The Rundown, Volume XIX

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 8, 2013 under Commentary, Recaps | Be the First to Comment

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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.

As the season is starting to wind down, the odds look incredibly bleak for the Mavs and extending their playoff streak to 13 years. With five games left, they still trail the Utah Jazz by 2.5 games. Utah owns the tiebreaker over both Los Angeles and Dallas, so it’s essentially a three-game lead Utah owns over Dallas. The dark number for Utah is 2 and 3 for Los Angeles. That means Dallas needs to avoid any combination of actual losses and Utah wins equaling out to two to stay alive and three for Los Angeles. It’s going to take a miraculous run, and some luck, for Dallas to sneak into the playoffs. With a win against Portland, Dallas will have the chance to accomplish something they’ve set out to do since late January – shave their .500 beards.

Let’s take a look at the week for that was for Dallas.

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Setting the Table: Los Angeles Lakers (Game 74)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 2, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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With only nine games, the Dallas Mavericks (36-37) are looking at their last real chance to make up ground to try to extend their 12-year postseason streak with this four-game road trip, starting against the Los Angeles Lakers (38-36).

The Lakers will be without Steve Nash due to a right hamstring strain and a hip injury. Metta World Peace will miss the rest of the regular season after undergoing knee surgery. O.J. Mayo is dealing with a left shoulder injury, but plans on continuing to be the Mavs’ iron man and not miss the game against the Lakers.

Tuesday’s game will have an added flair as it’s a nationally televised game. It also will feature Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey retirement ceremony at Staples Center. With all of that and being the road team, Dallas will have to do everything in their power to play the role of spoiler for Los Angeles. It’s the biggest game of the year…until the next biggest game of the year. Time is running out for Dallas. They need to let it all hang out and see where the chips fall in this showdown against the Lakers.

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

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The Race is On

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 1, 2013 under News | Read the First Comment

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After playing in the friendly confines of the American Airlines Center for the last six games, the Dallas Mavericks embark on a do or die road trip that will have them going to play the Lakers, Nuggets, Kings and Trail Blazers. Dallas is one-and-a-half games back of the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers from the 8th spot in the West. The Lakers have the same record as the Jazz, but the Jazz have the tiebreaker over the Lakers so they currently hold the final spot. “There’s no need to overstate the obvious,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said before the team departed to Los Angeles. “We need to win every game we can game. This is a challenge you have to look forward to.”

Dallas is once again one game away from reaching .500. They’re in the thick – as thick as Dirk’s beard – of the race for the 8th seed and trying to become only third team since 1989 (Both the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers in 1997) to make playoffs after being 10 games or more under .500. “We’re trying to be the greatest comeback since Lazarus,” Carlisle said. “Really, that’s what we’re trying to do.” At the end of the nine games, they’ll see where they stand. The first game will be against the Los Angeles Lakers. Before the season, if you told people that the Mavs would be in a chase with the Lakers for a seed, many would think it would be for the 2nd or 3rd seed in the conference. Unfortunately for both, they’re both scratching and clawing just to get in.

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Setting the Table: Los Angeles Lakers (Game 55)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 24, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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It’s a Sunday showdown as the Dallas Mavericks (25-29) host the Los Angeles Lakers (27-29). Both teams are desperately trying to make up ground in order to take the 8th seed from the Houston Rockets. Sunday’s game is a must-win for both teams.

New Maverick Anthony Morrow will be in uniform against the Lakers. If Morrow is to play, it would only be the second time he has seen the floor since Dec. 29. The Mavericks will be looking to get positive news before the game. If Chris Kaman is cleared by the medical staff today, he’ll play against the Lakers. The big man has missed the past 10 games since sustaining a concussion during a practice session on Jan. 28.

The Mavericks will need a strong defensive performance against one Kobe Bean Bryant. Bryant, who recently guaranteed the Lakers would make the playoffs, is shooting 65.1 percent in his last three games against the Mavericks. Shawn Marion, O.J. Mayo, Vince Carter and Jae Crowder will have to handle the major defensive responsibility on Kobe.

