Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Nipping at the heels

The Dallas Mavericks, currently 2nd in the division at 18-7, just 1-1 behind the lead San Atonio has at 19-6, are looking good after winning the last 4 straight games. Mavs Fever, it seems, is making other teams feel rather ill. The Seattle Supersonics know this all to well after losing thier last 6 games against the Mavs. Tonight the Dallas Mavericks go for win number 7 as they travel to Key Arena in Seattle to battle the Supersonics. The Supersonics meanwhile, prepare to end a 5 game losing streak. They have home court advantage for the next 3 games but that doesn't help thier all-star, Ray Allen, who is questionable for play at the moment, get back in the game.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Outplayed

Jerry Sloan got his 1,000th career win Monday night as the Utah Jazz beat The Dallas Mavericks Monday 101-79. It's not that Dallas wasn't trying on this particular night, they just got outplayed. Outplayed, outshot, out rebounded. When both teams have the same amount of turnovers, as in this game, it all comes down to who does what with the ball on those turnovers and with the Jazz shooting an average of 10 to 11% better than the Mavs, the win was inevitable. The loss of the game to The Utah Jazz isn't going to hurt thier record a whole lot yet, but the Dallas Mavericks have to keep morale high and play even higher when they Host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, because lately those guy are on fire. Come on Dallas, do not let them walk out with victories over 2 seperate Texas teams in 2 days.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Dallas Mavericks, along with UPS stores, are teaming up with the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation. At all UPS stores customers can purchase 1 dollar donation cards with all proceeds going to help children in that direct area. The Mavericks have set up a donation location on the West Plaze of the American Airlines Center and encourage patrons to donate unwrapped toys or money at home games until the 15th. If you find yourself in the area of the game please donate anythign you can or any amount you feel comfortable with. Remember its for children. Poor children who do not nomrally receive presents.

On to the Dallas Mavericks!
First off, nice job Dallas in defeating the Sacramento Kings. 12 game winning streaks will put some confidence in you. Maybe a little too much though. The Mavs had 3 days off between the Kings and the Washington Wizards and that must have been what threw thier shooting off as well. Washington wanted this win after losing 2 weeks ago in the American Airlines Center but who knew they would be firing up shots with a 60% hit rate. The Wizards magically took a 31 point lead in the 3rd quarter. To give Dallas a little credit, they did come back in the 4th to within 7 points. Win streaks never last but they do not have to end by hitting a wall.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Eleven is Heaven

The Dallas Mavericks took down the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday to take them to thier 11 straight victory. Dirk Nowitzki left the stadium during the first quarter complaining of blurry vision, something no one on a professional basketball court needs. He was checked out by the team specialist and declared able to return to all basketball related activities. With Dirk gone, the rest of the Mavs stepped their game up the way Nowitzki would have wanted. Both Josh Howard and Jerry Stackhouse scored over 20 points while Erick Dampier took down more rebounds than points. The Raptors saw an opportunity with Nowitzki out and brought their score within 5 points of Dallas. It was the closest they would get. The win over the Toronto Raptors put the team on thier 3rd longest winning streak ever at 11 consecutive games. We shall see if they can increase that number tommorow, December 1st against the Sacramento Kings at home in the American Airlines Center.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Nowitzki’s Player Power Rank

SI.com has another stat for us NBA watchers: the NBA Player Power Rankings. It’s meant to evaluate players for their ability to put their teams over the top, which admittedly is easier to do with some NBA squads than others. SI’s Kelly Dwyer rates Dirk at #2, just below our old friend Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.

Well, that's preseason. Starting now, Dirk will be moving up.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dallas Mavericks Have Great Combos

Our Mavericks know teamwork, and we have the Lenovo Stats to prove it. If those are new to you as they were to me, what they represent is how much plus or minus different players or groups of players contributed to scoring when they were in the game (or by being out).

