Setting the Table: Milwaukee Bucks (Game 63)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 12, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment


The Dallas Mavericks (29-33) are looking to record their second four-game win streak of season and very first three-game road win streak since February of last year with a win against the Milwaukee Bucks (32-29). The game will feature two of the hottest teams in the league as the Mavericks have won four of their last five games and the Bucks have won six of their last seven.

According to coach Rick Carlisle, Shawn Marion (left calf contusion) is questionable for the game against Bucks.

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

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Quoteboard: Milwaukee Bucks 95, Dallas Mavericks 90

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 27, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment



Just when it appeared that it couldn’t get worse for the Mavericks, they found another way to lose the game. The turnover bug found its way to Dirk Nowitzki as he had two key turnovers in the final three minutes of the game. The Milwaukee Bucks were able to convert on both of the turnovers and secured a 95-90 victory over Dallas. The Mavericks had a total of 20 turnovers, leading to 19 points for the Bucks.

The Mavericks spoiled a rare 20/20 game for Dirk. He recorded his sixth career 20-point, 20-rebound game with 21 points to go along with a season-high 20 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 35 minutes against Milwaukee on Tuesday. It was his first 20/20 game since Apr. 3, 2003 vs. the L.A. Lakers (25 points and 22 rebounds). It was his seventh career game with 20-plus rebounds and his first since Dec. 27, 2007 (20 rebounds). Oddly enough, the Mavericks are now 3-3 in games where Dirk has scored at least 20 points and grabbed at least 20 rebounds in the same game.

Nowitzki, who had a season-high 30 points and a then season-high 13 rebounds against the Lakers in their previous game, recorded his second consecutive double-double (second of the season, 371stcareer). Nowitzki is averaging 25.3 points and 13.3 rebounds over his last three games. He is shooting 55.8 percent (29-of-52) from the field and 70 percent (7-of-10) from 3-point range in that span. Nowitzki is averaging 21.5 points and 10.7 rebounds over his last six games. He is shooting 53.4 percent (47-of-88) from the field and 64.7 percent (11-of-17) from deep in that span.

Monta Ellis spoiled Dirk’s night as he ending up having a game-high 22 points. He scored 11 of his 22 points in the final quarter. He also added a game-high nine assists and a season-high-tying six steals in 44 minutes. It was his fourth game with six thefts this season.

Some notes before the quotes:

- Nowitzki pulled down 11 first-half rebounds against the Bucks on Tuesday. It was tied for the second-most rebounds he’s recorded in the first half of a game in his career (he had 11 in the first half on two other occasions, and recorded 12 in the first half twice). The most rebounds Nowitzki recorded in any half in his career was 13 in the second half (twice).

- Elton Brand recorded his seventh double-double of the season (403rd career) with 12 points (6-8 FGs) and a season-high 14 rebounds (7 OR) in 25 minutes off the bench. His previous high rebounding game was 13 on two occasions. Brand is averaging 14.0 points and 8.5 rebounds over his last four games. He is shooting 57.1 percent (24-of-42) from the field in that span.

- Dallas went 1-of-17 from 3-point range.

Here is the quoteboard for the Mavericks’ loss to the Lakers.

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Setting the Table: Milwaukee Bucks (Game 56)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 26, 2013 under Previews | Read the First Comment


The Dallas Mavericks (25-30) have their backs firmly against the wall as they host the Milwaukee Bucks (26-28). The loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday didn’t break the back of the Mavericks but it definitely set them behind in a big way. My calculations had the Mavericks having a seven percent chance of making the playoffs before the game against the Lakers. The loss to Los Angeles dropped their percentages down to four percent. The door is starting to close on the Mavericks’ chances to extend their streak of consecutive playoff appearances.

Dirk Nowitzki will definitely do whatever he can to help the team. Over his last five games, Dirk is averaging 21.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and shooting 54.2 percent from the field and is 10-of-14 from 3-point range. It will be interesting to see how Dirk responds from his best game of the year against the Lakers. Milwaukee will always be linked to Dirk and the Mavericks. If you don’t know why, you’ll find out shortly.

