Setting the Table: San Antonio Spurs (Game 64)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 14, 2013 under Previews | 2 Comments to Read


The Dallas Mavericks (30-33) are on a four-game winning streak and face their toughest test as they finish their four-game road trip against the San Antonio Spurs (49-16). In addition to the four-game winning streak, Dallas has won five of their last six games (Dallas is 5-1 in the month of March). The four consecutive wins matches Dallas’ high win streak for the season (also won 4 straight at Sacramento on Jan. 10 through their game against Houston on Jan. 16). Dallas is three games below .500, the closest they’ve been to .500 since Dec. 21 when they were 12-15.

With the victory at Milwaukee, the Mavericks improved to 3-0 on their four-game road trip. Dallas won three consecutive road games for the first time since last season (Feb. 8 through Feb. 17). The Mavericks have not won four straight on the road since the 2010-11 season (Mar. 16 through Mar. 30 of 2011).

The Mavericks will have to go for their fourth straight road win without the services of Shawn Marion. Rick Carlisle told reporters that Marion will once again sit out due to his left calf contusion. He has missed the team’s past three games due to the injury. As for the Spurs, San Antonio will be without the services of Tony Parker as he continues to recover from a grade 2 ankle sprain. With coach Gregg Popovich in control, it’s impossible to predict if any other Spurs will miss the game in part to being given the night off. It’s safe for the Mavericks to assume everyone else other than Parker will be ready to go.

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

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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


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’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: San Antonio Spurs (Game 43)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on January 25, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment


The Dallas Mavericks (18-24) are well-rested and out for revenge as they take on the San Antonio Spurs (34-11). Dallas has been off since Jan. 20 when they defeated the Orlando Magic in Orlando. They are looking to avenge the two previous losses they’ve suffered at the hands of the Spurs this season. San Antonio is riding the league’s longest current winning streak at six games after defeating New Orleans 106-102. Dallas has won five of its last six games. The Mavericks have scored 100-plus points in each of their last six games and are averaging 110.7 points per game in that span.

The Spurs will be without the services of All-Star Tim Duncan and head coach Gregg Popovich. Popovich is ill and assistant Mike Budenholzer is filling in for him. Duncan is bothered by a sore left knee. The Mavericks have to be on alert as the Spurs have been known to beat them when they are short-handed.

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

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Quoteboard: San Antonio Spurs 111, Dallas Mavericks 86

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 31, 2012 under Interviews | Read the First Comment


The Dallas Mavericks are now in the midst of a full-on funk as they are on a six-game losing streak after suffering a 111-86 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio began the game on a 14-2 run and never trailed at any point. While the game was much more competitive as opposed to the game a week ago, the Mavericks just couldn’t sustain enough energy and effort to withstand the Spurs.

In his fourth game back, Dirk Nowitzki had another rough outing as he had eight points while shooting 3-of-9 from the field. He simply hasn’t looked like the same Dirk everyone knows and loves as he has made 11-of-34 shots (32 percent) since his return. He is averaging 7.5 points a game. His situation, trying to get back into basketball shape, definitely makes the challenge that much more difficult for the Mavericks as they try to find their way.

Elton Brand recorded his third double-double of the season (399thcareer) with 14 points and a game-high-tying 10 rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. He scored in double figures for the sixth time this season and grabbed 10-plus boards for the fourth time this year. Darren Collison recorded a team-high 18 points to go along with five rebounds and a team-high eight assists in 33 minutes. He’s averaging 18.8 points per game over his last four games and has led the team in scoring in three of Dallas’ last four contests.

Here is the quoteboard for the loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

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Setting the Table: San Antonio Spurs (Game 31)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 30, 2012 under Previews | Read the First Comment


The Dallas Mavericks (12-18) are looking to get back on the winning track as they take on the San Antonio Spurs (23-8). The Mavericks are currently on a five-game losing streak. There have only been two occasions in the Mark Cuban era where Dallas has lost at least six games. They lost six games from Feb 29, 2000 through Mar. 9, 2000 in his inaugural season, and from Jan. 6, 2011 thru Jan. 17, 2011 in the year the team won their first NBA championship.

The Mavericks only need to look back at the last game against the Spurs for motivation for this game.

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

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The Difference: Dallas Mavericks 91, San Antonio Spurs 129

Posted by Connor Huchton on December 24, 2012 under Recaps | 2 Comments to Read


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You know the drill. The Difference is a reflection on the game that was, with one bullet for every point in the final margin.

