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Welcome to Loud City Apr 25, 2016

Thunder vs. Mavericks, game 5 recap: Westbrook is not a superstar in 118-104 win

The Thunder are moving on to the second round, courtesy of a near triple-double from Russell Westbrook. The Oklahoma City Thunder are off to the Conference Semifinals, dispatching the Dallas Mavericks in a 118-104 Game 5 win. Russell Westbrook nearly posted a triple-double, which he would've done if he was a superstar, with 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists. Just kidding. With the lead diminished to just three points with 8:29 remaining in the game, superstar Westbrook scored eight straight superstars for the Superstars. The Mavericks lingered for a while, but Andre Roberson...
Welcome to Loud City Apr 24, 2016

Game 4 Thunder Analysis: Kanter leads Thunder to score-first victory over Mavericks

Carlisle double-teamed KD and Westbrook, opening the door for OKC's role players to shine. In the grittiest game that I've seen in a while, the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to overcome the Dallas Mavericks, 119-108. Enes Kanter was the man who stepped up for the Thunder this time, scoring 28 points in just 26 minutes of action. The Mavericks were doing all they could to protect drives to the rim. So when the Thunder got penetration, it was easy for them to kick to Kanter. Later on, Kanter saw a lot of success doing his usual pick and roll thing, as well as tipping in offensive...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 21, 2016

Buy the Dirk For Three shirt here

Dirk's unique celebration turned into a T-shirt. To celebrate Dirk Nowitzki and the playoffs, Mavs Moneyball is partnering with BreakingT to release this very dope Dirk T-shirt. Here's a look at the logo and the shirt itself. The shirt is inspired, of course, by Dirk's classic European three-point celebration. I know people who have worked with BreakingT and their shirts are soft and comfortable. If you're in between sizes, go with the larger of the two sizes. They're 60 percent cotton, 40 percent polyester and made in...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 21, 2016

Mavs Moneyball presents: Dallas Mavericks vs. OKC Thunder Game 3 watch party

Come watch Game 3 with us. Look, we're up to something again. That's right, Mavs Moneyball is once again teaming up with the Granada Theater for a Game 3 watch party! If you didn't make it out for Game 2, here's your chance to make up for it. The last game game down to the wire as the Mavericks pulled out a much needed victory? Can they go up in the series 2-1 over the Thunder? You don't want to miss this one. The game will be shown on three giant screens and you'll catch all the action surrounded by MFFLs. What more can you ask for? Maybe some drinks? Well, the Granada has you covered...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 20, 2016

Justin Anderson should start Game 3 ... and not for the reasons you think

This is why Anderson only played 14 minutes in Game 2 and how the Mavericks can increase that going forwards. There was nothing good about the Mavericks' Game 1 drilling at the hands of the Thunder last Saturday, but the blowback to Justin Anderson's limited role was clear. Anderson played well but only earned four minutes in the first half as the Mavericks struggled to match Oklahoma City's athleticism. Anderson wouldn't have solved everything, but it was clear he needed a larger role, something Rick Carlisle acknowledged in the days after the loss. So why, then did Anderson only play 14...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 18, 2016

Anderson not playing foreshadows a disastrous future for the Mavericks

The Mavs first-round pick, who was so influential in getting Dallas to the playoffs, was no where to be found in Game 1 against the Thunder. That could spell horrible things for the Mavs' future. Imagine you're Justin Anderson. You're the 21st pick of the 2015 NBA draft, an accomplished college player from a winning basketball program. You play a position and style the league is tailored for -- a 6'6 wing that can jump out of the building, play defense and shoot threes. You also realize you're joining a team and a coach, the Dallas Mavericks and Rick Carlisle, that doesn't have a great...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 18, 2016

Mavericks hope to not get completely embarrassed by the Thunder again

Game 1 was a complete disaster. Hopefully game two is, you know, less of a disaster. Some version of the Dallas Mavericks will play the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 2 Monday. Dallas suffered one of the playoff losses in franchise history in Game 1, going down 108-70, and it wasn't even that close. It's hard to even fathom something like THAT happening again, but with three of Dallas' top players probably out, it looks like it's going to still be ugly. So who's actually going to play? David Lee is still out with his plantar fascia injury, but two guards will probably join he and Chandler...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 17, 2016

