The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ 109-106 victory over the Nuggets

1.SHOW OF HANDS: OK, let’s have an honest show of hands from those who saw this win by the Mavs coming. With the Mavs in Denver and fresh off Sunday’s disappointing loss at home to Portland, I’m sure there probably weren’t many who thought they would go into Denver and knock off the mighty Nuggets. The previously unbeaten Nuggets. The Nuggets who were the Western Conference’s No. 2 seed last season and who are stacked to the rafters with so much talent that their second unit could probably suit up and beat a lot of team’s first unit on a […]

2019-10-30T14:40:58-06:00October 30th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|

Mavs use balanced scoring, resiliency to fuel their 109-106 win over Denver

DENVER – That next vital step for the Dallas Mavericks — the growth and maturity that every coach and every player preaches — was on full display Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.

With their two best players struggling offensively, the Mavs showed the value of having a deep and talented roster as they had a franchise record-tying nine players score at least 10 points and knocked off the Denver Nuggets, 109-106, before a crowd of 16,605. The win increased the Mavs’ record to 3-1 going into Friday’s home game against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mavs superstars Luka Doncic […]

2019-10-30T14:40:57-06:00October 29th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|

Mavs used some balanced scoring and powered their way to a 109-106 win over Denver

DENVER — The Dallas Mavericks were hoping that they could take advantage of a break that the basketball gods gave them.

While the Mavs flew to Denver on Monday afternoon in preparation of playing the Nuggets on Tuesday, the Nuggets were on the road playing the Kings in Sacramento on Monday and didn’t return to Denver until around Tuesday at 3 a.m. Whether the extra rest helped the Mavs, no one knows for sure.

What is sure is that the Mavs rallied from an 11-point deficit to run their record to 3-1 thanks to a 109-106 victory over the Nuggets on Tuesday […]

2019-10-30T02:40:53-06:00October 29th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|

Coming off ruptured Achilles tendon surgery, Barea is helping Mavs in numerous ways

DENVER — J.J. Barea hasn’t gotten in a game yet this season. But the 14-year veteran guard is doing a number of other things to help the Dallas Mavericks.

“He’s doing great — I’m talking to him constantly,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s been a great influence on the team even though he has not been playing, and he’s ready.”

Barea underwent surgery on Jan. 14 to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The injury occurred during a Jan. 11 game at Minnesota, and the rehabilitation process has been long and tedious.

“It’s something different,” Barea said. “It’s like learning how to walk […]

2019-10-30T02:40:45-06:00October 29th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|

Justin Jackson selected as Mavericks nominee for October NBA Cares Community Assist Award

DALLAS –The Dallas Mavericks have selected veteran swingman Justin Jackson as the team’s nominee for the October NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his continuous efforts to recognize, celebrate and support children with Down syndrome in the North Texas area.

Justin and his wife, Brooke, hope to change the world’s views of people with special needs and amplify a message that everyone should be accepted.

“Basketball is definitely my job and I take it super serious, but it’s not the most important thing in my life,” Jackson said. “Loving people is what I feel God […]

2019-10-30T02:40:52-06:00October 29th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|

Mavs-Nuggets preview: This time, it’s Denver with the difficult travel schedule

PREVIEW

Game 4

Blazers at Nuggets

Time: 8 p.m. CT

Place: Pepsi Center, Denver

TV: FSSW

Radio: ESPN, 103.3 FM, Univision, 1270 AM (Spanish)

About the Mavs: They have lost their last six visits to the Mile High City and will be underdogs in this one as the Nuggets are one of several teams that feel like they have a legitimate shot to be playing in the NBA finals this season … The Mavericks are coming off their first loss after winning the first two games. They shot just 13-of-50 from 3-point range in the 121-119 loss to Portland at American Airlines Center on Sunday. Of their […]

2019-10-29T14:40:41-06:00October 29th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|

Don’t go to the tape, instead look at other issues Mavericks must address

As Rick Carlisle assessed the pros and cons of the new coach’s challenge rule that went decidedly con for the Mavericks on Sunday evening, he started a far more impactful discussion about his basketball team.

“That’s not the reason we lost the game,” Carlisle said Monday. “There certainly was a spotlight put on it. But there were a lot of things we could have done prior to that to put ourselves in a better position and that’s what we got to work toward.”

The good thing about the NBA is that there’s always another game coming down the road, usually in NASCAR […]

2019-10-29T14:40:40-06:00October 28th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|

5 TAKEAWAYS FROM MAVS’ DRAMATIC 121-119 LOSS TO BLAZERS

1. COACH’S CHALLENGE: The NBA’s new coach’s challenge rule had an impact on Sunday’s game. With the Mavs down by one point, Blazers guard Damian Lillard was whistled for a foul against Mavs forward with 8.4 seconds left in the game. But Blazers coach Terry Stotts challenged the call, it was overturned after a replay and a jump ball was ordered. Portland won the jump ball, Kent Bazemore was fouled and split two charity tosses, and Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a long 3-point shot at the buzzer. Referee crew chief Courtney Kirkland told a pool reporter of the critical play […]

2019-10-28T14:40:26-06:00October 28th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|

A coach’s challenge played a key role in Mavs’ 121-119 loss to the Blazers

A coaching challenge down the stretch of Sunday’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers played a major role in the final outcome.

With the Mavs trailing the Blazers, 120-119, Portland’s Damian Lillard was whistled for a foul on Dallas forward Dorian Finney-Smith with just 8.4 seconds remaining. Blazers coach Terry Stotts subsequently used the NBA’s new coach’s challenge rule.

And after further review, the play was overturned and a jump ball was called. Portland won the jump ball, Kent Bazemore was fouled and split two free throws with 5.3 ticks left, Tim Hardaway missed a 31-foot jumper as time […]

2019-10-28T02:40:28-06:00October 27th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|

Stotts: credit Curry’s high basketball IQ for his improved play on defense

During training camp earlier this month, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle talked about how much Seth Curry’s defense has improved, particularly his on-the-ball defense.

Curry spent the 2016-’18 seasons with the Mavs before playing last season for the Portland Trail Blazers. Asked what he did to help Curry improve his defense, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said: “Nothing. He did it all himself. His defensive numbers were actually really good for us.

“I think he’s a smart player and I think if you’re a smart player, you can be a good defender. You can be in the right spots, you can talk, you […]

2019-10-28T02:40:27-06:00October 27th, 2019|Dallas Mavericks|