Monday Morning Mavs Donuts
DONUT 1: There are lots of things we didn't like. Five of them, specifically, and we pinpoint the Five Mavs Goats here. We did like one thing about what we saw out of the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday ... so let's start on a cool note:
DONUT 2: Yeah, Dirk Nowitzki was ready for the big stage matinee Sunday in New York. Nowitzki finished with 34 points, hitting 11-of-20 shots, including 4-of-5 from 3-point distance, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Oh, and he did it all with a hyperextended knee.
"(Amare) clipped my right leg,'' Dirk said of a third-quarter play, "but I kept on the drive and my left leg actually buckled on it so I hyperextended it a little. It loosened up after that and I was able to finish the game.''
He finished it. But the Mavs, ahead at one point by 12, did not join him.
DONUT 3: Less ready to fill the void of a second scorer was Jason Terry, who returned from a two-game absence and wasn't at all in synch. Jet's thoughts:
Jet's crime? Settling. He finished with 13 of Dallas's 23 bench points (about half what the Mavs usually produce, by the way) but he did so without efficiency or shot-selection wisdom. Of the 13 attempts taken to gather those 13 points, 10 came from behind the 3-point line for Terry, where he made only three. Our pregame scouting report said that despite the presence of Tyson Chandler, NY has an overall softness inside, a willingness to concede buckets in order for them to quickly head the other way. Jet didn't take advantage of that.
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DONUT 5: "Dirk is Done'' is a meme that should be, well, done. Dirk needed to get to 30 points Sunday to move his season average to the pretty-darn-All-Star-worthy 19 points per game average. He's now above 19 and counting.
DONUT 6: What does "Vinsanity'' think of "Linsanity''? Vince Carter is in no mood to field questions about Jeremy Lin:
If you are at work and unable to view these Video Visits until later, I'll help you out: Regarding Lin and his 28 points, 14 assists and four rebounds, what VC said was:
DONUT 7: Sunday's crowd included Kevin Costner, Eva Longoria and Spike Lee.
Oh, and Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg had seats right by the teams' benches. Meanwhile, the Winklevoss Twins were buying scalpers tickets for the 300 section over at the Bucks-at-Nets game.
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If you do, you will get home-town cookin' of your Mavs, of course, as you do here on DB.com. But that's better than the national network providing the Knicks with home-town cookin', right?
I'm not saying ABC's Knicks-Mavs coverage largely ignored the defending world champs, but The World's Worst Drinking Game calls for you to chug one every time the network bothered mentioning the "other team.'' I mean, by the time Tirico, Hubie and Heather Cox were done trotting out Jeremy Lin anecdotes and background stuff, the legend had grown to the point where Cox was prepping to interview the mythically iconic Lin's childhood pet.
Babe The Blue Ox, are you ready for your closeup?
DONUT 9: Rick Carlisle's postgame wrapup:
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DONUT 11: Coming up later today on DB.com: NBA scout Kyle Leath's preview of tonight's 7 p.m. home game against the Boston Celtics. He'll give you the scout's view and the 75-Member Staff will be all over the AAC all day and all night. Stick with us ... One major issue: Is Rondo going to be allowed to play after what he did in last night's Celtics loss to the Pistons?
Oh, and NBA players might want to start reading these things. Jeremy Lin himself said the Mavs' "double-team (of him), I hadn't seen that and it caught me off-guard a little bit.''
Really? Because we covered that in our Advanced Scouting Report, as its something the Mavs have been doing to point guards for five games now. Meanwhile, we also noted that Lin can't dribble with purpose to his left. (Too many Dallas defenders forgot to shade his right hand.) We also noted NY's soft interior. (Yet Jet led the Jumper Parade.) We also noted NY's use of the 5-out offense, which, if you know it's coming, should help you close on shooters. Shooters? We shouldn't even have to tell anybody that Steve Novak (14 surprise points) can only do one thing well, and that is launch bombs.
Pay attention, y'all. This ain't that complicated.
DONUT 12: "There were a couple plays where we were too casual with the ball,'' Carlisle says.
And of course, there is one play in particular that sticks in the craw of Mavs fans ... and quite possibly Mavs people of all sorts:
That ... is not how to show up for the big stage. That ... is not the purpose of the concept of the Point Forward (a gimmick I've argued against all the way back to its creator, Nellie, and he never did explain its benefits to my satisfaction). That ... is not the intensity, focus and discipline required to win a title. That ... is not Dallas Basketball.