Chat with Tim MacMahon
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, 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.
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Tim MacMahon (2:59 PM)
Thanks for waking up in time to join me for this chat after the Mavs played into the wee hours of the morning. They've got a day off after four OTs in a span of 36 hours. Fire away with questions ...
Kris (Warsaw, Poland)
Staying in the 7th spot and praying to get OKC in the 1st round is the best thing right now for the Mavs?
Tim MacMahon (3:01 PM)
None of the potential scenarios for the Mavs are especially appealing, but I can see your logic. OKC has lost five of nine, and the Mavs might still have some mental mojo edge over the young Thunder left over from last year's West finals. But I still think the Mavs' best bet is to see the Clippers in the first round. The Clips have been playing well, but the Mavs would have such a huge edge in the coaching department.
Lawrence (Toronto, Canada)
Will we see Carter in a Mavs uniform next season?
Tim MacMahon (3:02 PM)
I think so. His contract is partially guaranteed. He would have been a goner if they could have landed both Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, but that's not the case.
Given the need for the Mavs to have Dirk for these remaining games, is possibly resting Dirk to prep for the playoffs out of the question?
Tim MacMahon (3:03 PM)
Don't see that happening. Dirk would fight against it. The worst playoffs of his career -- 2007 vs. Golden State -- came after he rested down the stretch. He has made it clear he never wants to go that route again. He values rhythm over rest. Jason Kidd, on the other hand, is likely to get another game or two off.
Deven (Dallas, TX)
What's your take on the Mavs lost to the Jazz last night?
Tim MacMahon (3:04 PM)
Mavs showed fight in crunch time and the OTs, but they didn't play well enough to deserve to win. A team that gets dominated on the glass is going to get beat much more often than not.
Deron Williams can't get here fast enough ... agree Tim? Chances Delonte West can be here too if we get D-Will?
Tim MacMahon (3:05 PM)
That depends on the market for Delonte. The Mavs like him a lot, but I'd be surprised if they offer him a long-term deal.
Neil (College Station, TX)
I remember at the start of last year a lot of people in the media, and fans, thought Roddy would have to be our x factor in the playoffs. That didn't wind up being true then, but do you think that he might be our most important x factor in this season's playoff run (if we get there)?
Tim MacMahon (3:06 PM)
Maybe if they play the Spurs. For whatever reason, Roddy plays well against San Antonio. Same with Memphis. He typically shrinks when the spotlight is brightest, though. I wouldn't count on him to be a significant factor in the playoffs. He might not even get minutes.
How big of a concern is it that the Mavs burnt out their top guys trying to win the last 2 games and failed to do so. Will they have enough in the tank to beat Houston in this critical game?
Tim MacMahon (3:07 PM)
That's a legit question. We'll find out Wednesday night. I think letting Golden State and Portland get back in the games made the Mavs burn energy they could have used the last two nights. Tough way to start a seven-games-in-10-nights stretch.
Have you heard anything about a contract extension already being in place for Carlisle and that they are just waiting until the season's over to finalize it?
Tim MacMahon (3:08 PM)
Only speculation. Cuban and Carlisle refused to discuss the subject.
Mike (Ft. Worth)
Why didn't Carlisle sub more freely in the OT's? It's one thing to ride with the guys who brought them back, but don't overextend them to the point of playing 20 straight minutes.
Tim MacMahon (3:09 PM)
His explanation: "Coach's decision." It's a good point, though. The only sub he made was putting in West for Kidd in the final OT. The Carter/Marion decision got a lot of attention, but it's interesting that he stuck with Mahinmi the whole time instead of going back to Haywood or even giving Brandan Wright a chance.
Kirk (Washington DC)
Could Roddy have played last night?
Tim MacMahon (3:10 PM)
I don't know if it was physically possible, but they determined it wouldn't be wise after he tested his calf before the game.
Matt (Flower Mound)
Do the Mavs just need to get to 36 wins and they are safe for the playoffs? Anything less and it get a little more precarious.
Tim MacMahon (3:11 PM)
If they get to 36, they'll probably be safe. They have all the tiebreakers over teams in the 6-10 range.
Now that Odom is gone, what is left to talk about?
Tim MacMahon (3:12 PM)
Man, I know, all we have to discuss is a defending NBA champion team fighting for its playoff life.
Matt (Flower Mound)
I know we are probably seeing the final days of Jason Terry's career as a Mav, but are the Mavs taking his contributions for granted? Isn't he a tough guy to replace? He's a big shot maker and is in remarkable condition for someone who's 34.
Tim MacMahon (3:14 PM)
You'd like to think Roddy B. could replace Jet as the high-scoring third guard, but he hasn't shown the coconuts that Terry has consistently had throughout the course of his career. It's also still possible that Terry returns, although he'd have to take less than he wants. A lot less.
Did Odom's teammates refuse to bag on him publicly because they genuinely like him, are sympathetic to his situation or just don't want to talk about him anymore?
Tim MacMahon (3:14 PM)
They just want to move on and don't think it would benefit anybody to discuss his drama any more. Some guys in that locker room might genuinely like the guy, but I know others were thrilled to get rid of him.
