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May 25, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Tim MacMahon

Tim MacMahon
  (4:01 PM)

Thanks for joining me for what will probably be the final Mavs chat of the West finals.

Devon (Dallas)

Am I the only one here who doesn't think Dirk is one of the Top 20 players of all time?? I mean a year ago this would have been a joke. Don't get me wrong, he's probably playing the best ball of his life and he is a surefire HOF'er, but Top 20 EVER?? Has anyone watched the last 10 years? He can't guard the chair I'm sitting in! David Robinson might be the 20th best ever but, he was an MVP, scoring champ, Defensive Player Of the Year and two time champion! There are two sides of the ball last I check and Defense wins Championships. Please talk some sense into these people... PLEASE!

Tim MacMahon
  (4:04 PM)

Sorry, but I believe Dirk is somewhere in that range. He's No. 23 on the all-time scoring list and will be top six or seven by the time he's done. He's one of four players in NBA history to average at least 25 points and 10 rebounds for his career in the playoffs. And he's developed into a much better defender than you think. Little known fact: The Mavs defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) was at its best with Dirk on the floor this season. In fact, the Mavs D rating with Dirk on the floor (100.16) would have been the best in the NBA.

Chris (Warsaw, Poland)

If there's a repeat of the 06 Finals, do we see a chance of Brewer guarding LeBron?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:05 PM)

Maybe in certain specific situations, but I doubt it. It's clear that Brewer is an odd man out of the playoff rotation. Plus, he's not better suited than DeShawn Stevenson or Shawn Marion to guard LeBron. Strength is a requirement for that job.

Jarad (Fort Worth)

Hey Tim, who would you consider to be the role player who has stepped up the most in the post season? You might call them the most improved maverick in the past month.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:06 PM)

I'd go with Jason Kidd. Folks with the Mavs would argue he's not a role player, but I think is a team with one superstar and a lot of role players.

West Coast Mavs Fan (San Francisco)

With experience being equal, is depth the only variable the Mavs have against the Heat (I know, I's not over, yet)? What about defense? Which is better? Our stuff-the-lanes zone or their athletic cover?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:08 PM)

The Mavs would have advantages at point guard, power forward, center, bench and coach. But the Heat have two of the NBA's top five players at shooting guard and center. Miami's defensive numbers are better than the Mavs.

MavsFan4LIFE (Coppell)

Do you think we will be double teaming Durant and Westbrook more tonight? Do you think our rebounding is more of lack of effort or are OKC just in the right place at the right time?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:09 PM)

No need to double Westbrook much. They've been doubling Durant a lot, and that has hurt the Mavs on the boards. It's tough for Tyson Chandler to keep Nick Collison off the glass after chasing Durant 25 feet from the hoop.

jason (New London, Tx)

if the mavs make it to the finals and carron butler is able to play would it mess up the chemistery?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:10 PM)

I do not believe that it would be a problem. But I don't think Butler will be cleared to play anyway. He still isn't cleared to practice with contact.

Jordan (Frisco)

do you ever see a lineup that would feature haywood and chandler on the floor at the same time?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:11 PM)

The only time I could see that is an end-of-the-quarter defensive possession.

Patrick (Plano)

Hypothetically, in a Mavs-Heat final, isn't all the pressure on Miami at first?? WIth the 2-3-2 format, if Dallas steals just one game in Miami, the Mavs could hold up a trophy in Dallas. This is one series where I think it helps being the 'worse' team (57 wins vs 58 wins)

Tim MacMahon
  (4:11 PM)

I see your point, but we're also talking about the two teams that tied for the best road record in the NBA. Wouldn't surprise me to see both teams win at least one on the road.

Kendrick (Miami)

Do you really think the Mavericks have a chance against our Miamai Heat if both teams make it to the NBA Finals? We already beat them with a one man show in 2006. The reason I ask you is because you are such a Mavericks hater.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:13 PM)

Well, Kendrick, that sure is a flattering way to put it. The 2006 Finals makes for a sweet storyline, but it's not that relevant to the rematch. Both teams have basically been torn down and rebuilt around the superstars (Dirk and D-Wade). To answer your question, yes I do think Dallas has a shot. They won't be favored despite sweeping the season series against the Heat, but I'll take the Mavs in seven. I'm not a Mavs hater. I just was a Mavs skeptic, but that stopped around Game 2 of the West semis.

justin (missouri)

Tim with Caron bulter, Tyson C and JJ all being free after the season can they Mavs keep all 3? whitch ones you think they will go for first after Tyson of course

Tim MacMahon
  (4:16 PM)

After consulting with Mavs assistant GM Marc Stein, I'd rank the likelihood of the free agents returning as: Chandler, Barea and Butler. The Mavs would love to keep all three, but nobody even knows what the cap rules will be next season.

