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December 16, 12:00 PM ET
Chat with Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:02 PM)

OK! Ready to roll as the Mavericks conclude a favorable part of their schedule

Jace (Fort Worth)

Say Chuck enjoy hearing you call mavs games keep up the brilliant work my concern is depth especially at the four what moves do you think would be good for the mavs to make at that position I was thinking Darrell Arthur from Memphis 6 ft 9 230 like we once had with Bass? and the point I like Barea but I would like to have someone who can hang defensively with the Pauls, Roses, and Westbrooks of the league who would be availabe of that caliber around the deadline?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:04 PM)

Why should you be concerned with the depth at the four. marion is your backup four. That's better than Darrel Arthur, or almost anyone else that's out there, and memphis isn't moving Arthur as he is insurance in case Randolph leaves And as far as the point, a lot of that could be resolved if Roddy comes back. And doesn't everyone want to have that player who can hang with those guards you speak of. In fac if you have that guy, he's probably starting for someone

Phil Jackson (LA)

If you had to name one area of the game that the Mavs need to work on to make them a formidable title contender what would it be?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:07 PM)

Defense. Always the defense. There has been some slippage since that virtuoso performance in Utah. Teams are shooting 46.4 percent since then, and 43.3 from three point range. That can't continue. Rick Carlisle says he's going to keep talking about it until those guys eyes roll up inside their heads. That's nothing but a good thing

Taylor (VA)

Chuck, I've never seen an athlete throw themselves a pity party like Haywood did last night when Carlisle pulled him for Ian. If Haywood needs to check his ego at the door and realize that alongside Chandler, the two of them could really help the Mavs do something special this year. Do you see Ian getting more time? He just looks like he wants to win and has a fire that Haywood obviously does not have. Pouting isn't going to Brendan any more minutes. It's ridiculous that Marion and Butler, both all stars, are alright with their role and splitting time, however Brendan Haywood is the only player on this team who has not bought into Carlisle's plan. What are your thoughts on the Haywood situation?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:10 PM)

I think Haywood will be OK. I think the game dictated his limited minutes last night. I don't think they want to play Chandler 35 minutes a night, but when there are games in which teams go small (Like Portland did making Aldridge the 5) It stands to reason that Haywood won't get as many minutes. Mahinmi can be abetter option there. I agree with you he is struggling with this concept more than anyone on the team, and I would also suggest that the Mavericks wouldn't be averse to moving him if they could find someone to take him off their hands. But I still think he can be a big contributor to this effort. And hey, he made both of his free throws last night so things aren't totally lost

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:13 PM)

When did the NBA gain a third round in the draft? Anyway, I think Varejao's mobility is something that Byron Scott wants more than Haywood. And his contract is much more favorable

Patrick (Austin)

How much do you see the lineup shifting once Roddy B comes back? I think he would be better coming off the bench.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:15 PM)

Roddy probably will come off the bench to start as they work him back into basketball shape, but ultimately he will be a starter because they want to keep Jason Terry coming in off the bench.

nik (nc)

mavs best in the west ?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:16 PM)

Even though the Mavs have beaten the Spurs in San Antonio, I think the Spurs deserve a slightest of edges right now.

Ryan Bonifas (Fort Worth, TX)

Any trades on the horizon?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:17 PM)

Why? You don't like your 20-5 team?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:18 PM)

J I answered your Haywood question above

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:18 PM)

Evan in SA, why are you spendign so much time trying to spam the chat. Get a life

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:25 PM)

Marion plays more fourth quarter minutes than does Butler. last night for instance, marion played 8:33 and Butler 4:45. You could make a case for Stevenson, but then you're taking out Terry who along with Dirk, is pretty much your fourth quarter offense. Terry is averaging almost seven points in the fourth quarter in his last seven games

Giri (Irving)

Did you see any difference between last year and this year as far as the way we are winning close games givingup leads to bad teams

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:31 PM)

The biggest difference right now is that the Mavericks are getting big leads as opposed to always playing from behind. That's a much more favorable spot to be in. They're still playing a lot of close games. Now 8-4 in games decided by 5 or less. They lost only five games all last year when it was decided by five or less.

Scott (College Station, TX)

Considering that Stevenson is the best defender at the wing the Mavs have, it is worth moving him to the bench for a healthy Roddy?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:32 PM)

Stevenson has show there's a place for him, and I think Carlisle will use him in some specialized situations for a few minutes at a time. But a healthy Roddy has the ability to be a game changer. You're not going to pass on a chance like that

Ryan Bonifas (Fort Worth, TX)

Great response! Of course I do- just always like to hear the rumor mill going!

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:33 PM)

Well the rumor mill is quiet as it relates to the Mavs

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:34 PM)

Hopefully, they honored the request! Watching Dirk do his thing is as good as it gets in the NBA today

Ray (Dallas)

Finding scoring outside of Dirk is also a problem that always haunts the Mavs. Last night it could have cost them because you could easily say that if Butler doesn't have the solid night he had, the Mavs would have lost the game. Also how can the Mavs play a solid 2-3 zone, but look lost on offense against the zone??

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:36 PM)

That zone was a different looking zone than the Mavs, or just about anyone else plays. It was a 2-3 that morphed into a 1-3-1. You have a guy like Batum very athletics with long arms just messing things up. and yet, they did get inside the zone enough to really hurt. The mavs issue was poor three point shooting, something which has taken on a life of its own here in the last ten games. They still shot 54 percent for the game so it's not like Portland's defense really did a lot to hurt them

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:37 PM)

Terry gets low 30's minutes. Yeah, he's not a spring chicken, but Terry's not tired. Not like his shots are short, they're just off line of late. As for Kidd, the more you can sit him, the better he will be later in the year when you DO need him. And he's almost 38 years old. Big difference between him and Terry at 32

Bala (Dallas)

do you see positive winning or do you see negative giving up leads to bad teams? I think this is not going to work when you are playing againest good teams in playoffs

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:38 PM)

You're right, it won't work in the playoffs. Got to clean it up now. Always good to win, but always know you can do better

jhp1981 (Dallas)

You said that Milwaukke scoring 100+ was a fluke but it seems that the Mavs defense is slipping lately.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:39 PM)

The Bucks scoring 100 was a fluke. They managed only 90 against San Antonio last night, and the Spurs aren't playing defense like the Mavericks are (or the way they used to). No doubt there has been slippage of late. That doesn't mean the trend can't be reversed.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (12:40 PM)

Thanks for checking in. We'll do it again next week