Hello Everyone! Big day today. Game 2 tonight. No, I don't think Dirk is going for 48 on 15 shots again, but I don't see how the Thunder are going to really slow him down since they have NEVER been able to do so. Nine complete games against OKC (Not counting 13 points in 11 minutes on Dec 27 when he was hurt). Dirk is averaging 35.4 points and shooting 55.9 percent. That sounds unstoppable to me
was tyson chandlers technical foul rescinded by the league? what's his total so far this post season?
Yes, Chandler's T in the first 70 seconds the other night was rescinded, leaving him with three technicals so far in the post season. You are suspended on the 7th technical in the playoffs. Kendrick Perkins, however had his technical stand
Who do you think will go down in history as the greater player from their draft; Paul Pierce or Dirk Nowitzki?
It should be Dirk, and it really shouldn't even be debatable. As I have said many times before, when judging the talents of individual players, the "championships won" argument is hollow because that forces way too many variables into the equation
Do you think David Toms will rebound after a dissapointing playoff loss last week?
Colonial should for his game perfectly. Wish I could be out there to watch, but alas, I have more pressing issues this weekend.
What adjustments do you expect to see from both teams today?
I think OKC will vary their coverages more, not giving the Mavericks the same look every time down the floor. As for the Mavericks, I think they'll be seeking to improve their transition defense (Can't let Durant dribble the ball 75 feet all the way to the rim like that, and they let it happen twice).
Will JJ have continued success penetrating and breaking down the OKC defense?
As long as Dirk remains on fire, OKC will have to commit someone to him, and that allows JJ to be able to turn the corner and get into the lane. Or if they elect to go under the screen, as Nate Robinson tried to do the other night, JJ can just take that one dribble left, and step into an open three point shot.
Hey Coop, What can you tell me about the OKC crowd? Knowing that OKC is closer than Houston or San Antonio, and a new community to having a team, do you think that the mavs could have enough support on the road to completely negate any home court advantage OKC might have?
It's a great crowd up there. Smaller building (Seats 18,203) It kind of reminds you of Reunion Arena from back in the day. They'll rock it for sure, but if the Mavericks could win Game 6 in Portland (Best crowd I have ever been a part of; those three games in Portland) I don't think they'll be intimidated up there. Especially since they have already won two games there this year
What kind of stat line do you see from Dirk tonight? He's due for a stinker right?
See my opening to the chat
Why is everyone saying "the Thunder should be happy because they almost won." They didn't. Dallas was up 16? 17? and it is natural for a team to let up a bit. And it only got to a 5pt lead for about 30 seconds, then it went back to an 8pt-12pt game instantly. Color me unimpressed with pundits saying that's a positive for OKC. I say it's a sign of the Thunder's inability to get over the hump! (mavs fan here)
Right there with you. I never had the sense that the Mavericks were in any serious danger of losing the game. As long as fouls were going to be called as a dizzying clip both ways, it would allow the Mavericks to keep their advantage. And BTW, as we talked about Dirk's dominance against OKC, how about Westbrook's struggles against Dallas. Four games this year 15.8 points. 29 percent shooting
Will Cuban pay $$$ to keep Barea here next season??? I want him to stay a mav.
Be interesting to watch. Obviously the new CBA is going to tell us a lot whenever it is finalized, Will JJ want to try to spread his wings a little bit because you have to figure he's going to receive some interest, Or will he be satisfied with the role he has here (With more $$$)?
Do the Mavs' marvel at Dirk and what he is able to do? He's the only guy in the league that can do what he does. I feel like the league is starting to see that too.
I think they do. When you see a shooter like Peja remark after Game 1 "Best I've ever seen." It's not lost on these guys what is in their midst. And it is kind of humorous to see the rest of the world catching up to what we've always known around here about Dirk. Sure there are some things he's doing a little better, but the essence of the player has never wavered. No one deserves this more than Dirk, and it's great to see. Even if it is years too late
Has there ever been a better superstar shooter than Dirk? I'm talking hand in your face, you know I'm shooting and there is nothing you can do.
I don't know if he's the best ever, but as Bum Phillips used to say, " It doesn't take long to call roll before you get to him."
There is always alot of talk about Dirk adding "something" to his game every offseason...what can he possibly add this offseason? He has got to be one of the best 5 players in the league right now.
I don't know. But I'm sure he'll find it (Along with help from Holger who honestly believes Dirk Should be a 65 percent shooter. Not just 52 percent).
Coop can you give us all the real deal on Caron. Before the playoffs it was said he was months ahead of schedule. 4 - 6 months is the out time. jun 3 will make 5 months. He is doing everything but contact. There has been no setbacks so where is he at right now? The video I saw of him working says he should at least be practicing.
We've been giving you the real deal here for weeks. He's not playing in these playoffs. He's four and a half moths into a six month rehab. End of discussion
chuck-if we make it to the finals, win or lose, what do you see cuban doing in free agency aside from tyson chandler, to keep this team as a champion, or champion contending team? MAVS in 5 by the way.
Why are you worrying about that now? Enjoy the ride. There will be time for that down the road, and maybe more time for that than we'd like because of the likely lockout
Did GM 1 change any prior opinions on who should cover Durant? Before the series I thought Kidd was too small - and he is - but it seemed like he did as good as anyone the Mavs have. Obviously Marion is primary cover...but as backup, Kidd appeared to be best option.
Kidd has Westbrook to worry about. Marion is the best option, and maybe with his wits about him after getting bashed in the nose, he'll have a little more success. One of the facts not getting much attention is that despite Durant's 40, when OKC needed him to keep pace with the Mavericks when Dallas took control of the game, he was just 2-9 from the floor. Durant and OKC could never overcome that
Haslem is finally healthy. Dirk beware!
