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The short-handed Mavs dropped a physical 98-88 game to the Memphis Grizzlies

MEMPHIS – Probably no team play grind-it-out basketball in the NBA better than the Memphis Grizzlies. On Monday night at FedEx Forum, the Dallas Mavericks found that out the hard way.

Mike Conley scored 28 points and the Grizzlies finished the game on a 14-4 run en route to tripping up the Mavs, 98-88, before a crowd of 15,997. The loss snapped the Mavs’ season-high four-game winning streak and dropped their record to 7-9.

However, the challenge of upending the Southwest Division-leading Grizzlies could have ended differently had the Mavs played the last five-plus minutes the way they played the first 42-plus minutes.

Rookie Jalen Brunson banked in a six-footer with 5:41 left to tie a game – at 84-84 — where both teams played a game of cat and mouse the majority of the night. But after that, the Mavs went stone cold and just couldn’t locate the basket.

Following Brunson’s bucket, the Mavs scored just four points on 1-of-10 shooting and committed three of their 11 turnovers. And five of those nine misses came from 3-point territory.

“We had struggles in the fourth (quarter on offense), but we had struggles at both ends,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We finally played three tough solid quarters, and in the fourth we just had some breakdowns.”

Did the Mavs fall too in love with the 3-point shot when the game was still in doubt? That’s the question Carlisle was asked, as Dorian Finney-Smith missed a pair of 3-pointers, and Dennis Smith Jr., Luka Doncic and Harrison Barnes each missed one in the final stages of the game.

“When you’re down eight with two minutes to go if you get good open ones you’ve got to take them,” Carlisle said. “There were a couple before that that we may have been a little hasty on.

“But our guys got to stay aggressive and they got to be decisive stepping into shots. And we were hitting a lot of those shots early in the game.”

Garrett Temple and Conley each drilled a 3-pointer to set the Grizzlies’ winning drive in motion. Marc Gasol (17points, 15 rebounds, four blocks) followed with an 18-footer.

And when Kyle Anderson picked Doncic’s pocket in the backcourt and dunked it, that capped a 10-0 run by Memphis and the Grizzlies soared ahead, 94-84, with two minutes remaining in the game.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Doncic, who was only 6-of-20 from the field. “We were in the game the whole time.

“We didn’t play good the last five minutes. We’ve got to learn from that.”

The Mavs shot just 34.1 percent from the field and missed 22 of the 32 shots they attempted from 3-point land.
Doncic registered his first career double-double as he collected 15 points and a career-high 10 rebounds. DeAndre Jordan finished with 17 points and a season-high 20 rebounds, Smith added team highs of 19 points and five assists, Finney-Smith scored 13, and Barnes tallied 10 points and was just 3-of-14 from the field.

The Mavs played without injured starting guard Wesley Matthews, and injured top reserves J. J. Barea and Dwight Powell. Their absence certainly had an impact on the game.

“We’re short on guys today, so it might have been (tired) legs, but we got to do a better job of getting to the paint in the fourth,” Smith said. “We’ve got a lot of really talented guys on this team.

“We had a couple of them missed time today, so their presence was definitely missed, but it’s up to us to step up and play regardless of the situation. I think we fought pretty hard tonight. We didn’t come out on top, but overall we fought hard.”

This certainly was a physical test for the Mavs as they scored their fewest points in a game this season and found themselves involved in their first game this year where neither team scored at least 100 points.

“They were playing pretty good defense and we played pretty good defense as well,” said Brunson, who had eight points in 25 minutes. “It’s just that they made a couple of more shots than we did.

“They’re a good defensive team and we knew that coming in. They just got it together in that fourth quarter.”
One play in particular irked Carlisle. Gasol set what appeared to be a moving screen right near the Mavs’ bench, and Conley drained a 3-pointer that gave Memphis a 90-84 lead.

Carlisle, who called timeout right after that controversial play, was asked about it afterwards.

“If I want to spend 30 grand, I’ll write a check to St Jude (Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis),” Carlisle said. “I’m not going to spend it talking to you (media) guys.”

Dallas opened the game on a 6-0 run, but trailed 25-21 after the first quarter. Memphis (11-5) led 53-49 at intermission and the game was knotted at 74 apiece entering the final quarter.

And it stayed deadlock until the Grizzlies stepped up and pulled away in the final five minutes.

“I should have gone to the paint, so I blame myself for that,” said Doncic, who was 3-of-9 from 3-point range. “Especially me, way too many 3-point shots, way too many shots for me.

