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You can’t blame Cuban for daydreaming about changing conferences. Put the Mavs in the East and they’re a lock to have home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. In the West, they’ll probably have to fight to the finish just to earn a postseason berth.
But, as Cuban sees it, the conference imbalance isn’t all bad for the West teams.
“I think it’ll result in the law of unintended consequences,” Cuban said. “As unbalanced as it seems, worse teams will make the playoffs in the East, which means that hurts their draft position, which means better teams in the West will get better players in the draft since this is a good draft. So the law of unintended consequences comes into play.
“So many teams in the East weren’t really out there to be the best possible that they’ll win games against each other, have better records, get into the playoffs, which means they won’t be in the lottery, so it’ll end up hurting them.”
The upcoming draft, expected to be headlined by Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker and Marcus Smart, will be likely be the most hyped in a decade. It’s safe to assume that the loaded draft class influenced several moves that were made over the summer.
“I don’t even know who’s tanking or not tanking,” Cuban said. “But they only have two teams over .500 [in the East]. That says it all. Whether it’s intentional or not, that doesn’t really matter.”
It won’t pay off for all of those teams, either. The law of unintended consequences will come into play.
After a one-game absence due to a bone bruise in his right ankle, Calderon returned to Dallas’ starting lineup and played 33 serviceable minutes, but the day-to-day designation will apparently continue as the Mavs begin a four-game road trip.
“It was good,” Calderon said of his ankle. “I don’t know what it’s going to be in a few hours, but it’s OK.”
Added Mavs coach Rick Carlisle: “We’ll see how he is tomorrow, but he was vital tonight. He played extremely well.”
Calderon’s statistics in the win over the Bobcats won’t overwhelm anybody. He scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting (4-of-5 from 3-point range) and dished out only one assist, only the sixth time he has had one or fewer assists in a game he started during his nine-year NBA career.
But Calderon’s calming effect for the offense has immense value for the Mavs, as does the threat he presents as a perimeter shooter.
“He’s one of the lowest turnover point guards in the league and he puts us in the right sets offensively,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “Then on the weak side, he’s one of the best shooters, and his presence means a lot to us out there. He was great again tonight. He grinded it out and we needed him.”
They’ll need Calderon again Wednesday night in New Orleans. Whether he’ll be able to answer the bell remains to be determined.
Ledo has averaged 1.2 points in 2.6 minutes in six appearances for the Mavs.
The Mavs selected Ledo with the 43rd overall pick as a developmental project. He did not play in his lone season at Providence because the NCAA did not clear him academically.
But Carter, who was one of the few bright spots during the .500 disappointment last season, has yet to get cooking consistently this season.
Carter hopes to snap out of a nasty mini-slump when the Mavs face the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. He has a total of 15 points on 6-of-23 shooting in Dallas’ two games this week.
Coach Rick Carlisle, who cringed when Carter put up a 3 after dribbling between his legs during a 3-of-13 outing in Monday’s loss to the Denver Nuggets, takes part of the blame for Carter’s struggles. Carlisle said he needs to do help Carter get better shots.
“We don’t talk about it if they go in, right?” Carter said. “They’re shots I’ve hit before. I can make them. I’m going to make them.”
That’s the confidence you’d expect from a man who ranks 27th in NBA history with 22,385 career points. And Carter’s shot distribution chart doesn’t look a lot different than last season’s, although that doesn’t account for degree of difficulty due to defense.
Maybe it’s just a matter of time before Carter gets in a groove. Or perhaps Father Time has finally caught up to Carter, who turns 37 in January.
Carlisle is certain that Carter, a 16-year veteran, can still be a major asset for the Mavs. The coach went so far as to recently refer to Carter as part of the Mavs’ “Big Three” along with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.
But Carlisle firmly believes that Carter needs his help, along with the help of his teammates, to provide efficient scoring punch off the pine.
“He’s a confident player and he’s an attacker,” Carlisle said. “He knows that off the bench he’s got to be one of the facilitators out there. In our flow game, one of the intricacies and nuances of it is the ball has to move and it has to find the best players at the best times. We just haven’t been finding him at the best possible times. Too frequently, he ends up with the ball with the shot clock running down and just has to fling one up.
