Game 5.”