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: Sacramento Kings (Game 76)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 5, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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It might just be about playing for pride now. With another devastating loss in Denver, the Dallas Mavericks (36-39) continue on their four-game road trip with a matchup against the Sacramento Kings (27-48). Depending on where you look, Dallas has no better than a 3 percent chance to make the playoffs. They would certainly need to win the rest of their remaining schedule to at least have a chance.

The game will mark the second night of a back-to-back for the Mavericks. They are 2-13 in the first half of a back-to-back and 6-8 in the second half of a back-to-back this season. Dallas is 4-5 this season on the second night of a road-road set of back-to-backs.

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

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Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 123, Sacramento Kings 100

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 14, 2013 under Interviews | Be the First to Comment

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It turned out to be a historic night as the Dallas Mavericks recorded a 123-100 victory over the Sacramento Kings. Vince Carter made a season-high six 3-pointers against the Kings on Wednesday (he shot 6-of-9 from long range). His previous high triple total this season was five on two occasions. Carter’s fourth trey of the game at the 1:08 mark of the third quarter was the 1,600th 3-pointer of his career. He became the 11th player in NBA history with at least 1,600 career triples. His fifth trey at the 27.9-second mark of the third was his 100th three of the season.

With his sixth triple at the 2.9-second mark of the third quarter, he passed Larry Bird (21,791) for 29th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The 3-point basket gave him 21,794 points for his career. Carter went 3-for-3 from deep to the end the third quarter and scored Dallas’ final nine points of the period. Carter scored 26 points against Sacramento and now has 21,796 career points. Gary Payton ranks 28th all-time with 21,813 career points.

Carter went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc en route to 26 points in 23 minutes. It was his sixth 20-point effort of the season (4-2 record). It was also his third game with 25-plus points and his ninth game with four-plus 3-pointers this season. Carter exploded in the third quarter as he scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting (5-of-9 from long range) in only 6:33 of action.

Some notes before the quotes:

- With an offensive rebound at the 10:51 mark of the second quarter, Dirk Nowitzki passed Mark Aguirre (1,259) for second place on the Mavericks’ all-time offensive rebounding list. James Donaldson is Dallas’ all-time leader with 1,296 offensive boards.

- The Mavericks recorded their 18th consecutive win against the Kings in Dallas. It’s the Mavericks’ longest ever home winning streak against one opponent.

- Darren Collison record 12 points and seven assists in 18 first-half minutes. His first assist of the second half (eighth of the game) was the 1,400th assist of his career. Collison finished with 18 points, four rebounds and nine assists in 29 minutes.

Here is the quoteboard for Dallas’ victory over Sacramento.

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Setting the Table: Sacramento Kings (Game 52)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on February 13, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (22-29) must get back on the horse and continue their climb up the mountain as they take on the Sacramento Kings (19-34). The game will be the final game for both teams before the All-Star break. It will be the fourth game of a five-game homestand for Dallas. Sacramento is coming in on the second night of a back-to-back as they suffered a 108-101 loss in Memphis to the Grizzlies.

It will be interesting to see how Dallas comes out to start this game. They suffered a crippling loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their previous game. Dirk Nowitzki called it as frustrating of a loss as you can possibly get in the league. The team knew that they needed to dominate this homestand in their quest to sneak into the playoffs. Another late-game struggle led to the loss and the team must find a way to bounce back and end the “first half” of the season on a good note. If they don’t, look out.

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

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Setting the Table: Sacramento Kings (Game 37)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 10, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (13-23) complete their brutal 16 of 23 stretch of road games as they take on the Sacramento Kings (13-22). Dallas is 3-12 in those previous 15 road games and 6-26 overall on the road this season. The Kings are actually playing well at home as they have won four of their last five home games. In three of the four games, the Kings shot 50 percent or better from the field and 80 percent or better from the free throw line. Sacramento recorded more assists than their opponents in each of the four games, dishing out 25 or more assists in each contest. The Kings had leads of 15 or more points in each game. DeMarcus Cousins averaged 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, and 2.0 steals in three home games (he did not see action in the December 23 game vs. Portland).

Dallas has lost 13 of their last 15 games. It’s time to turn things around before things take a major, major turn for the worse, which is possible.

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

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Kitten Cousins

Posted by Shay Christian Vance on January 4, 2013 under Commentary | 2 Comments to Read

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Kittens and basketball players don’t have a lot in common. I don’t even think I should have to go into that any further. But at some point in my brain I can become so obsessed with an idea that i start to see it everywhere.

Looking back to 2007, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that I had become obsessed with Zach Randolph. All the rumors said that the Blazers were planning to move Randolph in a draft-day deal, and I was completely on-board with the notion. The Mavericks weren’t much removed from their loss in the NBA Finals to Miami, and Randolph had just gotten snubbed the year before from an All-Star game appearance despite averaging 20-10 for the season. A friend was acting as caretaker for the kitten of a co-worker and I couldn’t help but call the little orange feline Zach Randolph all week long leading up to the draft. When draft day came, it was the New York Knicks who ended up with Randolph. With only a blue collar added on, kitten Zach Randolph was Knicks uniform appropriate. It made sense, and was probably about as sound a reasoning as Isaiah Thomas used in some of his other decisions as General Manager.

I’m not planning on naming any animals after DeMarcus Cousins, even though the mercurial Sacramento Kings center has been the topic of much Randolphesque trade discussion after numerous on the court and off the court indiscretions. Cousins also recently switched agents to Dan Fegan, who brought the Dallas Mavericks such hits as the Lamar Odom trade (though Fegan also represented Jason Terry, J.J. Barea and Shawn Marion on the Mavs’ championship squad), in a move that many believe it a precursor to his exit from Sacramento. ESPN.com’s Kevin Pelton examined the Mavericks as one of the potential suitors in a Cousins trade (as an extension of the reported notion that Dallas is among Cousins’ preferred destinations) and lays out a potential deal with the Mavericks parting ways with Collison, Beaubois, and Wright in return for Sacramento’s best player.

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Setting the Table: Sacramento Kings (Game 21)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 10, 2012 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (10-10) are looking for a three game winning streak for the second time this season as they take on the Sacramento Kings (7-12) at the American Airlines Center on Monday night. Despite their record, the Kings are currently on their own three game winning as they’ve defeated Toronto, Orlando and Portland. The last game against Portland was on the road and that game the Kings’ first road victory of the season. The Mavericks are looking to get back above .500 and build some momentum as they head back out on the road for the remainder of the week.

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

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