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: Portland Trail Blazers (Game 77)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 7, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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After Sunday, there’s only 10 days left in the regular season. The Dallas Mavericks (37-39) are looking to get a split out of their four-game road trip as it concludes against the Portland Trail Blazers (33-43). Portland is no longer in the playoff picture. A seven-game losing streak, which they’re currently in the midst of, will do that to a team.

With Dallas essentially three games back of the eight spot with six games to go, their collective backs are right up against the wall. In an injury update, Elton Brand will be a game-time decision due to his sore right calf.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers.

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Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 105, Portland Trail Blazers 99

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 7, 2013 under Interviews | 2 Comments to Read

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The Dallas Mavericks started their do-or-die homestand with a solid 105-99 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. In his return to the team after sitting out one game due to illness, Vince Carter hit a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left in the third quarter sparked an 18-4 run by the Mavericks that saw them turn a five-point deficit (82-77) into a nine-point advantage (95-86) with 4:41 to go in the game. He tallied 17 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Carter scored 17-plus points for the fifth time in his last eight games.

With the win, coach Rick Carlisle recorded his 500th career win against the Blazers on Wednesday. He improved to 500-353, .586, all-time in the regular season. He became the 28th coach in NBA history to reach the milestone. He is in his fifth season with Dallas and is now 219-142 (.607) all-time with the club. Carlisle, who recorded his 500th victory in his 853rd game, became the 11th-fastest coach in NBA history to reach 500 wins. He also became the 16th coach with 500 wins and an NBA title.

Quick notes before the quotes:

- Dallas handed Portland just its second loss of the season when leading after three (Portland moved to 17-2 when leading going into the fourth quarter). Dallas improved to 4-22 this season in games they trailed at the end of the third quarter.

- Dallas moved to 9-23 in games where they fell behind by at least 10 points.

- Dallas held Portland to 38 points in the second half after giving up 61 in the first half. They also held Damian Lillard to only four points in the second half after he went off for 15 points in the first half.

- The Mavericks outshot the Blazers 6-of-10 (.600) to 1-of-14 (.071) from beyond the arc in the second half. Portland shot 9-of-16 (.563) from deep in the first half, while Dallas went 4-of-10 (.400) from beyond the arc before intermission.

- O.J. Mayo totaled 20-plus points for the third time in his last four games (20th time this season). Dallas is now 13-7 this season when he scores at least 20 points. He led the Mavericks in scoring for the 23rd time this year.

- Shawn Marion recorded his 11th double-double of the season (415th career) and his third in his last four games with 13 points and a game-high-tying 10 rebounds in 31 minutes.

- Dirk is working on a beard (explanation is coming later). #GoatfaceDrillah

Here is the quoteboard for the Dallas victory over Portland.

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Setting the Table: Portland Trail Blazers (Game 49)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 6, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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For the second time within nine days, the Dallas Mavericks (20-28) will square off with the Portland Trail Blazers (25-23). Dallas will now start a five-game homestand, with four of them taking them into the All-Star break. With a lengthy homestand and the team’s playoff chances on life support (some formulas suggest Dallas has only a five percent chance of making the playoffs), this could be considered a last stand for the Mavs.

If that is the case, it certainly helps that it appears that they will have the services of Vince Carter. According to reports, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle says he believes Carter (sickness) will play against Portland. The news isn’t all good as they will still be without Chris Kaman as he’s still dealing with a concussion.

The game also presents another chance for Rick Carlisle to record his 500th victory as a head coach.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers.

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Setting the Table: Portland Trail Blazers (Game 45)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 29, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (19-25) start a four-game road trip off against the Portland Trail Blazers (22-22). Like Dallas, Portland is currently on the outside of the playoff picture, so Dallas needs to find a way to grit out a tough win on the road so they can continue to make up some ground as they make a push for the 8th spot in the Western Conference. It would certainly help if the Mavericks take advantage of their bench. Dallas owns the third-highest scoring bench in the NBA this year at 40.4 points per game, while Portland owns the lowest scoring bench at 16.5 points per game.

The Mavericks might be short-handed as Chris Kaman is dealing with a minor injury. According to reports out of Portland, Kaman missed shootaround after bumping his head in practice yest. He’s being reevaluated and is considered a game-time decision for the game against Portland.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Trail Blazers.

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Setting the Table: Portland Trail Blazers (Game 4)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 5, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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O.J. Mayo, who turned 25 on Monday, and Darren Collison will be half of the exciting duel between the starting guards as the Mavericks host the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland will start Wesley Matthews and early candidate for Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard. The four guards represent a nice peak into the future as all of them are 26 or younger and have tons of potential.

Roddy Beaubois, injured with a sprained left ankle, will once again be a gametime decision for Monday’s game against the Trail Blazers.

Here are some notes for the matchup against Portland.

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