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Mavs Moneyball 16 hours ago

Scouting the San Antonio Spurs: what can the Mavs expect from Popovich & Co.?

Hot sports take: they are really good at basketball. After fighting and clawing all season to sneak back into the playoffs, the Mavs were given the reward of a first-round series with the Spurs, a team who swept them in the regular season. While Dallas is one of the most unbalanced teams in the NBA, San Antonio has the league's third rated defense and seventh rated offense. They have the best record and best point differential in the NBA - there aren't many obvious weaknesses to attack. With Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in their 30s, the Spurs don't beat teams with athleticism,...
Mavs Moneyball 18 hours ago

AMA with Western Conference playoff team managers starting now (including me!)

Hey guys, I'm diving into the world of Reddit for an AMA, short for Ask Me Anything, about the Mavericks and the Western Conference Playoffs in general. Yesterday, you might have noticed (although you probably didn't) this AMA by the SB Nation Eastern Conference site managers -- those in the playoffs, at least. I'll be participating in the Western Conference side of things starting at 1 p.m. CST today along with seven fellow SB Nation-ers. So yeah, basically right now. .m-sbnation-2014-nba-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nba-playoff-coverage img...
Mavs Moneyball 20 hours ago

Recipe for an upset: how the Mavericks can beat the San Antonio Spurs

The Mavericks can beat the Spurs. They might need some help, but it can be done with these six easy steps. This season, your Dallas Mavericks are 0-4 against the Spurs, which means those jerks are going to be laughing out the other side of their faces when reversion to mean kicks in. I'm being informed that this is not a situation in which reversion to the mean is an applicable concept. Great. No problem. Nooooo problem. The Mavs kicked off their season series against the Spurs by losing 116-107 round about Christmas thanks largely to a 5-5 three point shooting night from Danny Green and...
Mavs Moneyball 20 hours ago
MMB Playoffs Stream: Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs

MMB Playoffs Stream: Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs

The Mavs are back in the dance, and they don't have to travel far for their Round 1 matchup. Everything you need to know is right here. This season, your Dallas Mavericks are 0-4 against the Spurs, which means those jerks are going to be laughing out the other side of their faces when reversion to mean kicks in. I'm being informed that this is not a situation in which reversion to the mean is an applicable concept. Great. No problem. Nooooo problem. The Mavs kicked off their season series against the Spurs by losing 116-107 round about Christmas thanks largely to a 5-5 three point shooting...
Pounding The Rock Apr 18, 2014

J.R. Wilco and Phil Naessens preview Spurs vs Mavericks

The postseason is here, which means it's nearly been a year's worth of podcasts with Phil. This week the talk is all about San Antonio's playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks. Tonight Phil and I previewed the Spurs first round matchup with the Mavericks. Obviously Dirk came up as well as Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis and Rick Carlisle. Can you believe we will see Dujuan Blair in the playoffs playing for another team? Phil is also joined tonight by our friend Sherm from Welcome to Loud City and David Ramil from Hot Hot Hoops. I suspect they will be previewing...

Grizzlies end regular season, beat Mavericks in OT, 106-105, avoid the Spurs, crazy basketball

This is the one where the Grizz avoid the Spurs, and also play a freaking ridiculous basketball game. Monday's playoff-clinching win against the Phoenix Suns was a whirlwind to experience, but all it meant was death by Spurs if the Grizzlies couldn't pull through tonight against the Dallas Mavericks. For some (myself included), the stakes were higher. It's almost fitting that this game was even wilder. It was the last game of the regular season, the FedExForum was booming, and it came against both a division AND playoff-seeding rival. Maybe it was fated to be decided in the closing seconds...
Pounding The Rock Apr 17, 2014

Spurs vs Mavericks playoffs schedule released

The playoffs have arrived and Game 1 vs the Dallas Mavericks will be at noon on Easter Sunday. The regular season is over now, and the Spurs must wait no longer. The Dallas Mavericks lost Wednesday night to the Memphis Grizzlies in an overtime thriller, and now must face the Spurs. The series begins on Sunday with Game 2 on Wednesday. Here are the details. The San Antonio Spurs announced today their local broadcast schedule for the first round in the best-of-seven NBA Playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs are the first seed in the Western Conference and will host Game 1...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 16, 2014
Final score: Dallas loses heartbreaker to Memphis in OT, 106-105

