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Only two players are getting more NBA All-Star Game fan votes than Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic

Only two players are getting more NBA All-Star Game fan votes than Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic

Update, 2:01 p.m. Thursday: Wonder Boy. Matador. Cool Hand. Don Luka.Add Luka All-Star to the running list of nicknames.Luka Doncic comfortably remains among the NBA's best and biggest stars in the third return of All-Star Game fan votes released Thursday, moving up to No. 3 overall. He passed Boston's Kyrie Irving for the third spot since the previous voting update.The Mavericks rookie checks in at second overall in the Western Conference, behind only Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. Rounding out the West's top five are Golden State's Stephen Curry, Minnesota's Derrick Rose and...
Jan 10, 2019
Mavs rookie sensation Luka Doncic remains ahead of big names after second update on NBA All-Star votes

Mavs rookie sensation Luka Doncic remains ahead of big names after second update on NBA All-Star votes

Update, 1:02 p.m. Thursday: Luka-mania's march toward the 2019 NBA All-Star Game is alive and well, at least in the eyes of the fans.In the second returns of All-Star voting revealed by the league Thursday, Mavericks rookie sensation Luka Doncic remained at No. 2 among Western Conference frontcourt vote-getters, again trailing only LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.Oklahoma City's Paul George, Golden State's Kevin Durant and New Orleans' Anthony Davis rounded out the top five as they did after the first returns, just in a different order this time.Check out the latest results below:Fans,...
Jan 6, 2019
Why the Mavericks' need to take advantage of the LeBron James-less Lakers

Why the Mavericks' need to take advantage of the LeBron James-less Lakers

When the Rolling Stones come to town near you, you want to see Mick Jagger.The same applies to the Los Angeles Lakers. When they pay a visit to American Airlines Center, you want to see LeBron James.Maverick fans will have no such luck.In the big picture, this should be great news. The Mavericks will have a chance to take advantage of a competitor's misfortune. The best active player on the planet will miss his seventh game. The Lakers are 1-5 without him, including Sunday's loss at Minnesota.And this is the only visit the Lakers will make to AAC this season, barring an unlikely playoff...
Jan 5, 2019
It doesn't matter how good Mavs are at home -- winning on road remains their 'biggest challenge' and they just took another step back

It doesn't matter how good Mavs are at home -- winning on road remains their 'biggest challenge' and they just took another step back

PHILADELPHIA - With the way the Mavericks are kicking away games left and right on the road, it will be nice to get home for four of the next five.But they know that’s not going to cure what ails them. And it’s certainly not what reverses their tailspin and gets them back in touch with the playoff race.“It’s not just about going home,” said Wesley Matthews, who led the Mavericks with 18 points. “We know what we can do at home. If we want to get where we want to go, we’re going to have to win on the road. We’re not cowards. We’re not quitters. It’s got to happen out here...
Jan 5, 2019
Mavericks to be shorthanded tonight; Sixers, too

Mavericks to be shorthanded tonight; Sixers, too

PHILADELPHIA - The Mavericks will be without three key players tonight against the 76ers.Devin Harris (lower back), J.J. Barea (right ankle) and Dirk Nowitzki (return from injury management) all will sit on the second night of back-to-back games and with the Mavericks in a stretch of seven games in 11 days.None of the injuries are serious and all are expected to return when the Mavericks return home Monday against the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers.Expect Jalen Brunson, returning to where he helped lead Villanova to two national championships, Maxi Kleber and Ryan Broekhoff to get...
Jan 5, 2019
Cavalry? What cavalry? Mavericks' bench among many problems in lousy loss at Boston

Cavalry? What cavalry? Mavericks' bench among many problems in lousy loss at Boston

BOSTON - Lost amid the Dirk hoopla Friday night was a pretty sloppy showing by the Mavericks.Bad turnovers early. Bad shooting most of the night. And a truly awful night from the bench.Add it up and you get a 114-93 blowout in which Boston led wire to wire.As Rick Carlisle said, the Mavericks got "behind the 8-ball early (and) they took advantage with transition 3s and transition layups. We just got to take better care of the ball."Even after they got the turnover problem (five in the first four minutes) solved, they were fighting from behind all night.On a night when the Celtics didn't have...
Jan 4, 2019
Despite Dirk Nowitzki's historically bad night vs. Celtics, he'll never forget Friday's 'super emotional' night in Boston

Despite Dirk Nowitzki's historically bad night vs. Celtics, he'll never forget Friday's 'super emotional' night in Boston

BOSTON - In more than two decades of creating memories both good and bad, Dirk Nowitzki never had a night like Friday.In many, many ways.He had a whole arena not named American Airlines Center pulling for him. He just couldn’t give the Boston fans what they wanted.Nowitzki played 16 minutes, put up 10 jump shots and missed them all. That’s never happened in his career.And yet it was one of the most celebratory nights he’s had in a while.The Mavericks got trounced 114-93 by the Celtics, but that’s not what mattered. They didn’t play well, turned the ball over early, got in a big hole...
Jan 4, 2019
Dirk Nowitzki: Here's the key reason Luka-mania is a very real thing

