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Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:08 pm
Edited on: January 30, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Jason Terry and the Mavericks' survival plan

Jason Terry helped the Mavericks survive against a Spurs bench run Sunday night. (Getty Images)

By Matt Moore


DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks, as much as any team in the league, know that this is not anything like a normal season. There are games packed on top of games packed on top of games. Dirk Nowitzki is still trying to get into his normal game condition, evidenced by his struggles in his first game back. The Kardashians are prowling the arena along with the realities of their television show, and have we mentioned the schedule is insane?

Those are just some of the reasons that led Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle to call this year, "wacky" after the Mavericks' 101-100 win over the San Antonio in Dallas Sunday night.

"It's a wacky year," Carlisle said, "and there's a lot of things going on with crazy scores and leads and deficits disappearing, so you've got to be ready for anything. We're fortunate, but it's a good win. "

Wacky. Much like this up and down win that did not come easy. The Mavericks held a strong lead in the third quarter, lead by Vince Carter who finished with 21 points on 8-15 shooting. But then, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who Mavericks guard Jason Terry later called "a mastermind" and who Carlisle called "the greatest coach really ever in this game," pulled his starters. Completely. With 2:12 to go in the third quarter. From there on out it was entirely bench players, and instead of a weak surrender, the trio of Danny Green, Gary Neal, and James Anderson poured in a flurry of lay-ups and three-pointers. The bench squad scored on 8 of 9 fourth quarter possessions to take the lead. Another blown lead in a wacky year.

"We gotta keep working," Carlisle noted after the game. "I love the fact that we came back from nine down in the fourth. It's a tough position to be in, but the guys fought and got it tied and in overtime we were able to get out of here."

"Getting out of here," that's probably the theme of the NBA season for almost all the teams caught in this hellacious compacted schedule. It's some sort of weird, mutant version of the age old cliche of "survive and advance." In this year with so many outliers, teams need depth, and they need pacing, and they need some luck. The Mavericks have had little of that this year, but having the kind of veterans they do gives them the experience to get through crazy games like Sunday's.

Compared to their struggles to start the year, the Mavericks recovered, played like World Champions, and finished off the non-stars in overtime. It takes experience, it takes veterans, it takes a mindset to "survive." Oh, and Jason Terry, that helps too.

"I was locked in," Terry said after he finished with a game-high 34 points on 14-23 shooting and 4 assists in 37 minutes.

His is always the second name on the Mavericks behind the Big German, but lost in the Lamar Odom trade and the free agency departures and the injuries is the fact that Jason Terry still wears Mavericks blue. And he's a survivor. Terry has made huge shot after huge shot for the Mavericks throughout the years and on Sunday showed why the Mavericks will keep learning, keep adjusting, and keep improving as veterans do even in a wacky year, and will be there at the end, when the playoffs begin.

"I watched the film [from the first meeting between the two teams] and there were some shots that I know I would make if I got them again," Terry said. "I said if I continue to get those same looks and opportunities that I'm going to be aggressive and take them."

It was Terry taking and hitting big shots along with the kind of consistent team effort on defense and the glass that got the Mavericks back in control. It was also players like Carter, who have been around long enough to make the plays when they need to, especially against an inexperienced crew like the upstart bench mob from San Antonio. Carter later said this season comes down to simple survival.

"That's what it's going to be about it. It's going to be about survival. Every guy on the team has to be ready to play, because you just never know."

What the Mavericks do know is that they have guys who have been there, done that. Other teams may have more youth, more depth, fresher legs and more wind. But does having the veterans in a season like this, even with the wear and tear on older bodies, help the Mavs in their mindset?

"I think so," Carter said. "And just making sure your young guys are prepared."

Carter complimented Roddy Beaubois, starting at point guard yet again for the injured Jason Kidd. "My hat's off to Roddy. It gets to where he's not playing big minutes, and he plays spot minutes and then he gets the start. To play like that, it gets a salute from me."

Veterans putting the young guys in a position to make plays, and Jason Terry hitting big shots when the Mavericks need them. If the Mavericks are going to survive this year, that's the approach they want to have. It's not about the division lead the Mavericks took Sunday night with the win. It's not about getting Nowitzki back into the rotation or worrying about blowing a lead to a group of bench players. 

