DONUT 1: The Mavs' Triangle of Trust isn't feeling sorry for itself. They are too busy pumpin' udders to cry over the spilt milk.
(Editor's note: I just made up that country cliché. "Pumpin' udders.'' Howdy, y'all!)
But for the first time, GM Donnie Nelson has put an accurate frame around the seriousness of the injury problem … and his remark to me on Saturday night speaks volumes, I think.
"Hey, we're missing our 1, 2 and 3 guys, our 1, 2 and 3 scorers,'' Donnie said. "There was a plan and now we're scrambling to adjust. And we will.''
DONUT 2: But wait … 1, 2 and 3 … He means?
*Dirk Nowitzki, who missed nine straight games during which the Mavs went 2-7 … and then came back in Memphis only to get himself ejected midway through another loss. There goes 24 points per game.
*Caron Butler, who is out for the entire season now after knee surgery, taking his 15 points per game with him.
*And …. Roddy Beaubois. He's No. 3. The Mavs projected him to be … what? Maybe 12 points a game? Maybe more?
And there goes your offense, 52 points you were counting on … gone. Gone into street clothes, gone into a hospital gown, gone into a boot.
1, 2 and 3.
DONUT 3: The goal mustn't be to be healthy today, though. That would be impossible anyway, what with Tyson Chandler having missed the Memphis game due to an illness. (Geez, will we EVER see the Mavs' top five on the floor together? EVER?)
Stay in position to be dangerous in April. And then be healthy in April.
That's the best they can do right now.
DONUT 4: Golden State, Portland, Denver, Clippers, Phoenix, Houston, New Orleans.
You know what that is? That's the list of the seven regular-season opponents on Dallas' schedule in the closing month of April. Four of them are at home. There is no Lakers or Celtics or Spurs or Heat or Magic or Thunder or Jazz in there. All winnable.
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DONUT 6: Want to know what the fellas were saying last night after Mavs-Memphis? The full Quoteboard is here, courtesy of McKinneyDentist.com.
DONUT 7: Last night in Memphis, Dirk passed Gary Payton on the all-time scoring list to move into the No. 24 spot. He's now only 377 points from Clyde Drexler, yet somehow I bet last night in Memphis won't be remembered for that.
DONUT 8: A reminder about the Monday game: Ro Blackman, Emily Jones and yours truly will have the FS Southwest "Mavs Live'' pregame show at 2 p.m., with Mark Followill and Bob Ortegel calling Mavs-Pistons at 2:30 … and then we get the gang back together for the postgame show as well. Join us!
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DONUT 10: Our Michael Dugat with a keen Jet observation:
From an efficiency standpoint, Jason Terry is experiencing his poorest offensive season as a Mav.
In Memphis, he was 4-of-14, including 0-of-5 from the arc. That comes on the heels of a SA game in which he made three shots.
Including the Memphis game, Terry has a field-goal percentage of 43.2, and a 3-point percentage of 32.5. Both mark his lowest conversion rates since coming to Dallas.
Is the defensive effort slipping a bit? Is the pep lagging? And the shooting is going down?
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DONUT 12: It's sometimes hard to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to national reporters. ("Wheat and chaff'' … plus "pumpin' udders'' … what sort of farmer am I today?) … Who has an agenda? Who is throwing stuff against the wall? Who is a bit careless with innuendo?
Me! Me! Me!
I mean, besides me?
A national report on the Mavs termed the situaiton "the Nowitzki mystery'' and said some execs haven't been kept from wondering if the shroud of secrecy about the injury is covering up more serious concerns.''
WHAT shroud of secrecy?
Dude has a sprained knee. DB.com (along with other local media outlets) has interviewed Dirk, watched his workouts, quoted Holger … the initial hope was that the sprain would cause him short-term pain but instead of being, say, one week, it was three weeks.
What's the mystery? Where's the secrecy? What intrigue am I missing here?