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Dirk Nowitzki praised Hassan Whiteside's ability after their win over the Heat on Friday.
Jan 28, 2015
Dirk Nowitzki hit just 4-of-11 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Rockets.
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Dirk Nowitzki praises Hassan Whiteside - Hassan Whiteside (C) Miami Heat

Dirk Nowitzki praised Hassan Whiteside's ability after their win over the Heat on Friday.

4 in the morning: Ellis and the 3-point shooting saved day after Rondo injury

Our four game-night thoughts about the Mavericks’ 108-93 victory over Orlando in a game that capped a 2-1 road trip and in which Monta Ellis and Tyson Chandler were huge. Ouch: When Dirk Nowitzki was watching the replay of Rajon …
Rotoworld Jan 28, 2015

Dirk Nowitzki scores 14 in loss to Houston - Dirk Nowitzki (F) Dallas Mavericks

Dirk Nowitzki hit just 4-of-11 shots for 14 points, five rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in Wednesday's loss to the Rockets.
Mavs Moneyball Jan 28, 2015

Chandler Parsons' role keeps changing in Dallas, and it shows

Even though his overall numbers are good, the perception is that Parsons has struggled -- but that's not entirely true. Early on in the season, Rick Carlisle said this about Parsons: "By the time All-Star break rolls around, people are going to look at him and say this is one of the best young players in the league." After early season struggles, a blockbuster trade, and the All-Star break around the corner, it may be time to expect a better and more consistent Chandler Parsons to suit up for the Mavericks. Hidden behind Dirk Nowitzki' recent resurgence is the improvement in the Mavs'...
Mavs Moneyball Jan 27, 2015

Mavericks vs Grizzlies Final Score: Memphis Destroys Dallas, 90-109

The Dallas Mavericks have hit their first three game losing streak of the season. Despite playing on the back end of a back to back and missing their starting back court in Mike Conley and Tony Allen, the Memphis Grizzlies marched into Dallas and blew out the well rested Mavericks, 109-90. Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Chandler Parsons led the way for Dallas with 19 points. Dallas started the game hot, with Chandler Parsons getting involved immediately with a long jumper, a drive to the rim, and a long three. Dirk Nowitzki got in on the assist game early,...

Dirk: 'Disappointing' Kobe is done for the year

DALLAS – “Kobe time,” long a favorite to watch for a certain 7-foot German NBA fan, has been officially canceled for the rest of the season. Countless times throughout his career, Dirk Nowitzki has arrived at his home after a game at the American Airlines Center, plopped down on the couch and scrolled through the television listings to find the Los Angeles Lakers game in time to watch Kobe Bryant perform in crunch time. That won’t be possible again until next season.
Mavs Moneyball Jan 21, 2015

Dirk Nowitzki and his wife are expecting the couple's second child

Congratulations! Dirk Nowitzki and his wife Jessica Olsson are expecting a second child later this year, according to German newspaper Bild. CONGRATS, DIRK! The couple married in 2012 and had a daughter, Malaika, in 2013. They haven't revealed whether it's a boy or a girl but the child is expected in late March. That's good, because we definitely don't need to add any drama to the playoffs this year. It's impossible to explain exactly what Dirk has meant to this franchise and city, so we're just so happy to see him living a happy life off the court, too. He absolutely deserves every bit of...
Mavs Moneyball Jan 19, 2015

Mavericks vs. Grizzlies final score: Dirk's fourth quarter leads Dallas to 103-95 win

Best win of the year. Dirk Nowitzki had two points at halftime. He'd only taken three shots. He's 36 now, and maybe the size and physicality of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph was just too much for him to properly exert himself in a regulation length game. Then he scored the final eight points of the game to close out Memphis on the road, 103-95. Dallas notched their best win of the year and first real one against a Western Conference playoff opponent. The takeover started just a couple minutes into the third quarter. Dirk hit a simple 15-foot jumper and followed it up with a vintage 4-point...
Mavs Moneyball Jan 19, 2015

The Mavs Moneyball Podcast, Episode 3: Rajon Rondo as a Maverick and what's up with Dirk?

The MMB pod is back! We took an extended break but the Moneyball pod is back. Hal Brown joins Bobby and Tim to discuss the Rajon Rondo trade (yeah, it's been a while), recent Maverick struggles and some Dirk Nowitzki's shooting woes. As always, you can find the pod on iTunes, by RSS or using the embedded player below. The RSS feed is as follows: http://blogtalkradio.com/mavsmoneyball/podcast ) We'll try to get into a consistent schedule of running a pod every couple of weeks and we'll keep bringing in quality guests -- maybe even Kirk Henderson! We'll also try to talk about Whataburger...

MLK Day Game Info: Grizzlies vs. Mavericks

2014/15 NBA Season vs 2014/15:29-11 (16-4 home) 2014/15:28-13 (14-7 away) January 19, 2015 FedexForum in Memphis, TN 4:00 PM CDT Fox SportSouth / 92.9 FM ESPN Possible Starters Beno Udrih PG Rajon Rondo Courtney Lee SG Monta Ellis Tony Allen SF Chandler Parsons Zach Randolph PF Dirk Nowitzki Marc Gasol C Tyson Chandler 2014/15 Advanced Stats 94.1 (27th) Pace 97.3 (8th) 105.4 (T-9th) OEff 110.6 (1st) 102.0 (11th) DEff 103.6 (16th) 50.1 (15th) RebR 48.1 (26th) It's likely that Mike Conley sits out another game today. The Mavericks have been...
Mavs Moneyball Jan 18, 2015

Roundtable: Further examination of Dirk Nowitzki's shooting this season

Reasons why Dirk hasn't quite been himself this season. It's difficult seeing Dirk Nowitzki struggle the way he has this season. There are many reasons one can come up with to explain why Dirk has seen a drop in points, shooting percentage and 3-point shooting percentage. Our own Josh Bowe wrote a fantastic piece on Dirk's slump, and if you have yet to read it, make it a goal to do so. It's amazing to look back on this season, look at the many games Dirk has struggled, and realize this Dallas Mavericks team is 28-13 at the halfway point in the season. The overall consensus is that it's...

Three key plays from Mavs’ 97-89 win against Nuggets: Dirk finds his shot

Jan 16, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after scoring during the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

3s finally drop again for Dirk Nowitzki

DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki formed his trademark 3-point symbol with his right thumb, pointer and middle finger and pretended it was a gun, jamming it into the imaginary holster on his right hip as he strutted back to the Dallas Mavericks’ bench during a timeout early in the second half. Hey, who can blame the big German for getting a little giddy? It’s been a while since he’s felt it from 3-point range like he did during Friday night’s 97-89 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Mavs-Nuggets scouting report: Return of Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler key for slowing down Denver big man

Jan 14, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried (35) shoots the ball against Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis (11) and forward Greg Smith (left) during the first half at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Mavs Moneyball Jan 15, 2015

The sad truth behind Dirk Nowitzki's prolonged shooting slump

The Mavericks pillar has been uncharacteristically off since December. The numbers behind Dirk's slump make the slump look even worse. From the outside, it appears Dirk Nowitzki is doing normal Dirk things. His scoring is down, sure, but he's still at a little over 18 points per game in fewer minutes and putting up a PER over 20. He started the season looking like his normal efficient self. Dirk was coming off a season in which he almost hit on another 50-40-90 season and hit 60 percent or better of his shots in six of the Mavs first 10 games. He looked so good, I remarked earlier in the...

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