Dallas Mavericks: Patrick Patterson

3-pointer: Jason Terry determined to fly through lane

April, 19, 2012
DALLAS -- Delonte West is a pretty tough guy, so he knows tough when he sees it. And he says Jason Terry is as tough as they come.

Terry showed it when midway through the fourth quarter of a still nip-and-tuck battle against the Houston Rockets, he yet again made a determined drive to the bucket. Terry broke free and rose up, going for a rare, one-handed stuff against Houston big man Patrick Patterson.

He got to the rim, but couldn't finish off the dunk as he got hammered to the ground and was left their laying flat on his back, writhing in apparent pain, knees bent and his feet alternately pounding the floor.

"He gave us all a scare for a minute," West said. "I saw his legs go underneath him and that's not good. But, one thing I learned about Jet, he's a fighter. I played in Seattle (2007-08) before they moved to Oklahoma City and I visited his high school. All they could talk about is his toughness. When he jumped up, I knew what time it was."

Go time, is what West meant. Suddenly, Terry went from needing an ambulance to hopping to his feet and bouncing to midcourt while waving his arms and playing to the crowd in typical Jet fashion.

"He didn't need an ambulance," Jason Kidd said. "When you got a shooter or a scorer they want to get those two free throws. They’re not coming out of the game."

The Mavs' playoff hopes were greatly dependent on Wednesday's 117-110 victory over the Rockets, who were virtually eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.

Terry missed the second of the two free throws, but the first gave the Mavs a 97-92 lead with 6:22 to go. On the next possession, Terry drove again, but missed a 6-footer. But, the miss is beside the point. Terry, a streaky and often cold-blooded jump shooter who is also often criticized for living and dying by the long ball, is making a concerted effort in recent games to get to the cup, not unlike his fearless 2011 postseason.

"Yeah, I am," Jet said when asked if he's been more committed to drive. "That's what time of year it is for us and somebody's going to have to get to the basket for us. Again, sometimes it works and sometimes it don't. The one in the Lakers game I wish I had that drive back to do again. But, teams are playing me for my jumper. I have to be more and more aggressive to get to the paint."

1. Jet can still shoot it, too: Just because he's driving more doesn't mean Terry is going to stop launching 3s. He put six against the Rockets and nailed three of them. His first made 3 in the second quarter moved him ahead of Chauncey Billups and into fourth place on the NBA's all-time 3-point list. Terry now has made 1,786 3-pointers in his 13 seasons. Who's next on the list? Jason Kidd with 1,874.

2. Matrix takes a seat (again): For the second consecutive game, Shawn Marion was a spectator in the fourth quarter. The man the Mavs have pumped all season as a leading Defensive Player of the Year candidate has been stuck on the pine while Vince Carter has logged the crunch-time minutes. It's hard to argue with the results. At Utah, Carter had 18 points and 12 rebounds as that unit rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final five minutes of regulation and then went three overtimes before succumbing. Carter had a season-high 23 points against the Rockets and the fourth-quarter unit rallied to score 39 points for the win. Just don't expect to see Marion riding pine in the fourth quarter of playoff games when Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant are playing on the other team.

"We're trying to win games right now," coach Rick Carlisle said. "They had a good rhythm going and that's all it was."

3. Center rotation: Brandan Wright returned to the spotlight as the Mavs' three-headed center position continues to rotate from game-to-game. Against big Andrew Bynum and the Lakers on Sunday, Brendan Haywood played 38 minutes. At Utah, Ian Mahinmi logged 35. On Wednesday, Wright played 21 minutes, six more than the starter Haywood and nine more than Mahinmi. Wright finished with four points and five rebounds.

Lockout levity: No false celebrating in H-town

November, 23, 2011
Nothing screams Thanksgiving like a good, old-fashioned anti-trust lawsuit. That's the state of the NBA these days: No games on the court and lawsuits in the court.

If you're interested in a detailed account of the players' anti-trust suit filed against the NBA, what it means and how it might lead to the sides getting back together as we enter this "nuclear winter," read this piece on Grantland.com written by Gabe Feldman, law professor at Tulane Law School and the director of the Tulane Sports Law Program.

With that, let's take a look at what would have been a pretty good Southwest Division matchup tonight.

Today's canceled game: at Houston Rockets

Game No.: 12

Mavs pretend record: 7-4

Last year's matchup: Nothing could stick out more than the Mavs' final visit to Houston in their second-to-last game of the season. It was a 98-91 overtime victory, but Dallas played a real stinker against a depleted Rockets team that started guys named Gragic, Patterson, Budinger, Hayes and Martin. OK, so you know Kevin Martin, but the point is for a team priming for the playoffs, the Mavs had the look of a one-and-done outfit. Of course, the capper was Jason Terry spreading his wings and flying downcourt in celebration after he missed a free throw with the game tied. The clock ran out and Terry was ready to fly right into the locker room because he didn't know the score. He thought the game was over. It was the latest of a string of strange behavior from Terry, who seemed to be dangerously approaching an imploding point at the absolute worst time. We now know that he incredibly pulled himself together and posted the postseason of his life. Otherwise, the Mavs won all four games in the series.

What might have been: This is so hard to say because we don't even know who will remain for the Mavs, most notably Tyson Chandler. The Rockets, meanwhile, have a current payroll of under $50 million and through trades and free agency could add some impact pieces. What if Houston made enough cap room to woo Chandler? Martin and Luis Scola are the main pieces there and they really like Patrick Patterson, who hopes to begin his second season in the league some time soon.

What's been missed: The Mavs have obviously missed getting their championship rings and raising the banner. Among the first 12 games canceled, this one is already the fourth division game wiped out -- San Antonio Spurs and two against the Memphis Grizzlies -- plus one of just three scheduled games with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Next canceled game: Friday at Denver Nuggets



Monta Ellis
20.6 4.7 1.5 33.7
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.5
AssistsM. Ellis 4.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.5
BlocksT. Chandler 1.4