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Rick Carlisle was named the fourth best coach in the NBA. Are you kidding?

Carlisle sits behind Gregg Popovich, Mike Budenholzer and Steve Kerr. Everyone loves to complain about rankings, and now ESPN has give Mavericks fans something to get stirred up about. Rick Carlisle comes in at No. 4 in ESPN's Coach Rankings, behind San Antonio's Greg Popovich, Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer, and Golden State's Steve Kerr. The full Top 10 is as follows: Greg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs Mike Budenholzer, Atlanta Hawks Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors Rick Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat Terry Stotts, Portland Trail...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 25, 2015

Power rankings: another inconsistent week for the Mavericks

A week in which the Mavs beat OKC but lost to Memphis sees a mixture of movement up and down. It's funny sometimes to assemble these rankings after a big win like last night's against the Spurs, because in many ways I'm wondering how that win would have played in. For example, as I assembled last week's roundup (after the OKC win), I actually thought most rankers would move the Mavericks up this week, even if they lost to Memphis. In fact, it's actually a pretty mixed bag. That could be largely due to other teams excelling, but that loss to Memphis seems to have weighed more heavily than...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 25, 2015

Quoteboard for Mavericks 101, Spurs 94: "Too much Monta, wouldn't you say?"

Dallas earns a big win. Rick Carlisle On the first half recovery: "The whole thing started in the first half when Felton went into the game. They started picking up full court and applying pressure, and it's sort of a chain reaction. We just picked up our energy and we carried it forward. That's what you have to do. San Antonio plays with consistent high energy, the ball moves with a lot of energy, they play through the clock. We did a really good job playing through the entire clock tonight and that was a key to the game." On Monta's game: "He stayed aggressive. I liked his game a lot. I...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 24, 2015

Spurs vs. Mavericks Final Score: Monta Ellis redeems himself in big 101-94 win

After the terrible night in Phoenix, Ellis leads all scorers in a much-needed win for Dallas. Monta Ellis was put in the grave, his body covered in dirt with only his head remaining. He emphatically climbed out of the plot on Tuesday night to show he can still have it all. Ellis led all scorers with a game-high 38 points, tying his season high, and the Dallas Mavericks got a big-time win over the in-state rival San Antonio Spurs, 101-94 at the American Airlines Center. It was a hectic 24 hours after Dallas' 98-92 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. Not only did the Mavericks lose, but...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 24, 2015

Injury Report: Barea out, Harris questionable

The Mavs could once again be shorthanded at the point while the Spurs expect to get Ginobili back. It seems like the health of the Mavericks' backup point guards has been an issue for some time now. Once again, both J.J. Barea and Devin Harris find themselves on the injury report before the Mavs host the Spurs Tuesday night. Barea is officially listed as out. This will be the second game in a row in which a sprained left ankle has sidelined Dallas' diminutive point guard. As for Harris, he is listed as questionable for tonight's game. Harris did, however, participate in Tuesday's...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 24, 2015

Could Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis both leave Dallas this offseason?

The Mavericks very well may have an entirely new starting back court next season. Since winning the championship in 2011, the Mavericks had have these guards come and go: Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Delonte West, Darren Collison, O.J. Mayo, Mike James, Jose Calderon and Jameer Nelson. The revolving door in the back court may turn again this summer, when Rajon Rondo's contract is up and Monta Ellis' player option is expected to be declined. When ESPN reporter Marc Stein was asked to talk about how bad internally Dallas' situation was on a Monday podcast with Bill Simmons, he said he believes...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 24, 2015

The Mavericks have no clue how to guard the Grizzlies' front court

Dallas lost big against the Grizzlies and a lot of it had to do with defensive mismatches. On Sunday night I rewatched parts of the Mavericks' loss to Memphis. I was at that game on Friday and spent half of my time in the press box genuinely confused at how Dallas was attempting to defend the Grizzlies' front court. I wanted to watch it again to confirm I wasn't crazy, and ... welp. Here's the problem: Dirk can guard Kosta Koufas. He cannot guard Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph or Jeff Green. Tyson Chandler can guard Koufas, Gasol and Randolph, but he'll struggle against Green. Amar'e Stoudemire...
Pounding The Rock Mar 24, 2015

