Dallas Mavericks: Glen Davis

Rapid Reaction: Mavericks 111, Magic 105

January, 20, 2013

How it happened: The Mavericks had to hold on in the closing minutes after leading by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Although they never trailed in the second half, their lead was trimmed to 104-102 before Darren Collison drained a 3-point shot from the corner off an assist from Vince Carter to end a scoreless drought of more than three minutes.

The Magic answered with a 3-pointer of their own by J.J. Redick and then forced a jump ball between Carter and Jameer Nelson. But to no one's surprise, and to the Mavs' relief, Carter won the tip. The Magic had little choice after that but to foul, and free throws in the final 16 seconds from Dirk Nowitzki and O.J. Mayo sealed the victory.

Shawn Marion finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. He was one of seven Mavs to score in double figures.

Carter and Elton Brand came off the bench to provide a much-needed boost after the Magic jumped to an 18-4 lead. After the two entered the game, the Mavs ran off 15 unanswered points. Coach Rick Carlisle started Brand in place of Chris Kaman at center to begin the second half, but that turned out to be the only time Brand had trouble converting open looks.

The Mavs shot 50 percent from the floor, including 8-for-15 from 3-point range. With how well they executed on offense, it might not be the best of times for them to have such a lengthy rest coming up. They won't play again until Friday night at home against San Antonio.

What it means: The Mavs improved to 18-24 with their fifth victory in their last six games, having topped the 100-point mark in all of those contests. They have also captured the last seven meetings in Orlando with the Magic. It was the Magic's 13th loss in the last 15 games, and Orlando is 0-7 against sub-.500 teams over that stretch.

Play of the game: A block by Nowitzki, one of three he had in the game, of a driving layup attempt by Redick triggered a fastbreak that led to a 3-pointer by Carter. The basket gave the Mavs a 94-83 lead and came on the heels of a pair of Nowitzki fadeaway jumpers over Glen Davis.

Stat of the night: The Mavs recorded 29 assists on 45 field goals and turned the ball over a season-low eight times.

Jason Terry takes 2nd in Sixth Man voting

April, 19, 2011
DALLAS -- Jason Terry vowed to reclaim the Sixth Man of the Year award this season. He came close, but finished second for the second consecutive season, this time to Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom.

Odom is the first player in Lakers history to win the award, which has been presented since 1983. He finished sixth in the voting in 2010. Atlanta's Jamal Crawford won it last season with Terry finishing runner-up after taking the award in 2009.

Odom received 96 of 117 first-place votes from the media panel, easily outdistancing Terry, who finished with 244 total points to Odom's 513. Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young was third with 76 points, and Boston's Glen Davis finished fourth with 75.

Terry's focus now is getting his game going in the playoffs. He's coming off two-subpar postseasons and had just 10 points on 2-of-5 shooting in Game 1 vs. the Portland Trail Blazers.

Big D? Just call it Alley-Oop, USA

February, 4, 2011
Alley-oop capital of the United States?

These days it has to be snowy Dallas, Texas.

What other conclusion can you draw when you hear that Mavs center Tyson Chandler is No. 2 in the league this season with 40 alley-oop finishes?

Or that Chandler is second in the NBA in that category behind Dallas’ own LaMarcus Aldridge?

The former Seagoville High star has slammed home 64 alley-oops in Portland, entering Friday’s play, to claim the league lead.

A few more factoids of note from Mavsland entering Friday night’s visit to Boston:

*Jason Kidd has already posted two games this season in which he recorded more than 10 assists without scoring, including a zero-point, 10-assist showing in Dallas’ first meeting with Boston on Nov. 8. Kidd only had two such games in his first 16 seasons.

*Who saw this coming? Nearly 34 percent of Chandler’s points (33.5 percent, to be exact) come from the free-throw line. That’s No. 2 in the league behind Minnesota’s Ramon Sessions (33.9 percent).

*J.J. Barea has drawn 33 offensive fouls this season, good for fourth in the league behind the Celtics’ Glen Davis, Phoenix’s Grant Hill and New Jersey’s Devin Harris.

*The Mavs’ team D has undeniably declined thanks to the disruptions of knee injuries suffered by Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler and Chandler’s extended flu bout last month. But when the Mavs held the season’s first 32 opponents below 50 percent from the field, it marked the league’s longest such streak to start a season since Philadelphia in 2001-02.

*Dallas trailed San Antonio by just 1 1/2 games in the West standings after the win in Oklahoma City on Dec. 27 that hiked its record to 24-5 but also left Nowitzki with a sprained right knee. The deficit sits now at 7 games, despite the Mavs’ six-game winning streak.

Tyson Chandler and the double-double

February, 4, 2011
BOSTON -- Erick Dampier averaged a double-double the season before he signed a monstrous contract with Dallas Mavericks. He never averaged one again.