This season is not about being perfect. It's about survival. And the Mavericks are as well prepared to survive as any team in the league.
Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:58 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 11:01 pm
 

Glen Davis gets technical for taking off shorts

Posted by Ben Golliver

Big Baby took off his pants during an NBA game. Yes, you read that correctly.

Orlando Magic reserve forward Glen Davis was issued a technical foul for stripping off his shorts while protesting a foul call during a Wednesday night game against the San Antonio Spurs

"Glen Davis just got a tech for pulling his shorts down," CBSSports.com's Ken Berger tweeted from the arena. "I'm sorry to have to report this."

With the score tied at 50 with 2:40 to play in the third quarter, Davis was called for a foul while contesting an alley-oop dunk attempt by Spurs forward Richard Jefferson. Davis moved to the corner near the Magic bench to protest the call, tugging on the bottom of his shorts as he bent over at the waist to argue the call. Video replay caught brief glimpses of Davis' shorts falling to the court, revealing black under shorts.

Magic coach Stan Van Gundy also protested the call to no avail. He did not remove any of his clothing.

The Magic went on to lose to the Spurs in overtime, 85-83. Davis finished with 4 points and 7 rebounds on 2-for-8 shooting in 17 minutes.

Here's the video of Glen Davis taking off his shorts during a game via YouTube user EliminatorUnderstand. Hat tip: RantSports.com.



Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:45 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 12:01 am
 

Report Card: King James takes over

Posted by Ben Golliver and Matt Moore

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LeBron James


There were plenty of reasons to shut it down and coast when things got off to a bad start on Tuesday night. Three straight losses entering a tough contest with the San Antonio Spurs. A 14-point halftime deficit. No Dwyane Wade. He was reportedly battling a cold. An opponent seemingly clicking on all cylinders and doing back-breaking things like hitting a half court shot at the end of the first half. But LeBron James went the other way, exploding in the third quarter for 17 points on his way to one of his stupefying stat lines: 33 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists on 12-21 shooting in 35 minutes. James connected on four 3-pointers in this one, more than he'd made in the entire season combined up to this point. Thanks to James, the Heat won the third quarter 39-12 and never looked back, cruising to a 120-98 home victory. -- BG

Mike Miller


Mike Miller made his season debut on Tuesday night after sitting for the first three weeks as he recovered from a sports hernia surgery. His return was, well, flawless. iller played just 15 minutes, barely enough time to get fully warm, and hadn't played in an NBA game in roughly 8 months yet he shot 6-for-6 from the field, all 3-pointers, to finish with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. Ridiculous. He brought the hustle, too, as he crashed after loose balls multiple times but this game was all about making San Antonio pay for leaving him. -- BG

Chris Bosh


This right here is arguably the best play of Chris Bosh's career. It came near the end of an excellent two-way performance, one that will no doubt get overshadowed by James' explosion. Bosh finished with 30 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 setals on 14-22 shooting in 37 minutes. On this play, he corralled a defensive rebound, slowly pushed tempo. When no Heat guards came to collect the ball, Bosh casually dribbled at Spurs big man Tiago Splitter before unleashing a reverse spin move as he entered the paint and rising to slam with two hands. He swung so forcefully on the rim that he nearly hit his head on the backboard. Sensational stuff. -- BG


Utah Jazz


We harp on teams all the time for not taking care of business against weaker opposition or at home. With an excellent homecourt advantage and the absence of both Chris Paul and Mo Williams, a Tuesday night match-up is a should-win for the Jazz, even if no one is quite sure what their ceiling or basement is yet. Not only did Utah win, they blew out the Clippers, beating them at their own highlight-manufacturing game. Blake Griffin took a backseat to Jeremy Evans for a night, as Utah's long leaper through down alley-oop after alley-oop, adding two high altitude blocks for good measure. The Jazz's second half was a clinic on how to close the door on a beaten team, as they opened the game up with well-timed passes, hard cuts and excellent team defense. Rookie Enes Kanter fiinished with 10 points and 5 rebounds, cracking double-digits as a pro for the first time. And, wouldn't you know it, a strong two-handed dunk was included in that output. -- BG

