Chat with Tim MacMahon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, Dallas Mavericks reporter Tim MacMahon stops by to chat about the team.
MacMahon joined ESPN in September 2009 and covers the Cowboys and Mavericks. He has covered the local sports scene from high schools to colleges to pros during his six-year tenure at The Dallas Morning News. MacMahon is a graduate of UNT.
Send your questions now and join MacMahon Wednesday at 3 p.m. CT/4 p.m. ET!
Tim MacMahon (3:59 PM)
Greetings from Marina del Rey, California, where I'll delay my lunch to chat about the Mavs. Let's get rolling.
Tim, can te mavs catch the spurs?Also, whats the possibility of C. Butler back for the playoffs?Thanks.
Tim MacMahon (4:01 PM)
I reckon you could consider it a possibility that the Mavs catch the Spurs, but it's certainly not a probability. The Lakers are making a run at it, but I think when the dust settles the top four spots will be exactly what we see right now. Butler is very optimistic that he'll be back at some point in the playoffs. The Mavs are much more cautious about his chances.
eddie (college station)
do you think the starting lineup we have seen these last few games is the one that carlisle is going to stick to come playoff time? Kidd-Roddy-Marion-Dirk-Chandler
Tim MacMahon (4:02 PM)
Yes, at least for the first round. We'll probably get our answer about the second round tomorrow night. I'm pretty sure that Rick Carlisle is strongly considering bringing Roddy Beaubois off the bench against the Lakers because of matchups. If that happens, I think DeShawn Stevenson goes back to his six-minutes-per-half starter role.
Who do the Mavs match up best for the first round; Memphis, New Orleans, or Portland?
Tim MacMahon (4:04 PM)
With David West out for the season, you have to go with the Hornets, even with the voodoo that has prevented the Mavs from winning their last 11 games in New Orleans. Memphis might be the worst matchup because they have two tough post players, meaning Dirk has to work hard on defense.
Hi Tim, first time I'm here in your chat. Do you think Beaubois's game against the Lakers tomorrow will determine his future mpg in playoffs?
Tim MacMahon (4:04 PM)
No question that it's a big game for Roddy. He needs to prove he can perform against playoff competition. He's only had one good game against a playoff team so far this season.
Neil (College Station)
What's the status of Dominique Jones? I know he's not playing this year anymore but will he be ready for summer ball and do the coaches still see him as a guy who can be effective in the NBA?
Tim MacMahon (4:06 PM)
Jones will be ready to play this summer, but the summer league will probably be cancelled due to the lockout.
It looks like the Mavs are getting either Portland or possibly Denver in the first round, as a fan should I be rooting to play one team over the other?
Tim MacMahon (4:06 PM)
I'd rather play the team that doesn't have a legit star. LaMarcus Aldridge hasn't been an All-Star, but he's had that kind of season. Denver is deep and talented, but they don't have a player capable of dominating a series.
Corey Brewer (Lockeroom)
With wings like Roy, Mathews, Wallace, and of coarse Kobe(If we make it) is there any chance I make the playoff roster?
Tim MacMahon (4:08 PM)
Your chances of being active for the playoffs are even slimmer than your legs. But Rick Carlisle believes, with some significant work on his offensive game, Brewer can be a rotation player in the future.
What will it take for the Mavs to win a seven game series against the Lakers?
Tim MacMahon (4:09 PM)
Four wins, last I checked. Quite frankly, I don't see the Mavs pulling it off if Kobe and Bynum stay healthy. LA is too big and has the best player in the West, if not the NBA.
Why did the mavs grab Corey Brewer if they arent even going to play him? I dont understand it at all, and no one seems to be questioning this... you cannot tell me that Brian Cardinal or even stevenson are better than him, hes scrappy and racks up the steals and can finish around the rim, why is carlisle so stubborn about playing decent young talent?
Tim MacMahon (4:11 PM)
I understand your frustration, but the Mavs believe Brewer will help them the next two years. He's stuck behind Marion and Peja in a numbers game at small forward. Stevenson knows the system and plays SG, giving Carlisle a bigger option at that spot. Cardinal is a power forward. But neither of those guys are in the rotation, either.
Chris (New York, NY)
Tim, assuming that the Mavs are still playing when Caron gets healthy enough to play, do you see him going from an inspiration to a distraction if Carlisle elects not to insert him into the lineup at that point?
Tim MacMahon (4:13 PM)
I don't see locker room drama as an issue for this team. I'm skeptical that Butler will be able to play in the playoffs anyway. If it happens, I'd be stunned to see him plugged back into the starting lineup. Maybe he can play 10-15 minutes a game, but it'd be crazy to expect him to miss four months and be able to produce like he did before the injury.
Casey (Charlotte, NC)
What is Haywood's attitude in practice (or outside of games in general) since he's not the starting center and doesn't even play some games?