“We can do better. We have to do better. And when it comes to calling plays and things like that, we’re going to look at a few things to try to help him out.”
DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki passed Kevin Garnett on the NBA's all-time scoring list, at least for one night.
Nowitzki moved by Garnett for 14th on the list after making a free throw with 3:03 remaining in the first half of the Dallas Mavericks' game Monday night against the Denver Nuggets.
Garnett, a 19-year veteran in his first season with the Brooklyn Nets, has 25,352 career points.
Nowitzki, who has spent all 16 of his NBA seasons with the Mavs, entered the night trailing Garnett by nine points.
It's possible that Nowitzki and Garnett could trade places on the all-time scoring list again Tuesday night, when the Nets have a road game against the Toronto Raptors. The Mavs' next game is at home Wednesday night against the Golden State Warriors.
However, it's likely that Nowitzki will create some distance between himself and Garnett on the all-time scoring list throughout the course of the season. Nowitzki was averaging 20.9 points per game this season before Monday night. Garnett is averaging a career-low 6.5 points per game with the Nets.
Kobe Bryant, who ranks fourth all-time with 31,617 points, is the only active player higher on the scoring list than Nowitzki and Garnett.
Alex English (25,613 points) would be the next retired player bumped down a spot by Nowitzki, who has already passed Jerry West and Reggie Miller this season.
In an interview with ESPN Dallas, Nowitzki said the shot didn’t go unnoticed.
“Yeah, I actually saw that,” Nowitzki said with a grin. “I looked at him and gave him a smirk. It was a heck of a shot. ... I didn’t think he’d shoot a one-legger. It looked pretty smooth. I’ve got to give it to him. He made it look easy.”
"No, it was a show of respect," James told reporters in Miami after the game. "Dirk is one of my favorite guys. I love the way he approaches the game, the way he plays the game, he's amazing, obviously, we all know that. But I took that from him. I don't do that as well as him, though. He's been doing it a lot longer than me."
That comment was made just a little over a week after Oklahoma City Thunder scoring machine Kevin Durant continued to profess his admiration for the Dallas forward. As Oklahoma City and Dallas have squared off in the playoffs over recent years, Durant has been very open about his respect for Nowitzki and wanting to use his shot. Durant mentioned that when he was 13, Nowitzki was 23 and the young gunner was already working on Nowitzki’s patented shot.
“Sorry I’m making Dirk seem a little bit old, but that’s when I started focusing on Dirk, and he became one of my favorite players to ever play this game,”
Durant told reporters prior to the game between the Mavs and the Thunder in early November, “I just tried it one day when I was working out in the summer. It was rougher than I thought it was going to be, so it took me some time to figure it out, but I think I’m doing all right with it.”
It should be noted that Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was the first to really copy Nowitzki’s shot, but he hasn’t had a chance to use it yet this season due to his Achilles injury. Nonetheless, the other two stars are using it and loving it and it’s clear that Nowitzki doesn’t hold any ill will toward the young juggernauts as they use his shot.
“It’s obviously an honor if the two best players in this league think that. That’s great. It makes me feel proud of the work I’ve put in now in my 16th season. I’m glad that other teams and players are watching us play. It makes me happy,” Nowitzki continued. “I’m glad it’s a weapon they use and like.”
It’s not like James and Durant need any additional help to their games on offense. They have the full repertoire. They have post-ups, unlimited range and the ability to get to the rim off the dribble, but having Nowitzki’s one-foot fade makes them that much more filthy. There’s a big difference though in when the three players are required to use the shot. Ever the one to self-deprecate, Nowitzki explained the difference.
“The good thing about that shot is that you can always get it off, but those two guys are so quick off the dribble that they’re not stuck a lot. I usually get stuck,” Nowitzki joked. “I get stuck a lot, so that’s always a shot I can do. They’re still in their prime and quick off the dribble, so they don’t get stuck that much.”
The league has seen Kareem’s skyhook, Hakeem’s dream shake and Michael’s fadeaway emerge as some of the most iconic shots. Speaking of Michael Jordan, don’t forget that Jordan cited Nowitzki as one of the current stars in this era he felt could be as successful in his era. Back to the shots, is it possible that Nowitzki’s one-foot fade could become the next shot to join the group?
