DONUT 1: A Failure to Communicate ...
A riotous take on the Dallas Mavericks' approach to this season, and on the organization's relationship with Dirk Nowitzki, from the always-reliable-for-riotous Charley Rosen, who opines:
"Dirk Nowitzki is a no-no. Blame his age and also his frustration at the dismantling the championship team – and the lack of faith by management that this dispersal implies."
In one gasp (for attention?), Mr. Rosen ...
• Asserts that Dirk is undeserving of his All-Star berth;
• Blames Dirk's non-All-Star-level play on some mysterious unhappiness with the organization;
• Suggests that the "dispersal'' of 2011 talent "implies a lack of faith'' in Nowitzki to win another title.
Readers of this space probably don't need those arguments to be countered. But just in case: I can assure you that Nowitzki is completely on board with the "3D Blueprint,'' that Cuban and Donnie don't make major personnel moves without visiting with Dirk, that there is no unhappiness with any of this, and that the Mavs and Dirk have unbending faith in one another as they try to win another title ... this year, next year and the years after that.
The plans, the options, are being discussed in the Dallas front office. (And they are being detailed in stories like this one, regarding the Mavs' pass-or-participate trade choices, in "Trade Rumor Traffic'' by D-Lord.
That bond and that faith already existed before it produced the ultimate reward, the 2011 NBA title. It is even stronger now. Only those the purposefully ignorant or the chronically out of touch would fail to see this.
By the way, more "Trade Rumor Traffic'' coming up ... let's call it "The Odom Options'' ... and let's call it yet another reason to use your pennies to being a Premium Mavs Fan.
DONUT 2: Nuggets injury woes ...
The Nuggets won Tuesday, 109-92, at home, over Phoenix. They did so with Arron Afflalo scoring 20 points (his average over the last four games) and with Ty Lawson upping his two-game total to 44 points.
But for Denver, this will be the second night of a b2b, on the road, and without Danilo Gallinari (foot) and maybe without Nene (calf) and center Timofey Mozgov (ankle). They both missed the Suns game.
DONUT 3: Let's get to tonight ...
The starting lineups, and NBA scouting info from Kyle Leath ...
|NUGGETS 17-12||MAVS 18-11|
|F- Corey Brewer||F- Shawn Marion|
|F- Kenneth Faried||F- Dirk Nowitzki|
|C- Kosta Koufos||C- Brendan Haywood|
|G- Arron Afflalo||G- Vince Carter|
|G- Ty Lawson||G- Jason Kidd|
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DONUT 5: NBA scout Kyle Leath's look at the Nuggets Offense:
• Lawson is one of the quickest PGs in league. Wants to push ball whenever he can.
• Will run 1-4 low set and bring a post to run mid pick/roll series with Lawson/Miller.
• Nuggets like to keep offense set at FT line and above in order to keep floor open for penetration.
• 1-4 High Action –Lots of options. UCLA cut by Lawson into side p/r for wing. Pin down by post on opposite wing for jumper.
• Motion look with wing setting cross screen on post then coming off pin down by opposite post. First option is post on block then wing at FT Line.
• On side p/r action opposite side wing always floats to corner three to kick out on drive.
DONUT 6: NBA scout Kyle Leath's look at the Nuggets Defense:
• Guards defends the ball well. Will hit hard on drives to force turnovers.
• Post players do not deny entry pass, playing behind their man, but makes them good help-side defenders.
• They gamble a lot on point to wing passes, trying to get in passing lanes to get out on break.
• Posts do a lot of dirty work inside. They play physical and go hard after rebounds limiting second chance opportunities
DONUT 7: A Nuggets Stat Check:
• Nuggets lead league in scoring at 104.1
• Nuggets 2nd in FG% at 47.8
• Nuggets 2nd in Assist Per Game at 23.1
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DONUT 9: Welcome back, Corey ...
Corey Brewer could get the start for Denver tonight -- remember, he was cap-room-traded away with Rudy to Denver in camp -- and we can anticipate Carlisle tonight overseeing a brief and emotional ring ceremony for the kid. Rick will mention Corey's work in that at-Lakers playoff game, will choke up a little bit ... and hopefully we'll all quickly move on, as was the case with Caron and the Clippers on Monday.
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DONUT 11: Scout Kyle Leath on How to Beat the Nuggets:
• CALL IN THE RESERVES – Denver is really banged up. Dallas bench needs to continue to be a big X-Factor.
• DEFENSIVE TRANSTION – Denver gets out and runs better than any team in the league. Get back, stop the ball, make them run a set.
• SURE AND STRONG - Be sure with passes, as they love to gamble in the passing lanes. The old basketball adage "fake a pass to make a pass" is a good thought against these guys. Mavs like Shawn Marion can get good looks at the rim that way. Be strong with the ball. They also love to hit hard at ball to cause turnovers.
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Outside of +++flashing back to our look at Jeremy Lin as a Mav, I've tried to keep my balance regarding Linsanity. Great kid, great story, great start to a career ... but it's tough to keep a sensible lid on this thing when you wake up in the morning to this ...
DB.com is joining the Mavs on their East Coast weekend swing -- Friday in Philly and Sunday at the Knicks -- but the purpose of the trip has changed. Initially, our Dr. Chuck Perry was going to hang out with Tyson Chandler.
TY will find that it's like being at a NY deli: Take a number. Stand in line.