“They didn’t score as many points, but we didn’t do good on offense.”

The grind game is something the Mavs — they host Brooklyn on Wednesday — hadn’t seen this season.

“That’s what Memphis is all about,” Smith said. “They’ve been like that for years. We anticipated that coming in – we’ve got to grind.

“Even though we’re short on guys, we got to grind from the first quarter to the end. But like I said, we fought hard. We just came up short. I’m still proud of everybody on the team, though.”

NOTES: Wesley Matthews (strained left hamstring), J. J. Barea (left adductor strain) and Dwight Powell (left knee effusion) did not play Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Before the game coach Rick Carlisle said: “These guys are all considered day-to-day, which is good. But at this point and time the smart thing to do is to sit Barea, Powell and Matthews tonight.”. .The Mavs open a two-game home stand starting Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets. The home stand concludes with Saturday’s game against Boston before the Mavs hit the road again starting with a Nov. 28 contest in Houston. . .Jaren Jackson was drafted fourth overall in this past June’s NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. But the power forward from Michigan State was very much on the draft board of the Mavs, who drafted fifth overall. “He was considered to be one of those top four guys,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “They’re varying opinions on who would be the best of the four, who would be the best with this team or that team. But he’s showing right now, particularly the last couple of games, why he’s a high pick, why they’re so high on him here. He’s a unique player.” Phoenix chose Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Marvin Bagley III went second to Sacramento, the Atlanta Hawks selected Luka Doncic third, and after Jackson went to the Grizzlies, the Mavs drafted Trae Young with the fifth pick. The Mavs then traded Young’s draft rights to the Hawks for Doncic’s draft rights. . . Rick Carlisle has high regard for Grizzlies assistant coach Jerry Stackhouse, who played for Carlisle in Detroit and Dallas. “I have great respect for Stack because he was a great player, but he also realized as his career wound down that he wanted to stay in the game and that he wanted to be a head coach, and to do that you had to pay your dues,” Carlisle said. “So he put the work in Toronto, he made the choice to be the head coach of their G-League team, won a championship there and in time he will be an NBA head coach. I don’t have any doubt about that. He has great presence, he has great knowledge, he has a terrific understanding of the game, and he’s tough. He’s one of the toughest players that I’ve ever come across.”

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Harrison Barnes recalls his game-winning (bank) shot he hit last year in Memphis

MEMPHIS – The spot on the FedEx Forum has become synonymous with Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes.

The spot is on the right wing, and about 30 feet from the basket. The last time the Mavs played in FedEx Forum – on Nov. 22, 2017 — that’s the spot where Barnes banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Mavs skipped off the court and went home with an electrifying 95-94 victory over the stunned Grizzlies.

Asked after Monday’s shootaround if he remembers the last time he played at FedEx Forum, Barnes said: “Yeah. We won a nice little game.”

The Mavs led that game, 92-87, with 1:10 left. But the Grizzlies went on a 7-0 run capped when JaMychal Green grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed shot by Tyreke Evans and dunked it.

Green’s basket was originally ruled no good because of offensive goaltending. But a review by the officials on instant play gave the basket to the Grizzlies (and a 94-92 lead) with just 0.5 seconds remaining in the game.

However, that was more than enough time for Barnes to receive an inbounds pass from Dennis Smith Jr. and work his magic.

When asked if he knew the shot was going in when he released the ball, Barnes said: “It felt good. It felt like a clean look, so I was happy.”

Asked if he called “bank,” Barnes laughed and said: “I didn’t call bank. No, I didn’t call bank.”
Barnes ended that game with a game-high 22 points and a team-high nine rebounds in 35 minutes. And the game-winner he delivered was his only 3-pointer of the night in three attempts.

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Mavs Mondays: A week of wins has the Mavs rolling

Rewind

Dallas 103, Chicago 98

Coming off their big win over the Oklahoma City Thunder over the weekend, the Mavs traveled to Chicago for their second matchup of the season with the Bulls. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins for the Mavs, but the bench unit came through once again.

The reserves, led by J.J. Barea, outscored the Bulls bench by 18 points and the Bulls couldn’t get over their poor outside shooting.

Stat of the Game: The Mavs bench outscored the Bulls bench by 18 points.

Mavs Box: Harrison Barnes led the way with 23 points while J.J. Barea followed behind with 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Doncic, Smith, and Powell all scored 11 points.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews

Read the full game recap here.

Dallas 118, Utah 68

What an incredible night all around. On the night of their 14th annual Seat for Soldiers night, the Mavs won by 50 points for just the third time in franchise history. The Jazz would shoot just 30 percent from the field and 17 percent from the 3-point line.

