Thanks for joining me. We've got a long wait before the West finals and a lot to talk about with the Mavs. On to the questions ...
Tim, rank the 7 teams left playing basketball... or at least where the Mavs fit in all of that.
The Mavs are the clear favorites in the West now, but they'll be underdogs in the Finals, assuming the Heat or Bulls come out of the West. Having said that, they'll have a decent shot at beating either team. I'm planning on a Mavs-Heat Finals rematch, but that's partially because the storylines would be so sweet.
JJ just said on First Take that he'd rather see Memphis next round. Firstly, do you agree with his choice? Also, was that a dumb thing to say, maybe some fuel for Memphis? and OKC?
Well, JJ wouldn't have to guard Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol. I think Memphis is a tougher matchup for the Mavs -- and the regular-season series records indicate as much -- because of the Grizzlies' interior duo. As far as whether it was dumb, JJ just gave an honest answer to a question but backed away pretty quickly when he realized the political incorrectness of picking the preferred opponent. I don't think the Grizzlies need bulletin-board material to get fired up for a chance to make the Finals.
whats going on with caron butler? could he be back soon?
Caron Butler has not been cleared for contact yet. He continues to make progress, but it'd be a miracle if he's able to contribute during these playoffs.
If Caron injury does not happen, do we still get Peja? Peja has been very big for us during the playoffs.
Probably not. Peja came to the Mavs in large part because he knew he would have a significant role on a team he thought could contend.
You've been consistent in picking AGAINST the Mavs this playoffs, so fess up: if it's a Mavs-Heat finals, who ya got --- and how many games will it take?
Gotta watch the conference finals first. I'd probably pick Heat in 7, but I had Lakers in 7. I will be picking the Mavs to win the West, no matter whether they play OKC or Memphis.
Could you explain to me why Stevenson plays so many minutes compared to Brewer who did such a good job in Game 1 against the Lakers but didn't really play afterwards. Do you think that could change in the next seriers or will they not mess up the rotation even though Stevenson's impact was quite low overall?
There is a comfort level with Stevenson. The Mavs' record with him in the starting lineup is outstanding. He sets a tone of toughness this team needs. They aren't going to mess with the starting lineup now. I could see Corey Brewer filling that role next season, but he's a situational role player on the fringe of the rotation for the rest of these playofs.
Hypothetically speaking, I don't see Dwight Howard coming to Dallas as long as Dirk is around. Secondly, I could speculate over the option of playing Caron (if he is ever really ready) at the 2 in place of DeShawn. Your thoughts?
We've addressed Butler and Stevenson already. I think you've got it completely backwards on the Dirk/Howard dynamic. Dirk is the reason Howard would want to come to Dallas. He's a legit superstar who doesn't have a selfish bone in his body. There would be zero ego issue there, unlike with, oh say ... Kobe Bryant. Plus, Howard would have a ton of room to work on the block with defenses worried about Dirk's deadly midrange game.
What is your take on the Bynum suspension? I was hoping for more like 10 games given all of the circumstances. Five games feels like a drop in the bucket given the 82 game regular season and long playoff. If JJ had been seriously injured, do you believe the suspension would have been longer?
It's a stiff punishment that likely would have been worse if Bynum didn't show public contrition. I think five games, considering Bynum's apology and acknowledgement of what an awful cheap shot it was, is right. If you look at suspensions longer than that in NBA history, they're all for fighting or drug use.
Who do you think is a better match-up for Mavericks in the conference Final (OKC or Memphis)?
All due respect to Kevin Durant especially and Russell Westbrook to a certain extent, but I think Memphis is the tougher matchup. Zach Randolph is simply a certified Mavs killer. Plus, the Grizzlies play a grind-it-out style, which isn't what the Mavs want.
Is there a realistic chance that Dwight even considers or even talks with Cuban about joining the Mavs.
As I wrote on the blog today, the fact Howard is represented by agent Dan Fegan is certainly interesting. The Mavs have a long history of working well with Fegan. But Howard isn't a free agent. The Mavs would have to make a deal with the Magic, and I have a hard time seeing how they could put together a package to make Orlando pull the trigger.
Is Mark Cuban ball gagged in some L.A. fans basement? I thought he would surface for some interviews by now.
That's pretty funny. Cuban, probably wisely, is making a concerted effort to stay out of the spotlight. Check the Mavs blog for Dirk's take. (Hint: He likes it.)
How tall is JJ barea and how big are his feet?
JJ is at least a couple inches shy of his listed 6-0. His feet are roughly the size of Galloway and Co. third fiddle Ian Fitzsimmons' mouth.
