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How The Mavs Can Shock The World

I sort of made my bed this past week and now I have to lay in it. I picked the Mavs to beat the Thunder in seven games in the first round of the playoffs and it looks like I might’ve been completely out of my mind after the Mavs got embarrassed on Saturday in the worst playoff loss in franchise history.

The Mavericks hold a special place in my heart. Call me crazy, but every year I feel like they have a chance to do the impossible and win it all.

Coming into the playoffs I wouldn’t have given Dallas a chance against anyone. Especially against any of the top four teams in the West.

But, after that six-game winning streak to secure a playoff spot, I saw something in these Mavericks that I hadn’t seen all year… Heart.

The key component to finding that “heart”… was rookie forward Justin Anderson.

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Justin Anderson aka Simba showed us all why he should be on the floor for long stretches of every game. His tenacity on the boards, his unmatched energy, and his passion for doing the little things is what helped these older guys find their heart.

 

But he was not allowed to do that last game as he didn’t receive any meaningful minutes in that disgusting game until it was too late.

When Chandler Parsons went out with his season-ending injury it was a blessing in disguise for Dallas. This allowed Justin Anderson to get minutes and allowed Dallas to see if they’d found something with their 1st round pick.

Parson’s injury has also allowed there to be more ball movement and better match-ups defensively because Parson’s was a ball-stopper on offense and Anderson is a much better defender. He just seemed to be a better fit for this Dallas team and I thought Rick Carlisle realized that.

But I was wrong.

Last game Dallas rolled out this starting lineup.

PG – D. Williams (Hurt)

G – J.J. Barea (hurt)

F – W. Matthews

F – D. Nowitzki

C – S. Mejri

How did Dallas expect to keep up with two of the top five players in the game today (Westbrook and Durant) with this lineup?

The Mavs zone was picked apart very early on and Oklahoma City won the game pretty much in the first quarter.

How The Mavs Can Shock The World: 

For starters, here’s who should be the starters:

PG – R. Felton

SG – W. Matthews

SF – J. Anderson

PF – D. Nowitzki

C – Z. Pachulia

Deron Williams looks like he’ll be out with a sports hernia so Raymond Felton who has done a great job for the Mavs this year should be the obvious choice to start in his place.

J.J. Barea is out as well so instead of staying small the Mavs should get bigger. Start with Felton on Westbrook but in a couple of minutes put Matthews on Westbrook. Throwing different defenders at him may not stop him but with Westbrook you can only hope to slow him down.

Now on to the matchup of the game:

Justin Anderson vs. Kevin Durant

Obviously Durant is the superior player versus Anderson, but Anderson’s lack of court time is actually an advantage in this situation. He understands that Durant is one of the best players in the league but he’s so young and athletic that he will go all out on the defensive end and solely focus on slowing down Durant and he doesn’t have the mileage on his body to where he would tire out. He could hound Durant up and down the court the entire game. Now I don’t think he will neutralize Durant in any way but he is the Mavericks best bet at keeping Durant out of the paint.

Another big matchup to look out for is:

Zaza Pachulia vs. Enes Kanter

I have Zaza in my starting lineup tonight for the Mavs but I still think he will match-up with Kanter at some point in this game. Look for Dallas to try to keep Oklahoma City out of the paint this game as Dallas was out-rebounded 56-33 last game and they will look to make those numbers not so far apart. If Pachulia and the rest of the Mavs “big-men” can keep Oklahoma City off the glass then Dallas has a chance.

It’s a tough task but if the Mavs can somehow come out here and even up the series 1-1, then this may just be the formula to do it.

Formula Recap:

1.) Play Anderson

2.) Keep Oklahoma City off the glass

3.) Play with some heart.

Tip-off is @ 7:00 p.m. CT on TNT.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

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Rondo returns to Boston

Boston– The Dallas Mavericks take on the Boston Celtics tonight at 6:30 CT. It’s the first time point guard Rajon Rondo will return to Boston since being traded to the Mavericks.

TRADE: Boston sends PG: Rajon Rondo & PF: Dwight Powell to Dallas for C: Brandan Wright, PG: Jameer Nelson, SF: Jae Crowder & two draft picks.

The trade was made out of desperation by the Celtics to get something in return for Rondo who would’ve became a free agent in the offseason and most likely not signed back with the team.

But Boston still might have expected to get more out of the players it got in return for a 4-time all-star.

Here’s a look at some stats of the players involved in the trade, to see just how the trade has turned out for both teams so far.

Brandan Wright: 

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Jameer Nelson: 

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Jae Crowder: 

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Keep in mind the Celtics are 11-18 and are probably not going to make the playoffs. They made this trade for the future.

Here’s Rondo’s stats: 

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It’s clear who were the immediate winners of this trade thus far. But the real test will come tonight when Boston hosts Dallas.

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The NBA is back!

