I literally walked in my house 10 minutes ago after driving back from OKC. We can talk whatever you want from Mavs to Cowboys to SMU hoops - three guys run off and three transfers in. Let's go!!!
Even though the Mavs have fell short at the end two games in row, do you feel that they have dominated both matchups?
Uh no. They controlled the first game and fell apart in the final 2:33. OKC controlled the second game, the Mavs pulled ahead at the end and fell apart again with 2:16 left. The Mavs are doing what they've done all season - find ways to lose. I didn't believe there was a magical switch they would flip in the playoffs and it hasn't happened. They have lost 4 games by a total of 10 points in OKC. The Thunder have won 5 of 6. None of that is coincidence. OKC is finding ways to win
Should Beaubois get any valuable minutes during these playoffs?
I think Carlisle is one of the NBA's best coaches. If he doesn't think Roddy B needs to play then I'm down with that. He told us Brandan Wright wasn't good in physical matchups and you see what he's provided in this series. Carlisle knows what he's doing. So if he wants to sit Roddy B, it';s cool.
Do you think that CB Morris Claybourne is a Perfect fit for the Dallas Cowboys?
If a perfect fit exists - and I don't know that one does - then it's pretty good. He'll help make everyone better because of his coverage skills. Let's just hope he is what he's supposed to be. Only time will tell, but I loved the pick
Will the Thunder win the NBA title by beating out the Spurs.?
I don't think so, which disappoints me. The Spurs will defend and the Spurs are a crafty bunch that might outsmart the Thunder. Plus Pop is the best coach in the league - and that's a big advantage over Brooks.
That said, they will beat every other team in the West in six games or less.
why not make jenkins a safety it work for antrel rolle he went from corner to safety allan ball also did it to i think it would be good for jenkins
Jenkins is an average tackler at CB and can't stay healthy. He could never ever play safety
Is it me or did Jerrah fail again? After Claiborne, I see a bunch of reaches and project players, sincerely. Am I off here??
I'm not a draft guru kind of dude. I hadn't seen most of those guys play. I'll at least reserve judgment until I see them in training camp. They tried to fill needs. Based on the players they picked, yes. Now, we have to see if they can play
Hi Mr. Taylor. Another tough loss last night to OKC. Down 16 points, get back into the game, Dirk being on fire, missing clutch shots down the stretch and falling short. What are your thoughts about the two blown opportunities for the Mavericks against OKC?
The Mavs are doing what they've done all season. They were 10-13 in games decided by 5 or less and 13-20 on the road. In the playoffs they're 0-2 on the road and 0-2 in games decided by five points or less. They are who we thought they were
Who was your pick to win the series: Dallas or OKC? I'm assuming Dallas right?
OKC in 5
with the first two games so close, it looks like the mavs still have not played their best and it looks like okc cant play any better. is there any chance the mavs can turn this around?
no. OKC can play a lot better. James Harden has not had a 20-point game and Kevin Durant has made just 15 of 44 shots. The games have been close enough that it wouldn't shock anyone if the Mavs won the next two games. That said, OKC has won 5 of 6 against the Mavs this season. That's more than coincidence
What do the Mavericks need to do differently to close games down the stretch against OKC?
it ain't complicated. Execute better. that's the nature of pro sports - not matter what league. The best teams execute good at the end of the game
so do mark and donnie now think letting tyson and deshawn walk my have been a bad idea?
It's only a bad mistake if they don't sign Deron Williams. Whether you agree or not - there plan was to let those guys go free so they could sign Williams or Howard. If they don't get one of the two, then it was bad.
Jenkins really 4th on the depth chart? Seems kinda..dumb, no? He's easily better than Scandrick when healthy
who said Jenkins was 4th? I haven't heard that. He's a better player than Scandrick. If he's into it mentally I would expect him to beat out Scandrick for the nickel job
last nights loss was completely on carlisle, he has no clue as to how to make adjustments, why was terry even in the game coming out of a timeout when we needed a stop to foul durant, west is our second best defender, did carlisle not learn nothing from game 2 of the finals when terry left chalmers wide open to tie that close game?
Really? I can't buy that. It was Carlisle's fault that Jason Kidd made one of the dumbest passes he's ever made? Carlisle's fault that Jason Terry made one of the dumbest fouls you'll ever se? Carlisle's fault that Dirk missed two open shots in the final 90 seconds and that Jet missed two others? You're tripping. This team has a lot of flaws, but coaching isn't one of them
what it's dallas going to do with jenkins keep him or trade him.nate
Keep him. He's worth more to the Cowboys than the 5th, 6th or 7th round pick they might get for him
Is Wright intimidated by OKC interior?
it looks like that to me. He's not going strong to the bucket. He's playing finesse hoops.