Tim MacMahon (4:14 PM)
Brendan Haywood is not a man of many expressions. Some perceive that to be indifference. Honestly, it's hard not to see it that way when you see the Mavs bench wildly celebrating a big shot and Haywood is the only guy sitting down and stone-faced.
Mavs run too many plays where they lob the ball to Dirk at one of the elbows and just stare at him. reminds me of lebron in his cleveland days. you can't win like this in the playoffs. we need to run more pick and rolls, have guys cutting in and out, etc...because if Dirk's shot is not falling and no he doesn't attract that double team, we're DOOMED! (we need a guy like D-wade to be the perfect complement to Dirk).
Tim MacMahon (4:16 PM)
The Mavs' offense is at its best when a lot of guys are touching the ball and they're playing a free-flow style. They know that and try to play that way as often as possible. They don't want to get into dump-it-to-Dirk-and-watch mode, but that tends to happen more often in the playoffs, when games are more of a halfcourt grind.
What is the playoff rotation going to look like. Besides got Cardinal and Mahami most everybody gets pretty decent minutes. Usually playoff rotations are 8-9 players not 10. Who plays and who doesnt?
Tim MacMahon (4:17 PM)
The Mavs will go with a nine-man rotation (five starters, Terry, Barea, Stojakovic and Haywood) and count on the other three guys to be ready for situational appearances.
Hi Tim love reading your insights on the mavs & i think your way better than jeff caplan. Why is jj barea being unnoticed by mavs fans these last 3 games? hasnt he been a big part of the last 3 games finishing off teams in the 4th quarter when rick goes to the 3 guard lineup? obviously better than beabouis right? who said he cant play defense huh?
Tim MacMahon (4:20 PM)
Balkis, I appreciate the praise, but please take it easy on Caplan. He's very sensitive. ... In regards to Barea, he's consistently played very well since the New Year. Beaubois has much more potential, but Barea is a guy the Mavs can count on to play point guard and has proven himself in clutch situations. We haven't seen enough on Roddy B in the three-guard lineup to really evaluate how he works with that group.
Tim, I understand why we arent getting as much credit as we should to this point in the year in terms of competing with LA and SA. But really. Why is it that nobody ever gives us a chance against against LA? I mean this year LA is, to me, a seven MAYBE 8 man team. I dont count about 3 or 4 of their bench guys as productive. Really its just odom, blake, brown. Meanwhile we have shown that we are a 10 deep team. Your thoughts?
Tim MacMahon (4:22 PM)
Depth doesn't mean nearly as much in the playoffs as it does in the regular season. Rotations tend to be tightened during the playoffs, when there are no back-to-backs. Benches rarely win playoff series. Stars usually do. The Lakers' recent history and remarkable run since the All-Star break would make them heavy favorites in a series against the Mavs.
Hey Tim, With tonight's game not being as important as the next 2 games (who we might see in the first and second rounds), what do you expect to see Carlisle and the team focus on tonight to be ready?
Tim MacMahon (4:23 PM)
Their primary focus will be on rebounding. As Rick Carlisle said, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are the kind of guys who can go over your back, dunk the ball and do chin-ups on the rim if they aren't boxed out well. Rebounding will also be a huge key against the Lakers, too, so this could be a nice tuneup.
Hey Tim. Jeff has been awfully tough on our boys these past few weeks and I need a dose of optimism. Will you be the good cop to Mr. Kaplan's bad cop and tell me why I can believe in this team?
Tim MacMahon (4:25 PM)
Sorry, Sven, but I'm not very good at pumping sunshine. I need to see the Mavs beat a West playoff team before I find much optimism. They're 2-9 vs. those teams in 2011 -- and have lost their last six.
I read on Caplan's chat that you are going to be a full time Rangers reporter. What led to this and how do you feel? (Mavs vs. Rangers)...
Tim MacMahon (4:26 PM)
Adam, you made a mistake by believing Caplan. I'll help out with the Rangers, but the Mavs will be my primary focus through the playoffs.
Billy [via mobile]
Does it strike you as odd that the Lakers have the fewest back to backs again, I thought at first maybe arena commitments but the Clips are tied for second most...
Tim MacMahon (4:28 PM)
Can't say I've put much thought into it, but always enjoy a good NBA conspiracy theory. The schedule-maker didn't do the Mavs any favor by giving the Lakers three nights off before they face the Mavs, who will be on the butt end of a back-to-back.
Who pulls off the "Im balding lets see if buzzing my head helps my hair grow back"look better, Charlisle, Manu, or Matt Lauer?
Tim MacMahon (4:30 PM)
Tim MacMahon (4:30 PM)
OK, folks, gotta wrap it up and grab a late lunch. I'll be with the Mavs for the rest of the road trip, so check the ESPNDallas.com Mavs blog on a regular basis for the latest.