The Mavs dominated the 2005-06 list with best scores in combinations of two players, three players, and four players. Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard were, not surprisingly, part of each combo.

BTW, Miami's Dwyane Wade had the best individual score. Oh, yeah, we remember that guy.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Mavericks, Check Out the NHL Stars

Seeing as the NBA Dallas Mavericks and the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars share the same space at the AA Center, could the Stars maybe leave some of their lucky rabbits' feet or whatever in the dressing rooms or something? Both teams are having streaks; The Stars are currently 5 and 0; unfortunately, the Mavs' streak is 0 and 3.

Still, I have faith that our Mavericks will finally get a win when they play the Houston Rockets tonight. We beat Houston in all four encounters last year, during the regular season.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Mavs Stung By New Orleans Hornets

The Mavs felt a painful sting of a loss from the Hornets on Tuesday. The Mavs help back some of thier tops scorers including Jerry Stackhouse and Dirk Nowitzki. Tonight the boys from San Antonio face off against The Sacramento Kings but will be short Devin Harris once again due to his strained left hamstring. Austin Croshere, The Mavs new aquisition from Indiana, will be starting at forward. More rookie action!

Friday, October 06, 2006

Training camp

The Dallas Mavericks are going away to get focused. They are training in Denton, Texas about an hour away from Dallas. Thier new training facility will allow them to run up to 4 additional baskets at any given time allowing for more practice time among all players.

Monday, October 02, 2006

NBA Live '07

The Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki was selected to be featured on the cover of NBA Live 07, along with the Grizzlies’ Pau Gasol, the Spurs’ Tony Parker, the Suns’ Boris Diaw, and the Rockets’ Tracy McGrady. NBA Live 07 is a video game by EA Sports, and the 5 players above will form its All-Star squad. The selections for the cover are not surprising: EA clearly expects to boost its international marketing returns by featuring these players – Parker and Diaw will share cover placement in France, while Nowitzki will be featured on the covers of products sold in his native Germany and Gasol’s picture will adorn all units sold in Spain. Yet more evidence of the NBA’s continuing efforts to attract more international attention.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

I couldn’t believe my eyes!

The Dallas Mavericks are still my favorite team. I have never faltered as a fan and won’t succumb to the critics’ views that the Mavs just relied too much on the jump shot.

They were forced outside by the ludicrous calls they were getting anytime they got less than two inches from any Miami player anywhere in the paint. They fought hard against the oppressive rain of false penalties in the first two games but were slowly terrorized into a corner. The only way they could get any kind of momentum going was to take ill-advised shots for fear that anything more physical or daring would only draw them into the foul trap, good call or bad. It would have ended differently, I think if the officials had been as hard on the Heat – but they were not.

No matter what, in most games the officials are known to back off in the final minutes to make sure that superior play decides the winner of the game and not one call or another. Nothing the Mavs did in the final minutes of those games was flagrant and very few of the calls would hold up under review by unbiased parties. I am sure.

What I am not sure of is how can teams work to combat this scenario in the future. How can a team learn to play under such insulting and oppressively fearful circumstances? Who can explain why the referees chose not to call Miami’s obvious fouls? Why would they suspend Maverick players for offenses that never warrant more than a fine and for offenses they had already been punished for in an appropriate and fair manner?

I fully support Mark Cuban in his questioning of the NBA’s motives and agendas. We live in a crazy world where weirder things have happened and I think it is totally honorable of him to encourage people not to think the NBA is guilty of wrongdoing. He is right though to push for some sort of review or consideration that could allow us to speak rationally about the inconsistencies and unbalanced behavior everyone witnessed in this year’s NBA Finals. Really in the whole post-season. But I won’t blame him if he just accepts it and moves on. It is a hard call to make.

I am grateful to all the Dallas Mavericks for an awesome season. It was better than I could have hoped for and you all showed signs of growing and achieving throughout the long journey. Dirk the Warrior improved as a player and leader and as a facilitator of his fellow teammates’ glory and improvement as well. They could not have done it without him and he deserves our cheers for being a true gladiator and a titan in his field.