Tyson Chandler averaged a double-double in 2008-07 with the New Orleans Hornets and, mostly due to injury, has been unable to obtain such lofty numbers since. However, Chandler is moving in that direction and, as of the past seven games, rather quickly.

He enters tonight's second of a three-game road trip against the Boston Celtics averaging 10.2 points, bolstered by a 16.9-point average over the past seven games, and 9.3 rebounds. He's posted consecutive double-doubles and has four in his last seven games. But, other than sounding good, is a double-double necessarily a benchmark Chandler strives to reach?

"As a big guy you want to be in double figures rebounding," said Chandler, who has done that in two of his previous nine seasons. "Scoring, I think, is just opportunities. If you get opportunities to score as a big guy and you get good looks you can average a double-double. But, for me, the impact for a big guy, you want to be in double-digit rebounding, you want to have your blocks up and you want to keep the opponent’s field-goal percentage down."

That's music to coach Rick Carlisle's ears. The coach has rewarded his big man's defensive determination with more offensive opportunities and Chandler's been cashing them in.

Tonight's game offers a far more rugged challenge for the Mavs' 7-foot-1, 235-pounder. The Celtics present wider, thicker bodies inside than most Western Conference teams and especially so now that 6-10, 280-pound Kendrick Perkins is back in the lineup. Shaquille O'Neal might not play tonight. He sat out Thursday's practice and Boston coach Doc Rivers revealed that Shaq might be dealing with an Achilles issue. The 325-pounder's minutes have been drastically reduced over the past four games.

Jermaine O'Neal remains sidelined, but Chandler and the Mavs also must deal with the shorter (6-9), but heftier (289 pounds) Glen Davis, who is averaging 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. He uses that extra-large, low-center-of-gravity frame to gain positioning.

"It’s always different in the East when you have guys that are a little more big, more physical, pack the paint. So, it’s always a different game," Chandler said. "It’s always fun to clash the West Coast runners-and-gunners against the brutes of the East. This is another one of those challenges. For us, we have to allow our ball movement, our floor spacing to overwhelm their defense as far as packing the paint."

Team-first Jason Terry comes up big again

November, 8, 2010

DALLAS -- The last remaining members from the Dallas Mavericks' 2006 Finals team are Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry.

Their run started together in 2004-05 when Terry replaced Steve Nash. Nash and the Phoenix Suns wound up beating the Mavs in six games in the West semifinals. You might remember the dagger 3-pointer Nash hit from the top of the arc as Terry sagged off of him.

You also might recall during that frustrating series that Nowitzki verbally lashed out at Terry and he went so far as to question the guard's basketball IQ. The two have since been through numerous battles, triumphs and disappointments, and both keep fighting. Perhaps more than ever, the two must carry the scoring load for a team trying to prove it is contender material.

They combined again for a magnificent finish Monday night, scoring the team's final 15 points to defeat the Boston Celtics, 89-87. It was an important home win against the defending East champs that snapped a two-game home skid and gave the Mavs (4-2) their first home win over the Celtics (6-2), and just their second overall, since The Big Three united three years ago.

The Mavs entered this one with a new look. Terry, who has bounced in and out of the starting lineup at coach Rick Carlisle's wish, had started all five games so far and averaged 19.2 points. But lack of scoring punch off the bench was troubling, and that situation came to a head in Saturday's loss to the Denver Nuggets.

So Monday night, Terry, consenting with Carlisle, was back on the bench. DeShawn Stevenson, who had played a total of two minutes in the first five games, got the starting nod and quickly buried two 3-pointers in the first quarter. Terry didn't enter until nearly nine minutes into the period. He started slowly but ended strong.

Terry scored 11 of his 17 points in the second half. He had six in the fourth quarter, including a 3-pointer from the wing with 1:13 to play that tied the game at 87-87. Forty-five seconds earlier the Celtics led 87-82, but a 7-0 run, capped by Nowitzki's 16-footer over Glen Davis with 17.4 left, iced the victory.

With 5:44 to go, Terry's driving floater ended a four-minute scoring drought and ignited the 15-7 finishing kick.

"He's been great accepting that role, embracing that role and really doing whatever we need him to do," Nowitzki said of Terry. "But he also knows -- starter, off the bench -- he knows the ball is coming to him. And he also knows he's going to be on the court down the stretch and he's going to get the ball in his hands and we need him to make big shots.

"His role, starting or not, is not going to change much. We want him to score. We need him to score and we need him to be aggressive. And he's one of the best clutch shooters I've ever seen in this league."

The Mavs moved to 4-2 on the season as they work through chemistry and other on-court issues. After leading 50-40 at halftime, Dallas struggled through an awful offensive third quarter, making just four field goals while seeing its lead evaporate.