“It already is,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told ESPN Dallas. “You’ve got those guys [James and Durant] emulating it and basically going out of their way to learn to shoot it as a tribute to him.
“I can make a case that Dirk has changed the NBA game as much as any player in history with his shooting ability. Just look at the way the game is played now, it’s fast-paced, it’s jump-shot oriented, it’s skill-oriented. It all lines up with when he came in the league. Now, big guys that can’t shoot really are of minute value. Power forwards that can’t shoot really hold a marginalized value. Dirk’s one of the all-time greats. He’s a pioneer because there’s no seven-footer that’s ever transformed the game the way he has. He’s why the league has made the term, stretch four.”
When asked about the theory that his shot could become the next iconic shot, Nowitzki pondered, grinned and quickly dismissed the notion of it.
“I’m not sure about of that,” Nowitzki laughed. “I’m glad that I’ve left a little mark. I’ve been able to do some good stuff and win a lot of games in this league, score a lot of points. It’s been a pleasure. It’s been a good ride. I wouldn’t quite put my shot up there with the dream shake or the Jordan fadeaway, but it’s definitely a good shot.”
When you see the NBA logo, you know that it’s Jerry West. When you see the Jumpman logo, you know that it’s Michael Jordan. That’s the true definition of an icon. Nowitzki might not agree, but his one-foot fadeaway is an iconic shot. Maybe one day, the shot will be immortalized in true icon status as a statue outside the American Airlines Center.
“Hopefully, not serious,” coach Rick Carlisle told reporters Thursday. “But if something happens and he can’t go tomorrow, everybody’s going to jump up one spot on the food chain. And the next guy is going to have to be ready at every position. Hopefully that’s not the case. But if it does, that’s where we are.
“One player out of the rotation can completely change how a team looks and functions, and we have to be ready for those situations.”
The 35-year-old Marion, the Mavs’ best defender, is averaging 12.7 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds in 32.3 minutes per game this season. He starts at small forward and often slides to power forward when Dirk Nowitzki rests.
If Marion is unable to play, Vince Carter or Jae Crowder would start in his place. The Mavs are careful to keep the 36-year-old Carter’s minutes in the mid-20s, so Crowder’s role could expand significantly, particularly since he has played some power forward as well. Marion’s potential absence could also lead to Wayne Ellington getting his first playing time since Nov. 8.
Marion not only finished Wednesday’s game, but he scored five points and grabbed a rebound in the final 80 seconds as the Mavs completed their comeback. His 3-pointer with 47.7 seconds remaining gave the Mavs the lead for good.
All indications are that the Dallas Mavericks are going to be awfully hard to beat at the American Airlines Center this season.
It hasn’t happened yet. The Mavs are 6-0 at home after Wednesday night’s heart-pounding comeback win over the Houston Rockets. That puts Dallas in pretty good company. The Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are the only other teams still undefeated at home this season.
This is the best season-opening home winning streak by the Mavs since 2007-08, when they also went 6-0 at the AAC to start the season. The Mavs won their first 12 home games in 2002-03 and their first 10 in 2003-04.
“For every team to get confident, you’ve got to win at home,” point guard Jose Calderon said. “The NBA is getting harder every day to win on the road, so if you can take care of these [home] games, it’s amazing. You beat a team like Houston, even more.”
Hundreds of fans in the sellout crowd didn’t stick around for the electrifying finish Wednesday night, departing when Dallas was down double digits early in the fourth quarter. The thousands who stuck around, however, made their presence felt during the Mavs’ rally.
Players in the locker room after the win talked about the fans giving the game a playoff vibe by standing and screaming down the stretch.
“The crowd really gave us a boost that last four and a half minutes in the fourth quarter,” said Monta Ellis, who played in front of a lot of empty seats the last season and a half in Milwaukee. “They got loud every time we scored and we just got pumped about it because we were getting stops, going to the other end and scoring and the crowd was going wild. They did give us a boost tonight.”
