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Mavs Moneyball May 1, 2015

Dirk Nowitzki on Olympics participation, mental exhaustion and more

The Mavericks finished for the season with exit interviews on Wednesday. Here's a quoteboard of what Dirk said. On evaluating season "I think our goal was, we talked about it in October, that we would love to have homecourt advantage in the first round, to get out of the first round or put ourselves in a good position to get out of the first round. And we didn't achieve that. Probably various reasons, some injury problems, really not consistent enough, not winning enough against the good teams, on the road or at home. You've got to find a way to win your fair share of those." On why it...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 29, 2015

Chandler Parsons ready for 'bigger role' with Mavericks next season

Concerns over a late season knee injury linger, but Parsons and the Mavericks are confident in his role moving forward. The late season knee injury that forced Chandler Parsons to miss the regular season's final six games and all but Game 1 in their first round playoff series against the Rockets robbed them of a fighting chance to pull up a postseason upset. With 10 players hitting free agency and Dirk Nowitzki aging, it also took away the one known quantity of Dallas' team headed into yet another offseason full of questions. Parsons still doesn't know when or even what his surgery will be,...

Dirk Nowitzki, nearing age 37, contemplates coming off bench next season, playing for Germany this summer

From 2007 to 2010, Dirk Nowitzki came to season-ending exit interviews with the media and would say, “another year of my prime wasted.” He’s has an NBA championship in his pocket now, so his perspective has changed, but he’ll be …
Seventeen years into legendary career, Dirk Nowitzki still has passion to get better

Seventeen years into legendary career, Dirk Nowitzki still has passion to get better

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The Dream Shake Apr 22, 2015

Rockets Breakdown: Pick and Rolls and Wrinkles

Josh Smith took over the offense and led the Rockets to a Game 2 victory over the Mavericks. The Rockets were determined to make Dirk Nowitzki guard and continually put him in pick and roll situations last night. Multiple times, it was initiated by James Harden at the top of the key with Josh Smith setting the screen while Nowitzki attempted to defend. It was just as effective in Game 2 as it was in Game 1. In the second half with Harden on the bench, the Rockets turned to Smith to run the offense. Unconventional? Yes. Stoppable? No. The Rockets kept Nowitzki busy trying to contain the...

How Rondo, Ellis and Carlisle respond will decide Mavericks’ fate

Dirk Nowitzki nailed, as he often does, when assessing where the Mavericks are right now. “There’s a lot of good teams in this league and you got to play hard, play together and play smart,” he said. “That’s the only …
Mavs Moneyball Apr 22, 2015

3 things we learned from Mavericks' Game 2 loss to the Rockets

The Mavericks are in a bad place after Josh Smith staged his renaissance. HOUSTON -- The Mavericks spent the majority of Game 2 hanging on to the edge of a cliff with the Rockets slowly, methodically stepping on their fingers. Considering the circumstances, Dallas' performance was actually quite impressive. Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki went a combined 11-35 from the field, while the Mavs as a whole shot a measly 37 percent from the field. Nonetheless, by some miraculous basketball voodoo, they held a lead early in the fourth quarter. From there, Houston transformed into lob city en route...
Houston Chronicle Apr 21, 2015

Dirk Nowitzki: Mavericks need a better start

After the Rockets’ fast start on Saturday, Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki quickly pointed to the need for Dallas to start better tonight in Game 2. Some of that, he said, would come from better taking care of the ball, some from finishing around the rim and some from taking and making the mid-range shots the […]
Mavs Moneyball Apr 21, 2015

How the Mavericks can fix the problem of Dirk Nowitzki's defense

The Mavericks star was exposed like crazy against the Rockets during their Game 1 loss on Saturday night. It's time for Dallas to try and adjust for Game 2. Let's get this out of the way -- there were a ton of problems with the Mavericks Saturday night in their loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of their first round series. Monta Ellis went bye-bye, Rajon Rondo had one great quarter and three bad ones and Devin Harris and Chandler Parsons both looked too hobbled. Hal Brown tried his best to round up most of the problems the other night. But this is a big one -- Dirk Nowitzki got...
The Dream Shake Apr 20, 2015