Dirk Nowitzki: Here's the key reason Luka-mania is a very real thing

BOSTON - Dirk Nowitzki, with a crowd of reporters around him, doesn't easily fall for fads or trends.But he sees what's going on with Luka Doncic and he's all-in. When the Mavericks' rookie was No. 2 in early returns of All-Star voting among front-court Western Conference players, Nowitzki was impressed, but not astonished."It's Luka-mania. It's real," Nowitzki said. "He definitely deserves to be up there. I'm not sure in front of KD and all these guys. But he's been tremendously efficient and consistent for us."Indeed, the voting no doubt will change a lot before fan balloting ends Jan. 21....
Jan 3, 2019
Why Friday's visit to Boston will be so special for Dirk Nowitzki -- and potentially Luka Doncic

Why Friday's visit to Boston will be so special for Dirk Nowitzki -- and potentially Luka Doncic

BOSTON -- When Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic step on the court Friday night against the Celtics, they will be heading in opposite directions.For Nowitzki, it'll probably be the last time he sets foot on the parquet floor he has loved for so many seasons, trading jumpers with the great ghosts of the old Boston Garden like the man he's been compared to so many times, Larry Bird.For Doncic, it'll be an introduction to a new level of basketball history. And, if he's very lucky, a new comparison to Larry Legend. If they love you in Boston, especially as a competitor against the beloved Celtics,...
Jan 3, 2019
Mavericks rookie sensation Luka Doncic ahead of some big names after first wave of NBA All-Star votes

Mavericks rookie sensation Luka Doncic ahead of some big names after first wave of NBA All-Star votes

BOSTON -- It's LeBron and The Don, as far as fans are concerned in early returns for the NBA All-Star Game.Mavericks' teenage sensation Luka Doncic has come in at No. 2 among Western Conference front-court players, trailing only LeBron James in the league's first release of fan voting that began on Christmas.Debate if you want about why Doncic is listed as a front-court player, but it probably helps his chances of making the All-Star Game next month in Charlotte. The West backcourt is stacked with Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and others.James leads...
Jan 2, 2019
Mavericks look to expand on 'very good' road win versus Hornets

Mavericks look to expand on 'very good' road win versus Hornets

CHARLOTTE - It had been 34 days since they won a road game, but give the Mavericks credit. When they do get it going on the road, they don't mess around.An absolute waxing of the shorthanded Charlotte Hornets got the proverbial monkey off the Mavericks' back. After nine consecutive road losses, they broke through in a big way with their 122-84 beat-down of the Hornets, who played without two starters - Jeremy Lamb and Cody Zeller and lost key reserve Malik Monk after 5 minutes with an ankle injury.The Mavericks took care of business like they were supposed to."We played a very good game and...
Jan 2, 2019
Mavericks break their nine-game road losing streak with blowout in Charlotte

Mavericks break their nine-game road losing streak with blowout in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE - Next month, the NBA will have All-Star weekend at the Spectrum Center. If the Mavericks end up having their backcourt of Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. representing them, they warmed up for the event in fantastic fashion Wednesday night.It remains to be seen if one or both of them will make the Rising Stars Game, or in Doncic's case, perhaps the actual All-Star Game.One certainty is they both looked deserving as the Mavericks vented more than a month's worth of frustration on the road with a 122-84 hammering of the Charlotte Hornets.The Mavericks broke their nine-game road...
Jan 2, 2019
From grass roots to gold medals, Del Harris has earned another hall of fame nomination

From grass roots to gold medals, Del Harris has earned another hall of fame nomination

CHARLOTTE - Del Harris, who has spent 44 years in professional basketball and many more in the sport at other levels, has been nominated for the class of 2019 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.It is the seventh time that Harris, who has 542 head coaching victories in the NBA, has been nominated for the hall."It is an honor to be nominated, knowing that I have spent all my adult life in the game," Harris said. "And being born in Indiana, it has been a part of my life for most of my nearly 82 years."Harris was in charge of the Mavericks' defense as an assistant coach under Don Nelson...
Jan 2, 2019
Carolina cures what ails Dennis Smith Jr., and a return visit next month is possible

Carolina cures what ails Dennis Smith Jr., and a return visit next month is possible

CHARLOTTE - Dennis Smith Jr. is as North Carolina as they come.He feels about his home state the same way most Texans feel about the Lone Star State.So he said coming back to his stomping gounds - his hometown of Fayetteville is about 140 miles from Charlotte - made him feel great."Yeah, I had a runny nose, a mean cough, my stomach was hurting, headache, a little fever, about 110 degrees," Smith said. "So when we landed, I was back to normal. Seriously."Wesley Matthews, sitting nearby, said: "110 degrees? You'd be dead."To which Smith said: "I was on the brink, bro."Smith's annual visit to...
Jan 1, 2019
Mavs are back to playing meaningful games after New Year's Day, but can they solve their huge road problems?

Mavs are back to playing meaningful games after New Year's Day, but can they solve their huge road problems?

CHARLOTTE -- Harrison Barnes has learned a lot from Dirk Nowitzki in three seasons with the Mavericks, including the art of analysis.After he tried to give the Mavericks a fighting chance Monday in their eventual blowout loss at Oklahoma City with 25 points, including 14 in a red-hot third quarter, Barnes said that the team is "teetering on the fence."In other words, this season still could go either way.The Mavericks have put themselves in position to play meaningful games after New Year's Day, something that could not be said for the last two seasons.On Jan. 1 last season, they were 13-25...

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