DONUT 1: What are those Mavs defensive goals again? ...
The Mavs exited the Wednesday win over Denver as the No. 1 team in the NBA in field-goal defense. Dallas is holding opponents to 41.7 percent shooting.
Nice work, as that's even better than the team's goal of giving up 42 percent.
The other two key goals in every game, including tonight at Philly, where our Chuck Perry is stationed to help cover the game? Keep foes under 100 points (the Mavs are giving up just 91.3) and allow no more than 12 fastbreak points in a game - something to watch against a Sixers team with a high-revving motor.
Philly features "quickness,'' Dallas coach Rick Carlisle says. But by the numbers, Philly's about to face a Mavs team that effectively slows quickness as well as any team in the NBA.
DONUT 2: John Hollinger should write for "News of The World'' ...
So ESPN's John Hollinger checks the Mavs score as they're up 30 points over Denver on Wednesday and tweets:
"Looks like I won't have to write any articles about Dallas's point differential this year.''
That would be wise, as the Mavs have so frequently established how insipid John's obsession with point-differential is. So ... deal. This season, there shall be no declarations of Mavericks inferiority due to them "winning by not enough'' or "losing by too many.''
Helluva deal, if not for the fact that John Trollinger has already written that very article, in which he dismissed the Mavs' chances of contention thanks to point differential ... and that he was so excited to do so that he waited all the way until Game 2 to release his scientific proclamation.
DONUT 3: The song stylings of Lamar Odom ...
The Dallas Mavericks' sub doesn't exactly sing "for'' you. More like "at'' you.
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DONUT 5: Mavs at Philly ... the lineups ...
|SIXERS 20-10||MAVS 19-11|
|F- Andre Iguodala||F- Shawn Marion|
|F- Elton Brand||F- Dirk Nowitzki|
|C- Lavoy Allen||C- Brendan Haywood|
|G- Jrue Holliday||G- Vince Carter|
|G- Jodie Meeks||G- Jason Kidd|
DONUT 6: Sixers on Offense ...
• Can get out and run. Lots of athletes and high flyers that will attack rim
• Will rely on mid pick/roll look and drop wings into corners then float them up on penetration.
• Secondary break will look for post to get to block early.
• Isolations for Igoudala from wing and will drop him to block.
• Dirk is in stat play tonight. The UberMan has often been maligned for his defense, but truth is, he's long been pretty handsy. And he's long, period. So it shouldn't be that shocking that Dirk Nowitzki is one block away from 1,000 for his career, making him just the third player in league history with 1,000 career 3-pointers and 1,000 career swats. He'll join the interesting company of Clifford Robinson and Rasheed Wallace in that group.
DONUT 7: Sixers on Defense ...
• Put a lot of pressure on the ball with their defense. Very athletic and quick team, especially on the perimeter.
• Will hedge on some screens. Can slip if aware.
• Will pick up with full-court pressure off dead balls and free throws.
• Post can get caught behind on ball reversal. Mavs post need to be aware and bury defender deep in lane.
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DONUT 9: Sixers Stat Check ...
• Sixers have the league's top bench, accounting for 43.2% of team's scoring. Dallas' bench is 2nd at 43.1%
• 2nd in Opp. Points Per Game at 87.3
• 4th in Opp. FG % at 41.8 (Dallas is 1st at 41.7%)
• 27th in FT% at 72.3
• 4th in Assist Per Game at 22.5
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DONUT 11: The shortage of guards ...
No Jason Terry tonight (personal reasons). No Delonte West (crumpled-up hand reasons). No Rodrigue Beaubois (the passing of his father). The Philly challenge -- and by the way, Shawn Marion can't cover everybody, you know -- is that in addition to Iggy, they get good producion from guards Lou Williams (16 points) and Jrue Holiday (13.7).
There can really be no "minutes ceiling'' for Kidd, we don't think.
DONUT 12: NBA scout Kyle Leath on How to Beat the Sixers ...
• PLAY ON A STRING – With the injury situation and the absence of Terry and Beaubois, it is up to the Mavs as a team on defense to play together, focused and grind this one out.
• BATTLE OF BENCHES– Top two benches in the league. With missing players, Mavs must counter with great play from center position. Another night for Odom to be "into it"
• STAR POWER – May be a night of stars. A big game from Dirk would be good remedy for thin bench.
DONUT 13: The Final Word ...
"If it was happening in Charlotte, no one would know," Mark Cuban says of Linsanity, which the Mavs will experience first-hand on Sunday in New York.
Truth is, we wish it was happening in Dallas. But that perfect storm didn't happen, and by the way, to create a Mavs-centric argument about Lin vs. Roddy B or Lin vs. DoJo isn't really fair. Heck, if we could undo Lin's decision and allow him to do what he's doing for the Mavs, there are more guys on this roster than Roddy B and DoJo who we'd swap to make it happen.