Supply and Demand

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on May 13, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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It’s never too early to discuss free agency. Well, yeah, it is too early, but the Mavs actually don’t have anything on the agenda in terms of participation in games that actually count. With that in mind, we’ve gotten our first bit of information in terms of free agent news. It’s not really a shocker.

ESPN 1500 in Minnesota reported late last week that it has “heard from multiple angles” that the Minnesota Timberwolves might target free-agent guard O.J. Mayo. When talking about Minnesota it’s important to remember that they’re under new management now. President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders took over as David Kahn was fired.

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The Race is On

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on April 1, 2013 under News | Read the First Comment

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After playing in the friendly confines of the American Airlines Center for the last six games, the Dallas Mavericks embark on a do or die road trip that will have them going to play the Lakers, Nuggets, Kings and Trail Blazers. Dallas is one-and-a-half games back of the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Lakers from the 8th spot in the West. The Lakers have the same record as the Jazz, but the Jazz have the tiebreaker over the Lakers so they currently hold the final spot. “There’s no need to overstate the obvious,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said before the team departed to Los Angeles. “We need to win every game we can game. This is a challenge you have to look forward to.”

Dallas is once again one game away from reaching .500. They’re in the thick – as thick as Dirk’s beard – of the race for the 8th seed and trying to become only third team since 1989 (Both the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers in 1997) to make playoffs after being 10 games or more under .500. “We’re trying to be the greatest comeback since Lazarus,” Carlisle said. “Really, that’s what we’re trying to do.” At the end of the nine games, they’ll see where they stand. The first game will be against the Los Angeles Lakers. Before the season, if you told people that the Mavs would be in a chase with the Lakers for a seed, many would think it would be for the 2nd or 3rd seed in the conference. Unfortunately for both, they’re both scratching and clawing just to get in.

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Quoteboard: Dallas Mavericks 113, Utah Jazz 108

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 25, 2013 under Interviews | Read the First Comment

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With a 113, 108 victory over the Utah Jazz, the Dallas Mavericks moved to two games below .500 for the first time since Dec. 20. The victory now has Dallas is now tied with Utah for 9th in the west, two games back of LA for the 8th spot in the West with 12 games to go. Mike James tallied a season-high (game-high) 19 points to go along with three rebounds and a team-high-tying five assists in 32 minutes against the Jazz on Sunday (previous high: 14 points vs. Oklahoma City Mar. 17). It was his highest scoring game since Feb. 20, 2009 at New Jersey (19 points), as a member of the Washington Wizards. He scored in double figures for the seventh time in his last 12 games (ninth time this season). James is averaging 12.2 points and 5.0 assists over his last five games. By going 3-of-4 from 3-point range, James has shot 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from deep over his last five contests. He has made at least one 3-pointer in each of his last 13 games and is shooting 48.3 percent (29-of-60) from beyond the arc in that span.

Dirk Nowitzki led Dallas with 11 points and five rebounds in the opening half. He finished with 17 points and six rebounds on the night. He did all of his damage in just over 26 minutes of action. He rested the entire fourth quarter.

Some notes before the quotes:

- The Mavericks had seven players in double figures in the victory over the Jazz on Sunday: Mike James (19), Dirk Nowitzki (17), Shawn Marion (15), Vince Carter (15), Darren Collison (13), O.J. Mayo (10) and Elton Brand (10). It marked the fourth time this season that Dallas had seven players in double digits (also Dec. 12 at Boston, Jan. 20 at Orlando and Mar. 8 at Detroit). The Mavericks did not have one game with seven players in double digits all of last season.

- After a scheduled game off, Elton Brand went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field and managed 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes. He scored all 10 of his points in the first half. Brand’s second block at the 4:32 mark of the fourth quarter was the 1,700th block of his career. He became the 24th player in NBA history with at least 1,700 rejections.

- Dallas shot 54.3 percent (38-of-70) from the field in the win over the Jazz on Sunday. The Mavericks improved to 17-3 this season when they shoot at least 50 percent from the floor.

Here is the quoteboard for Dallas’ much-needed victory over Utah.

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Setting the Table: Utah Jazz (Game 70)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on March 24, 2013 under Previews | Be the First to Comment

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The collective backs of the Dallas Mavericks (33-36) are still up against the wall, but they’re still fighting and still having hope. They have a chance to make up even more ground as they take on the Utah Jazz (34-35). With the win over Boston, it marked the third time this month Dallas has been three games below .500. They’ve yet to get the number down to two  in their previous attempts.

With the opportunity to make up a game against one of the teams their chasing for the 8th spot in the West on the line, Dallas must let it all hang out against Utah. The Jazz are also fighting for their playoff lives and looking to avoid a first. They are in danger of dropping nine straight outside Salt Lake City for the first time since a 17-game skid spanning Nov. 21, 1981-Feb. 6, 1982.

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

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Setting the Table: Utah Jazz (Game 35)

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

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With the brutal overtime loss to the New Orleans Hornets, the Dallas Mavericks (13-21) will play the Utah Jazz (17-18) in a game that they absolutely have to get. Dallas has suffered losses to some of the worst teams of the league and that has caused the Mavericks continue to fall further and further behind the pack in the race for the eight seed in the Western Conference. With them falling behind more and more, the games become even more important. The margin for error is starting to become razor thin. Dirk Nowitzki is fully back as he returned to the starting lineup against the Hornets, so the Mavericks have to find their groove with their full cast of characters are do it in a hurry.

The game won’t be easy against the Jazz as Utah has always been a hostile environment for the Mavericks. In addition, the brutal front line combination of Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter will make it a physical battle for the Mavericks.

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

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Setting the Table: Utah Jazz (Game 2)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on October 31, 2012 under Previews | Read the First Comment

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The Mavericks are on pace to go 82-0 this season! After a gutsy victory in Los Angeles against the Lakers, Dallas (1-0) heads to Utah (0-0) for the second night of a back-to-back. It’s Halloween night and that’s quite alright for Dallas. They are 8-1 all-time on Halloween night, best win percentage of any team. Their only loss was in 1980 at Utah, lost 144-122. Dallas will look to improve to 2-0 on the year with a win at Utah. The Mavericks haven’t started the season 2-0 since 2004-05 when they won their first four games of the year. Dallas started 0-3 in 2011-12.

The last time Dallas began a season by playing its first two games on the road was in 2007-08 and the Mavericks went 1-1 in those games, won at Cleveland on 10/31/07 and lost at Atlanta on 11/2/07. The Mavericks haven’t started 2-0 on the road, with each of their first two games of the season being away from home, since 1997-98 when they won back-to-back road games at Vancouver, 90-88, on 10/31/97 and at Seattle, 89-81, on 11/1/97.

Don’t forget, Dirk Nowitzki thinks Utah is a bad city. Here are some notes for the matchup against the Jazz.

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