Avery Johnson is the best thing that ever happened to these players. He is the kind of coach they should be making movies about. Strong in his resolve to change these players careers, Avery has motivated his players to better themselves and play to each others strengths. The Mavericks of old lacked the camaraderie and chemistry that these new Mavericks have developed under the tutelage of an intelligent, creative, compassionate leader that maintains the players respect and trust by directing them in a manner that speaks to his respect and trust in their abilities and value. I believe it all comes down to love and encouragement.

A lot of people are still really sore about the outcome of the NBA Finals. Whether we got a fair shake or not, the Dallas Mavericks lost the series. Whether we were driven to play in fear or were too inexperienced to adapt and compensate for the handicaps that were imposed upon us, we still battled pretty well. When people asked if game 5 was our worst loss ever I got really mad. The Mavs lost that game by a few points and had the lead for a time. Worst-Losses tend to have greater score discrepancies and fewer powerful performances. Trashing a team for losing their first NBA Finals ever is just mean and uncalled for. We had just as good a chance to win as Miami and we rolled with the punches as well as we could.

I am proud of the Dallas Mavericks and believe that they will strive to fight just as hard next year. All I want for next season is to see them having fun on the court like they did this season. Thanks for the memories Dirk, Josh, Jason, Avery and especially Mark Cuban. Don’t let the man get you down! Make the world a better place any way you choose. You have given us more than we could ever have dreamed already. It would be nice to continue this relationship a long time. Cheers, E

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Mavs, tonight it's do or die!

How many different teams are showing up for the 2006 NBA finals? The uniforms say Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat, but the performances have been so streaky that it makes you wonder. Were the Dallas Mavericks who were so dominating in Games 1 and 2 the same poor zombies of Game 4? Luckily, the other games were lots closer and thrilling to watch. Unluckily, they ended with Miami in the win column.
The one pattern that has held so far is: victory to the home team. I say, let's go with that -- tonight and Thursday!

Saturday, June 10, 2006

I’ve got faith in the boys in blue!

The Dallas Mavericks won game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on Thursday night. I was so happy after that game. We were jumping around cheering and celebrating. It felt good to get over the stress of just wanting to come out strong and win this first crucial game.

I know we didn’t play our best game that night but we still managed to win by a nice margin. Dirk was not on his game but remember what he did after the last 11 point game he had. He came out and scored 50 points. I am confident that the Mavericks got all the information they needed in that first game to anticipate the Miami offense and battle their defense. We know what our good coverage strategies are now and we know the pace at which the Heat like to play.

Now it is time to play Maverick basketball and show the Miami Heat that Antoine Walker is not going to make a difference in this series, Shaq won’t be a big threat when we have three centers and that Dwyane Wade is no match for Josh Howard and Adrian Griffin. DJ Mbenga’s return will be a sweet homecoming.

If they can find the drive to play their game, the Dallas Mavericks will dominate the Miami Heat throughout this series.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

MAVS SLAY THE DRAGON!!!

The Dallas Mavericks have slayed the dragon! The San Antonio Spurs went down and we are now facing the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals. I am so excited but I don’t want to jinx anything. So all I will say is we haven’t done anything yet. We have at least eight games to go and maybe more. I sound like Avery don’t I.

Make no mistake I celebrated hard when we smashed the Spurs in overtime. It was a stressful game and I almost lost hope but Dirk came to the rescue once again. Go Dirk! Go Mavs.

As a side note a buddy of mine is having a baby boy and he’s naming him after the gentle German. Aiden Dirk Jennison. I like it! Congrats Man!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Mavs Rock and Spurs don’t!

I know I haven’t written much since the Playoffs started but I just don’t want to jinx my team. I think it is safe to say that Dirk’s minor injury is not going to slow us down as evident in our win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday. Josh Howard, Jason Terry and Jerry Stackhouse stepped up and all contributed to our win. Dirk was especially vital in the final minutes as he set us up for the win.

