Dallas Mavericks: austin rivers

Pelicans cry foul about late no-call

January, 11, 2014
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DALLAS -- For the second time in the past two weeks, a Mavericks' win ended with the opposing coach crying foul about a no-call.

In this case, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams was upset that contact by Dallas guard Monta Ellis on Austin Rivers didn't draw a whistle in the final second of the Mavs' 110-107 win Saturday night. Williams thought Rivers should have had the opportunity to shoot three free throws to potentially send the game into overtime.

"That's just too bad," Williams said. "That's just not right. If we stopped it with .5 on the clock, Monta Ellis' arm is across Austin's -- both of his arms for a 3-point shot. It's hard to swallow that kind of no-call in a game like that, especially when Dirk [Nowitzki] gets the same call on the right side in the first half.

"That's a tough one. Then, I think they shot 45 free throws. So it's hard to swallow that. Certainly not going to blame the game on the refs, but certainly didn't like the call at the end."

The Mavs' win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 30 ended in similar fashion. NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn released a statement the next day acknowledging that Shawn Marion should have been called for a foul that would have given Kevin Love a chance to shoot free throws to send the game into overtime.

Ellis admitted he would have wanted a foul call if he had been the offensive player in that situation, but he stopped short of saying he hacked Rivers.

"If you look at it, Rivers wasn't even trying to go," Ellis said. "He was just dribbling the basketball. All I did was put my hand down just like this [holding hand out below his waist] and never went back. That's just like you're just trying to put the game in the referee's hand."

Rivers said the video, which is sure to be reviewed by the league office, speaks for itself.

"I couldn't get the shot off," Rivers said. "I've never, ever had something like that. ... I can't really comment on it. I'm not trying to lose any money over this. An unfortunate event happened. It happens in basketball.

"We made mistakes down the stretch, and you can't put the game in the hands of somebody else, so it's not the referees' fault."

Mavs drop first in Vegas summer stinker

July, 18, 2012
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The Mavericks' summer squad lost for first the time in three games in Las Vegas, going down to the Hawks, 67-61. Considering Dominique Jones scored 32 points in the opener and the team averaged 86.5 points in the first two games, this one was an offensive stinker.

Jones got off to a 3-of-12 start from the floor and finished 5-of-16 for 12 points. He had five assists and five rebounds, but also five turnovers.

Rookie forward Jae Crowder continued his strong play at both ends of the floor with 20 points, eight rebounds -- four on the offensive end -- four steals and a blocked shot with just one turnover in 34 minutes. Rookie center Bernard James finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double of the summer.

No one else finished with more than seven points. Mavs first-round pick Jared Cunningham still has yet to suit up due to a hamstring injury sustained during pre-draft workouts.

The Mavs have two more games on the summer slate. Their next one starts at 9:30 p.m. Friday against No. 10 pick Austin Rivers and the Hornets, a game that will be shown on NBA TV. No. 1 draft pick Anthony Davis is not playing for New Orleans in Vegas. His agenda includes playing with the U.S. Olympic team.

For a box score and full schedule click here.

What about Rodrigue Beaubois, Dominique Jones?

June, 28, 2012
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The Dallas Mavericks will get a player in the first round of the draft for a third time in four years. They hope tonight's No. 17 pick can be inserted directly into the rotation next season.

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But what about the futures of the previous two first-rounders? A draft-day deal netted No. 25 Rodrigue Beaubois in 2009, and Dallas paid $3 million to the Memphis Grizzlies to select Dominique Jones in 2010. If the Mavs land Deron Williams in free agency, both players could be swept up in cap-clearing trades. If Williams doesn't come to Dallas, the Mavs must figure out how to best utilize both young players that have yet to find a home at either guard spot.

For all the flashes of promise from Beaubois, he played all of 12 minutes in the four-game sweep to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Jones couldn't beat out recently acquired Kelenna Azubuike for a spot on the playoff roster despite Azubuike having been out of the league since 2009.

The broken left foot saga plagued Beaubois for two seasons, and who knows how badly it set back his confidence and development. The more critical question about Beaubois as he enters his fourth season is if he has the inner drive to become a top-flight talent, the type of ceiling the franchise once believed was within reach for the French-speaking youngster from the tiny island of Guadeloupe.

Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said he believes Beaubois, finally healthy enough to train for the full summer, has the desire and toughness to excel, and that he's been the victim of a veteran logjam in the backcourt.

"Yes, the injury really set him back," Nelson said. "There’s another late first-round pick that’s quick as a cat, upside and again you’re stuck behind one of the greatest point guards to ever play (Jason Kidd), and then Delonte (West) really did some nice stuff for us this year and we certainly have to figure out a way to get him minutes. So in fairness to Roddy, the injury set him back -- it’s been a little bit disjointed in terms of playing time as a result of that -- but last year he really helped us win some games, and we’re really looking forward to him building on this past year."

As for Jones heading into his third season, he has been a forgotten man for two years. He's seen more PT with the D-League Texas Legends than the Mavs. And it can't be a good sign when Azubuike, who played just three games after being picked up in late March, gets the last roster spot in the playoffs. Jones is a combo guard who can get to the basket but he has virtually no perimeter jumper.

Nelson said Jones is working at point guard this summer with coach Rick Carlisle. Yet, it would seem the only chance he has of earning minutes at the point is if the Mavs lose out on Williams and Kidd follows him to Brooklyn. Shooting guard could offer more opportunity with Jason Terry and West (who plays both guard spots) both potentially leaving via free agency and Vince Carter not yet assured of returning.

"Here’s a 25th pick in the draft that hasn’t really seen the light of day," Nelson said of Jones. "He’s a player. We’re excited about him and he’s really working on his jump shot. Rick is playing him at the point, which is really exciting because at 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5, he can really get in there and make stuff happen and really initiate our draw-and-kick game."

Still, the Mavs could select a shooting guard such as Austin Rivers or Terrence Ross or a point guard such as Kendall Marshall tonight in the draft, picks that would seemingly immediately pass Jones and possibly Beaubois, too, on the depth chart. And then there's the prospects in free agency.

At least in a few more days, both players' situations will become a bit more clear.

Mavs get Austin Rivers in experts mock

June, 27, 2012
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ESPN's NBA experts conducted a first-round mock draft with Insiders Chris Ford, Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla, Doug Gottlieb and David Thorpe taking turns making the selections.

Ford was up at No. 17 and took Duke shooting guard Austin Rivers for the Mavericks.

Here's Ford's comment:
The Mavs will be in rebuilding mode for the first time in a long time this offseason, and they'll need star power. Rivers has the mentality of an NBA scorer and has the crossover and jump shot to back it up. I worry about whom he'll guard at the next level, but at the No. 17 spot, I think he's a safe pick.

Read the full experts mock here (Insider).

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9