The Mavs are giving their home crowds ample reason to get excited.
Coach Rick Carlisle referred to it as a “defensive pillow fight.” Then, suddenly, the Mavs started throwing some real defensive haymakers.
The Mavs’ offensive numbers, especially from Monta Ellis (37 points) and Dirk Nowitzki (35), were awesome. But Dallas didn’t look like it had a chance to beat the Rockets until the Mavs buckled down defensively.
Once the smoke cleared, the scoreboard read Mavs 123, Rockets 120.
How the heck did the Mavs hold the Rockets to 19 points in the fourth quarter, less than half of Houston’s total from the first quarter? How did a Houston team that shot 64.9 percent in the first 36 minutes go 5-of-19 from the floor in the final frame?
“Really what won us the game in the fourth quarter was our scrambling mentality on defense,” Nowitzki said. “We trapped James [Harden] off the pick-and-roll, we trapped Dwight [Howard] on the block and just had to scramble out of there. That actually gave us some life, some momentum, some energy, and then we carried it through to the win.”
The Mavs had no answers for Howard (33 points, 12-16 FG), Harden (23 points, 6-14 FG, eight assists) or Chandler Parsons (21 points, 7-10 FG, 11 assists) for most of the game. That changed when coach Rick Carlisle went to a zone defense with the Mavs trailing by 14 points to start the fourth quarter.
The Mavs held Houston, which was playing the second game of a back-to-back, to three points for a span that lasted more than five minutes. That allowed Dallas to put itself in position to pull off the comeback.
A few stories about Ellis being a defensive liability were printed out and taped up in his locker. The especially critical passages have been highlighted.
“It’s just something I look at every day before practice, before the game,” Ellis said, “and try to feed off of it.”
Ellis arrived in Dallas with a poor reputation as a defender despite racking up a lot of steals. He had a rap as a high-risk defender who sacrificed being fundamentally sound to get steals, and at 6-foot-3, his size puts him at a significant disadvantage against bigger shooting guards such as Houston’s James Harden (34 points vs. Mavs) and Minnesota’s Kevin Martin (32 points vs. Mavs).
Another huge challenge will be waiting for Ellis in Miami in the form of Dwyane Wade.
“He’s picked it up in the last few games,” coach Rick Carlisle said of Ellis’ defensive work. “The assignments the next couple of games get harder with Wade and then you’ve got [Victor] Oladipo in Orlando. In a situation like his, where he’s such a dynamic scorer, teams are always going to go at him. It’s important that he is able to hold the fort defensively and be able to continue to attack offensively.”
It’s worth noting that the Mavs have been a better defensive team so far this season with Ellis on the floor. Dallas’ overall defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) is 102.3, which is tied for 15th in the NBA. It’s 99.9 with Ellis on the floor.
Carlisle downplayed Ellis’ size as a concern and cited his athleticism, experience and toughness as traits that can help him be a solid defender. Carlisle said a challenge for him is keeping Ellis’ minutes at a reasonable level, allowing him to exert maximum energy on both ends of the floor.
“Look, no team is perfect, and we’re far from perfect, but we’ve got to constantly be looking for solutions to our challenges,” Carlisle said. “The biggest solution is hard play.”
The hope apparently is that the motivational fodder in Ellis’ locker helps him play hard on the less glamorous aspect of the game.
The Mavericks showed their Jekyll and Hyde over the course of the night against Milwaukee.
The third quarter saw the Mavs score a season-low 13 points as the poise they showed in the opening half faded. Dallas had eight turnovers in the first half, but produced five in the third quarter alone.
The disparity has been a consistent trend in the early portion of the season. Dallas has been able to secure victories mainly due to its high-octane offense. The Mavericks have shot 48 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from 3-point range while averaging 110.8 points in their four wins.
The stats are quite different in the losses. Dallas has shot 42.9 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from long distance in its three defeats.
The win-loss story remains the same on the defensive end of the floor.
After the victory in Milwaukee, opponents are shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from 3-point range and have scored 98.8 points when Dallas wins. Foes are shooting .490 from the field and .387 from distance and scoring 112 points when Dallas loses.
