Heard It Through The Grapevine

Posted by admin on April 22, 2010 under xOther | 4 Comments to Read

  • Jesse Blanchard from 48 Minutes of Hell discusses how the Spurs adjusted to contain Dirk: “Given the same looks he has gotten in the first two games, and they have been the same despite the vastly different outcomes, on most nights Nowitzki will produce a stat line that looks like  8-17 from the field and four to five free throw attempts. A great line, but hardly unmanageable.”
  • Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie notes that the Mavs’ Game 2 offensive performance was atypical: “Dallas was stinko, in that regard. Save for the late comeback mentioned above (after trailing for double-digits for most of the contest, the Mavs got it down to five points before Duncan and Ginobili put it away), Rick Carlisle’s team consistently failed to connect on shots that, I’m sorry, they’ve consistently made for years.”
  • Apparently, DeJuan Blair has a new nickname.
  • Spurs owner Peter Holt responds to Mark Cuban’s comments regarding “hating” the Spurs: “Listen, there might be some people in the league that are mad at him, but I’m not mad at him. Anything that raises the awareness is only good for us.”
  • Johnny Ludden of Yahoo explains Tim Duncan’s post-season focus, and with Duncan turning 34 on Sunday, Ludden spotlights the implications of Duncan’s age: “As much as anyone, Duncan settles into a rhythm in the postseason, which spares him the grind of back-to-back games. He’s at the age where any day off is a good day. Popovich’s decision to hold Duncan out of the season finale afforded him five days to rest before the playoffs. He received another two days before Game 2. ‘I’m feeling a lot better and I’m re-energized,’ Duncan said. That’s why it was imperative for the Spurs to win one of these first two games. The series now shifts to an every-other-day format, which should favor the deeper Mavs. The Spurs can’t ignore that reality, nor do they pretend Duncan is the same force he was seven seasons ago, when he won his second MVP award. Last year’s knee problems spurred him to lose 15 pounds during the summer, and no longer does he command a double team as often as he once did…But this, too, is also true: ‘He’ll never lose his skill set,’ Dirk Nowitzki said. Come Sunday, Duncan will have another birthday to celebrate, another game to play. And if the Spurs’ season needs saving again? Yes, Tim Duncan is both older and wiser. No one should think he is done.
  • As usual, Rick Carlisle kept his cool during the post-game interview.
  • Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas writes that when Kidd isn’t playing well, neither are the Mavericks.

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Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by admin on April 19, 2010 under xOther | Read the First Comment

  • With 36 points on  12-14 shooting (12-12 FT), Dirk Nowitzki enters very select company for scoring efficiency in a playoff game.
  • Gil LeBreton of the Star-Telegram on Popovich’s defensive strategy: “To all who wondered what would happen if, for whatever silly reason, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich chose to defend Dirk Nowitzki one on one, the answer came with near-perfect resonance… “Well, you know, they had scorers last year too.” Popovich explained later. “You pick your poison…” Popovich rolled the dice and it came out 36. Wrong poison.”
  • Spurs guard George Hill was benched after 18 scoreless minutes but claims his ankle feels fine.
  • Popovich calls out his supporting cast: “We’ve got to have a few more people step up and play worth a damn, I thought we had a lot of guys that played like dogs.”
  • Jason Terry plans on losing the protective face mask for good. With just 5 points on 2-9 shooting though, maybe he should put it back on.
  • Mentor Holger Geschwindner on Dirk’s brilliant performance (via Jeff Caplan): “He missed a shot, we’re working on it.”
  • Caron Butler talks playoffs on his blog The Real Juice: “Here I am in the playoffs, I’m two years removed from my last postseason appearance and it feels great to be making another appearance… I’m here in Dallas with an actual title contender… and we are on the road to a championship. First victim… San Antonio.”
  • Jason Kidd expects Tony Parker to start in Game 2.

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