  • Positive: The greatest player in Mavericks’ history returned from injury on Friday night, and performed well in a brief stint.
  • Negative: The Mavericks lost by 38 points, a fantastic, awful deficit that ran its course by the apex of the third quarter.
  • I don’t know how many teams in NBA history have made 20 of 30 threes and lost, but I doubt it’s many.
  • The Spurs will not hold that distinction, as they proved victorious by a mere margin of 38 points.
  • Speaking of distinction, the Spurs actually set their franchise record for three-pointers made.
  • At least the Mavericks are helping make history.
  • Chris Douglas-Roberts (three points) deserves a special mention for the following:
  • A) Making his debut as a Maverick
  • B) Miraculously achieving the team’s only positive plus-minus. The Mavericks were one point better than the Spurs in his ten minutes of play.
  • So how did Dirk Nowitzki (eight points, 3-4 FG, six rebounds) perform in his 20-minute return? Quite well, I’d say.
  • The one-legged fadeaway was back and working well for Mr. Nowitzki, and the pick-and-roll action returned with impressive rhythm.
  • Assimilating Dirk into the offense is a far smaller problem than what especially plagued the Mavericks tonight.
  • That plague would be perimeter defending, and more generally, defending as a whole.
  • Part of that issue stems from a night of rare three-point shooting form from the Spurs.
  • But it can also be attributed to their copious open opportunities.
  • O.J. Mayo (3-8 FG, seven points, six assists) continued his streak of sub-20 point, inefficient scoring performances.
  • Beyond this game, that’s something the Mavericks desperately hope improves. The Mavericks aren’t going to win many games with him playing at a subpar level.
  • The Mavericks “bench”, which is always in flux and tonight included Dirk Nowitzki, actually performed quite well offensively.
  • They made 21 of 39 field goals and scored 58 of the Mavericks’ 91 points.
  • It’s almost anomalous how dominant the Spurs were tonight: they outdid the Mavericks in every single statistical category.
  • That includes everything, from free throws to steals to blocks to fouls.
  • The only Maverick who played particularly well was Darren Collison (15 points, 6-9 FG) in 25 minutes off the bench.
  • Of course, the blame for the Mavericks’ perimeter defending troubles can also partially be attributed to him.
  • Collison actually played five more minutes than surprise starter Dominique Jones (1-7 FG, five points, four assists), who struggled significantly in 20 minutes.
  • Every active Spurs’ player received at least nine minutes of playing time.
  • I almost expected David Robinson to mysteriously return and put up a double-double.
  • Danny Green (9-10 FG, 7-8 3PT, 25 points) shone most notably from beyond the arc in only 23 minutes.
  • 25 points in 23 minutes on 10 field goal attempts is about as efficient as the game of basketball can be played.
  • Well done, Danny Green.
  • Elton Brand (1-4 FG, two points) returned from an injury absence for a less-than-stellar 14 minutes.
  • Brand comes to mind as part of a possible solution to the Mavericks’ defensive woes, but his position makes that difficult.
  • What pairing is best with Brand? Dirk? Kaman? The answer isn’t clear, and thus he may continue to play sparsely.
  • Positive: No Maverick played more than Mayo’s 28 minutes, so exhaustion shouldn’t be an issue.
  • Negative: The Mavericks don’t play until Thursday, so it likely wouldn’t have been anyway.
  • One encouraging aspect of the Mavericks’ loss is that the Spurs scored only two more points in the paint than the Mavericks, so the defense wasn’t completely broken down in every facet.
  • But the Spurs’ style isn’t built to overwhelm in the paint – it creates accessible three point opportunities first and foremost.
  • The Spurs seized nearly every one of those opportunities on Friday night.
  • A closing thought: In order to defeat the league’s best teams, the Mavericks can’t stray from what they’ve done all season – scoring easy baskets in transition. For a game as fast paced as this one, more than 16 fast break points were needed to entertain a possible win.

Setting the Table: San Antonio Spurs (Game 28)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 23, 2012 under Previews | Read the First Comment


The classic rivalry continues as the Dallas Mavericks (12-15) challenge the San Antonio Spurs (20-8) in San Antonio. History has shown that these two teams usually find a way to make the in-state matchup one to remember, no matter what is going on between the two teams. The Mavericks will have to adjust at the point guard position with Derek Fisher being granted his release from the team on Saturday.

After dealing with injury issues to Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Jackson and Manu Ginobili, it appears the Spurs will go into the game with a full compliment of healthy players. According to reports, Brandan Wright (right ankle) and Elton Brand (groin) participated somewhat in shootaround. Their status are still in up in the air in regards to participating in the game against the Spurs. The Mavericks announced that they have signed free agent guard/forward Chris Douglas-Roberts. He is the fifth player this season that has been called up from the D-League.

Douglas-Roberts (6-7, 210) has played in 11 games (all starts) for the Mavericks’ D-League affiliate Texas Legends this season, and has averaged a league-high 22.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 38.5 minutes per game. In those 11 contests, he has shot 49.4 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from 3-point range and 90.4 percent  from the line. The 6-7 guard/forward spent the 2012 training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he averaged 4.0 points and 8.3 minutes in four games. He played for Virtus Bologna of the Italian League in 2011-12. Douglas-Roberts has joined the Mavericks in San Antonio, but it is still unknown in regards to whether or not he will make his debut against the Spurs.

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

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