Manu Ginobli was a force to be reckoned with after Duncan’s exit, but we held tight and forced some nice errors and turnovers. San Antonio sent us to the line 13 times during the game and we made 11. Overall it was a smashing game that finished well. I can’t wait for our game tonight! Mavs rock!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Dallas Mavericks…One down and a few to go.

The Dallas Mavericks took game one of their series against the Memphis Grizzlies last night. The final score was 103-93 and the Mavericks lead the Grizzlies by as much as 18 points during the game. Jason Terry was on his game and Dampier was all about the rebounds with 12. Dirk Nowitzki was the star, however, with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Go Mavs!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Predicting a Win Over the Denver Nuggets

The Dallas Mavericks are currently suffering through the longest losing streak of the season. We lost to the Orlando Magic, Detroit pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers this week. The Magic played well for what seems to be the first time all season yet had no answer for Dirk Nowitzki who managed 38 points.

While it was hard to watch them lose to a sub-par team like the Magic, the Mavs are entitled to a few mistakes considering how spot on they have played all season. Now that we have key players returning from injury, this Mavericks team should break away from this run of bad luck and get back to winning.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Lesson: Don’t play hungry!

Dallas Maverick Jerry Stackhouse was bitten by Robert Horry of the San Antonio Spurs during play at the AT&T Center. Horry bit Stackhouse while they were scuffling for the ball. Ref Dick Bevetta said he did not see the bite, which sent Stackhouse into a post-game tirade heavily laden with foul language directed at the veteran official. Horry got his just deserts in the form of a two game suspension for intentionally touching Dick Bevetta while arguing the call of a double technical that included him and Stackhouse.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Mavericks Players Honor Themselves and Avery Johnson

The Dallas Mavericks are on a thirteen game winning streak and have one of the deepest benches in the NBA. They are playing with chemistry and benefiting from their expert leadership. The fact that Avery Johnson can bench a top player like Eric Dampier and have that player act honorably, not whiney like some, says a lot for the Mavericks as individuals and as a team. It was the right move and we have been winning ever since.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Everyone knows fun jobs are few and far between.

The Dallas Mavericks just came off their best road trip in franchise history! 5-0! I have to give credit to Avery Johnson. The Little General has done a lot for this team. His encouragement has changed this Maverick team into a squad that has a lot of fun when they are on the court. It seems like a simple thing to have fun playing NBA Basketball, but it isn’t.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Dallas in Close Contention with Spurs

The Dallas Mavericks have been on fire lately holding two of their last three opponents to under eighty points. We are still chasing San Antonio for that first seed in the upcoming playoffs and the Suns are sure to start snapping at our heels after the All-Star break when Amare Stoudemire returns.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Mavs Meet Nets after Loss to Spurs

The Dallas Mavericks are about to meet Jason Kidd the New Jersey Nets for the first time this season. The Nets had a spotty record before their recent 10 game winning streak and they just lost to the San Antonio Spurs whom we have defeated once this season. The Mavericks have a great home record and this game will be played at the American Airlines Center.

On a local note the Mavericks have become the first Dallas advertiser to show up on hub caps. You can to see the Mavs ads on taxi cabs all over Dallas and the surrounding areas.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Dirk is the Man and You Know It

Right after Avery Johnson was named Head Coach of the Month, Dirk Nowitzki got Western Conference Player of the Month. This is an honor he received twice last season and I feel it is important to recognize his great contribution to this team. We may have had a few mediocre games but our win loss record speaks for itself. We have beat some tough teams and lost to some not so good teams but all along the way Dirk has been there blocking shots, snagging rebounds and scoring the threes. Unfortunately we lost to Minnesota this week but Dirk and the Dallas Mavericks will bounce back and go on another winning streak.