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.