The numbers also are concerning in the rebounding department, as Dallas is plus-5 on the glass in victories and minus-0.3 in losses.
As a breath of fresh air, the defense came through in a big way Saturday, as Dallas held Milwaukee to a season-low 38.3 percent shooting from the field and forced 20 turnovers.
“We had been struggling defensively on the road in the first three games,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. “Tonight we knew we had to make a stand and we had to do things a lot better.
“The guys really made a stand tonight.”
That effort was evident down the stretch, as Dallas forced former Mavs shooting guard O.J. Mayo into five turnovers in the fourth quarter after he had only one in the first three.
Dallas had four timely steals in the final frame that really helped shift control in its favor.
“Those were momentum-changers,” Carlisle said. “They were making a run and had it down to two points. It was a couple of defensive plays that helped us take back momentum.”
Momentum is going to be something the Mavs will need to build on. They have a difficult early schedule, as seven of their 16 back-to-backs come within the first five weeks of the season.
It remains to be seen whether that front-loaded schedule will help or hurt the Mavs as they try to incorporate new players into the mix.
Either way, Carlisle remains optimistic.
“I like this team. I like our guys,” Carlisle told reporters. “I believe we’re going to continue to get better, but it’s going to be work. We’ve got to continue to build chemistry.”
Chemistry will be a necessity. Consistency will be just as important.
The Dallas Mavericks ended their fourth game in a stretch of five nights on high note with a 91-83 over the Milwaukee Bucks.
How it happened: After O.J. Mayo got going early by scoring eight of his team’s first 11 points, the Mavs responded with a 10-0 run. The run was sparked by Jose Calderon’s hot shooting. The Bucks continued to go under on Dallas screens, and Calderon made them pay with three consecutive 3-point buckets. The hot streak spread through the rest of the Mavs, as they shot 13-of-22 from the field in the opening quarter.
As the Mavs continued to attack the basket and dish the ball out to the open man, the Bucks were constantly on their heels. Dallas made the game look easy in the first half, as they shot .500 percent from the field and held Milwaukee to .357 percent from the field.
The second half saw the hot shooting by the Mavs fade away. Dallas looked confused on offense, as they couldn’t establish any consistency on that end of the floor. Milwaukee capitalized with a 16-2 run during the third quarter to bring its deficit down from 19 to three.
Despite only shooting 5-of-22 from the field with five turnovers in the third quarter, Dallas took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, timely steals by both Jae Crowder and DeJuan Blair led to easy buckets for the Mavs, which allowed them to extend their lead. With the game up for grabs for most of the fourth quarter, the Mavs were able to cling to their lead to secure a much-needed victory.
In a revenge game for Mayo and Monta Ellis, Mayo won the scoring battle with 28 points, but Ellis played the better all-around game. The Milwaukee crowd showed no love for their former shooting guard, but Ellis ultimately got the last laugh with the victory.
What it means: Dallas had to gut out a tough game on the final night of tough stretch early in their schedule. Late-game execution was a major issue for the Mavs of 2012-13. For one night in Milwaukee, the 2013-14 Mavs showed they could do enough in the clutch.
Play of the game: With the Bucks down only four points and two minutes to go, Mayo posted up Calderon and tried to capitalize on the mismatch. Mayo inadvertently turned the ball over and Dirk Nowitzki was able to make the Bucks pay with a timely jumper. Catastrophic turnovers killed Mayo last season. It might be a new year and a new team for Mayo, but the problem reared its ugly head once again.
Stat of the night: With a 15-point lead, Dallas scored 34 points in the opening quarter. Dallas came into the game 0-3 in games in which they were losing after the opening quarter. Dallas is now 4-0 in games in which they have taken a lead into the second quarter.
Twice in the last three games, the second-year forward has hit a career high in points. He matched his rookie-best with 15 points Friday night in Houston and scored 18 in Tuesday’s win over the Lakers. In both instances, he did the bulk of his damage in the fourth quarter of lopsided games, drilling five 3s in the final frame in Houston and scoring 14 in the last dozen minutes against L.A.