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

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Quoteboard: Los Angeles Lakers 115, Dallas Mavericks 89

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 25, 2012 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks once again fell to .500 after suffering a painful 115-89 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The loss marks the fifth time this season that Dallas has held a .500 record. The Mavericks have never had a record below .500 at any point this season. The Lakers used a 24-9 run from the 8:44 mark of the second quarter through the three-minute mark of the period. The Mavericks fell as far behind as 37 points to the Lakers. Despite this being the fourth game in five nights for Los Angeles, the Mavericks didn’t have a chance against the Lakers. The game marked the first road win for the Lakers this season.

Jae Crowder tallied a season-high 15 points to go along with a season-high-tying four rebounds and a season-best four steals in 21 minutes against the Lakers on Saturday. He previously scored a then season-high 12 points on two occasions. Vince Carter appeared in his 1,000th career regular-season game against the Lakers on Saturday. He became the 104th player in NBA history to reach the milestone. It was Carter’s 75th regular-season game with Dallas. With his second 3-pointer of the game (1,529th career) at the 2:58 mark of the third quarter, he passed former Maverick Nick Van Exel (1,528) for 16th place on the NBA’s all-time 3-point field goals made list. Carter scored a team-high 16 points in 17 minutes off the bench. He made five 3-pointers in a game for the third time this season.

For the Lakers, Antawn Jamison appeared in his 999th career regular-season game and recorded a first-half double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. He finished with a game-high-tying 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in 30 minutes. Lakers forward Metta World Peace scored the Lakers’ first 10 points and tallied 16 first-quarter points for Los Angeles. He went 6-for-7 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter, with his only miss coming on a 3-point attempt at the end of the period. World Peace finished with 19 points in the game, sharing game-high honors with Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Jamison.

Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Setting the Table: Los Angeles Lakers (Game 14)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 24, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The atmosphere at the American Airlines Center will be electric as the Dallas Mavericks (7-6) host the Los Angeles Lakers (6-6). The game will mark the fourth game in five nights for the Lakers and the second night of a back-to-back. They suffered a 108-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. The Lakers are currently on a two-game losing streak. They have also gone 0-4 on the road to start the season. This will be the fourth game for Mike D’Antoni to coach the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Mavericks are looking to build some momentum. After falling to Golden State in overtime on 11/19, Dallas defeated New York on 11/21. The Mavericks have now alternated wins and losses in each of their last six games. The Mavericks have not recorded consecutive wins since they defeated Portland on 11/5 and Toronto on 11/7 (Dallas swept its three-game homestand from 11/3-11/7).

Saturday’s game also marks a milestone. Vince Carter will play in his 1,000th career regular season game. He has started 947 of those games. He will become the 104th player in NBA history to reach the milestone. Carter, who is in his 15th season, has played for five NBA teams over the course of his career (Toronto, New Jersey, Orlando, Phoenix and Dallas). Before the game against the Lakers, Carter has played in 74 games (started 40) for the Mavericks over the past two seasons. Carter has come off the bench in every game in 2012-13. Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (vs. Phoenix 1/4/12) and former Maverick Jason Terry (at Golden State 3/10/12) both reached the 1,000-game mark with Dallas in 2011-12. Mavericks forward Shawn Marion has played in 971 career regular-season games (started 903) and is approaching the milestone as well.

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Setting the Table: Los Angeles Lakers (Game 1)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 30, 2012 under Previews | 2 Comments to Read

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It’s opening night. Everybody is 0-0 and feels they have a chance to win the championship. The Dallas Mavericks are embarking on a journey that should have some interesting twists and turns as the franchise has a lot of new pieces. They will have the stage to themselves as they take on the newest super team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Dallas will be short-handed as Dirk Nowitzki sits and Chris Kaman will be out for at least the first two games due to his strained right calf. He has been resting his calf since 10/17.

Here are some notes for the opening night matchup against the Lakers.

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