Radio Gold

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on May 29, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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After making an appearance on KESN-FM over the weekend, Mavs owner Mark Cuban once again took to the airwaves as he appeared on KRLD-FM on Tuesday afternoon. If you missed his initial appearance over the week, you can listen to it here. In his latest radio appearance (which can be heard here), Cuban further explained the team’s two-year plan, more of a behind-the-curtain look at their sales pitch to prospective free agents, what the heck is going to happen to Roddy Beaubois, and how this summer is different than last summer.

There was plenty of gold in Cuban’s comments. When there’s plenty of gold, there is only one way to tackle it.

Here is the quoteboard for Cuban’s appearance on the Ben and Skin show.

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Breaking It Down Like a Fraction

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 30, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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Dollars and sense. When it comes down to it, that’s what it is all about.

There is a lot of work ahead for the Mavs as they look to make the 2012-13 season an aberration and not the new norm in the new CBA world. It is a new world for the Mavs, and everyone else in the league, as everyone continues to adapt to what the implications are with the new CBA. I think Donnie Nelson hit the nail on the head when he discussed it during his exit interview. “It’s not like the good old days where there’s all kind of financial freedom where you can sign checks into the wind,” Nelson said.

It is a big summer, and the Mavs will have to trust their instincts based on all they work they do and they are currently doing.

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The Rundown, Volume XVIII

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 18, 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.

The end might be near for the Mavs as another back-breaking loss finished their week. Dallas is now four games back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the 8th spot in the Western Conference with only 16 games left. It might take a miracle for the Mavs to make it 13 consecutive playoff appearances. Let’s take a look at the week for that was for Dallas.

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Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 86

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 16, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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The Roddy Beaubois saga continues. Beaubois tallied a team-high 18 points (6-10 FGs, 3-5 3FGs, 3-4 FTs) to go along with three rebounds and a team-high-tying five assists in 22 minutes off the bench against Cleveland on Friday. He led Dallas in scoring for the second time this season (19 points vs. San Antonio on Jan. 25). It was his third double-figure scoring effort of the season. Beaubois, who recorded seven points and three assists in 15 minutes at Milwaukee on Mar. 12, is averaging 12.5 points and 4.0 assists over his last two games. Roddy showed aggression on both ends of the floor in easily his best game of the year.

Dirk Nowitzki notched his third straight double-double (fifth of the season, 374thcareer) with 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 33 minutes against Cleveland. It was his third straight game with 11 boards. Nowitzki is now tied with Jason Kidd (954) for second place on the Mavericks’ all-time steals list. Nowitzki is averaging 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds since the All-Star break.

Once again starting for the injured Shawn Marion, Jae Crowder scored only two points, but he pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds in the victory.

Some notes before the quotes:

- With his second rebound of the game (8,975th career) at the 9:20 mark of the first quarter, Dirk Nowitzki passed Larry Bird (8,974) for 46th place on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list. Nowitzki finished with 11 rebounds on the night and now has 8,984 boards for his career. Johnny Green ranks 45th all-time with 9,083 rebounds. Nowitzki needs 17 rebounds to become the 46th player in NBA history with at least 9,000 boards.

- Vince Carter made his 8,000th career field goal with a 3-pointer at the 1:33 mark of the fourth quarter. He became the 33rd player in NBA history with at least 8,000 career field goals. Carter ranks sixth among active players in field goals made.

- In his first home game off a 10-day contract, Chris Wright made his NBA regular-season debut in the fourth quarter and scored two points in one minute.

Here is the quoteboard for the Dallas victory over Cleveland.

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Quoteboard: San Antonio Spurs 113, Dallas Mavericks 107

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 26, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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San Antonio hit the ground running and never looked back as they had a convincing 113-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs are now on a seven-game winning streak. Spurs big man DeJuan Blair went 8-of-9 from the field in the opening half and led all scorers with 17 points in 11 first-half minutes. Blair finished with a season-high 22 points on the night. His previous high was 19 vs. Denver on Nov. 17, 2012. Tony Parker had a game-high 23 points and a game-high 10 assists.

Roddy Beaubois tallied a season-high 19 points to go along with three rebounds, two assists and a block in 16 minutes off the bench against the Spurs on Friday. His previous high was 11 points in season-opener at the L.A. Lakers Oct. 30. It was his highest scoring game since Mar. 13, 2012 vs. Washington (19 points). As ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon noted during the game, the 19 points Roddy had against the Spurs was more than he did during the month of December (15). Before the game against the Spurs, the last time Roddy was the outright leading scorer for Dallas was March 2, 2012 on the road against New Orleans. He had 25 in the loss to the Hornets.

