It's the thursday before christmas and all is well in Mavsland. In fact, all is GREAT in Mavsland. Ready for your questions
The Mavs are surely doing amazing. What do you think has led to this amazing 23-5 start?
It's all about the defense. Tyson Chandler's arrival has allowed them to become a more complete defensive team. One that can easily switch from man to man to zone. They're in the top five in FG defense. Top six in points allowed. Combine that with a ruthlessly efficient offense, and you get to 23-5
Will the Dallas Mavericks make a trade before the NBA Trading Deadline on February 24?
Only if it is an absolute no brainer. If Carmelo is in play, then I'd have to say yes. Anyone else. No. Given how they're playing and the chemistry they've shown, you don't have to upset the apple cart here
It is a little apples to oranges here. Since they're both fabulous passers, it comes down to whether you would want Nash's shooting, or Kidd's defense. Since I'm more of a defensive guy, I'll take Kidd, especially in his prime when he was leading NJ to those finals appearances. And the fact he has been able to reinvent himself as a reliable three point shooter makes him even more valuable
Ron-- You answer is above. happy Holidays!
It's quiet out there in MavsLand. People are happy after the florida sweep, and they should be. It was great stuff. This team has everything you could want except for that great slasher, and he is hard to find. Somehow they've done OK without that. Getting the defense solved was a whole lot more important
Coop, Would you take Melo as a "rental" (Most people believe his headed for our state next year) if Butler is the key piece at this end?
Definitely. You have stars on your team who are older and who have never won a title. Carmelo increases that chance. The Mavs offense is already ridiculously efficient. Having a second scorer like Anthony to go along with Dirk, would make them downright lethal. You couldn't double team. The space they would create for each other, with Kidd getting them the ball would just be amazing.
can dallas win all this year
Of course they can. Why would you think they couldn't?
How can you say they can win it all when they have failed i nthe past with almost the same identical roster
But they DON'T have the same identical roster. They have a legitimate big man in Chandler, who can guard the rim. Not that he's a big shot blocker but there is no one who makes himself taller around the rim to change more shots. You have a qulaity backup in Haywood. Teams would kill to have a guy like that be able to play 20-24 minutes a game for you. They are more committed to playing defense than ever before. And they have their best player playing at arguably, the best level of his career.
Having said that I would have loved to have Nash or Kidd in the 06 Finals...isn't Roddy that slasher that they're missing now?
He could be that player. But until he gets back, we won't know that for sure. There are SO many questions surrounding Roddy, and so many expectations, that I don't know if someone with such limited experience is ready for it all. Make no mistake, I love the talent I saw last year, but if everyone is expecting him to average 16 a game and shoot 50 percent when he returns, I think they might be disappointed
Dirk is definitely playing at an MVP level, so what makes this year different for Dirk than past years, including his MVP season?
I think he just has an even better understanding of how to play (Not that he hasn't always had that), but I think he really does a great job playing off his teammates. He and Terry in the two man game on the right side of the floor is absolutely lethal. And his shooting is just superb (last six quarters aside. Just 5-22 FG)
Coop, thinking so highly of the Mavs, can you lay out your top 5 teams in the NBA right now?
Dallas, San Antonio, Boston, LA, and Miami
And I choose the Mavericks over SA based on the strength of schedule, and the head to head win in SA back on Nov 26
My coaching pal Rick is going to have to get the Mavs focused at home and not give up big leads if they want to win in the playoffs. Seems like every year our friends down 35 find a way to lose focus in the playoffs.
Well, they beat you in the playoffs two years ago without losing focus. And it's not like the Mavericks are the only team in the league that lets big leads melt away. But your point about the home games is valid. The mavericks don't play nearly as well or as focused at home as they do on the road, and that has been the case for the last year plus. But they are playing a lot better at home this year than last. They're getting out to leads this year as opposed to always playing from behind. Rather to have a 20 point lead and see it get cut into than trying to fight from 15 down all the time and see if you can come back to win
Hi Coop. This may have been overlooked lately in Mavsland, but JJ Barea's play as backup point guard has picked up so much since his dreadful start that people don't even talk about him much anymore! (Which is a good thing for JJ) Can you see him continue his adequate performance as a backup PG all the way into the playoffs? Or should we still be on the look out for a more capable backup to ease Kidd's min? How about DoJo? Is he going to mature enough to take a little responsibility at the PG spot?
JJ has played well as far as handling the ball. He has an excellent assist/turnover ratio of about 2.6/1. The three point shooting is just awful, and I would like to see him take it out of his game for the time being. His defense has been pretty good, and he does have an ability to draw offensive fouls. Right now it's OK, but if Roddy gets back, I think you'll see his minutes cut down a bit. As long as he is somewhere around 15 minutes a a game, then you have an effective player
With the Mavs having all this time off, how often is the team practicing? Is Carlisle giving them extra time away?
They were off yesterday and today. Will practice tomorrow Off for Christmas and will practice Sunday before heading to OKC
And on that note we are done. Thanks for the questions. Have a great, safe, Merry Christmas, and we'll be back here with you next week.