Would Roddy be an option to put on Westbrook defensively? Marion is doing an excellent job on Durant, if you put him on Westbrook then Durant will probably be shooting lights out. I think Dallas needs to take role players out of the game (you can't have Fisher with 11 points and Perkins with 13) and if Westbrook goes off for 40 points, so be it
I don't think Roddy has a role in this series. Carlisle doesn't trust him. I think his time in Dallas is done after this season. If you don't trust a three-year vet in the playoffs, then what's the point
JERRY JONES SHOULD FIRE HIS SELF AS GM, ANOTHER USELESS DRAFT OF ROLE PLAYERS, NOW HE WANTS TO TRADE JENKINS WHEN SCANDRICK IS CLEARLY THE WORST CORNER ON THIS TEAM
Scandrick is signed for 5 years and Jenkins is in the last year of his deal
really seems that the Mavs could have used Corey Brewer and Rudy Fernandez in such a condensed season. Brewer would have definitely helped in this series.
Really? I doubt either one would've played more than a couple of minutes a game. They're each role players. Neither one would be a difference-maker in this series
What do you make of Mo Claiborne running a 4.5 40 and "blowing off his Wonderlic test? Will he blow off team meetings/film study as well? Im worried about his effort.
complete overreaction on your part. One has nothing to do with the other. I blew off the SAT because I knew where I was going to school and my grades were good enough that I - in my 18-year-old mind - didn't think the test was that big of a deal. The Wonderlic is one of the most overrated pieces of data at the combine. A standardized test is hardly a good gauge for intelligence. Claiborne, according to those who know him, will be fine
Do you think that the Mavs have a realistic shot at getting past Round 1?
nope, and I didn't when the season started
Give me an early record prediction for the Cowboys for next season? Dont worry we will not hold you to it!
sorry, I don't do predictions before the end of training camp because we have no idea who's on the final roster until then. Be patient.
Dont you think the cowboys should have signed Fozzy Whitaker from Texas?? he is an explosive back that can help with returns where the Cowboys sorely lack production.
nope. He's just a guy.
You praised the Cowboys decision to move up and take a premier defensive player. Many of the local sports commentators disagree, saying they had too many holes and gave up two or three starters for one guaranteed. What do you say to that arguement?
There are 6 key positions in FB. QB, RB, WR, LT, CB and pass rusher. Think about who the Cowboys had at those spots when they won Super Bowls whether it was the 70s or the 90s. Anytime you can add an elite player at one of those positions, you do it
Hot out of the gates and fizzle at the end was the Cowboys NFL draft. Sounds like their regular season play. What's your take on their draft.
it didn't bother me. I haven't watched any of those dudes play. You have to trust them and see what happens. Given the DC recent history, that's not a comforting thought
Taking into account that our stars are in their prime (romo, ware, etc) and the good off season and NFL draft this team just had, how long in your opinion until we compete for a superbowl?
I'd say 3 years
What is going on with the mavs? Are they better than we think or worse? Two close losses. Do they stand a change of making this series even or even winning it?
They are who they are. They were a 7th seed for a reason
Is the rumor of the Boys moving Jenkins to Free Safety true?
Do you think that Rangers P Yu Darvish will be the 2012 Cy Young Award Winner?
I'd say Justin Verlander is still the favorite along with King Felix in Seattle and CC in New York. It's too early. Let's see how he fares after he's been around the league once and the hitters get a feel for him
You said you would blast the Cowboys if they traded down to settle. What about the fact they traded up but lost a second round pick?
I wrote a column about it that you can find on espndallas.com. I liked the aggressiveness of the move. They targeted a dude they liked and they grabbed him. Nothing wrong with that to me
Using ESPN's player rankings it seemed liked the cowboys reached at every single spot except for the Claiborne pick. Do you think this is the case or do you trust the Cowboys scouting dept just took a different approach?
Personally, I don't pay much attention to those because every team has its own board. They draft according to their board - not ESPN's board
It seems that Kellen Moore would have been a great QB to bring in via free agency. He won a lot & was super accurate. I know accuracy is one of the keys that makes Garrett's offense run. He has much more pedigree than McGee. I just thought it was a good fit. Your thoughts.
He was an undrafted FA, so it's not like he's viewed as the end all be all by any team. That doesn't mean he can't develop into a good player, but Garrett knows QBs. Clearly, he liked the 4 guys on the roster
Do you think the mavs will get swept?
where is odom going next year
who cares? He quit on his talent this season
The Rangers appear to be the class of MLB this year, and its not really close. Is anything less than a championship a dissapointing season?
