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Pounding The Rock 4 hours ago

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks

The Spurs have played 126 minutes over the past two games and have zero wins to show for it. Tonight they'll give it another shot as they play their third game in four nights against the Mavs. San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks American Airlines Center, Dallas, TexasDecember 20, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Spurs TimeTV: FSSW- RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI The Spurs will take on the Mavericks in Dallas for the first time this season and they'll do it without Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili in the lineup. After back-to-back triple overtime games the veterans are getting the night off and will join Tony Parker...
Hal Brown / Mavs Moneyball 6 hours ago

Talking Spurs with 48 Seconds of Hell Writer Matthew Tynan

A writer for ESPN TrueHoop's 48 Seconds of Hell and friend of the site, Matt Tynan was nice enough to answer some questions for the Mavs' second meeting against the Spurs. Mavs fans are undecided about how to feel about their new acquisition of Rajon Rondo, at the expense of Brandan Wright. As a fan of a conference rival, how do you feel about it? Does it make the Mavs more threatening? A quick Twitter poll of Spurs fans revealed no consensus — responses ranged from ‘uh-oh’ to ‘Spurs are good as long as they’re healthy’ to ‘I dunno, he might gum up the offense — but I’d...
Mavs Moneyball 6 hours ago

Mavericks vs. Spurs injury report: San Antonio to rest Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili

Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills are all also out with injuries, so the Spurs will be running a skeleton crew out against the Mavericks. Rajon Rondo's debut got a little easier, as the Spurs have chosen to rest their two healthy starters after playing two triple overtime games in the past three days. Tim Duncan played 48 minutes against the Grizzlies and 43 minutes against the Trail Blazers, while Manu Ginobili had played 41 and 30. Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills are also out for the Spurs with legitimate injuries. Spurs: Duncan (rest), Ginobili (rest), Parker...
Mavs Moneyball 8 hours ago

By the numbers: do Rajon Rondo's stats ease concerns about his fit in Dallas?

Based on his career in Boston, what can Dallas fans expect to see from Rajon Rondo on offense, on defense, and in the playoffs? I went to college in Boston, and while I have some awesome sports memories from my time there (hey there, 2004 Red Sox), it means that to this day there are a lot of Boston sports fans in my life. Yesterday I heard from all of them, mostly words I don't think I'm allowed to reprint on this site. In their version of the Rajon Rondo trade, Dallas got a demi-god in exchange for Dirk Nowitzki's dirty laundry and the loose change Mark Cuban found in the seats of his...
Hal Brown / Mavs Moneyball 10 hours ago

A fond farewell to Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder

To two of my favorite Mavs of the last few years: thank you for everything you did in Dallas. I don't know how many of you MMB readers are regular enough to know the MOs of all the different writers, but to the extent that you do, I'm sure you think of me as the buzzkill: the cold, calculating guy here to kill your fun with cap numbers, statistics, and realities about complications and difficulties that make hope way less fun. I am, to that point, known to be called Captain Buzzkill in the MMB email thread (at least when Kirk isn't around). So, I found myself surprised about my immediate...
Hal Brown / Mavs Moneyball 19 hours ago

Mavericks vs. Spurs preview: Rajon Rondo makes Mavericks debut!

The San Antonio Spurs come to Dallas for Rajon Rondo's first game as a Dallas Maverick Which Mavericks player might be due for a big game? Well, Chandler Parsons has been going off and Kawhi Leonard has been injured and not playing for the last few games, so he might go off...oh yeah, and the Mavs now have that one guy...what's his name? Oh yeah. RAJON FREAKING RONDO, THAT'S HIS NAME. This second matchup with the San Antonio Spurs will be Rondo's first game as a Dallas Maverick, as long as the physicals pass on time, and he's playing against a Spurs team that'll be missing their best two...
Mavs Moneyball 23 hours ago