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks

With just a game separating the two Texas teams in the Western Conference standings, San Antonio brings its three-game winning streak into Dallas, losers of two straight. San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks America Airlines Arena, Dallas, TexasMarch 24, 2015, 7:00 PM Spurs TimeTV: TNT - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI When these two last met, the Spurs rolled a skeleton crew into Dallas, who was excitedly welcoming disgruntled Celtic Rajon Rondo into their planet-destroying Death Star of an offense. San Antonio meanwhile was going through its hellish December stretch, which included back-to-back...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 24, 2015

Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs preview: Mavs face a tough challenge in an old rival

The Mavs need to find their composure if they hope to slow down Tony Parker and the Spurs. What has San Antonio done lately? HAHAHAHAHAHA, the Spurs lost to the Knicks recently. THE KNICKS!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Man, how can you even recover from that embarrassment? *checks schedule* Oh, I see. Umm, hmm. Perhaps the joke is on the rest of the league. It looks like the Knicks may have woken a sleeping tiger. Since losing to New York, San Antonio has rattled off convincing wins against the Bucks, Celtics, and a thorough trouncing of the Hawks. Look, no one is going to blame you if you want...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 24, 2015

Gameday: Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs

Old rivals face off once again as the Mavericks host the Spurs. What has San Antonio done lately? HAHAHAHAHAHA, the Spurs lost to the Knicks recently. THE KNICKS!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Man, how can you even recover from that embarrassment? *checks schedule* Oh, I see. Umm, hmm. Perhaps the joke is on the rest of the league. It looks like the Knicks may have woken a sleeping tiger. Since losing to New York, San Antonio has rattled off convincing wins against the Bucks, Celtics, and a thorough trouncing of the Hawks. Look, no one is going to blame you if you want to sit in the corner of a...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 23, 2015

Roundtable: What could have been with Steve Nash?

The future hall of famer announced his retirement over the weekend, so we talk about his impact on the Mavs and if they could've won a championship if he was re-signed. It only seemed fitting that the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns played on Sunday night. There were plenty of Steve Nash memories to go around. The dynamic point guard announced his retirement on Saturday, putting the stamp on a Hall-of-Fame-worthy career. There are so many things to be said about what he meant to the NBA. The bulk of his career highlights come from his second stint in Phoenix, but it's to be noted the body...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 23, 2015

7 inspirational GIFs to motivate the Mavericks

Because GIFs are the sum of all wisdom. Following an extremely disappointing loss to the Suns, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle called out the team for not playing hard all the time. We’re getting closer and closer to the playoffs, and it seems that the Mavs have lost some of their fire.  After last night's defeat I decided to seek solace in one of my favorite shows -- Scandal. I don’t know if anyone else here is a fan of Scandal, but the show’s main character Olivia Pope is known for her pep talks. And dang if the Dallas Mavericks don't need one. So I considered taking a cue from Olivia and...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 23, 2015

It's past time for Rick Carlisle to consider benching Monta Ellis

With Ellis' continued struggles, Carlisle can't keep playing him like nothing's wrong, especially late in games. Some NBA observers took note this offseason of how the Oklahoma City Thunder cleaned up head coach Scott Brooks' rotation this offseason by removing ineffective veterans who he tended to rely on for heavy minutes. Games like Sunday night's loss to the Suns can make you wonder if the time is coming for a similar separation between Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and Monta Ellis. Against Phoenix, Ellis shot a horrific 4-21 from the floor -- an especially bad game that only served...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 23, 2015

Rick Carlisle calls out Mavericks: This team "doesn't play hard all the time"