Five players for the Mavs would score in between 11-19 points. A late shot by Luka Doncic at the end of the first half set the stage for the blowout in the second half.

Stat of the Game: The Utah Jazz scored just 22 points in the second half.

Mavs Box: Barnes, Doncic, Barea, Powell, and Finney-Smith all scored in double digits with Barnes leading the way with 19. All 13 active players scored in the game, and all played at least five minutes. The Mavs also shot 42 percent from the field.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki

Read the full game recap here.

Dallas 112, Golden State 109

Riding a three game winning streak, the Mavericks welcomed a short-handed Warriors team to town. Without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green due to injury, the Warriors still had a deadly combination of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.

Luka Doncic didn’t back down from the spotlight and the Mavericks never folded as they were down by three points with under three minutes to go. After late defensive stops on Durant and clutch baskets from Doncic, the Mavs finished the game on a 9-3 run.

Stat of the Game: Used to bad starts, the Mavs started off the game on a 12-6 run that set the table for the rest of the game.

Mavs Box: It was a two-headed attack from the Mavs on the scoring end as Luka Doncic led the way with 24 points and Harrison Barnes with 23 points. All five starters finished in double figures while J.J. Barea finished with 13 points off the bench.

Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews

Read the full game recap here.

Play of the Week

The 19 year old Doncic wants the ball in his hands in the big moments and he didn’t disappoint at the end of the first half against the Utah Jazz. Up by nine points, Doncic went one-on-one with Joe Ingles for the biggest moment of the game.

Dallas would ride this momentum into the second half and beat the Jazz by 50 points.

Player of the Week

Harrison Barnes

You could make the argument for Luka Doncic for the third straight week, but as far as consistency goes, Harrison Barnes had an incredible week of basketball.

On a night when Doncic and Smith Jr. would combine for 8-of-23 shooting from the field, Barnes took the scoring load upon himself against Chicago and led the way. He would score 23 points and help edge out a Bulls team in Chicago with family in attendance.

The second game of the week was the 50-point demolishing of the Jazz in which Barnes was the Mavs leading scorer with 19 points on 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc.

His best performance of the week came against his former team and NBA champion Golden State Warriors. Barnes took on the main defensive assignment of guarding Kevin Durant and made some big defensive stops late in the fourth. He was also second on the team in scoring with 23 points and eight rebounds.

Barnes is just getting back to his groove after missing the first four games of the season. He has now scored 19 or more points in five of the last eight games.

Quote of the Week

“I can’t remember a better defensive performance by any Mavericks team in the last 11 years.” -Rick Carlisle

After the first few weeks of the season, the Mavericks ranked near the bottom in almost every defensive statistic. But over the past couple of weeks, Dallas has turned things around. After their 50-point rout of the Jazz on Wednesday, Carlisle praised their defense after the game. It was their third game in a row holding their opponent under 100 points with Utah scoring just 68 points on the night.

Moment of the Week

Seats for Soldiers

This was an easy one. In what is my favorite night of the year in the American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks hosted their 14th annual Seats for Soldiers night. Season ticket holders surrounding the court give up their seats for over 100 wounded service members from San Antonio and other reserve troops in the Dallas area.

There was an energy in the building from the very start and the Mavs delivered a 50-point win. Many of the players and coaches stuck around after the game for pictures and autographs with the veterans.

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Must Read

The 14th Annual Seats for Soldiers Night by Brad Townsend from the Dallas Morning News

“There were many goosebump moments on Wednesday night, as the Mavericks hosted their 14th annual Seats for Soldiers night at American Airlines Center.

For instance, during a late-first quarter timeout, when the crowd of 19,000 gave the 120 wounded soldiers who were seated court-side a standing ovation…”

Read the full story here.

Record

Last Week: 3-0

Overall: 7-8

Looking Forward

11/19 Dallas @ Memphis

The Grizzlies, led by the Conley/Gasol duo once again, are coming off a win against the Timberwolves on Sunday.

11/21 Brooklyn @ Dallas

No Caris LeVert for the Nets, but Brooklyn will look to make things scrappy in the final game before Thanksgiving.

11/24 Boston @ Dallas

One of the deepest team in the league with Kyrie Irving at the helm, Dallas will once again have their work cut out for them on a Saturday night.

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Mavs will be without J. J. Barea when they play the Memphis Grizzlies tonight

MEMPHIS – The Dallas Mavericks will be without one of their key pieces Monday when they face the Memphis Grizzlies at 7 p.m. CT at FedEx Forum.