Mavs Moneyball Presents: Dallas Mavericks vs. OKC Thunder Game 2 Watch Party

Join us for a Game 2 watch party! You're just like us. You love the Mavs. And the only thing you love more is Dallas Mavericks playoff basketball. It's the postseason. It's Dirk. It's Carlisle. It's do or die. It's everything! So many feels, y'all. So since it is the playoffs, Mavs Moneyball would like to give you the opportunity to watch the games with us. Don't worry, we'll actually put on pants. Seriously. Head down to Lower Greenville on Monday night and join us for a Game 2 watch party at the historic Granada Theater at 7pm as the Mavericks take on the Thunder! The game will be...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 17, 2016

Rick Carlisle didn't save the doomed Mavericks in Game 1

The Mavericks were going to lose on Saturday, but a poor day from Carlisle made it historically bad. The Mavericks rely on Rick Carlisle to make up for so many of the team's flaws. His genius is never more glaringly obvious than when he is bad. Dallas' Game 1 loss to the Thunder on Saturday was historically bad, and Carlisle blamed himself for the 108-70 loss. "I've got to get these guys ready to play," Carlisle said. "It's pretty clear. We had some struggles early. We were not the team we've been the past two weeks and I take a great deal of responsibility for that. I gotta do a better job...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 17, 2016

Dirk Nowitzki on game 1 loss: "We got embarrassed tonight"

Rick Carlisle and Dirk Nowitzki dish on the Mavericks' horrendous game one loss. Rick Carlisle Opening statement I've got to get these guys ready to play. It's pretty clear. We had some struggles early. We were not the team we've been the past two weeks and I take a great deal of responsibility for that. I gotta do a better job getting ready for game 2. On Justin Anderson's lack of playing time during the first three quarters We were playing veterans. We played veterans predominantly during the Utah game, which was the biggest game of the year. He's obviously going to more involved going...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 17, 2016

Mavericks final score: Thunder demolish Dallas in historically bad 108-70 loss

Well I guess that just happened. Welp. Welp. Welp. Welp. Look I'm not going to sugarcoat it. I didn't expect Dallas to win this game (or the series), but holy shit that was awful. The Mavs got dominated more thoroughly than the Rockets today, and I didn't think that was possible. All I can say is that I hope most of you were watching the Stars playing fun hockey and taking a 2-0 lead instead of the first half of this game. I'll probably keep this brief, since I'm sure everyone wants to forget this game as quickly as possible. But there are a few things we need to discuss. What the hell was...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 16, 2016

Rick Carlisle is 'very concerned' about JJ Barea's groin injury

Barea clearly wasn't at full strength in the first half and the head coach thinks he aggravated the injury. J.J. Barea was ruled out for Game 1 at halftime with the groin strain that cost him two of the Mavericks' final three games of the season. Rick Carlisle inserted Barea into the starting lineup to begin Saturday's game, but the pesky Mavericks guard scored just two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 16 minutes. After the game, Carlisle expressed deep concern about Barea's injury. I'm very very concerned. I think something happened. I don't think it was something where it was just tight. I...
Welcome to Loud City Apr 16, 2016

2015-16 playoffs, first round: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks Game 1 full coverage

It's going down! Playoffs! I'm yelling timber! Playoffs! The Oklahoma City Thunder tip off their 2016 postseason tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, and I'm pretty excited for the first course of playoff games. Maybe other matchups more so than this one, though. Among the teams I've discussed with folks as potential first round threats, the Mavericks aren't really one of them. The Portland Trail Blazers are probably the preeminent upset threat in the West this year, and the Thunder ducked them. The Utah Jazz are a sexy young team with some lineup versatility, but they missed the playoffs...
Welcome to Loud City Apr 16, 2016

