Thanks for joining me, folks. I'm sitting in the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington press box, but I'll try to keep my focus on the sputtering Mavs as much as possible.
if chandler returns next year, any chance chandler and haywood play together? if he can hit that 15ft jumper consistantly, theres no reason they can't play together for limited minutes
No chance whatsoever. The Mavs have a pretty good power forward. Some German guy. He won't sit on the bench and watch Tyson Chandler, a great athlete with very limited offensive skills, play the 4. That would be a bad, bad offensive lineup.
Scenario: Mavs fail to make a deep playoff run once again; who on the current roster will not be here next season? Include JET, PLEASE!!
That's extremely tough to predict, especially considering that we don't know what the rules will be. But Jason Terry is entering the final season of his contract, so he will likely have some value in the trade market. I'd try to get a regular-sized shooting guard who can actually score -- something the Mavs haven't had since Michael Finley -- and make Roddy Beaubois the sixth man. Not sure whether the Mavs will be able to re-sign both Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler, but they are very high on both players.
I know the mavericks want to develop Beaubious, but I would start, stevenson, and Stojakovic, and bring Marion, Jet, JJB and Beaubious, Haywood off the bench. Stojakovic could get better rythm early in the game, and play 15-20mins; and the bench would add much punch.
I've debated this with ESPN 103.3's Jeff "Skin" Wade. He agrees to you. I think that, as the roster is currently constructed, you have to start Roddy B. He can't play with Jason Terry, so his minutes would be minimal if he comes off the bench.
Tim...I half think that Carlisle is playing mind games with the league or even just me. Take the Portland game for example. He left Roddy or Peja or Terry or Barea on much more physical and/or talented players like Roy. Why did he not have DeShawn or Brewer in there to bang them around and at least pick up a couple of hard fouls?? Is he playing it close to the chest and not trying to show his playoff hand right now?? This is not the first time we've seen instances where he stuck with someone too long even tho the match up was clearly horrible.
That's an optimistic way to look at things. Just don't see it. You can't put a guy in mothballs for months and then expect him to perform in the playoffs.
I know JJB is not an all star point guard, he is no Deron, Derrick Rose, Rondo, Nash or Chris Paul. But if the mavericks dont start Beabuois at the point next season and Kidd is retire, shouldnt he deserved a shot at the regular pg position, to see what he could do with more minutes.
If Kidd retires, the Mavs might not have much choice. Then again, there's no guarantee that Barea is back. He's a free agent who will get some interest. I think he's a good backup whose defensive deficiencies would be exposed as a starter.
Best playoff matchup team ... Tim ???? :-)
Gotta go with New Orleans, even though the voodoo has prevented the Mavs from winning in the Big Easy in the last four years. No David West, should be no problem. Of course, the Mavs managed to lose to the Hornets minus Chris Paul in their last trip to New Orleans.
Tim, I'm having a hard time figuring out why the Mavs looked so disciplined on the defensive end earlier in the season (and, if memory serves me, they did look good) and now they couldn't seem more disengaged on the defensive end. Was Caron a more integral defensive piece than we might have thought? Is an old team simply tired? Or were those injections of zone defense just a "gimmick" that only took other teams a while to figure out and exploit? I honestly think that (forgetting about the lockout) going forward, Cuban needs to work on putting together a defense-first team. I think the team needs to be restructured before the Mavs have a realistic chance of getting anywhere deep in the playoffs.
I think all your points are accurate. According to Synergy Sports, Butler was a top-10 points per possession wing defender. The old legs don't have the bounce they did earlier in the season -- which also happened after a strong defensive start last season. And the zone wasn't nearly as effective after the first month or so. Frankly, I don't think any team that depends so heavily on Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry will ever be a dominant defensive team.
What was your reaction to Mark Cuban's blog essentially calling online bloggers (such as yourself) useless and counterproductive to the Mavericks interests, then implying that he may pull your credentials? The question has to be asked....