Guard J. J. Barea said he is not playing against the Grizzlies due to a strain left groin. Barea, however, said he’s hopeful of playing in Wednesday’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets.

“I strained my groin a little bit, but I’m moving right,” Barea said after Monday morning’s shootaround. “It’s just really sore.”

Coach Rick Carlisle said guard Wesley Matthews (strained left hamstring) will be a game-time decision, while center Dwight Powell (left knee effusion) is listed as questionable.

Barea’s injury occurred when the Mavs upended the two-time defensive NBA champion Golden State Warriors, 112-109, this past Saturday in Dallas.

“One of the drives in the fourth quarter when I jumped for the layup I pulled a little something,” Barea said. “It’s pretty sore right now, but it’s better than yesterday.

“We just decided to give it a couple more days and let’s go on Wednesday. But nothing serious – I feel good – so get ready to go on Wednesday.”

While Barea was explaining his injury to the media, forward Dirk Nowitzki, who was sitting nearby, chimed in and said to Barea: “You strained your hamstring first, and now your groin? What’s going on? Do we need to lift more or do we need to be in better condition?”

Barea laughed and said: “Don’t listen to him. But it’s not bad.”

As one of the key reserves off the bench for the Mavs, Barea is averaging 9.8 points in 18.8 minutes and leads the team with 5.6 assists per game. Rookie Jalen Brunson will likely receive more minutes against the Grizzlies in Barea’s absence.

“I think it’s going to be tough not having J. J.,” forward Harrison Barnes said. “He does a great job with our great unit.

“But that’ll be more minutes for J. B. to hopefully step up and be able to fill that gap for us.”

Had this been a playoff game against the Grizzlies, Barea noted that he likely would have played.

“I’m just being careful,” Barea said, “and making sure I’m ready to go on Wednesday.”

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Mavs not looking back to the win over the Warriors — looking ahead to the Grizzlies

MEMPHIS – Shortly after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the two-time defending world champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday night at American Airlines Center, guard/forward Dorian Finney-Smith expressed the sentiments of his teammates regarding a win that garnered a lot of attention around the NBA.

After all, it was the fourth win in a row for the Mavs. And it came against a very formidable opponent.

But. . .

“It feels good, but I want to win the next one,” Finney-Smith said. “It’ll feel so much better if we’re on a five-game winning streak.”

The opportunity for the Mavs (7-8) to extend their winning streak to five games in a row will come Monday at 7 p.m. CT when they face the Memphis Grizzlies (10-5) at FedEx Forum. But before taking on the Grizzlies, the Mavs couldn’t help but reflect back on the stunning 112-109 victory over the Warriors.

It was a game that saw the Mavs overcome an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter and chase down the team many totally expect to three-peat as NBA champions this season.

“They’re a great team, so we knew it was going to take a full game,” Finney-Smith said. “We knew they were going to make a run, we knew it was going to be a tough game, so I just feel like we did a good job of sticking together whenever they made their run.

“It was a great team win. Everybody helped each other on defense, we trust each other on defense and I feel like that’s why we got the win.”

Center DeAndre Jordan acknowledged that a huge win like the one the Mavs collected over the Warriors could be the start of something wonderful.

“We’ve got to build off of it, though,” Jordan said. “We can’t get too high, can’t get too low.”

Jordan has noticed how the Mavs have grown since starting the season with a dismal 2-7 record. And he believes there’s plenty more room for some additional growth, starting with Monday’s game against the Southwest Division-leading Grizzlies.

“We’ve got a lot of guys who are mentally tough and have been in this league for a long time,” Jordan said. “We’ve got some young guys who are capable of being great players, so we just got to stick together like a band of brothers and we can’t let stuff get to us.

“We’ve got to play.”

More than anything, Jordan knows the Mavs can’t afford to look at what they’ve accomplished lately and think they’ve arrived. He knows they’ve won five of their last six games, but added that they must continue to be resilient.

“Yes, it was a great win (over the Warriors) for our team and for this organization, but we’ve got to build off of this,” Jordan said. “We dropped some games early – we’ve got to try to get those back — and we just got to figure out a way to win every night.

“Some games are going to be ugly. We just got to find a way to just grind it out. We just got to bottle it.”

The Mavs especially have to bottle what they did to the Warriors in the early going when Dallas took a 26-22 lead into the second quarter. Losing the first quarter, the Mavs know, come with catastrophic consequences.