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

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Kicking the Tires

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 20, 2013 under Commentary | 5 Comments to Read


As it was mentioned last week, Brandon Jennings has been a player of unique interest in the realm of the Mavericks as the trade deadline approaches. With the help of’s Tim MacMahon, the evaluation of Jennings was further enhanced earlier this week. One thing is a given, the young point guard does fit the qualifications of what Mark Cuban and the rest of the front office is looking for in terms of a target as the trade deadline approaches.

Jennings is coming of a 34-point performance in the losing effort to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night. He scored 23 points in the second half of the game that ended up going into overtime.

When thinking about Jennings more, I wanted to gather more information. When deciding where to look, I wanted to talk to someone who actually follows the team and would give an honest assessment of him. I spoke with Jeremy Schmidt, the editor of Bucksketball – the Bucks’ affiliate for the TrueHoop Network. With that in mind, there are quite a few things to examine when looking at Jennings. Let’s look at what we found out.

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No Game is an Island: You and I Collide

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 21, 2009 under Previews | 7 Comments to Read

“No [game] is an Island, entire of itself; every [game] is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any [game]‘s death diminishes me, because I am involved in [Fan]kind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.”
-John Donne, with a little help from yours truly

No Game is an Island will be the gameday previews here at The Two Man Game. The goal is to establish context for each contest; after all, “every game is a part of the main.” Rather than focusing on each individual contest, the emphasis will be on identifying the importance of games in larger contexts, identifying symbolism and archetypes, and declaring the trends and implications of each of these “almost meaningless” regular season battles.  Enjoy.


The Dallas Mavericks visit the Milwaukee Bucks
7:00 CST, FSN SW

The story of how Don Nelson (the elder) fleeced the Bucks in the 1998 draft is practically a Dallas folktale.  It explains the creation story of the team as we know it, the genesis of the “new-look” Mavs that learned little by little how to harness the powers of a scrawny, seven-foot German kid.  The Mavericks have committed plenty of blunders in terms of trades and acquisitions, but on that fateful day in 1998 the Dallas front office got themselves a doozy.

It’s been said that since that time, the two franchises found themselves shot in opposite directions.  The Mavs climbed up the Western Conference ladder behind Dirk, Michael Finley, and Steve Nash, and the Bucks found themselves even further submerged in the tar pit of perpetual mediocrity.  Makes it kind of strange that both the Mavs and the Bucks find themselves at 9th place in their respective conferences today.  Of course the Mavs have a big advantage in terms of record (Wild Wild West, y’all) at 24-17 compared to the Bucks’ 20-24.  But if either team finds themselves stuck just outside the playoff window, it all counts the same.  The Mavs may end up being the prettiest girl who never got asked to the dance, but she’ll be sobbing into her pillow just the same as that homely chick who has been wearing paisley for the past ten years.  It’s definitely funny to see how things work out.  In spite of the considerable talent on the Mavs’ roster, this is still a team trying to find that coherent identity with which to push forward.  After 41 games, I really have no idea “who this team is,” in an abstract sense, and I’m not sure that the players and coaches know any better than I do.  The Bucks are equally lost, but many of their players are still developing and finding themselves.  Michael Redd is their guy of the moment, but the whirlwinds in ‘Waukee constantly beg for a coup.

As far as the Mavs have come since 1998, a look across the conference divide places them on-par with the very team they got the better of.  But where the Bucks have the hope of youth and development (Ramon Sessions, Charlie Villanueva, Andrew Bogut, Joe Alexander), the Mavs are holding out for the light’s to flicker on.  The talent is there and the coaching staff is there.  The culture and the fanbase have been there.  We’re waiting for our second creation story, and all we can hope is that sometime between now and April, the Mavericks’ fortunes light up and actualize their own potential.