Rajon Rondo introductory Mavericks press conference quoteboard

Hey, new guys! The presser was supposed to start at 4:45, but Rajon Rondo didn't walk in until 5:43. Give him a break; he's still on Eastern Time. If we consider that, he was actually two minutes early. The real reason for his delay was Friday night traffic between his physical and the American Airlines Center. A physical he passed, meaning he'll play Saturday against the Spurs in his home debut. The press conference lasted nearly 24 minutes -- if you'd like to watch the video, you can see it on Mavs.com right here. There were jokes -- "We got Dwight," Cuban cracked while gesturing at...
Mavs Moneyball Dec 19, 2014

Quoteboard for the first Mavs practice after Rajon Rondo trade

Here's everything the Mavs had to say about new Maverick, Rajon Rondo. I wouldn't say the Mavericks practice court was abnormally excited -- they're often boisterous and loud -- but it was a fun time Friday on the floor of the Mavericks practice court. Darrell Armstrong was bouncing around everywhere. The Mavericks have a bell by the training table around the corner from the Gatorade refrigerator, and they ring it when a player hits 20-of-25 3-pointers. Richard Jefferson hit 20 for the first time this year, and when Barea did the same, Armstrong rang it so hard he broke the handle of the...
Mavs Moneyball Dec 19, 2014

Rajon Rondo fit right in as a Maverick in a game of NBA 2K

We played a game of 2K to see how Rondo would fit in with the Mavs, because video games are the only way to truly predict something. Rajon Rondo is the newest member of the Dallas Mavericks, as the Boston Celtics finally shipped away the All-Star point guard for Brandan Wright (WE'LL MISS YOU, B-WRIGHT), Jameer Nelson (HALLELUJAH) and Jae Crowder (EHHHH). For those who weren't awake Wednesday night, reports came about that the Mavericks and Celtics were in "substantive discussions" about bringing Rondo to Dallas. The Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets were making last-minute efforts,...
Mavs Moneyball Dec 19, 2014

With Rajon Rondo, where does Dallas fit in the Western Conference?

Rondo is a Maverick, but is that enough to make Dallas one of the Western Conference's elite teams? As late as Monday of this week we were all asking ourselves if the Mavericks were truly contenders in the West. MMB's own Hal Brown had a strong opinion that they weren't, and it was an opinion that I agreed with. Notice how I used the past tense right there. The addition of Rajon Rondo changes things. If this team was missing one thing, it was an elite level point guard that could play defense. Elite point guards litter the NBA's stacked Western Conference. You've got Russell Westbrook,...
Mavs Moneyball Dec 19, 2014

Does Dwight Powell have a place with the Mavericks?

The other guy in the Rajon Rondo trade can play a little bit too. When you look at his pedigree, there's no reason to expect much from Dwight Powell. He played four seasons at Stanford and never averaged more than 14 points a game. He was drafted in the middle of the second round and he has been traded three times in the last six months. He was traded on draft night from Charlotte to Cleveland and then traded at the end of September from Cleveland to Boston in order to clear room for Kevin Love. A lot of guys in Powell's position drift out of the league without ever getting a chance to show...
Mavs Moneyball Dec 19, 2014

CelticsBlog helps us figure out Rajon Rondo

What do we have in this new point guard? Jeff Clark of CelticsBlog is here to help out. Yesterday afternoon was one of those rare moments in covering basketball where everything is happening at the speed of light. When the Mavericks officially traded for Rajon Rondo, it finally became real for me. Hours later, I've barely begun to form an opinion and am mainly hoping for the best. With so many questions and possibilities, I thought it best to reach out to the people who know him best: the good folks over at CelticsBlog. They have some incredible pieces up, including this "Goodbye Rajon...
Mavs Moneyball Dec 19, 2014

Rajon Rondo thanks Celtics fans on Twitter; looks forward to Dallas

The man himself has finally spoken. Late Thursday evening, Rajon Rondo took to Twitter to reflect on his time with his former team and to share some thoughts on his new journey and teammates: My time in Boston has meant so much. I've grown up with this city both as a basketball player and person. The love I have for the most loyal — Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 19, 2014 And supportive fans in the league is unmatched. My teammates have shown nothing but heart the last couple of seasons. — Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) December 19, 2014 And supportive fans in the league is...
CelticsBlog Dec 18, 2014

What are the Celtics getting from the Mavericks for Rajon Rondo?