George Karl's Second Quarter


Karl used seven players in three different lineup combinations during a 19-4 run against Milwaukee. He relied on Corey Brewer, who no one has ever relied on, and he delivered with 10 points in the quarter. Having depth on a team is one thing. Using it effectively is another. -- MM

David Lee


David Lee is playing well. On defense, even. He's got the tenacity of his Knicks days, a better offensive repertoire and keeps coming up with big buckets in key moments. The Warriors needed a big year from Lee and so far he's giving it to them. -- MM

Brandon Jennings' Fourth Quarter


He was rallying! And dropping floaters! And hitting threes! And the lead was single-digits! And then he took a series of Kobe shots. You know, 40-foot threes off the dribble. So close, Jitterbug. So close. -- MM

Cleveland Cavaliers


Truth be told, the Cavs kind of outplayed the Warriors on a lot of levels. But their turnovers destroyed them. Kyrie Irving had six all his own. His overall performance was great, but the turnovers were deadly. The Cavaliers are looking good in losses, though, and that's a step in the right direction. -- MM

San Antonio Spurs' Second Half


That's how bad they were in the second half. They deserve two "F"s. May God have mercy have their soul. -- MM
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:46 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 8:51 pm
 

Spurs' Danny Green hits half court shot vs. Heat

Posted by Ben Golliver

San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Danny Green hit a halfcourt shot against the Miami Heat to close out the first half.

The Spurs inbounded the ball at the baseline with 2.3 seconds after Miami Heat forward LeBron James hit a 3-pointer to cut San Antonio's lead to 60-49. Spurs forward Richard Jefferson inbounded the ball to Green near Miami's 3-point line, where he used one dribble to get by James and then pulled up from just behind half court. Green's try hit nothing but net to give San Antonio a 63-49 halftime lead at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Green, a third-year guard out of North Carolina, is averaging 7.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game this season.

Here's the video of Danny Green hitting a half court shot against the Miami Heat.


Posted on: January 12, 2012 12:48 am
 

Duncan passes Bird on all-time scoring

By Matt Moore

As Tim Duncan's career winds down, we start to get a sense of just where he stands in NBA history. Wednesday night that became a bit clearer as Duncan passed Larry Bird on the all-time scoring list at No.27 with 17 points against the Houston Rockets, making his total 21,798 for his career. 

Project Spurs does have some context to provide in regards to how quickly Bird and Duncan hit this mark.  
Once Duncan passes Bird, the next player is Gary Payton (ranked 26th) with 21,813 points which TD should be able to surpass this season.

Also, it should be noted Bird scored this career points in fewer games (897) while TD scored his career points in 1,063 games and counting.
via TD on the verge of another milestone | January.

Also notable, Duncan is behind Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Dirk Nowitzki on the list among his contemporaries. Proof of how great the players of the last fifteen years have been.

Duncan's relatively low ranking is emblematic of his real impact, as a player that did everything on the floor. He's 22nd all-time in rebounds. Tenth all time in blocks. His impact on both ends was greater than any metric can adequately portray, and I'm a pretty metrics-based guy.

Duncan continues to put his stamp on the career of the best power forward in NBA history.  
Posted on: January 11, 2012 7:52 pm
 

T.J. Ford out 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury

Posted by Royce Young

The Spurs announced Wednesday that backup point guard T.J. Ford has suffered a longitudinal tear of his left hamstring and will miss 4-6 weeks.

The injury happened Tuesday in the first quarter against Milwaukee.

Not coincidentally, the Spurs recalled rookie Cory Joseph from their D-League affiliated, the Austin Toros. The Spurs are thin at point guard behind starter Tony Parker. Ford was off to a good start this season backing up Parker too. It's not a devastating blow, but another for the Spurs to deal with as Manu Ginobili is still out for a while with a broken hand.
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:12 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 1:25 am
 

Report Card: Bosh carries Miami to unlikely win

Posted by Royce Young


Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley absolutely killed it on the Heat-Hawks broadcast. From ripping on Weight Watchers and the game while being off camera to openly ripping the game on air, Barkley was his usual candid self. That's what makes Barkley so good. You can't really catch him in a "Gotcha!" off camera embarrassing moment, because he'll say the same crap on air. You might not agree at all with what he's saying but you never have to wonder if he means it or is saying what he's really thinking. When he was openly upset at this game going into overtime, it was sealed: Chuck gets the gold star for the night. 