“I passed up a few early in the first half,” Crowder said after going 7-of-9 from the floor and 4-of-6 from 3-point range Tuesday. “I just told myself that in the second half, if I got that open look again, I gotta let it go. My teammates had trust in me and they said the same exact thing at halftime, so I had all the confidence in the world to step into the shot.
The Mavs definitely aren’t just dismissing Crowder’s offensive outbursts because they occurred during relatively meaningless minutes. He’s 10-of-14 from 3-point range this season, a significant development for a player who shot a mediocre 32.8 percent from long range last season.
Coach Rick Carlisle said he decided to give Crowder a spot in the rotation, which came at Wayne Ellington’s expense, after seeing how well he shot the ball against the Rockets.
“That shot is really looking good, so hopefully he can keep that up,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “He steps into that shot like, uh, like me. It’s been really looking good. He’s confident with it.”
Crowder also looked pretty confident when he threw down a dunk in transition traffic in the first half. It’s the kind of athletic play he might not have been able to make last season, when he was frankly a bit pudgy by NBA small forward standards.
“It would have taken a lot of energy out of me, I know that,” Crowder said. “I probably could have done it, but it would have taken a lot of energy. But this year just feels more natural. I feel good. I feel light on my feet.”
Fast-forward to Saturday, and point guard Mike Conley, the most dynamic option the Memphis Grizzlies have in terms of facilitating for others from the perimeter, had Marion defending him. While keeping Conley relatively in check over the course of the game, Marion would also find himself guarding power forward Zach Randolph. Carlisle appreciated the true versatility that Marion brought to the table and was able to put it in historical context.
"You're talking about a really special player, and he really personalized this game. He felt lousy about [Friday's loss]. He knew we needed a spark. From start to finish, he was on."
Marion was on in the form of producing his first double-double of the season, with 21 points and game-high-tying 14 rebounds in 34 minutes.
"I was just trying to help the team the best way I could," Marion said. "With me starting on Conley, I was trying to set the tone on defense and set the pace for the game."
The pace was set for the game as he helped the Mavs take a significant lead on the Grizzlies in the opening quarter. As the game continued at a grind, Marion led the charge on the defensive end. If you're a team that's only going to shoot 40 percent from the field, defense is certainly necessary if you want to win a game. Marion was able to hold up his end of the bargain and the Mavs were able to secure a victory. To top it off, he was the team's second-leading scorer.
"Shawn is one of the best all-around players this league has," Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki said. "We all know that. As coach said, there's not a lot of players that can guard the point guard and a big 4 guy. He's a very versatile guy. He's a great slasher on offense. Without him, there's no way we win the championship a couple of years ago."
Blair continues to deliver in the paint: In another matchup where he was severely undersized, DeJuan Blair delivered. With his eight points and six rebounds off the bench, Blair is averaging 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in 20.3 minutes in the team's first three games. Going into the season, it remained a question where the team would receive a dose of attitude and edginess. It appears that Blair is going to be the player who provides that.
"He's a tough-nosed guy," Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki said of his new teammate. "He goes in [the paint] where it hurts. He's got a big body and pushed people around. That's exactly what we need. We needed a physical presence. He's been great at battling on the inside. He obviously gives up some size every night, but he makes up for it by fighting."
Coming through when it counts: Both Dallas victories have seen the Mavs hold on to a lead in the final five minutes of the game, something that wasn't common last season. With last season's bunch, there were catastrophic turnovers and an inability to get timely stops. This season, the Mavs are 2-for-2 in holding on to secure victories.
"We're a smarter team," said Vince Carter, who again led the Mavs in bench scoring with 11 points. "Guys have been around and understand how to play the game of basketball. We have a lot of scoring power, a lot of guys who are just willing to do whatever is ask. That's the biggest key and the most important thing to our team right now. We have so many guys to do whatever and we have so many guys are ready to go right now. It's a great feeling."
Clarity on competition: It may only be three games, but Nowitzki is clear on what the Mavs are capable of in terms of battling against the playoff contenders in the Western Conference.
"I think we can compete," Nowitzki said. "If we play hard and fight for each other defensively, we can play with anybody. If we don't, we can get embarrassed like we did in Houston in the first half. We're not good enough to coast. We've got to compete at all times."
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