A Rockets-Mavericks Q&A with Mavs Moneyball's Kirk Henderson

What does this series look like from a Mavericks' perspective? To continue our Rockets-Mavericks first round playoff series coverage, I sat down with Kirk Henderson, a senior editor at Mavs Moneyball. What ensued was a jam-packed interview full of predictions, opinions and analysis no national reporter could possibly give. TDS: How will the Mavericks try to slow down Harden? Kirk Henderson: They have a number of different options, but I really hope they start with some high pick and rolls that resullt in Harden having to guard Dirk Nowitzki. None of the defensive options, from Rajon...
Houston Chronicle Apr 19, 2015

Rockets expecting plenty of adjustments from Mavericks in Game 2

After Saturday night’s game, the Mavericks are going to be looking at all the Rockets when they are choosing who put defensive emphasis on. The Rockets defeated the Mavericks 118-108 in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs as seven of their players scored in double figures. After the game, Dallas forward Dirk […]

Here’s how 1st round of NBA playoffs will unfold

Here’s how 1st round of NBA playoffs will unfold Direct from Dead Wrong in Public headquarters, a look at how things won’t go in the NBA playoffs: There’s always a bit of tension involving Blake Griffin (backing away from retaliation after getting relentlessly pounded) and Chris Paul (3-6 lifetime in playoff series), but those two will be a load. The Mavericks have been oddly disjointed since acquiring Rajon Rondo, but things could change with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis imposing their will. The Nets have no home-court energy worth mentioning, largely because those knowledgeable...

Mavs-Rockets will sort of be like old times for Nowitzki, Terry

It’s hard to believe the Mavericks and Rockets have played in the same division for 35 years and yet this will only be the third time they have met in the playoffs. It’s equally as hard to believe that these …

Russell Westbrook makes sure everyone knows his shot Monday was ‘Dirk’s move’

Dallas Mavericks fans probably don’t want to tip their cap to Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook considering how much damage he can do in a game, But Westbrook’s tip of the cap to Dirk Nowitzki might change that. In Monday’s …
SLC Dunk Apr 13, 2015

Utah Jazz 109 - Dallas Mavericks 92 Game Recap: Rudy Gobert, Bryce Cotton demolish Dallas

DAL: 26 - 31 - 12 - 23 -- 92 UTA: 29 - 28 - 30 - 22 -- 109 Where to start? Well the Utah Jazz were facing a #7 seed locked Dallas Mavericks. Rick Carlisle didn't have much to play for and he sat Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, and Tyson Chandler (Chandler Parsons was already out with injury). Quin Snyder responded by sitting out Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Trey Burke (Alec Burks was already out too). That's pretty much where the similarities end. The Jazz looked in control of this game, even though the Mavs were close throughout and had the game tied 57 all at the half. Rudy ...

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Mavericks Player News

  • Chandler Parsons

    Chandler Parons takes post-surgery Instagram photo, says he’ll be ‘stronger and better than ever’

  • Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki on Olympics participation, mental exhaustion and more

  • Rajon Rondo

    Devin Harris talks about a potential starter's role, why Rajon Rondo didn't work

  • Devin Harris

    Game 5 scouting report: Mavericks PG Devin Harris due to break out of dry spell

  • Tyson Chandler

    Al-Farouq Aminu talks about wanting to return to Dallas, Tyson Chandler as a mentor, more

  • Monta Ellis

    Down 3-1, Can Mavericks still win series? Monta Ellis: ‘Anything is possible’

  • Richard Jefferson

    GAME TWO THREAD: Mavericks at Rockets, second half

  • J.J. Barea

    Jason Terry ready to attack Mavericks’ defense, discounts the irony of this series

  • Al-Farouq Aminu

    Rumor: Boston Celtics could have their eye on Al-Farouq Aminu

  • Raymond Felton

    Mavs could be without Raymond Felton, Richard Jefferson for Game 4