A little bit of this and a little bit of that. So what did we get for Rajon Rondo?  A grab bag of goodies. Here's the official announcement from the Celtics press release: The Boston Celtics announced today that they have acquired guard Jameer Nelson, forward Jae Crowder, forward/center Brandan Wright, a conditional first round draft pick, a 2016 second round draft pick and a $12.9 million trade exception from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for guard Rajon Rondo and forward Dwight Powell. In a related move, the Celtics have waived center Vitor Faverani. Regarding that conditional...
Mavs Moneyball Dec 18, 2014

Roundtable: We discuss the Rajon Rondo trade

All things Rajon, all the time. Instead of waiting to put together a roundtable, we're using Reply All for some instant reaction to the trade. If you want to follow along, this will update in real time as we discuss various aspects of the trade. If you can't keep up with it, no worries -- we'll re-post it when it's all done.
Mavs Moneyball Dec 18, 2014

Poll: Grade the Mavericks trade for Rajon Rondo

Let's here what you think! The Mavericks get Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell. The Celtics get Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a first round pick and a second rounder. Final grades just came in for this semester, but let's hand out one more. What say you? Poll How do you grade the Mavericks trade for Rajon Rondo? A B C D F Undecided   23 votes | Results
Mavs Moneyball Dec 18, 2014

Mavericks had to go get Rajon Rondo for a chance at the NBA Finals

Dallas has pulled off the stunner and landed the All-Star guard out of Boston. Even though he's in a down year, it was the move the Mavericks had to make given their roster makeup and place in the Western Conference. This trade had to be done. There were other options, but this is what Dallas has been building toward for the last four years, really. Rajon Rondo is headed to the Mavericks. If he wasn't, he could have been headed to the Houston Rockets or Los Angeles Lakers. And then maybe Goran Dragic resigns with Phoenix and then we all die. BUT NO! We're not dead (well, not yet). Somehow a...
Pounding The Rock Dec 18, 2014

What does Rajon Rondo being traded to the Mavericks mean for the Spurs?

The Dallas Mavericks traded for Rajon Rondo. How does it affect the Spurs and the rest of the Western Conference? The Southwest division and by extension the Western conference just got tougher. Only a day after reports emerged about Boston decision to trade Rajon Rondo the Dallas Mavericks completed a trade sending out Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, a first round pick and second round pick in exchange of the former All-Star point guard and Dwight Powell. For most teams, trading anything of value away for Rondo would have been a big gamble. He hasn't looked like the top-five...
Mavs Moneyball Dec 18, 2014

Mavericks could finalize Rajon Rondo trade by Thursday night

Rajon will become a Maverick in exchange for Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a first and a second round pick, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. It's looks like a near certainty that we will be welcoming Rajon Rondo to Dallas within hours. The trade for Boston's star point guard is on pace to finish Thursday night in a package that included Brandan Wright, Jameer Nelson, Jae Crowder, a future first and a future second, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Rondo's having a down year, averaging eight points on career lows 39.9 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from the free throw...
Mavs Moneyball Dec 18, 2014

Dirk is the reason the Mavericks should trade for Rajon Rondo, despite risks

Dallas is making the right move pushing for a trade -- just know that there are risks involved. One of the things I enjoy most about basketblogging is breaking news. Quickly processing and reacting to new information about your team, especially when it's totally unexpected, is genuinely fun. The NBA season always starts in late October and games always have a tip off time, so when a trade rumor drops at any moment, it breaks the normal flow of basketball in a surprisingly pleasant way. Wednesday night brought one of those moments when Rajon Rondo was linked to the Mavericks. Dallas, called...

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