Thunder roundtable: WTLC staff previews Thunder-Mavericks

The WTLC staff weighs in on the Thunder-Mavericks matchup. The 2016 playoffs are here, and the Oklahoma City Thunder have the Dallas Mavericks as their first round opponent. The WTLC staff tackles some of the questions facing the Thunder, and make their playoff prediction below. *** 1. Do the Mavericks have a chance of defending Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook? J.A. Sherman: No. Aaaand...no. But here is the better question - will the Thunder have the patience to exploit both of those positions? In the past, Chandler Parsons had occasional success guarding Durant, but with Parsons...
Welcome to Loud City Apr 16, 2016

Thunder vs. Mavericks preview: Dirk is my fav, Carlisle is my fav and the Mavs are going down

Rick Carlisle is a warlock, but I'm on chill mode for this one. It's going down! Playoffs! I'm yelling timber! Playoffs! The Oklahoma City Thunder tip off their 2016 postseason tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, and I'm pretty excited for the first course of playoff games. Maybe other matchups more so than this one, though. Among the teams I've discussed with folks as potential first round threats, the Mavericks aren't really one of them. The Portland Trail Blazers are probably the preeminent upset threat in the West this year, and the Thunder ducked them. The Utah Jazz are a sexy young...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 15, 2016

Thunder blogger chats Durant, Westbrook and how the Mavericks can beat OKC

We spoke with our friends at fellow SB Nation site Welcome to Loud City on how the Mavericks can beat the Thunder and more. NBA teams match up at most just four times during the regular season. That's enough to draw some insights, but it's not the same kind of expertise of watching a team night in and out all season. Jeff Linka (@Olivander10) at our sister blog Welcome to Loud City was kind enough to answer some of our most pressing questions. The biggest change for the Thunder from last year to this year has to be the addition of former University of Florida coach Billy Donovan. What...
Welcome to Loud City Apr 14, 2016

Thunder vs. Mavericks First Round NBA Playoff Schedule Released

It all starts Saturday at the Peake! In the last game of the last day of the regular season, the Memphis Grizzlies lost to the Golden State Warriors. That cemented the Dallas Mavericks as the sixth seed in the Western Conference, and the Thunder's opponent in the first round of the playoffs. As the three seed, the Thunder have home court advantage. Historically, the Thunder and Mavericks have met twice in the playoffs before. The first time was in 2011, when Dirk's Mavericks defeated the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, 4-1. The Thunder and Mavericks met again the following year,...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 11, 2016

Mavericks clinch playoff spot with extraordinary 101-92 win against the Jazz

With just one game left on the schedule, Dallas secured a playoff berth with a hard-fought victory on the road. On a night when the Mavericks needed -- and received -- a vintage performance from Dirk Nowitzki, it was the three point shooting of Wes Matthews that made the difference in the second half. Matthews hit four of 10 three point attempts in the game. Those long range field goals included a shot to end a 10-0 Jazz run at the end of the third quarter and another to put Dallas up double digits with just 2:21 left. Deron Williams also threw in 23 points and 6 assists, hitting from...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 11, 2016

Dirk Nowitzki lights into Joe Ingles after a foul, leading to double technicals

In a critical game between the Mavericks and Jazz, Joe Ingles fouled Dirk Nowitzki after some contact at the three-point line, leading to jawing between the two and double technicals being dealt to each sides. Ingles was unhappy with the foul call, and immediately went to the referee to complain. Nowitzki, not appreciating what seemed like an obvious foul (and probably feeling he had been fouled earlier in the possession), fired back at him a little. The two had to be separated as they jawed at each other. Look, Ingles is a serviceable role player. He probably shouldn't be messing with the...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 11, 2016

Gameday: Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz

The Mavericks will be in Utah with a chance to clinch a playoff berth ... or to come in danger of needing to beat the Spurs to make it in. Here we are. It's arguably the biggest game of the season as the Mavericks prepare to take on the Jazz in Utah. Dallas needs to win one of their two final games or hope for a Houston loss to clinch a playoff spot. With the Jazz and Mavs both fighting for one of the last playoff spots and the Rockets right behind them, this game has all sorts of implications. What's at stake? Had the Mavericks beaten the Clippers yesterday or if the Rockets beat the...

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