Final score: Dallas loses heartbreaker to Memphis in OT, 106-105

Despite 30 from Dirk and a huge clutch three from Monta Ellis in regulation, the Mavericks fell short in Memphis. The Dallas Mavericks are in the playoffs. That's the good news. The bad news is that in the regular season's final night the Mavericks have relinquished the 7th seed in the Western Conference to the Memphis Grizzlies, who beat Dallas in overtime thanks to a pair of Mike Conley free throws with 1.1 seconds left. Dirk Nowitzki had 30 points, and hit a big three pointer in overtime that put 105-102 with 46 seconds left. This came after Monta Elis hit a huge clutch three of...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 16, 2014

Talking Grizzlies and Playoffs with Grizzly Bear Blues

Chris Faulkner of Grizzly Bear Blues was kind enough to answer some questions about the playoff-bound Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies locked up the final playoff spot in the West with a win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday. How relieved are you that Memphis' post season dreams don't come down to Wednesday's game against Dallas? The Grizzlies haven't played the Mavs very well this season so I am immensely relieved to now view Wednesday's game as a possible bonus rather than as an elimination game. The Southwest Division just absolutely slaughtered the Grizz this season. (They're 3-12...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 16, 2014

Four-Pointer: Previewing the Memphis Grizzlies

Led by Z-Bo and a "grit-n-grind" mentality, the Grizzlies are going back to the playoffs. Folks, we've made it. It's the last game of the regular season. Together, we have traveled through the roller coaster that has been the Dallas Mavericks' season and come out the other side only minimal physical damage, a dollop of emotional stress, and only a few more gray hairs (some of us are older than others). Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable, if slightly too long, regular season which saw the Mavs climb over the hump and return to the post season. If nothing else, the playoffs just extend the...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 16, 2014

MMB Gameday Stream 4/16: Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies

The Mavericks travel to The River City to take on the Grizzlies. In order to maintain the seventh seed in the Western Conference and get to 50 wins, Dallas needs to overcome a stout and determined Memphis defense. Folks, we've made it. It's the last game of the regular season. Together, we have traveled through the roller coaster that is the Dallas Mavericks season and come out the other side only minimal physical damage, a dollop of emotional stress, and only a few more gray hairs (some of us are older than others). Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable, if slightly too long, regular season...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 15, 2014
How do you watch Mavs playoff games?

How do you watch Mavs playoff games?

Each of us watches sports a little differently. Some of us are quiet and stew in our emotions. Others yell and scream and AARRRRRGGGGGGHHHH. The Mavs being back in the playoffs will bring out a wide range of behavior. What do you do? The Mavericks are headed back to the playoffs! Woooooo! PLAYOFFS! It wasn't an easy path but Jae Crowder dragged this team back in his second NBA season and we couldn't be happier. You know what we'll be doing during the games. We'll be covering all the action and analyzing everything until we can analyze no more. We will have every angle covered. It will be...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 15, 2014
The good/bad Mavericks are going to the playoffs, and they've absolutely earned it

The good/bad Mavericks are going to the playoffs, and they've absolutely earned it

How are these guys simultaneously so good and so bad? The Mavericks have made the playoffs. It's neither fun nor particularly meaningful to be objective about sports but objectively a team with a defense this bad and a 35 year old superstar doing this well, whatever happens, is sorcery. Period. It has been a really weird ride. On the one hand, the Mavs seem to lose impossible to lose leads with stunning regularity, and to do things that truly defy belief in the pursuit of that goal. Against the Suns, for example, as seems like ALWAYS *)(#$@ing happens, the Mavs had a commanding eight point...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 14, 2014

Loving, hating and appreciating the Monta Ellis experience

Monta Ellis is the most infuriating player I've ever watched on the Dallas Mavericks. In the end, I probably wouldn't have it any other way. Monta Ellis takes a pass from Devin Harris in the left corner. He had just knocked down a three from the exact same spot on the previous play. He lines it up and splashes it home. The Phoenix Suns lead, which seemed insurmountable just moments ago, is now down to five midway through the third quarter. It's at this point and time that I love Monta Ellis with all of my heart. The funny thing is, maybe 20 minutes ago, I hated Monta Ellis. With every fiber...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 14, 2014

To draft or not to draft: what should happen with the Mavericks' first round pick?