It's not my job to serve Mark Cuban and the Mavs. It's my job to call it like I see it in as informed a manner as possible, which makes access important. I'll keep doing my job and let my bosses handle any access issues that arise. I've been through this before with Cuban and everything worked out in the end.
Everyone in the media keep making the Mavs as the team everyone wants to play. Are the Mavs players aware of this and can they use this as fuel for the playoffs?
Jason Terry implied that was the case when he said that people needed to start talking about the Mavs and added that he didn't care who they played. But it's pretty obvious that anybody would rather play the Mavs than the Lakers. I think same goes with the Spurs despite their recent struggles.
Have the Mavs mailed it in (except for Dirk) now that they know they can't beat the Lakers?
I'm not ready to call them quitters. That's pretty harsh. The effort in Portland -- especially on the play when three Mavs watched Rudy Fernandez dive into the seats to save a ball -- was poor. But that was the finale of a six-game, 10-day trip and the fourth game in five days. If we see something like that against the Nuggets tonight, sound the alarms.
jason terry HAS to be traded next year, right? the mavs can't backup an undersized sg with an undersized sg!
I agree with your premise that size in the Mavs' backcourt is a significant problem. And I'd much rather trade Jason Terry than Rodrigue Beaubois. But the Mavs can't just make a deal to make a deal. They have to get value. Plus, the looming lockout clouds the picture.
should i prepare for a drop to the 4th seed and a first round sweep at the hands of the nuggets?
I'm not even that pessimistic. I'd be surprised if they let the 3 seed slip away.
with potentially matching up with portland and their size, what are the chances of rick starting deshawn stevenson, and roddy coming off the bench the entire playoff run.
That's an interesting thought, but I don't think it's the solution. The Blazers' really big guards -- Brandon Roy and Rudy Fernandez -- come off the bench. When those guys match up against Mavs munchkins J.J. Barea and Jason Terry, 38-point quarters are a strong possibility.
At this time, I truely believe that Dallas has the tools to win the Western Conference. Yes, I do believe the Dallas Mavericks can beat the Lakers & Spurs. However, Denver looks Hot!
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I think Rick Carlisle is not taking enough heat for the management of this team. His lineup changes and minutes spread have been inconsistent since Butler's injury. Why isn't Cory Brewer getting minutes if he is one of three guys on the team who can actually play perimeter defense? One thing this team can't do right now is stay in front of anybody on defense. Rick needs to stop using the three-guard lineup and put players out there who are going to give the Mavs the best chance to stop the opposing team.
Rick Carlisle doesn't have confidence in Corey Brewer's offensive game. They're putting in a lot of work and hope he'll be a rotation player next season. The Mavs have actually played some of their best ball with three-guard lineups lately, but that's a group I don't think they can use against the Blazers or Lakers with any success.
As a mavs fan, I want to avoid The Lakers as long as physically possible. But as a fan of entertainment... A Mavs/Lakers series would be so awesome. Do you agree?
Absolutely. Couldn't ask for more entertainment off the floor. There's a lot of personalities and just enough bad blood to make that a blast.
i think rick should let roddy play his game and not play the point from the two guard position because its obvious he is thinking too much and trying to get everyone involved which i thought was jason kidds job...everybody is so quick to blame roddy but i think they are using him poorly...your thoughts?
I think they've done a good job of limiting Roddy's responsibilities. His decision-making is very much a work in progress, and he's overwhelmed at times, but that's going to happen with a kid still learning basketball basics while playing at the highest level. Remember, he didn't start playing basketball until his late teens.
Tim, Im headed to Vegas this weekend, where do I put my money on for the Mavs to finish?
My Mavs playoff prediction has been wrong the last four years. You really want my advice?
Folks, I'm gonna wrap this up and watch the Rangers try to wrap up the sixth straight win to start the season. Thanks for joining me. Much more to come from the AAC tonight.