Dallas Mavericks: Scottie Pippen

Long build to title, swift fall from grace

July, 7, 2012
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It took Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki nearly a dozen years to raise the Dallas Mavericks from the ashes of the 1990s to the pinnacle of the NBA as champions.

Just 13 months later, a nearly complete dismantling of the title team has created one of the swiftest falls from grace in league history. In 1998-99, the Chicago Bulls, having moved on from Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson, followed a second three-peat with a 13-37 record in the lockout-shortened season.

The Mavs' downward spiral is most similar to that, ironically, of the 2006 Miami Heat, the Dwyane Wade-led team that rallied from an 0-2 hole to beat Avery Johnson's squad. The next year the Heat finished a mediocre 44-38 and were swept out of the first round of the playoffs. The Mavs ended this lockout-shortened, 66-game schedule at 36-30 and were swept in the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The following year, the Heat won 15 games. It would be a stretch to think the Mavs will crater to such depths next season, but with a roster now in full rebuild mode -- and one that will not include Jason Terry or Jason Kidd or Deron Williams, for that matter -- Dallas could face a long, hard climb to extend the franchise's record 12-year playoff run.

So where has everybody gone from the title team that partied deep into the South Beach morning last June?

Let's take a look.

Still around: Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Brendan Haywood, Rodrigue Beauobois, Dominique Jones

Coming back?: Ian Mahinmi (unsigned free agent), Brian Cardinal (unsigned free agent)

Long gone: Tyson Chandler (signed as free agent in 2011 with New York), J.J. Barea (signed as free agent in 2011 with Minnesota); Caron Butler (signed as free agent in 2011 with L.A. Clippers), Corey Brewer (traded in 2011 to Denver), DeShawn Stevenson (signed as free agent in 2011 with New Jersey, traded to Atlanta), Peja Stojakovic (retired)

All but gone: Jason Terry (agreed to terms this week with Boston), Jason Kidd (agreed to terms this week with New York).

Mavericks' loss, by the numbers

April, 22, 2010
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A few numbers of note from the Mavericks’ 102-88 Game 2 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday night:

* The defeat ends a Dallas run of six successive home victories over San Antonio in the regular season and postseason.

* Tim Duncan’s 17 rebounds are tied with Portland’s Marcus Camby and Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace for the single-game league high so far in the 2010 playoffs.

*With 25 points to go with those 17 boards, Duncan recorded his 29th career 25-point, 15-board game in the playoffs, which is No. 2 among active players behind Cleveland’s Shaquille O’Neal.

*In Game 1, San Antonio racked up 17 turnovers and was called for 28 fouls. In Game 2? Nine and 15, respectively.

* With 24 more assists this postseason, Mavericks guard Jason Kidd (1,039) will pass Scottie Pippen (1,048) and Larry Bird (1,062) to move into third all-time for most career assists in the playoffs. Magic Johnson is No. 1 with 2,346 assists in 190 career playoff games, followed by John Stockton’s 1,839 assists in 182 playoff games.

* In Game 1, Dirk Nowitzki shot 10-for-12 from the field on shots from 6 feet out or longer. In Game 2, Nowitzki was 5-for-17 from that range.

Kidd climbing steals chart, Bynum fine, more

February, 26, 2010
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Jason Kidd enters tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks tied for fifth with Scottie Pippen on the NBA's all-time steals list.

Kidd has a chance to bolt up to No. 4. He'll pass Pippen with one steal and he'll leap Maurice Cheeks (2,310) with four. It's possible. Kidd has had at least four steals 10 times in a game this season and twice in the past six games.

Fourth might be as high as he can get. Gary Payton is third with 2,445, Michael Jordaon is second with 2,514 and John Stockton is in a completely different stratosphere with 3,265.

And more:

*L.A. Times reports Lakers center Andrew Bynum was fined $25,000 by the league for ripping the refs after the Mavs' 101-96 win Wednesday. Bynum said Lakers played "five against eight." Both teams were whistled for 20 fouls, but Mavs shot 10 more free throws.

*The Mavs are going for a season-best six-game win streak, which would be the longest in two seasons.

*A road win at Atlanta would give the Mavs 19 road wins, one more than all of last season.

*From the Elias Sports Bureau: Tonight's meeting marks the first time the Mavs (37-21) and the Hawks (36-20) have met when both teams entered the game at least 15 games over .500 since March 29, 1988. Then Atlanta (41-26) defeated Dallas (46-22), 120-106. Dominique Wilkens scored 40 points and Doc Rivers had 17 assists for the Hawks.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Nowitzki 6.2
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9