The Problem With Jet:
Jason Terry wasn't allowed to be a finisher on Thursday in the 96-94 loss at Phoenix. And he wasn't pleased about it.
"What do you think my thoughts are about not being on the court?,'' Terry said. "Are you kidding me? You know how I feel if I'm not on the court when it's time to win the game ... I can't check myself in and out of games. You got to ask the person that didn't have me in the game. Ask him his thoughts. What I think don't matter, really. I'm not trying to be a smart aleck. I'm just telling you the situation. I root my teammates on and wish we could have come out with the victory. It didn't happen.''
DB.com's Luke Kammrath offers a Dallas Mavericks statistical observation on "Mr. Fourth Quarter'':
Through March 7...
When Jet on the court: -0.02
Mavs Offense: 101.37 pts per 100 poss
Mavs Defense: 101.39 pts per 100 poss
When Jet off the court: +7.48
Mavs Offense: 101.96 pts per 100 poss
Mavs Defense: 94.48 pts per 100 poss
Not to put all of Dallas' late-game problems on one guy, but ... The numbers say that this year so far the Mavs have been significantly better with Jet sitting.
That can ... must ... change soon. Tonight would be an opportune time.
The Starting Lineups:
|KINGS 13-26||MAVS 23-18|
|F- Isaiah Thomas||F- Shawn Marion|
|F- Jason Thompson||F- Dirk Nowitzki|
|C- DeMarcus Cousins||C- Ian Mahinmi|
|G- Marcus Thornton||G- Vince Carter|
|G- Tyreke Evans||G- Jason Kidd|
• Likes to run and take quick shots. Poor shot selection at times.
• Evans spearheads the break. Run a lot of mid pick/roll with him and Cousins. Their post like to pop and can shoot the 15-18 footer.
• Sideline secondary break with Cousins to the block and trail post for jumper
• Sets they like are a double cross screen for Cousins at the block and 4-out with Cousins working in the post.
• Iso plays for Cousins and Salmons (at the elbow).
• Will get the ball reversed and pin down for Cousins stepping out for wing jumper.
• Cousins will attack defender and get them in early foul trouble when he catches the ball deep. He is an enormous physical talent:
• They do not guard the ball hard and can be beat with quick ball reversal.
• Will play behind post and double from help side elbow when ball is entered to post.
• Will show with post on ball screens, slow to recover.
• Will run at 3-point shooters. Can be beat with ball fake and drive.
• Kings are 30th in Points Allowed Per Game at 102.5
• Kings are 29th in FG% at 41.6% and 29th in Opp. FG% at 47.3%
• Kings are 30th in Assist Per Game at 17.8
• Kings are 28ty in Opp. Rebounds Per Game at 45.4
• The Mavericks have dropped five straight on the road. They haven't lost six straight roadies since 1999.
• Dallas won 10 in a row over the Sacramento Kings.
• In the last meeting, Jan. 14, the Mavs won 99-60. The 60 points marked the fewest allowed in Mavericks franchise history.
How to Beat the Kings:
• Protect the paint. Make them take perimeter shots then make sure they do not get offensive rebounds.
• Defensive transition. Get back and get ball out of Evans hands. Know that post will trail and shoot. ... and Evans' increasing awareness has him finding the right people:
• Look for weak side cuts on offense, especially when the ball is entered to the post.
Kyle Leath, a long-time Mavs staffer, former college head coach and now scout for the Denver Nuggets, provides you with an NBA-style scouting report before Mavs games. Again, catch Fish, Dana Larson and Bob Ortegel for the Fox Sports Southwest pregame show at 8:30 p.m. before they hand it to Mark Followill and Derek Harper for the play-by-play!