Trade Takes

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 20, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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With the draft one week away, the news and rumors will be flying around at a rapid rate. The first real bit of information in terms of speculation has popped up.

During his weekly chat on Wednesday, ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford was asked a question by a Mavs fan in Houston (man, that must be tough) in regards to what the Mavs might be thinking.

Jo Jo was the questioner. I wonder if they have a friend named K-Ci.

Anyway, Jo Jo asked: Who’s is in play for the Mavs pick (what are you hearing)? Pistons, Cavs, others? What is it going to cost besides taking on Marion?

Chad Ford replied: I’ve also heard the Knicks, Thunder and Cavs. Cost is either a 2014 first rounder or taking back Marion into room. By the way, some teams think that the Mavs may already have a deal as the trade talk has silenced in Dallas the past few days. The Mavs can’t officially announce anything until after they make their draft selection.

Let’s start breaking that bit of information down like a fraction.

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Outside the Box: Feeling a Draft

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 14, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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This week, The Two Man Game will start looking at what the Mavs could do as another pivotal summer is upon them. Mark Cuban has said there are different ways or “permutations” to ensure the Mavs won’t have a failure of a summer if they are unable to land a big fish acquisition.

Dirk Nowitzki said Cuban is “all-in” on this summer, and committed to bringing the franchise back to where it belongs. There are traditional ways to do that but there are also outside the box ways of doing that. We’ll look at five potential angles the Mavs could work that would be considered outside the box.

The next important event on the docket is the NBA Draft later this month. The Mavs will hold the 13th pick in the draft. They owe the Oklahoma City Thunder a first-round pick before 2018. That pick is protected through the first 20 picks of the draft. But if the Mavericks don’t convey it by 2017, the Thunder gets the pick no matter when it is in the 2018 draft.

To figure out how the pick ended up being owed to Oklahoma City needs a bit of explaining, so here we go:

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Quoteboard: Oklahoma City 107, Dallas 101

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 18, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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In a game that was up for grabs, the Dallas Mavericks once again couldn’t find a way to close the game out as they suffered a 107-101 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Clearly, Dallas got the getting while the getting was good. The Mavericks are 1-11 against the Thunder since beating Oklahoma City in the 2011 Western Conference finals, including last season’s sweep in the first round of the playoffs. Dallas has lost their last 10 games against their northern I-35 rivals.

Oklahoma City’s stars shined brightly against Dallas. Russell Westbrook totaled a game-high 35 points to go along with six rebounds, a game-high six assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Kevin Durant scored 19 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter. He added nine boards and two blocks in 39 minutes.

Dirk Nowitzki made his first eight shots of the game (including his first three 3-point field goal attempts) and recorded 23 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes against the Thunder. He scored 20-plus points for the seventh time in his last 13 games (10th time this season). Nowitzki finished 8-of-10 (.800) from the field. With the loss, the Mavericks moved to 12-1 all-time when Nowitzki shoots at least 80 percent from the field (minimum 10 field goal attempts). The story of the game will be the fact that Dirk didn’t take a single shot from the field in the entire fourth quarter. His last field goal attempt came with 2:25 left in the third quarter. He wasn’t calling for the ball on every possession, the Thunder tried to blanket him and no one on the Mavericks really could deliver him the ball.

The injury bug once again landed on Roddy Beaubois. After a nice string of games leading up to the game against the Thunder, Beaubois exited the game after fracturing the second metacarpal in his left hand during the second quarter. He is out indefinitely. If the injury is a season-ending one, with free agency looming, this could be the last time Roddy wears a Dallas uniform.

Some notes before the quotes:

- Mike James recorded a season-high 14 points to go along with three rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes (previous high: 13 points vs. Milwaukee Mar. 12). He went 2-of-3 from 3-point range and has now made at least one trey in each of his last nine games. James has shot 18-of-39 (.462) from 3-point range over his last nine games.  He is averaging 9.4 points and 4.1 assists in that span.

- With a steal (his 955th career) at the 7:23 mark of the first quarter, Nowitzki passed Jason Kidd (954) for second place on the Mavericks’ all-time steals list. Nowitzki intercepted a pass thrown by Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and then finished with a dunk on the fast break (from O.J. Mayo). Derek Harper is Dallas’ all-time leader with 1,551 career thefts.

- Elton Brand made his 17th start of the season (847th career) against Oklahoma City on Sunday. It was his first start since Feb. 1 at Phoenix. The Mavericks’ starting lineup on Sunday featured Jae Crowder, Dirk Nowitzki, O.J. Mayo, Mike James and Brand. Dallas used its 21st starting lineup of the season against the Thunder.

Here is the quoteboard for Dallas’ loss to Oklahoma City.

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Setting the Table: Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 66)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 17, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (31-34) are looking to move to two games below .500 for the first time since they were 12-14 on Dec. 20. The Oklahoma City Thunder (49-17) stand in the way of the Mavericks’ pursuit of the 8th seed in the Western Conference. The game marks the first night of a back-to-back for the Mavericks. The Mavericks are 2-11 in the first half of a back-to-backs this season. They went 7-15 in the first half of back-to-backs last season.

Dallas will certainly need to bring their defensive disposition against the explosive Oklahoma City squad. The Thunder have scored 113.3 per game and shot 76-for-91 (83.5 percent) from the free-throw line against the Mavericks this season.

Shawn Marion, who led the team with 23 points in the January loss, is expected to miss his sixth straight game because of a strained left calf.