Elton Brand started at center in place of Chris Kaman. It was his 14th start of the season, 844th career, but his first since Dec. 6, 2012 at Phoenix. It was also just his second start at the center position. The Mavericks used their 16th different starting lineup of the season in their 43rd game of the year. Brand totaled eight points to go along with a season-high-tying 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. He grabbed 13 boards for the second time in his last three games, 13 vs. Oklahoma City on Jan. 18. He also pulled down 10-plus boards for the third time in his last four games, seventh time this season. Brand failed to score in double figures for the first time in his last six games. He is averaging 12.2 points and 9.5 rebounds over the last six games.

Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the Spurs.

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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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Bloom and Doom

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 26, 2012 under Commentary | Read the First Comment

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In an effort to keep the discussion going, I sought out ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon for his opinion on pressing issues for the Dallas Mavericks. You can view MacMahon’s coverage of the Mavericks at ESPNDallas.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @espn_macmahon. Periodically, we are going to touch base and discuss topics with our own unique point of view.

MacMahon likes to call it like he sees it. That perspective can hover on the other end of the spectrum from my optimistic viewpoint on things. You could say it’s a classic case of good cop, bad cop. Our different perspectives should make for an interesting conversation on hot topics revolving around the Mavericks. Here is the first batch of bloom and doom.

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Thermodynamics: Week 6

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 6, 2012 under Commentary, Recaps | 2 Comments to Read

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Thermodynamics (n.) – the science concerned with the relations between heat and mechanical energy

Don’t adjust your interwebs, I’m temporarily filling in for Travis Wimberly with the weekly Thermodynamics. He’ll be back in the mix next week.

It proved to be a light week for the Mavericks as they popped back into town for a game against the lowly Detroit Pistons, then went out on the road to take on the Los Angeles Clippers. That being said, the Mavericks are not immune to having hot and cold moments (maybe more on one side than the other). There’s never a dull moment for the Mavericks, so let’s dig in and see what is and isn’t working under the hood for the Mavericks.

Week 6 (Pistons, @Clippers)

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Point Guard Help Wanted

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 29, 2012 under Commentary, Roster Moves | 6 Comments to Read

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As a last minute scratch, Darren Collison missed the game against the Chicago Bulls due to a sprained right middle finger. That led to Dominique Jones getting his second consecutive start at the point guard position. It is safe to say that the point guard situation has gotten desperate for the Mavericks. It’s gotten to the point where Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle announced shortly after the loss to the Bulls that Derek Fisher would be joining the team. The news was made official on Thursday afternoon. ESPN.com’s Brian Windhorst was the first to report that Derek Fisher would likely make a decision on his new team by Thursday.

“I think (Fisher) can really help our situation with experience, defensively and really all areas of the game,” Carlisle told reporters after the loss to Chicago. “Right now, the point guard position is a challenge for us and I think Derek can help us.” To make room for Fisher on the roster, the Mavericks released Troy Murphy. Fisher (6-1, 210) is a five-time NBA World Champion and has played in 1,173 games (722 starts) with the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State, Utah and Oklahoma City. At age 38, he holds career averages of 8.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 26.2 minutes per game. Fisher was originally the 24th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and went on to win five World Championships in Los Angeles (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010). He also served as President of the NBA Players Association from 2006-2012.

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Say Hello to the New Guy

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on November 3, 2012 under News | Be the First to Comment

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Troy Murphy arrived in Dallas and participated in the team’s morning shootaround as they prepared for their home opener against the Charlotte Bobcats. Murphy took the place of Eddy Curry on the 15-man roster. Curry was waived after playing in the first two regular season games for Dallas. Curry averaged 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 12.5 minutes.

After coming into town last week for workouts and participating in the team’s shootaround, coach Rick Carlisle has liked what he’s seen out of his former player. “He looks good. He’s got an idea of what we’re doing,” Carlisle said of Murphy. “It’ll take him a while to get in great shape, but he’s always in good shape. He’ll get ready to play really quick.” Murphy is a familiar player to Carlisle and assistant coach Jim O’Brien and that went a long way in bringing him on board with the Mavericks. “That’s the reason we got him,” Carlisle said. “He’s familiar with what we’re doing. He can rebound and he can shoot the ball. Those are things that are valuable things for us.”

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