The Mavericks fell apart in the closing minutes against the Suns, causing Carlisle to criticize their effort. After falling behind 17 points, the Mavericks roared back with a 33-19 third quarter to take a six point lead in the fourth. With all the momentum on their side, Dallas looked ready to earn an emotional comeback win against a fringe West playoff team before it all fell apart down the stretch. "[The first half] was an embarrassment, flat out. Second half, we got angry and we played a hell of a lot harder but we made too many mistakes," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters...
Bright Side Of The Sun Mar 22, 2015

Final Score: Phoenix Suns earn gutty win, take down Mavericks, 98-92

Archie Goodwin and Markieff Morris made clutch baskets to help the Suns overcome a late six point deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks, 98-92. The Phoenix Suns played a good half of basketball, then went completely in the tank for about a quarter and a half, then played a tight game down the stretch like nearly every other game this season. Archie Goodwin and Markieff Morris made clutch baskets to help the Suns overcome a late six point deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks, 98-92. After going up by 17 points (69-52) with 8 minutes left in the third quarter, the Mavericks got some turmovers...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 22, 2015

Gameday: Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns

Phoenix has mixed up their roster at the trade deadline and maybe the Mavs can have more success against this bunch. How has the season series gone between these two? The Mavericks have struggled against the Suns this season, which is funny, because our last memory of them in 2013-14 was an enormous win in the regular season's penultimate game to push Dallas into the playoffs. Not the case this season, where the Mavericks played them both before and after the Rajon Rondo trade and were annihilated both times. Both emphasized the Mavericks' lack of defense and showed the Suns can still be...
Bright Side Of The Sun Mar 22, 2015

Game Preview: Rising Suns face fading Mavericks, 6pm AZ Time

One day after Steve Nash announces his retirement through a blog post, his long time best friend Dirk Nowitzki comes to town with the Dallas Mavericks as the new-age Phoenix Suns try to keep their playoff hopes alive. Will the Suns have a Nash tribute to show during the game? Maybe. Probably. They should, anyway. But more important than that is scheduling the press conference hoopla around putting Nash immediately into the Suns' Ring of Honor. But back to tonight's game. The Mavericks come into town with a playoff spot solidified. Their 44 wins are 5 wins better than the 8th...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 22, 2015

Before Steve Nash changed the NBA, he changed the Mavericks

Steve Nash became an emerging star in Dallas. His departure was a defining moment for his career and the Mavericks franchise. It's fitting that the Mavericks are preparing for a road game in Phoenix as Steve Nash. Nash's decision to leave the Mavs and sign with the Suns as a free agent in 2004 is still maybe the defining moment in his relationship with Dallas -- even more than all the playoff victories and clutch last minute shots. Nash, along with Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley, Don Nelson and novice owner Mark Cuban, returned a franchise that had been a laughingstock for more than a...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 21, 2015

Steve Nash announces his retirement from the NBA

A storied career comes to a close. Steve Nash officially announced his retirement from the NBA on Saturday in a beautifully penned essay for the Player's Tribune. The 41-year-old will be remembered by many for his years as the captain of a run'n'gun Suns team that changed the NBA, but in Dallas, none of us can forget his six seasons here with Dirk Nowitzki. When he came to Dallas in 1998 as the Mavericks drafted Dirk, they were both nobodies. Six years later, both of them had established themselves as two of the NBA's finest players. They were a joy to watch night after night and one way...
Mavs Moneyball Mar 21, 2015

Al-Farouq Aminu gives the Mavs' closing lineup needed flexibility

Some nights, it will be important to have his defensive ability on the court late in games. Here's an idea. It might sound crazy, but the reasoning for this idea has some validity. What if Al-Farouq Aminu was used to close games? What if he was on the floor, with five minutes left? It's a weird lineup, but it's not absurd. The Mavericks have done it twice in the past two weeks. Of course Aminu won't suddenly start closing out every game, but on some nights, against some opponents, he's a better option than Dirk Nowitzki or perhaps even Chandler Parsons. Before everyone grabs their torches...

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