For your holiday enjoyment: Mavs tidbits
*How many of you, coming into the season, expected Dallas to be a top-five defensive team?
Neither did we.
But the Mavs are indeed fifth in the league in defensive efficiency, allowing just 101.7 points per 100 possessions.
The Los Angeles Lakers entered Friday's play at a league-leading 98.1 points allowed per 100 possessions, followed by the Charlotte Bobcats (99.1), Boston Celtics (99.3), Milwaukee Bucks (101.3) and then Dallas.
*Dirk Nowitzki awoke Christmas morning as the league's fifth-most proficient player at drawing fouls, according to the following chart:
*The San Antonio Spurs' home victory Monday over the Los Angeles Clippers was its 14th consecutive regular-season triumph against the Clips. That's the longest such streak in the league, but the Mavs have one of three active 13-game win streaks: San Antonio over the New Jersey Nets, the Houston Rockets over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Mavs next play the Wolves on Feb. 5 at home.
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Play Podcast Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.
Play Podcast Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.
Play Podcast Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.
Play Podcast Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.
Play Podcast ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.
Play Podcast Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.
Play Podcast ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.