In your opinion, how did the AAC sound compared to Portland during the LA series? They sounded louder than normal on TV, but I wasn't there. Did they represent?
Mavs fans represented in the West semis, no doubt. The freebie maracas and ThunderStix helped, but they were rowdy, loud and proud, to borrow Cuban's slogan. Not sure it was Rose Garden loud, but that has a lot to do with acoustics.
1-10 chances on landing D Howard? I can't believe I'm asking this because I've come to love Chandler so much, but you can't pass on an opportunity like that. Dirk and Howard down low= WOW.
Sub-1. Maybe 0.5.
What do you think next seasons roster will look like? Include speculation on offseason trades and pickups if you would.
You want to remodel the roster while this team is in the midst of a potential title run? Let's wait until the offseason. Plus, we have no idea right now what moves they could possibly make. A lot depends on what the next CBA looks like.
With a ring, doesn't J-Kidd eclipse Stockton as the best pure point guard in NBA History? We know Stockton is #1 in steals & assists, but J-Kidd is not only #2 on those lists, but he's a better defender, rebounder, 3PM, and triple double machine. So with a championship to add, I hope national media will recognize Kidd's greatness.
A ring would give Kidd fans a better case, but Stockton is so far ahead in steals and assists and shot a ridiculously high percentage for a point guard. I'd still go with Stockton over Kidd, but Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson are above him in my book.
Isit just all us Brits or is Shannon Brown tha type of guy who we shud be building our team around, he's clearly an all star with all them dunks, what else would we need?!
I hope that's sarcasm that I sense.
Would the Mavs take it all if Janson Kidd ave: 12points per game...or will they have a better chance?
The Mavs were 24-6 when Kidd scored at least 10 points during the regular season. They're undefeated in the playoffs when he's in double digits. So, yes, the Mavs are absolutely hard to beat when Kidd puts the ball in the bucket.
I might be probably the only person to notice this.....but have you noticed that every time the Mavs lose the opening tip during the playoffs they have won and everytime they have won the opening tip they have lost. Just a strange fact. lolNow I believe the least difficult path for Dallas would be OKC and the Heat. Do you agree with that? (Personally I love the idea of the Mavs keeping Lebron from winning his first NBA Championship)
I'd bet the Mavs' coaching staff knew that, but you might be the only person off the Cuban payroll who noticed. If I'm the Mavs, I'd rather face the Bulls than Heat, although the regular-season series indicate the exact opposite.
What do you believe should be the Mavs number one offseason priority..
Re-signing Tyson Chandler.
I guess watching these playoffs I don't understand how anyone could pick the Heat over the Mavs. The Heat are not a great outside shooting team, play a lot of zone against them and neutralize the slashing of Wade and James. Plus they have no one that can guard Dirk or Chandler for that matter.
It's two superstars vs. one superstar. That's a tough matchup for the Mavs. With Chris Bosh, the Heat would have three of the four best players in the series. Of course, Dallas would have a huge depth advantage.
How do you see the OKC-Memphis series playing out? Will a 7-game series benefit Dallas or will rust (even with Carlisle's experience) be an overriding factor to rest?
I picked OKC in 8 on the radio the other day, meaning seven games with several OTs. That's the best-case scenario for the Mavs. Rust isn't a concern for the Mavs. Kidd needs rest, and Carlisle knows how to keep a team sharp.
Could this Dwight Howard talk affect Chandler and the Mavs' great defense when they finally start playing again?
Heck, no. Tyson Chandler is a pro's pro. He's not going to let media speculation affect his chase of a championship. He knows better than most about the business of basketball. This is a guy who thought he'd be in New Orleans with his pal Chris Paul and then was traded to OKC, had the deal rescinded, and then got traded to Charlotte. He's all about seizing the moment.
Are the Mavs paying attention to the fine work of Nick Calathes with the Greek team overseas? Might they be interested in giving him a look in camp next season?
I noticed that Calathes played a key role in winning a title over there. Haven't asked anybody with the Mavs about him lately. I do know they considered him a first-round talent when they picked him.
Tim, do you agree that Corey Brewer is the best player remaining in these playoffs?
I would say Corey Brewer is the best player who doesn't get regular minutes remaining in these playoffs.
Is it safe to say the Roddy Experiment of 2011 is over? What is his role moving forward into the offseason and in preparations for next year?
Maybe there will be another situation like Game 6 against the Spurs last year, when Roddy provides a spark after the Mavs dig a hole. I would be surprised if Roddy gets minutes in any other situation. He might not even be active again this year.
Folks, I'm gonna wrap it up now. Sorry if I didn't get to your question, but feel free to hit me up on Twitter @espn_macmahon