You don't have to post ten times to make your point. Loved Haslem last night. But we'll see if he even has the chance to guard him in the Finals
If the mavs win in 5 and the heat win in 5, who would you expect the media as a whole to label as the favorite in the finals?
No doubt they'd make Miami the favorite, and with home court advantage, maybe they should be. I just know that the Mavericks know how to play (and beat) Miami. The 06 Finals were the only time that Miami has beaten the Mavericks in any game since 2004.
do you feel like this year is different?? i just get the feeling watching this team (especially the offense ) that they are never out ofa game and that carlisle's adjustments will overcome and that the guys will work the ball to the best shot possible..... doesn't this just feel like OUR YEAR? i am starting to believe those 'this is our time' t-shirts! this team FEELS like a champion, right?
Glad you're feeling it. I think they are too.
People askaabout who the MVP is of the playoffs... Isn't it obvious? Guy hasn't had a game where he shot just God awful and the only time below 20 pts was when we had the series wrapped up.
Funny thing about that is in the first five games vs Portland, Dirk was shooting only 41.8% and had not had a game where he had shot better than 50 percent. Since then he's averaged 36.4 points on 61.7% shooting and every game he has shot above 50%. It's been incredible, to say the least
All my friends think I'm crazy, but I have been saying we would sweep OKC for the last 2 weeks. Am I crazy??
At this level, it's hard for me to ever predict a sweep because you have to believe that a team playing at home is going to grab at least one of the two games they play in the first four. I think OKC will probably grab a game up there, and then the Mavericks will end it in five.
Chuck, are we going to be able to slow down okc? 112 pts is a lot to give up considering shooting percentages can be fickle. Did so many calls by the refs boost up the scoring?
No doubt the fouls boosted the scoring, and OKC had a good 4th quarter with all the Ibaka dunks. But if you take out the fouls, and reduce them to a more normal number, and the game is something like 110-100. OKC plays faster, so there are going to be more possessions and likely more points. The issue for the Thunder is that neither Denver, nor Memphis can shoot the ball like the Mavericks can. Dallas shot 53.4 in game 1. OKC had held their opponent to 41.4 in their first 12 playoff games.
The Karma Gods would seemingly call for a Miami - Dallas rematch. If that does indeed occur, can you give a quick, off the cuff outlook and prediction? Do the Mavs get revenge?
Nope. Not putting the cart before the horse
Were there any adjustments that OKC made in guarding Randolph that should give Mavs fans concern about OKC's plans in guarding Dirk?
Not really. I just think Randolph was tired after the triple OT game and never got his legs back (Game 6 notwithstanding). Missed a lot of open shots
Where would you rank Dirk out of the all time best players?
Best is impossible to answer because it's so subjective, but any objective ranking of his skill and production should put him in the top 15 or 20 players before it's all said and done
IF - and that's a big if - Dwight Howard actually would come here in a trade next year (and let's say the Mavs win it this year so that everyone tradable has a ring already just for kicks) - how much/which players are you willing to trade to get Howard here? Or do you think he's not worth it?
Can we PLEASE get past the hypothetical? Yes, I would love to have Dwight Howard on my team. NO, I don't think there's a way for the Mavs to make it happen unless there were multiple teams also involved, and even then, it would be EXTREMELY doubtful
What's changed so much about the Mavs this year compared to last? Has Tyson Chandler been that much of a difference maker? Is it just that the Spurs and Lakers weren't as good as they normally are?
Chandler has been a difference maker from the get go. The Lakers tried to turn it on and off and when they tried to turn it back on for good in the playoffs, there wasn't anything left. San Antonio had injuries at the wrong time down the stretch that messed up some stuff. Duncan can't bring it the way he used to and the young guys weren't ready to be big players. It's why experience is always crucial to playoff success
These are still the Mavs, the same chokers they have always been, and Dirk is still a 7 footer who is afraid to play in the paint. If OKC doesn't beat them, Miami will.
Get a clue. Watch the game
Is Roddy available, and would he be used at any point just to make westbrook expend just a llittle more energy? Or are we rolling so well at this point there's no reason to even put him in the rotation?
Roddy has been practicing, after the foot injury, but is more likely to be a scratch. Brewer has that spot right now
What is the status on Caron? During the semis with the Lakers we heard conflicting reports coming from the mavs.
See my earlier answer.
Can Dallas please start Brewer instead of Stevenson... dude plays fifteen minutes a game and takes 6 threes....
No way they're messing with success. Stevenson's shooting comes and goes for sure, but his defense on Westbrook when he plays is impressive. Brewer did his part when he came in, but Stevenson will still get those 15 minutes or so
You do realize that citing Heat record against Dallas prior to this season is truly pointless right?
Pointless only to the extent that they know how to play Wade, and LeBron has had minimal success against them over the last four years. Look it up. While it doesn't guarantee anything, it certainly doesn't mean the Mavericks should be sold short. And as I said, with home court advantage 9If the Heat are fortunate enough to get by Chicago and the Mavs are fortunate to get by OKC) maybe they should be the favorite
Hi Chuck, I badly want to hear your play-by-play on the radio. How can an out-of-towner Mavs fan make that possible?
If you to nba.com and go to the bottom of the page, there are instructions on how to link up. Or if you go to the score page at either nba.com or espn.com they will provide the link for you to do it.
And we'll wrap it up there. Hope you'll join Brad Davis and me tonight at 8:00 and for every game in the series. And we'll be back here next week to talk about it all. Thanks.