The Dallas Mavericks’ season kicks off tonight @ 7 p.m. CT against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs will be without their emerging star small forward Kawhi Leonard. Leonard has an eye infection.

The Spurs were already without Patty Mills and Thiago Splitter.

The Mavericks come into this game not worried about whose not out on the floor for the Spurs or about last year’s playoff battle.

Carlisle had this to say about his team’s playoff run last season.

“That’s over with,” Carlisle said. “I prefer to focus on the present and the future. We didn’t win, so it was a failure. That’s the way we view it.”

MATCHUP TO WATCH:

There’s no better matchup in Texas sports than Tim Duncan vs. Dirk Nowitzki. Sadly they hardly guard each other to preserve both of their energies for the offensive end. So instead of a one-one matchup lets see how well each team’s zone defensive schemes hold up. Will Tyson Chandler protect the rim and box out the Spurs big men? We shall see.

SHORT BLOG:

We’ll keep it short tonight and be back right after the game for a recap.

PREDICTION TIME:

Mavs win in convincing fashion.

Dallas – 125 – San Antonio – 106

See you after the game!

Dallas Mavericks v. Los Angeles Clippers Preview/Recap

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Firstly I must say congratulations to my Mean Green. North Texas pulled off an impressive victory in style on New Years Day beating the UNLV Running Rebels 36-14. For the sake of time, here is a great recap at the link below.

http://www.newser.com/article/e5f9dab32bb74865865d918457dba957/north-texas-with-derek-thompson-throwing-for-2-tds-beats-unlv-36-14-in-heart-of-dallas-bowl.html

Tonight the Dallas Mavericks (19-13) will be taking on the visiting Los Angeles Clippers (22-12) at 7:30/CT.

The Clippers come into the American Airlines Center for the first time this season but if history has any indication on the outcome it would favor the Mavericks in this battle. The Clippers have lost 11 of the last 12 in Dallas, including a 109-102 overtime loss on March 26 which was the last time these teams faced off.

On the other side of the court the Dallas Mavericks are coming home off of a perfect road-trip going 3-0 and have been quite impressive despite a surprisingly ineffective Dirk Nowitzki. Nowitzki was held under 20 points in each of the three road games and shot a combined 34.8 percent from the field. The below average shooting isn’t totally the big man’s fault as he’s dealing with an ankle injury that he suffered against the Washington Wizards in the previous game. There were reports that the Mavericks may keep him out of this contest but the Big German has said that he will play tonight and it’s probably a safe bet he will be looking to impose his offensive will against a physical Clippers team.

MATCH-UPs TO WATCH:

The biggest match-up to watch for in tonights game will be Jose Calderon v. Chris Paul. Defensively i expect a lot of zone by the Mavericks as Chris Paul’s quickness is no match for the defensively challenged Jose Calderon. Help defense and rim protection will be key if the Mavericks want to keep their winning streak alive.

PREDICTION: 

I will admit to being a homer but I must be objective. With that being said, I still feel the Mavericks will come out on top at home against a Clippers team who might be resting up for a back-to-back road trip. The Clippers will play San Antonio Saturday.

Final Score Prediction –

Dallas 110 – LA 102.

The game will be televised locally on FSSW at 7:30.

OVERREACTION RECAP:

Final Score: LA – 119 : DAL – 112

The Mavericks and Clippers could not stop one another for the entire first half of play. The score going into halftime was 70-67. Things slowed down in the second half and the Clippers started to dominate the paint going inside for 54 points in the paint. Deandre Jordan had his best game of the season scoring 25 points and adding 18 rebounds. He was an absolute force and imposed his will down low time and time again. Blake Griffin also added 25 points and had plenty of slam dunks which he has made a trademark in his game. Dirk ended up with a team-high 24 points snapping his cold spell of 3 games without going over 20 but it wasn’t enough for the Mavericks in the end. Chris Paul left the game with a separated shoulder and is expected to miss about a month of action.

Beyond The Stats:

While at the game I took one thing from what I witnessed. The Mavericks need help inside. Samuel Dalembert was getting bullied around play after play and the Mavericks couldn’t rebound with the big men of the Clippers. Griffin and Jordan combined for 33 rebounds themselves while the Mavs as a team had only 39. Brandon Wright played well in spurts but he just doesn’t have the size to bang with the Jordan’s of the league for the entire game. Also Doc Rivers did a great job of going with the two point guard backcourt offense with Paul and Collison forcing Monta Ellis to have to guard one while Jose Calderon had to guard the other. I went over before the game how i felt Calderon would be a defensive liability against the quickness of the Clippers and I was right on the money with that prediction. The Mavericks would love to get Devin Harris in this lineup as soon as possible when playing against the West’s  faster guards.

The Mavericks will have a chance to redeem themselves at home on Sunday against a New York Knicks team that has struggled thus far this season. Keep a lookout for the next installment of this blog.

Thanks for reading.

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