“The first group did a good job of getting a lead, they made their run back, but I feel like we stuck together as a team,” Finney-Smith said. “We’re just going to keep playing defense and let our defense start our offense.

“When we get stops we get out in transition and have a little fun.”

And for the Mavs, the fun will continue if they find a way to grind out a win over the Grizzlies.

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The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ 112-109 triumph over the Warriors

Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 112-109 win over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night at American Airlines Center:

1. MAVS DIDN’T BLINK: If the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors were in town, that means the Mavs were faced with more mitigating circumstances than normal. But when the Warriors built a 90-82 lead early in the fourth quarter and appeared to be pulling away from the Mavs, that apparently was nothing but a mirage for Dallas. Undaunted, the Mavs buckled up and outscored Golden State 30-19 during the final 10:44 of the game and snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Warriors. Golden State discovered what the Mavs’ previous three opponents already know. The Mavs have found their mojo and anyone trying to take it away from them will have to work extra hard to get it.

2. DONCIC’S PERSONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: You ever wonder if this game meant more to rookie Luka Doncic than perhaps some of his teammates? After all, Doncic was the Most Valuable Player during the regular season and during the Final Four in the second-best league in the world – the EuroLeague – last season while leading Real Madrid to the championship. And the champs from the second-best league in the world, of course, don’t play the champs from the best league in the world – the Warriors. So this was Doncic’s chance to shine, and boy did he ever. Doncic scored 12 of his team-high 24 points in the first quarter, and added four more points during crunch time to fuel the Mavs’ comeback victory.

3. THE WINS KEEP STACKING UP: Following a slow start to the season where they blew at least four games, the Mavs have gradually climbed back into the conversation of many NBA followers. The win over the Warriors was the fourth in a row for the Mavs. At this time, no team in the NBA currently has a longer winning streak than four games. (The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers also have won their last four games). This is the Mavs’ first four-game winning streak since they defeated the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder from Dec. 26-31, 2017. And only the game against the Raptors were on the Mavs’ home court.

4. DEFENSE CAME THROUGH AGAIN: While the Mavs did allow 109 points, considering the opponent that’s a very reasonable number. The Warriors entered the game second in the NBA in scoring with 118.6 ppg, and armed with the ability to score 40 points in any quarter. But the Warriors only had one 30-point quarter against the Mavs – they scored 37 points in the second quarter. Even more stunning, the Warriors were just 9-of-33 from 3-point range, with Klay Thompson missing nine of the 11 shots he took from beyond the 3-point arc. Overall, the Mavs are now 6-0 when holding an opponent to 110 points or less as their defense keeps getting stickier by the game.

5. STARTERS PICKED UP THE BENCH: For so many games this season the Mavs appeared to be going as far as their bench would take them. But on this night, the starters set the tone early and continued it throughout the game. In all, the starters scored 87 of the Mavs’ points with the bench pushing through for just 25 points. All five starters scored in double figures led by Luka Doncic (24 points) and Harrison Barnes (23 points). Starters Dennis Smith Jr. (14 points), DeAndre Jordan (13 points) and Dorian Finney-Smith (13 points) also pitched in on a day when the reserves didn’t produce their usual 40-point plus scoring performance.

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The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Warriors

Final: Mavs 112, Warriors 109

  • How many times last season would the Mavericks have lost this game? They hung around good teams all of last season, and have done so for much of this season, too, but were seemingly never able to cross the finish line in first place. Dallas was 12-38 in games last season when the score was inside five points inside of five minutes remaining. This season, the Mavs are 4-4, and a couple of those losses frankly weren’t very close. (The Phoenix game on opening night, for example, counts as a clutch game despite the final score suggesting otherwise.) In games truly decided within the final minute, the Mavericks are beginning to find their way. There have been hiccups, sure, against the Spurs and Lakers in particular, but scoring a win against Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson is something to feel good about.

    Luka Doncic is unbelievable, Dennis Smith Jr. made a big-time pass to a streaking Dorian Finney-Smith, Harrison Barnes hit a big pull-up 3 (wouldn’t ya know!) and DeAndre Jordan sealed the game with a block. Too many nights this season, the bench has carried the starters. Now, it was the starters’ turn. I think that’s your difference between this season and last; this season, the starting lineup is playing winning basketball. Credit whomever you choose, but this is a five-man game for a reason, and all five guys brought it against Golden State. The Mavs have now won four straight games and are looking to make it five in a row for the first time since the end of the 2015-16 season.