Tristan (San Diego)
Is Cuban the most "hands on" owner in the NBA?
Tim MacMahon (3:15 PM)
No question. Not sure who would be second. Michael Jordan?
We know Deron Williams is the top priority in free agency, but what else can the Mavs add to build a legit title roster? Dirk and Deron can't compete for a title without being surrounded by good pieces.
Tim MacMahon (3:17 PM)
Do the Mavs try to fill in all the pieces this summer or keep their powder dry -- to borrow a favorite phrase of Donnie Nelson's -- to give them a shot at Dwight Howard the next summer. I think they'll opt for the latter approach and try to land some Brandan Wright/Delonte West kind of bargains with one-year deals.
I know the Mavs 1st rd pick this year is top 20 protected, but do they want to have that pick or would they rather save the cap room spent on a draft pick for free agency?
Tim MacMahon (3:18 PM)
Not sure. I think they can opt to go ahead and give the Rockets (who now own that first-rounder) the pick. I haven't discussed the matter with anyone in the Mavs' front office, as far as whether they actually want the pick or not.
Kirk (Washington DC)
Who had box out duty for Milsap on that last possession? Mahinmi just sort of wildly jumped, but I think it was Dirk?
Tim MacMahon (3:19 PM)
It looked to me like what happened was that they were so worried about getting a body on Al Jefferson that nobody boxed out Millsap. I think it was Dirk's responsibility, but I don't know that for certain.
Don't understand why Wright has gotten 14/116 possible minutes in the past two games. I've heard all the bigger centers argument, but jefferson isn't that big? Couldn't we have used him and Marion, at least, during defensive possessions in the closing minutes of each OT period?
Tim MacMahon (3:21 PM)
Jefferson weighs about 290. That's more than Bynum. It's not just that they're big, it's that they love to work on the block. The concern is that they'd use Wright as a toothpick. The Mavs would have to play zone with Wright in the game against those guys. You saw how much of a disaster that was during his brief time on the floor against Bynum. The zone also makes the Mavs even more vulnerable as a defensive rebounding team.
Can the Mavs afford to wait another year to try to build a true contender? In 2 years, Dirk will be past his prime so are they thinking more long term than building around Dirk's final years?
Tim MacMahon (3:23 PM)
They're trying to have their cake and eat it, too. They want to contend during Dirk's window and beyond. It's a delicate balancing act, and you can certainly make the argument that the Mavs would have been better off just keeping the title team together and rebuilding once Dirk was done. We need to see how the next two summers play out to come to that conclusion with certainty.
I really don't think there is a preferred matchup for Dallas in round one; but I don't exactly dread playing any of the top teams, either. Who do you think is the best matchup for Dallas among the top 5 in the West? One more thing: any prediction on the next UNT hoops coach?
Tim MacMahon (3:24 PM)
Have already addressed the matchups earlier in the chat. As far as the Mean Green goes, I'll give two educated guesses: Mike Davis or Mississippi Valley State's Sean Woods.
Who's your NBA MVP? I know LeBron and Durant have bigger stats, but isn't Chris Paul the most deserving? He's the major reason why the Clips went from a bad team to one of the best. That seems like the definition of an MVP.
Tim MacMahon (3:25 PM)
I don't have a vote, but it'd go to Durant if I did. Take him off of Oklahoma City and the Thunder would be a lotto team. He's the most unstoppable offensive weapon in the game.
Assuming that we make the playoffs, does Carlisle know what he will be able to get out of them when they have been so inconsistent?
Tim MacMahon (3:25 PM)
He knows what he wants to get out of them. Whether he'll get it is another matter.
Tristan (San Diego)
If the Mavs flame out in the play offs, would Dirk no longer be "untouchable"?
Tim MacMahon (3:26 PM)
His no-trade clause makes him officially untouchable no matter what.
Jarad (Fort Worth)
So is the plan for haywood to deliver phantom punches and Delonte to give wet Willies to whoever we match up against? Any word on what the team thought of Delonte and the crowd's reaction?
Tim MacMahon (3:27 PM)
Caplan covered the game last night for us, so I wasn't in Utah. But I'd bet that some of the Mavs were amused by the whole scene. Dirk probably appreciated getting the fans from the bad city of Utah off his back. They've hated him since his geographically confusing diss in the first playoff series of his career.
can mavs surprise lakers if they face again
Tim MacMahon (3:28 PM)
Based on the fact that the Lakers swept the Mavs this season, I seriously doubt it. Think of how important Tyson Chandler, JJ Barea, Peja Stojakovic and even Corey Brewer were in that West semis sweep last season.
Tony (San Antonio)
Do you know Jean-Jacques Taylor? Why is he so disagreeable?
Tim MacMahon (3:29 PM)
I've met him a few times. Seemed like a pleasant dude. Hard to tell because of lack of eye contact due to his mirrored sunglasses.
Tim MacMahon (3:30 PM)
Appreciate all the questions. Gotta get going, but hit me up on Twitter @espn_macmahon if I didn't touch on your topic.