Jonathan (Los Angeles)

Everyone is already planning Miami's parade. What are the real chances of Mavs beating the Heat, and how many games do you think it will go?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:17 PM)

My official prediction is Mavs in seven. Dallas will erase a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter of a Game 7 officiated by Danny Crawford and Bennett Salvatore.

Aneesh (Chicago, IL)

Hi T Mac. What do you think...most underrated Mavs story line of the playoffs so far is the coaching job of RC and the staff. Seems every move he's made has turned to gold (excluding BRoy in Game 3), especially the Brewer cameo in Game 1 against LAL. What say you?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:18 PM)

Rick Carlisle has done a tremendous job during these playoffs. There's a reason he's taken all three teams he has coached to the conference finals.

Johnny (MD)

Hi Tim,It's looking like a Mavs-Heat finals; I'm wondering what your thoughts on the matchups would be since, in my opinion, the Heat are a much better defensive team than the Mavs and each team will have trouble stopping their primary stars (Dirk / Wade+LBJ)

Tim MacMahon
  (4:20 PM)

From a Dallas D perspective, Kidd would open up on the PG but would spend time on Wade, especially late in games. Stevenson gets Wade at the beginning of the game. Marion gets LeBron. Dirk takes the center and Chandler tries to shut down Bosh. I don't know Miami well enough to say how they'd try to defend Dallas, but I seriously doubt Bosh will get the Dirk challenge.

Carl (Dallas)

Dont you think caron would sign a one year make good deal for the mavs? As a sort of thank you?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:21 PM)

I could see that potentially being the best situation for both parties. I don't think the Mavs will be able to sign him to a lucrative long-term deal, though.

Corey (Nebraska)

how much better is Dirk playing this year as opposed to how he was playing during the 2006 playoff run?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:22 PM)

As Dirk would point out himself, he's not rebounding nearly as well during these playoffs as he did in '06. I don't think he's playing significantly better now than he was then.

TheRLB (St. Louis, MO)

What's the over/under on the number of times we see The Damp Face if it's a Mavs-Heat Finals?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:22 PM)

It'll have to be when they show the Heat's bench. Damp has been inactive.

Wade (Fort Worth)

Looking ahead, which i know i shouldn't do, what do you think is most important part to slowing down the heat on offense? transition D? Do you think Dallas will have better luck scoring against the heat than Chicago has? will it be because of the superb ball movement?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:24 PM)

Transition D is absolutely the most important part of slowing down the Heat. The Mavs have no chance if LeBron and Wade just get to run to the rim and finish. Miami is a very good defensive team, but the Mavs are a better offensive squad than the Bulls. Dirk is more efficient than Derrick Rose and the Mavs move the ball much better.

Tommy (San Francisco)

Displaced Mavs Fan For Life here. Is JJ our PG of the future? I love him, he does some amazing things, but it seems like he is more comfortable as a spark off the bench (like JET) than QB'ing the team (like JKidd). And also...does Kidd retire this season regardless of whether or not we win a title?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:26 PM)

JJ Barea is a very good backup point guard. But he is a backup point guard, a guy who is a nice spark off the bench, not a starter. The Mavs hope Roddy Beaubois is the point guard of the future, but that's far from a sure bet. The only way Kidd retires is if a lockout wipes out all of next season. He's not going to walk away from $8 million and the chance to contend for a championship.

Steve (Dallas)

Can OKC recover tonight or do you think they are mentally done after that collapse.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:27 PM)

I think the Thunder will put up a good fight, but the series should end tonight. The Mavs smell blood, just like they did before Game 4 against the Lakers. Expect the Mavs to come out with a ton of energy.

David (Dallas)

Any other city as attached to their superstar as Dallas? I mean, the guy never left, never whines, took criticism and just hit the Gym... He could have easily left and joined the Heat instead of Bosh. Guys a warrior.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:28 PM)

I'd say San Antonio is pretty attached to Tim Duncan and LA to Kobe Bryant. But Dirk deserves all the love he gets in Dallas and then some. He revived basketball in this town.

Alex (KCMO)

So what was the main reason for Nowitski's great performance in the Postseason?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:29 PM)

Not sure if you've been paying attention for the last decade and change, but the dude is great. And he spells his last name with a z.

Matt (Philly)

What's the main difference between the Mavs now, and the Mavs a month ago, when no one thought they would be where there. Dirk's improvement? Barea?

Tim MacMahon
  (4:30 PM)

Jason Kidd has stepped his game up for the postseason. He has shot the ball much better than he did during the regular season, been just as good running the offense and has been outstanding on defense. Kidd's performance has been the biggest difference.

Tim MacMahon
  (4:31 PM)

Gotta wrap it up now, folks. Appreciate all the questions.