That's a pretty high standard. If they lost a 7-game series to the Rays in the ALCS - and it was 1-0 in 15 innings, I wouldn't call it a failure. It has been 30 years since a team other than the Yankees went to the WS three consecutive years. The goal is to get to the playoffs healthy and see how it plays out
Are the basketball Gods doing work on the Mavs for finally yielding a Championship team, and then breaking it up for cap space?
nope. They were a 7th seed for a reason. They're playing to their pedigree
Better chance of happening? Mavs come back to win this series in 6 or 7 games or the Cowboys make the playoffs this upcoming season.
cowboys making playoffs
Can we please talk about why carlisle keeps going to vince carter instead of having delonte in at crunch time? Carter is terrible, he made a few decent defensive plays last night but how many times do we have to see him throwing up an off-balanced garbage jump shot?
it depends on the lineup he's throwing out there. Sometimes Carter plays 3, which West can't do. When kidd, terry, Carter, Matrix and Dirk are on the court, there's no spot for West
I believe the Mavs need a lot more from the point guard position. Having Jason Kidd only shooting 3s (no dribble penetration or easy baskets) has hurt the Mavs all year. As much as I love J-Kidd, here's to hoping Deron Williams comes home to Dallas next season. Thoughts?
there's a good chance he'll be here, but it ain't guaranteed since NJ can pay him $28 million more than the Mavs
Keep Jenkins and go all in for the 2012 season, trade Jenkins pre-season, or trade him during the season hoping he increases his stock? Saying Jenkins cuz he has more value on the block than Scandrick
I'd keep Jenkins
i live in philly but i love the mavericks, would you agree that the refs give westbrook, harden, and durant every call? because durant had 5 field goals yesterday and 26 points
good teams overcome refs and perceived poor calls. The Mavs were in the bonus with 815 left in 3Q. Does that sound like Mavs got all the calls? They shot 30+ free throws and had more FTs in G1 than OKC. Let's stop handing out excuses
Hi JJT, Jason Garrett seems to be targeting a lot of his 'right kind' of guys. Do you think that is a sign that deep down he agrees with your past work - the Cowboys have lacked character guys who will find a way to gut out games and make plays at crunch time?
yes. He's trying to get high energy and high motor guys who will consistently play as hard in the first quarter as he fourth quarter. The right kinds of guys also practice the right way and prepare the right way
JJT, If the season started today, please rank the NFC East teams best to worst.
I know that you have been very down on the Mavs, and that you think they will lose in 5 games. But after seeing the first two games would you really be that surprised if the series went 7 games?
yes. Only 14 teams have ever rallied from being down 2-0 to win best of 7. The Thunder is the better team
I know it's a long season but it looks like Yu is starting to figure out the MLB game. If so, how do you see the rest of the season playing out for him barring injury?
Mike Napoli says we can't make any definitive judgments about Yu until he has at least 10 starts. As I wrote before the season, when he has his fastball command working he will be lethal because you can't hit his secondary stuff
since scandricks has more experience playing slot corner you think maybe thats why Jenkins might be the 4th to come in from now on?
nope. If Jenkins is healthy, he's a better player. He can win the slot job, if he's all in
Will Jenkins pout all season and be bad for the locker room or will his need for his next contract keep him semi in line?
no idea. We'll have to wait and see. He should play as hard as he can because if he plays well someone is going to pay him whether it's the Cowboys or another club
Isn't 4.5 slow for an elite corner? I'm not saying he can't play; just that that measurable is pale in comparison other CB's taken that highly.
he was the No.1 defensive player on every team's draft board.
What do you see after this season for Delonte West? Any chance he is comng back?
no one is coming back until the Mavs determine whether they can sign Deron Williams
is romo better than 91 in the top 100?
i would think so, but I'm not complaining. They had Tebow in the top 100 and he's one of the most overrated players in NFL history
whats your prediction for how the rest of the mavs-thunder series will play out?
OKC in 5
I've kind of enjoyed sitting on my couch eating candy and watching this series. Do you think the Mavs miss my presence at all in this series with no clear backup for Dirk?
OKC in 5
How many games does Josh Hamilton miss due to injury this year? And do the Rangers re-sign him regardless of how prone he is to injury/relapsing?
hopefully not more than20. If he plays 145+ he'll be MVP again
Why is Mo being labeled a starter, why not have a open competition?
when your secondary stinks and you get the best cb in college football, the assumption is that he'll start
Enough Mavs talk!! They're done. How bout those Rangers?? They picked up right where they left off. How do you think they're going to handle the Hamilton contract talks now that he's having another MVP season?
the rangers are playing great in all facets of the game. So much for the World Series hangover.
it has been a great chat. Lots of great questions. Only surprised we didn't have more questions on the rangers. Be blessed.