Right now it's a tossup as to whether the Mavs will keep or lose their draft pick. Which would be better? The Mavs are, at the moment, relatively likely to lose their draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It's hard to know how to feel about this. Basically, since draft seeding after the lottery is determined solely by record, and four playoff teams are guaranteed to have a worse record than the Mavericks, the earliest the Mavs could draft would be 19th. But it's at least a little more likely that they'll draft 21st or 22nd, and lose their (top 20) protected pick. To keep their pick, the...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 13, 2014
VIDEO QUOTEBOARD: Mavericks defeat Suns, return to the playoffs in dramatic fashion

VIDEO QUOTEBOARD: Mavericks defeat Suns, return to the playoffs in dramatic fashion

The playoffs started early -- or at least, it felt that way -- in the Mavericks' last home game of the season. And as a result, soon, the playoffs start for real for this team. I still remember one of Rick Carlisle's press conferences early in the season, and a comment he made. I don't exactly remember whether it was after a particularly close win or a particularly close loss -- because seems like every game this season has been one or the other -- but I remember the comment. It was something to the effect of, every game will be like this for this team this season, that they would need...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 13, 2014

The Aftermath of Mavericks 101, Suns 98: We missed you, playoffs

The Mavericks win; here's all the reactions you need. The Aftermath What a game. Dirk and Monta going off, the third quarter 3-point barrage, the 13-point comeback. It all came together for a game that I will remember for a long time. Props to the AAC for being full and bringing life throughout the game. MontaDirk tied the Suns in the second half -- each scored 44 points. Of course, the story of this game might be completely changed if Goran Dragic hadn't been suffering from ankle problems. He labored for 13 points on 33 percent shooting and really never made a mark on the game, not like...
Bright Side Of The Sun Apr 12, 2014
Recap: Dallas Mavericks Rally to Take Down Phoenix Suns, 101-98

Recap: Dallas Mavericks Rally to Take Down Phoenix Suns, 101-98

That 4th quarter.  It hurt to watch.  Back and forth, back and forth.  For the first 8 minutes it was a tennis match with both teams exchanging buckets and staying within a point or 2 of each other.  Then Dirk Nowtizki hit a 3-pointer.  Then Monta Ellis scored off a Suns turnover.  Then Devin Harris scored his first points of the game by hitting a bomb from deep behind the 3-point line.  Just like that the Mavericks had a commanding 8-point lead with 3:03 to go. But these Phoenix Suns?  They don't stop.  Maybe they can't stop.  Eric Bledsoe (## points) went hard to the hole for 2...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 12, 2014
Mavericks Final Score: Dallas returns to the playoffs after a comeback victory against Phoenix

Mavericks Final Score: Dallas returns to the playoffs after a comeback victory against Phoenix

After missing last year, the Mavericks will have a post season thanks for Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki. Welcome back to the playoffs, Dallas. Down 13-points in the third quarter, the never-say-die Mavericks somehow -- SOMEHOW -- came back to beat Phoenix 101-98 on the heels of who else but Dirk and Monta. The duo combined for 60 points on 23-of-38 shooting, dropping in shot and shot and shot. Between the two, the Mavericks pulled out the improbable victory. After a long Vince jumper to go up 33-28 early in the second quarter, the Suns finished the quarter on a 29-13 run that felt like it...
Mavs Moneyball Apr 12, 2014

Talking Suns with Valley of the Sun

Kevin Zimmerman of Valley of the Sun and SB Nation stops by to chat about the keys to tonight's game, the level of optimism in Phoenix and Eric Bledsoe's place in the NBA. How confident are Suns fans about making the playoffs? What needs to happen over their last 3 games for them to get in? It seems that Suns fans are more confident than those from a more national perspective (at least, it seems some people are quick to count out the Suns). It's easy to believe in Dallas and Memphis making the postseason ahead of Phoenix because they have the proven, reliable guys like Dirk and Marc Gasol,...

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