Mavs Sunday Donuts: Chasers + Pacers
MAVS Donuts today presented by the gang at Red Rock Bar & Grill, our North Dallas hangout for sports and live music.
Let's meet at Red Rock today to watch the Mavs and March Madness!
Monta Ellis exited San Antonio's AT&T Center on crutches on Friday with a calf injury that threatens to end the Mavs guard's streak of 237 consecutive games played.
Said coach Rick Carlisle on Saturday, the morning after Ellis was injured in the third quarter of a 94-76 loss to the Spurs: "We don’t think it’s serious. But we are concerned.”
And indeed, it is serious enough today in Indy to sideline Ellis today, who not only leads the team in scoring at 19 points per game but who also leads it in stubborn valor when it comes to staying on the floor.
"We’re talking about a guy who has played every game since he’s been in a Maverick uniform, which is beyond commendable," Carlisle said. "I trust Monta ... to be reasonable about this. He knows how important he is to us. We can’t take a foolish risk at this point.”
The Mavericks are 45-28, in seventh in the West, now 1.5 games behind the sixth-place Spurs as they prepare for a 6 p.m. tip (I've got "Mavs Live'' pregame at 5:30 on FOX Sports Southwest). Dallas has nine games left in the regular season ... And hopes it won't have to play too many of those without its iron man.
It’s probably not a coincidence that when Dirk loses his offensive touch - or doesn’t get touches — the Mavs lose their offensive way. Dallas is 1-3 in its last four and Dirk's averaged 12 points on 37-percent shooting during that time, including just seven points Friday in San Antonio.
When Dallas doesn’t score 100, as was the case against the Spurs, the Mavs go 10-20. It’s on Dirk’s touch - and touches — to fix that tonight.
Continuing that century-mark mindset: This is a Pacers team that's allowed an average of almost 107 points per over the last eight … and they’ve lost seven of those eight.
If the Mavs end up tied with the Spurs with the same record? The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, and the clubs will be 2-2 there. Next tiebreaker? In-division records. Dallas presently is 7-8, while the Spurs are just 5-7.
Remaining divisional games for Dallas? One, against the Rockets.
Remaining divisional games for San Antonio? They get Memphis today, then Houston, then at Houston, they at New Orleans.
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Why is Enes Kanter news filling my social-media timelines? I think he's having a ball having dissed Utah by saying his new team in OKC is more "professional'' ...
But I'm not sure why Enes Kanter is "newsworthy'' and (meaning no disrespect to the good people of that "bad city of Utah'') why is an NBA player deciding he doesn't love calling Salt Lake City "home'' newsworthy?
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With the level of dysfunction in the Dallas locker room at this moment comes a high level of speculation about what the Mavs should do this summer. David Lord and I team up for this cap-smart look at Dallas' summer options -- with Kevin Love as the guinea pig.
Conclusion: The Mavs are way better off first trying to solve their own problems than trying to take on somebody else's.
“Our goal is to get (Ellis) as healthy as possible. Our goal is to get Barea as healthy as possible. And when they’re healthy, we’ll have them back playing down the stretch of the regular season. But they’ve got to be healthy, and neither one of these guys are ready to go.” - Mavs coach Rick Carlisle.
It is Mavs owner Mark Cuban's position that acquiring Lamar Odom in 2011 is "by far the worst'' personnel move he's ever made. It is my position that the involved parties of today -- including Rondo, Monta and Cuban -- can work together to ensure that the owner never needs to update that statement.
Teams like to say they don’t scoreboard-watch.
A Spurs loss to the Grizzlies tonight? The Dallas Mavericks can get themselves back to within a half-game of San Antonio if the Mavs and the Grizzlies both win.
So there’ s scoreboard-watch. Oh, and watch the Pacers (playing without Paul George) with their own motivation: An Indiana win along with a Boston loss and there’s a tie for eighth in the East.
Let’s enjoy watching the game .. and let’s cross our fingers watching the scoreboard.
I think this game is begging to be one of those "put-your-boot-on-their-necks-early'' games. Why? The Pacers have been outscored in the first quarter in 10 consecutive outings. They've scored no more than 15 points in the opening period in three straight contests. ... and I wonder if some early Aminu in this game sets a tone that can lead to a defensive advantage … and I wonder if, with Monta out, more Aminu at the 3 and maybe some Parsons at the 2 would be a winning formula?
And then, purely speculating: When Monta comes back, would success with the lineup without him be an excuse to "ease'' him back -- i.e., have him come off the bench? It's an idea DB.com floated smartly a while ago ... and when Carlisle talks of possible shake-ups in his lineup? Well, this would be your shake-up -- albeit one that the player quite possibly might rebel at.
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