Chris Bosh

While pretty much everyone was dying for the Hawks-Heat game to end (most notably Sir Charles), one person wanted it to go on forever: Chris Bosh. It was his time to shine. He was the star of a team again, the focus offensively and the guy to carry his team. He also might have had 'Nam-like flashbacks to his time in Toronto trying to carry a relatively talentless team to a win. Bosh had 33 points and 14 rebounds, carrying Miami to an unexpected win in Atlanta, while also drilling a game-tying 3 at the end of regulation to send the game spiraling into a couple overtimes.

Gerald Wallace and the Portland Trail Blazers

It's time to re-evaluate the Western Conference. The Blazers are the real deal. It's true. With a 5-1 start and signature back-to-back wins over the Thunder and Lakers, the Blazers are playing faster and player tougher than ever. And a lot of it is behind the play of guys like Wallace who are completely tearing things up. His defense down the stretch on Kobe Bryant was downright outstanding and he's basically become a one man wrecking crew for Portland as he patrols the glass, the paint and adds something in every area. Wallace defines the Blazers right now, who are the best team in the West.

The Heatles' backup singers

Mario Chamlers: 29 points, eight assists, seven rebounds. Udonis Haslem: 14 points, 11 rebounds. Terrel Harris (who?): nine points, 14 rebounds. Without Dwyane Wade or LeBron James, it didn't seem like the Heat had any prayer of hanging with the Hawks, but the so-called nobodies on the Heat weren't just going to hand it to them. They played hard and eventually outlasted Atlanta in triple-overtime. 

Keith Smart's Kings

It's always a great thing when a new coach gets a win in his first game. It's even better when it's behind a massive comeback in the second half. The Kings came back from 21 down and even 14 in the fourth quarter. It's clearly a terrific win for Sacramento and Keith Smart who looked to have the full attention of his young team as they battled and played hard throughout, but that doesn't excuse a miserable 12-point second quarter and the fact they looked terrible for a good portion of the game.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs dismantled the defending champs and did it without Manu Ginobili. But they also kind of played terrible. The Mavs were just way more terrible. San Antonio shot just 39.5 percent from the floor, but of its 34 baskets, 16 came from 3-point range. Nobody really stood out for the Spurs, but they had five guys in double-figures. They didn't win pretty, but they whipped the Mavs despite playing kind of bad.

Triple-overtime

The game in Atlanta kind of turned into one of those weird good-but-bad games by default. Without LeBron or Wade, it wasn't a must-watch contest with the Hawks, but triple-overtime is triple-overtime. Except for one problem: Because of it, the game of the night, Blazers-Lakers, had the entire first half wiped out. Nobody saw any of it. And it was evidently a pretty entertaining half of basketball too but instead we were watching the Hawks go 0-9 in the third overtime and the Heat's scrubs lead Miami to a weird victory.

Dallas Mavericks

I wish I could figure the Mavs out. This is the third "F" I've given them already. Another 20-point loss for the defending champs as the Spurs drilled them 93-71. Dallas shot 35.1 percent from the floor, went 1-19 from 3, had just one player in double-figures, had 29 points at halftime and only 42 points after three quarters. They looked like a team that had quit. If you didn't know any better, you would've thought Paul Westphal was coaching them.

Atlanta Hawks

What the heck? They beat a full-strength Heat the other day in Miami and then turn around and lose on national TV to a Miami team missing Wade and LeBron. Really, even if they had outlasted Miami and won in triple-overtime, they'd be getting an F. The lone bright spot of the game was some guy named Ivan Johnson who showed up big. But that's what it came to for Atlanta. Not Joe Johnson, but IVAN Johnson trying to carry them to a win. Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague, Josh Smith and Marvin Williams combined to go 16-59 from the field. What a frustrating night for the Hawks and one that kind of sums them up perfectly.
Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:03 am
Edited on: January 5, 2012 1:06 am
 

Report Card: Nuggets complete amazing alley-oop

Posted by Ben Golliver.

Here's the CBSSports.com Eye On Basketball nightly report card summarizing Wednesday's NBA action. 

