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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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The J. Bright Show – S2: Ep. 5

In this episode of The J. Bright Show, I talk about all things Super Bowl including Halftime and the Commercials, a possible trade for the Mavs, and why Wade Phillips has the best tweets on Twitter. All that and more in this week’s episode of The J. Bright Show.

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– J. Bright

 

 

Dallas Mavericks Adventure 2015

I may just be the most blessed and luckiest person alive.

If you didn’t know, my mother has been an accountant for the Dallas Mavericks for 20+ years. I’ve gotten the hookup my whole life with tickets, discounted merchandise, and Mavs events.

I actually was working in the Mavs merchandise department in 2011 when the Mavericks won the championship. I’ve been to a press conference with the one and only Earl K. Sneed and talked with many of the players. And now I’m interning at 105.3 The Fan.

I’ve had a super blessed life thus far and it’s only becoming more blessed as my Mavericks’ journey continues this Wednesday.

My mom won an office raffle for two tickets to an away game. Even better, we get to ride the team plane with the coaches, players, and media to the game.

I’ll be posting, tweeting, and insta-videoing my whole experience, so stay tuned….

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Twitter: @JBrightSports

See ya in OKC!

Miracle Mavs Do It Again!

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Outside of the great #MavsNation, no one believed the Mavericks would be in the position that they’re in. With only the finale Game 7 remaining, the Mavericks can knock off the best regular season team and defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs.

The Mavericks went out and took Game 6, winning 113-111 tying the series at 3 games a piece. The Spurs gave it their best flop (literally) (http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/post/_/id/4701915/video-spurs-exhibit-the-art-of-the-flop) but in the end the Mavs just made plays while the Spurs were just a little too late with their effort.

The Mavericks got a huge lift in the second half from their budding Superstar Monta Ellis. He scored 22 of his 29 points in the second half and 12 of those in the final five minutes of the game.

The win was extremely impressive against the best finishing team in basketball. The Spurs had only lost one game all year when having the lead in the fourth quarter. This was their second.

Dirk added 22 points as he has come alive offensively in the last two games.

Dejuan Blair had an emotional and vengeful return. He had 10 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 steals against his former team. He played so well that Brandon Wright didn’t log a single minute in this game.

At the beginning of the series we discussed how the bench would be a key part of this series. Last night, the Mavs bench outscored the Spurs bench 37-25. Manu Ginobli the Spurs go to man off the bench was 1-8 and only had 6 points.

Will the Mavs do it? Only one game remains. The epic Game 7. It doesn’t get any better than this in sports in my opinion. Win and move on. Or lose and your season is over.

DO YOU BELIEVE MAVS FANS???? #MFFLSTRONG

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9IVocUaOPY

Game 7 will be Sunday @ 2:30 CT on ABC.

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Quick Mavs Talk: Homework on Hold

My teacher assigned homework due for tomorrow but the homework must wait. It’s Mavs talk time.

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The Mavericks had their chances in the final moments but just couldn’t overcome the Spurs offensive attack losing Game 4. 93-89.

In the waning moments of the game the Mavericks were down just two points. The play was set up for Nowitzki to hand the ball to Ellis on a pick and pop type of play and the Spurs switched Diaw onto Ellis. Ellis then took the ball, spun to his left and tried a left handed layup to tie the game. The ball bounced around the rim and rolled out into Tim Duncan’s hands and the Spurs eventually sealed the win.

The play was a play that the Mavs have run all year at the end of games but why didn’t Nowitzki demand the ball and the shot? In the last two games he’s been more of a decoy than the go-to player and it makes you question whether he’s already passed the torch to his teammates as the clutch man for the Mavs.

Last game it was Carter who received the last shot, this time it was Ellis, with different results.

It’s hard to question Rick Carlisle’s in-game decisions and the play was obviously an option play, but if the Mavs are to win this series, Dirk must be Dirk. He must at least score 20 points. He hasn’t in the first four games and it’s gotten the Mavs a 2-2 tie going back to SA. He scored 19 tonight including a putback to bring the Mavs within one point in the fourth quarter.

Moments before, Boris Diaw drained a wide-open three at the top of the key to put the Spurs up three. The three-pointer was one the Mavs had given Diaw all game but he cashed in when it mattered most.

Dejuan Blair’s untimely ejection in the fourth quarter with about 3 minutes to play after what looked like an accidental kick to Thiago Splitter’s head. The play gave the Spurs the lead and the momentum.

After the game, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaq all agreed it shouldn’t have been an ejection. The play was clearly an accident and if Blair would’ve “acted” like it was more of an accident then he probably wouldn’t have been ejected. The play was one that’s hard to tell the intent of the kick but playoff games should not be decided by the referees. The play should’ve warranted a Technical foul (i guess) and Blair should’ve been allowed to continue play.

Blair ended up with 12 points and 11 rebounds in only 15 minutes of play.

Why Be Optimistic Mavs Fans? 

Dallas has played well on the road. They’re 23-18 this year on the road and have proved they can win in San Antonio. Also Dirk Nowitzki has still yet to get it going and he’s bound to get it going sooner or later. If the Big German can’t find a way to put up more points then the Mavs are done. But in Dirk we trust Mavs Nation. He’s proved time and time again that he can respond to adversity. As a true Mavericks fan, one can expect big things from the big man in Game 5. When the lights are shining brightest is when he comes to play.

Game 5 shall be a great one. Win or lose, the Mavs have proven that they still belong amongst the elite. But winning is all that people will remember. So they must get it done in Game 5.

More on the game coming soon closer to tip-off Wednesday.

Rangers:

Yu Darvish still couldn’t figure out Oakland and the Rangers lost 4-0. The bigger story here is what happened to the hitting? The Ranger bats were dead tonight.

Ok. Now time to complete this homework.

Thanks for reading.