The fourth wasn’t exactly textbook offense either, but defensively the Mavs stepped up and held Boston to 38.1 percent shooting in the final period.

Tyson Chandler played his best game as the Mavs’ starting center with 12 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks. Shawn Marion made life tough on Paul Pierce late. Jason Kidd had two big assists on the final two baskets, including a laser kick-out to Terry for the game-tying 3.

But, it was Terry’s unselfishness again that might yet define this team. He continues to do whatever is asked when other players might balk.

“It’s something that’s tough, especially when you’ve had success," Terry said of transitioning back to the bench. "I had a good run here the first five games and then being thrust back off the bench is an adjustment. You change your routine up a little bit, but hey, for the betterment of this team I’m here to do it.”

After the Nuggets’ bench outscored the Mavs’ bench 40-19 on Saturday, Carlisle knew he had to make the change. Against Boston, Dallas’ bench scored 19 points by halftime, led by J.J. Barea’s nine points. In the end, the Mavs’ bench outscored the Celtics’ reserves, 35-21.

“As starters, we were good. We were getting off to a great start,” said Terry, who made 2-of-3 from behind the arc and added four assists. “And then we were lacking something, whether it was energy, whether it was scoring, or maybe both. But I was able to provide a spark. It looked like J.J. seemed a little more comfortable with me out there able to make plays with him. It’s something we’re going to continue to look at.”

Carlisle can learn from Doc's decision

June, 11, 2010
Doc Rivers' decision down the stretch of the Celtics' Game 4 win reminded me of the Mavs' season finale.

Rivers rode the hot hands off the bench in the fourth quarter. He made the tough decision to stick with Nate Robinson and Glen Davis, keeping Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett on the bench for most of the fourth quarter.

It certainly paid off for the Celtics, with the self-proclaimed "Shrek and Donkey" combination carrying Boston to the series-evening win.

Rick Carlisle took the other route when presented a similar option in Game 6 in San Antonio. Roddy Beaubois fueled the Mavs' comeback, giving them a shot to beat the Spurs and bring the series back to Dallas. But Roddy B rode the bench for most of the fourth quarter, with ice-cold Jason Terry getting the nod.

Carlisle's choice was based on history, not who had the hot hand. It's likely a decision he wished he could do over.

Rivers got it right last night.

Who should Mavs draft with No. 50 pick?

June, 10, 2010
A few years ago, I basically begged the Mavs to draft Big Baby with their second-round pick.

They ignored my advice and drafted Nick Fazekas.

Glen Davis is playing a significant role in the Finals. Fazekas, I believe, plays for some team in France.

Moral of the story: When it comes to second-round picks, I won't steer the Mavs wrong.

That's all a big build-up for a pretty blah moment. Can I get a drum roll for my offical recommendation of who the Mavs should select with the 50th overall pick?

Duke center Brian Zoubek!!!

OK, MFFLs might not be real fired up about the Mavs drafting yet another big white stiff. But it's not like superstars slip into the 50s, with Manu Ginobili being a major exception to the rule.

Zoubek might at least be a serviceable backup center right away. He isn't athletic, but he's a good position defender, better rebounder (especially on the offensive end) and solid screen setter.

Consider him a poor man's Erick Dampier, a description that will surely thrill the Dallas fan base.

The Mavs will at least consider Zoubek. He's one of several prospects they plan to bring in for a workout, which is a step further than they got with Big Baby a few years ago.

Mavs to start working out draft prospects

June, 8, 2010
Around the league, draft prospects are visiting teams and being put through final workouts as clubs put the finishing touhes on their draft boards. The NBA Draft is June 24.

The Dallas Mavericks have their evaluation work cut out for them since they won't pick -- barring a move into the first round -- until the 50th selection rolls around (the New Jersey Nets own the Mavs' 27th pick as the final part of the Jason Kidd trade).

The Mavs will bring in their first crop of prospects on June 15-18 and then another crop on June 21-22. About four to six players are expected to work out each day.

This year's draft class is considered to be deep and could possibly net the Mavs a player that can contribute now -- a rarity for a pick that late in the second round.

Next week, I'll begin a series looking at players that could be available when the Mavs select at No. 50. But, here's one name that falls somewhat in the DeJuan Blair (37th pick)/Glen "Big Baby" Davis (35th) mold -- two players the Mavs passed on -- a thick power forward without great length or hops, who is projected as a second-round pick, but has some scouts wondering if he couldn't be a career 10-and-10 guy who should be considered a first-round selection: Notre Dame's Luke Harangody.

Yes, although Blair and Davis slid, they were still off the board well before the Mavs will pick, but in this draft, it appears there are no guarantees. Harangody could go 25th as easily as he could go 50th.

It will be a busy two weeks for the Mavs' evaluators.



Dirk Nowitzki
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9