With the Mavericks trying to secure a playoff spot for the 13th consecutive season, they need to show they can beat quality teams. They’ll have their chance in the Sunday showdown with the Thunder.

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

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Setting the Table: Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 48)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 4, 2013 under Previews | 2 Comments to Read

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The Dallas Mavericks (20-27) are looking for a split on their four-game road trip as they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (35-12). The Thunder is set to kick-off a three game home stand tonight beginning with a match-up against Dallas. Luckily for everyone, it appears the stars will be ready to go for the I-35 showdown. After sitting out the previous two games due to a right adductor strain, Dirk Nowitzki will give it a go in the game against the Thunder. Kevin Durant (right rib contusion) is also expected to play against the Mavericks.

It could be a special game for Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle if they are able to come away with a victory. Carlisle holds an all-time record of 499-352 (.586) and needs one win for 500 in his career. He will become the 28th coach in NBA history with at least 500 career victories. Carlisle is in his fifth season with the Mavericks and holds an all-time record of 218-141 (.607) with the club. He joined the Mavericks on May 9, 2008, after spending two seasons with Detroit (2001-03) and four seasons with Indiana (2004-07).

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

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Quoteboard: Oklahoma City 117, Dallas 114 (Overtime)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 19, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

 

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The Dallas Mavericks hit the halfway point of the season in a rough way as they moved to 1-8 in overtime games this season. Dallas suffered a 117-114 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City. The win gave the Thunder a league-best six-game winning streak. The loss put an end to the Mavericks’ season-best four-game winning streak. Kevin Durant scored a career-high 52 points, including nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, in the victory over the Mavericks.

Vince Carter tallied a team-high 29 points in 32 minutes. It was the most points he’s scored as a Maverick, previous high: 25 vs. New York Nov. 21, 2012. He led Dallas in scoring for the fifth time this season. It marked his fourth 20-point effort of the year. It was also his sixth game with at least four 3-pointers this season. Carter had only one game with four-plus triples last year.

Dirk Nowitzki started the game 1-of-11 from the field. He finished the game scoring 18 points on only 5-of-19 shooting from the floor. Darren Collison went 4-for-6 from the field before the break en route to 11 first-half points. He finished with 15 points to go along with four rebounds, six assists and three steals in 31 minutes. Collison scored in double figures for the 14th consecutive game. He once again sat on the bench during the final minutes of regulation and overtime in favor of Mike James.

With the Thunder up 116-114, Mike James had a mismatch with Kendrick Perkins and Dirk Nowitzki was being guarded by Russell Westbrook with less than 10 seconds to go in the game. James hoisted and missed a 26-foot jumper over an outstretched Perkins. That will be a play that will be dissected for the next day and a half.

Here is the quoteboard for overtime loss to the Thunder.

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Setting the Table: Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 41)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 18, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (17-23) officially hit the midway point of their season as they host the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-8). Streaks are on the line as the Thunder come in to town riding a five-game winning streak. The Mavericks will looking to extend their season-best winning streak to five games. During the four-game winning streak, Dallas is averaging 109.8 points per game. Dallas has scored 100-plus points in all four games. Oklahoma City comes in on the sec…oh, wait, Dallas will actually face an opponent who has had some time to rest.

The will put the Mavericks’ new-found momentum to the test as the Thunder come in with the league’s best record. Winners of five straight games, including three straight on the road, the Thunder heads back on the road for the first game of a season-long six game road swing. The Thunder became the first team in the NBA to capture 30 wins. A win against the Thunder could really take the Mavericks’ confidence meter to a whole new level. It should be an electric atmosphere.

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

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Setting the Table: Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 29)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 27, 2012 under Previews | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (12-16) head up I-35 to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (21-6). Okay, they didn’t drive up I-35 to Oklahoma City. The team went up to Oklahoma City on their fancy team plane but you get the idea that it’s not that far of a trip for the Mavericks. This will be game No. 2 for Dirk Nowitzki this season. He made his season debut at San Antonio on Dec. 23, after missing Dallas’ first 27 games recovering from arthroscopic right knee surgery. Nowitzki appeared as a reserve, he entered the game at the 6:28 mark of the first quarter, and recorded eight points and six rebounds in 20 minutes. Nowitzki came off the bench for the first time since Feb. 5, 2010 at Minnesota. The Mavericks went 12-15 in their first 27 games without Nowitzki in the lineup. Dallas is now 36-36 all-time when he doesn’t play.

Dirk is expected to come off the bench again against the Thunder as he continues to get back into game shape. Speaking of getting back into shape, the Mavericks are looking to get back in shape as they’re currently on a three-game losing streak. This is the fourth time this season they’ve been on a three-game losing streak. A loss against the Thunder would mark the Mavericks’ first four-game losing streak of the season.

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

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Setting the Table: Oklahoma City Thunder (Preseason)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 24, 2012 under Previews | Read the First Comment

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The new look Mavericks will get to meet a familiar foe as they head to Wichita, Kansas to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The game marks the final preseason game for the Thunder, while the Mavs still have one more game of practice against the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night. The Thunder head into the game with a 3-3 record. The Mavericks head to Kansas with a preseason record of 3-3. With two games left, they have a chance to finish the preseason with a record of .500 or better. Since 2000, the Mavericks have finished the preseason at or above .500 eight times and recorded a franchise-high six preseason wins in both 2000 and 2005.

Here are notes of interest as the Mavericks face the Thunder.

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