DONUT 1: Down on the farm
Sources told DB.com on Thursday afternoon that a trio of young Mavs -- Justin Anderson, Jeremy Evans and Salah Mejri -- are scheduled for assignment to Frisco tonight for the Texas Legends home game against the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Yes, these Warriors of the D-League play the same style as those other Warriors. Meanwhile, in a wise move this season, Legends coach Nick Van Exel's playbook mirrors exactly Rick Carlisle's playbook. So when young guys are on assignment, they are getting game action that is as Mavs-related as possible.
It's a continuation of the big-brother/little-brother relationship that makes the D-League all the more valuable to the NBA ... among the topics I'll discuss with R.J. Choppy on our 7 p.m. telecast of the game on Channel 47. If you can watch, watch! If you can join us in Frisco for the game, I tell you, it's a blast ... and you can get your tickets to come join the party right here!
DONUT 2: 'Carlisle Stats'
There are ‘stats.' There are 'advanced stats.’ And then, as we learned following a Hawks win over the Mavs, there are ‘Carlisle Advanced Stats.’
“Our shooting wasn’t good,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said after Wednesday’s 98-95 home loss to Atlanta, pinpointing one clear measurable before moving to an intangible. “And there’s not a stat for ‘disposition.'”
It’s one of the coach’s favorite words, meant to describe a team’s fight, it’s attitude, it’s gritty edge. Atlanta held the Mavericks to 36-percent shooting — right down there with Dallas' previous worst outing at 36.1 percent in its first loss of the season, a 104-88 blowout at the hands of the Clippers.
This was no blowout; it was simply something missing from a team that dropped to 13-10 because, well ...
We discuss this phenomenon here; "Disposition'' and why it's sometimes lacking. Is is really just as simple as Wes Matthews saying, "We just kind of let them be the aggressors, and when we do that, we kind of get in trouble at times''? ... and if so, shouldn't it be more simple to fix?
DONUT 3: Quotable
"I have a new proclamation about hard things. Hard things are hard.’’ -- Rick Carlisle.
DONUT 4: McGee Expectations
What should we expect from JaVale McGee this season? That’s the million-dollar question. Our Jonny Auping takes on the assignment here and says, "The best comparison I can come up with is that he could fill a role similar to what Festus Ezeli does for the Golden State Warriors. In other words, rim-protecting defense and rebounding to go with being an above-the-rim threat off the bench.''
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DONUT 6: Dirk Redux?
Earlier this week, in a Mavs win at New York, Dirk taught the Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis a thing or two about a thing or two. ... while praising the kid.
"He's for real,'' Dirk said. "He's probably way ahead of the curve. When I was 20, I was scared to death out there. ... He's almost averaging a double-double, so he's way better than I was at 20. So the comparison's probably unfair to me."
DONUT 7: "If we should make a trade, who should we target?"
Dec. 15 is almost here. If you are a fan of NBA trades, you know what that means ... it's almost time for wild Mavs trade speculation ... which we all, including our man David Lord, have fun with here.
But as D-Lord writes (and we invite you to join the conversation): "If we should make a trade, who should we target? That's the main (and perhaps unanswerable) question at this time, and maybe beyond. It's not easy to find someone who is ...
a - available
b - worth spending assets on
c - worth eating up summer cap room when Zaza, D-Will, CP all will take cap room to be signed.
The most enjoyable thing of all, when it comes to Mavs trade talk, is to be armed with real information. DB.com helps you do just that. Dig in here and stick with us!
DONUT 8: Stay in Touch!
Please visit Zack Cunningham on Twitter here. You can catch The Fish (that's me) on Twitter here, and we invite you to also check out Matt Galatzan and Jonny Auping. Meanwhile, get more Mavs stories in our Archives section -- all the interviews, columns, videos, game coverage, breaking news and scoops individually stacked for your protection! (Stories that include our exclusive interview with the Cowboys' Dez Bryant on his love for the retiring Kobe Bryant.)
DONUT 9: See you at The Maverick Bar!
A great place to watch the NFL games today and the Mavs tonight is at Fish's place, The Maverick Bar at 1616 Hebron in Carrollton. The best Texas-flavored burgers in town, a staff that will remember your name and your favorites, a 200-inch screen and 30 other brand-new HDTVs are all at your service!
DONUT 10: A Special Night
The Mavs play host to the Wizards this weekend, but the evening is bigger than basketball.
Dallas will stage its 11th-annual "Seats for Soldiers Night'' on Saturday. More than 100 wounded soldiers will sit courtside for the Mavs-Wizards game, with season-ticket holders giving up their seats for true American heroes.
Special gesture. Special people. Special night.
DONUT 11: Ruthlessly Polite
Allow me to tell a story about Dirk Nowitzki and myself and Twitter and dinner and ... well, I hope you find it to be a very revealing column all here in "Polite And Ruthless: The Two Hands of Dirk.''
DONUT 12: The Final Word
“We’ve got to come out with a different attitude. We’ve got to give our fans something to get loud about and get rowdy about. We’ve got to make a stand at home. We have to have a presence at home. This has to start becoming home court. Too many times people are coming into our building and thinking that they can win the game, and that defeats the purpose of home-court advantage. You know, we’ve got to bring it. We do it on the road, and we’ve got to bring that here.” - Wes Matthews.