A+: Nuggets complete no-look, over-the-head alley-oop

This is as spectacular and joyous as NBA basketball gets. Up big in the fourth quarter, the Denver Nuggets mercilessly pushed the ball down the Sacramento Kings' throat on their way to a dominant 110-83 victory. There was no bigger exclamation point than this alley-oop from guard Rudy Fernandez to trailing forward Kenneth Faried

Fernandez secured the ball as he approached the baseline, touch-passing it with two hands into the air over his own head without taking a second look or turning around. Faried, a high-jumping rookie, converted the oop for his first points as a pro. There's no possible better way to begin your career than this. Take a look.




A: DeRozan powers Raptors from deep

For a good long while there, it was looking like Canadian writer Holly MacKenzie was the only person besides DeMar DeRozan and his immediate family who believed that significant improvement on the perimeter was a realistic possibility for the athletic Raptors wing. I certainly counted out his potential as an all-around, defense-stretching presence after he managed to hit just nine 3-pointers in his first two seasons, connecting on less than 20 percent from downtown. It was a fatal flaw, and he apparently spent all lockout correcting it. Often seen at National Basketball Players Association meetings rocking the famous "Basketball Never Stops" t-shirts, DeRozan unveiled the fruit of his offseason labors against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, knocking in five 3-pointers -- as many or more than he made in each of his first two seasons -- to finish with 25 points.

That, plus 31 points from Andrea Bargnani and some stepped-up defensive intensity under new coach Dwane Casey has Toronto out to a 3-3 start. Nothing to write home about quite yet, but still quite a bit better than the dismal preseason prognostications.

B+: Spurs role players provide fourth quarter push

Any time reserved San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is so fired up late in a game that he's beelining onto the court in celebration, something is going unusually right. In this case, it was a purposeful 31-20 fourth-quarter that saw the Spurs put away the Golden State Warriors at home despite 38 points and 7 assists from Monta Ellis. Tony Parker had the prettiest highlight with a tear drop in the lane but a scoring burst from the unlikeliest of sources, T.J. Ford, and contributions from Richard Jefferson and Danny Green provided some reassurance after the loss of Manu Ginobili to injury earlier this week.

C: Timberwolves hang tough but fold

Everyone's favorite "little engine that could" continues to fall just short in the most painful ways. On Wednesday, they dropped a close one to the Memphis Grizzlies, who were reeling from the news that forward Zach Randolph would be out up to two months with a knee injury, 90-86. The loss saw a 27-point, 14-rebound, 2-block effort from Kevin Love and another double-double from rookie point guard Ricky Rubio go to waste. The culprit? Poor late-game foul-shooting. The Timberwolves knocked down 13-for-24 from the charity stripe for the game and made just 4-for-10 in the final frame. Instead of pulling even to .500, the Timberwolves left another win on the table.

D: Knicks lose ugly one home to Bobcats

It was a pretty miserable night in the Big Apple for the Knicks, who mostly stood around and watched as the Charlotte Bobcats shot 55.3 percent as a team and had six players in double figures, led by the hefty Boris Diaw with a remarkable 27 points on just 15 shots. The Bobcats, who entered the game with just one win, aren't that good, the Knicks simply made them look like world-beaters with dumb fouls, dumb shots, and 17 turnovers worth of undisciplined play. Defensive centerpiece Tyson Chandler managed just six rebounds in 40 minutes and Toney Douglas shot a putrid 6-for-17, a performance that was so bad that the Madison Square Garden faithful was chanting in unison -- very loudly -- for Iman Shumpert to replace him during the second half.  

F: Kings roll over and die for Nuggets

The only time the Sacramento Kings did anything to make anyone cheer on Wednesday came when DeMarcus Cousins fouled Kenneth Faried with 13 seconds left -- and his team down by 25 -- so that Faried could convert two free throws and send the Denver crowd home with discounted tacos for reaching 100 points. Other than that, the Kings did a great impression of a team that has quit on its coach. How else to explain 2-for-20 shooting from deep, 32.6 percent shooting overall, plus 12 assists and 17 turnovers as a team? The Kings either quit on Westphal or they're playing like they're afraid he's going to write another press release about him.
 
 
 
 
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