Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 87, New Orleans Hornets 74

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 23, 2012 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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It was an open and shut case as the Mavericks began the game on a 13-2 run and never trailed at any point en route to a 87-74 preseason victory over the New Orleans Hornets. With the win, the Mavericks moved to 3-3 for the preseason. Efficiency was a point of emphasis by coach Rick Carlisle leading up to the game. The Mavericks answered the challenge by recording a preseason-low 10 turnovers (Don’t mind the 36.0 percent shooting from the floor). Their previous low was 13 at F.C. Barcelona Regal on 10/9.

The starting forwards were huge for the Mavericks. Forward Shawn Marion recorded eight points to go along with a preseason-high 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 28 minutes. Jae Crowder extended his double-figure scoring streak to four games with 12 points, four rebounds, a preseason-high four assists, one steal and one block in 30 minutes. Vince Carter continued to be effective off the bench as he tallied 11 points and seven boards off of the Mavericks’ bench. He has now scored in double figures in four straight games and five of the Mavericks’ first six preseason contests.

I could do an adequate job of recapping the game, but I’ll let the guys who coached and or played in the game handle the responsibilities of talking about it. Here is your quoteboard for the game against the Hornets.

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Setting the Table: Atlanta Hawks (Preseason)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 20, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Mavericks will get their first look at Eastern Conference basketball as they head to Atlanta to take on the Hawks. Dallas will have their first game after finding out that Dirk Nowitzki is on the shelf for the foreseeable future after getting his knee scoped on Friday morning. The team will be getting one player back and losing one player as Roddy Beaubois returns after sitting out for two games due to a sore left ankle. Chris Kaman stayed back in Dallas to get treatment for an ailing calf (not the animal, his actual calf muscle).

Here are some notes of interest as the Mavericks get ready to take on the Hawks.

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The Glass is Completely Full

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 19, 2012 under Commentary | Read the First Comment

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Depending on how you assess thing, your glass is either half empty or it’s half full. Dirk Nowitzki (the basketball snuggie) has a gimpy knee and that could really dampen the mood for fans or inside the organization, but that isn’t raining on Mark Cuban’s parade. The man who signs the checks has his glass completely full right now when looking at the potential for his new-look Mavericks squad. “I’m excited. I’m fired up about this team,” Cuban said as he was conducting his customary stairmaster interview prior to Wednesday’s preseason game. “It’s energetic, fun and exciting. It’s a new chapter. I’m ready to go.”

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Rank This (Pt. II)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 12, 2012 under Commentary, Roster Moves | Read the First Comment

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It’s time to move into ranking the top 10 Mavericks in terms of projected importance for the team this coming season. For those that missed the back end of the rotation, here is a quick recap to get you up to speed:

15: Jared Cunningham

14: Bernard James

13. Dominique Jones

12. Dahntay Jones

11. Jae Crowder

All caught up? Good. Let’s move on and rank players 10 to 6 for the Mavericks.

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