  • We give credit to every player, but we’re going to start with Doncic first. On a night when, to be totally honest, it didn’t seem like he had it going during the middle quarters, the rookie erupted down the stretch. He was “quiet” enough to finish with a 24-point, nine-rebound, four-assist stat line in a game when he was guarded by players such as Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Andre Iguodala, three of the better wing defenders in the entire league. But, with just over a minute left and the Mavs down by one, Doncic drove left to find that the Warriors switched Iguodala off him for Jonas Jerebko. Doncic responded with a surgical drive and score to give Dallas the lead.

    That’s not an easy shot, but he made it look as if it was. Beneath all the fancy dribbling and theatrics, that’s ultimately what the best players do. You look up and wonder when Kevin Durant or LeBron James got their 30 points because you take for granted not really being surprised when they score. Doncic finished with 24 and we’re just OK with it. It’s wild.

    He’s now shooting 11 of 19 in clutch situations this season, per NBA Stats, and has scored more clutch points (31) than LeBron and DeMar DeRozan despite playing fewer minutes and taking fewer shots than both of them. Only two other players in the top-15 league-wide in clutch scoring are younger than 25 (Zach LaVine and Joel Embiid). Crunch time is an old man’s game, but Doncic has already shown he belongs.

  • Don’t look now, but Dallas is 12th in offensive rating and 11th in defensive rating. Yes, the defensive numbers were skewed quite a bit by Wednesday’s win against the Jazz, but there’s nothing fishy going on with the offensive numbers. The bench play has picked up since Devin Harris’s return and the starters are beginning to find what truly works. For example, one thing we saw for the first time this season was DeAndre Jordan actively working to seal his defender directly under the rim instead of setting high ball-screens for Dennis Smith Jr. If teams are going to continue sagging way off on those pick-and-rolls, it’s almost a waste of time. The solution: Camp Jordan out under the rim where he can make himself a target. He must have drawn at least five fouls simply jockeying for position, which cleared the way for the Mavs to enter the bonus early in most quarters.

    They also turned to Harrison Barnes iso plays a little more often tonight, for two reasons in my opinion. First, he was very good tonight. Second, against a team as long and switchy as the Warriors, your offense is bound to get clunky at times. When it does, sometimes it doesn’t hurt to slow it down and play one-on-one. Barnes has proven he can score in those situations, and his 23 points on 14 shots would support that claim. He even hit two off-the-bounce 3s, one of which was a step-back, which was one of the more promising developments down the stretch last season. That would be a huge shot in his arsenal.

    As Doncic and Smith continue to discover all that their powers will allow them to do, the Mavs’ vets and reserves are beginning to find their rhythm as well. We are witnessing a convincing culmination of their efforts; in a matter of one week, the conversation surrounding this team among fans quickly changed from “do they like each other?” to “when was the last time we liked a Mavs team this much?” These are good times right now. Enjoy them.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (7-8) have a rare instance where they travel east to take on a Western Conference rival, Memphis, on Monday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

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  • Doncic, Barnes leads Mavs to 112-109 win over the two-time defending champion Warriors

    DALLAS – For the second straight game, the Dallas Mavericks looked very confident in going went toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the entire NBA.

    This time is was the two-defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors who felt the wrath of the Mavs. Down by eight points with less than 11 minutes remaining in the game, the Mavs turned up their defense another notch and got out of American Airlines Center with a hard-fought 112-109 victory over the Warriors in front of a loud and boisterous sellout crowd of 20,260.

    It was the fourth straight victory for the Mavs, who increased their record to 7-8 going into Monday night’s game in Memphis. It also was just the second time the Mavs have beaten the Warriors in their last 19 head-to-head matchups.

    Down the stretch when the game was still hanging in the balance, the Warriors (12-5) kept flexing their muscles and throwing one haymaker after another at the Mavs. But the Mavs responded by flexing their muscles and throwing their own haymakers at the Warriors.

    “When you play a team like that that can make breathtaking plays at virtually any moment, you just have to hang in and keep making playing,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “When we went down six or seven in the second half, everybody on the bench kept encouraging each other.

    “We got the crowd back into it with hard and unselfish play and we found a way. Our guys worked incredibly hard to wear on them throughout the game and we made their shots a little more difficult.”

    Mavs rookie Luka Doncic was smack in the middle of a slew of critical plays down the stretch. A floater by Doncic put the Mavs ahead for keeps at 109-108 with 1:10 left.

    Kevin Durant then missed an 8-footer and an 11-footer, and Dorian Finney-Smith split a pair of free throws, leaving the Mavs with a 110-108 lead with 15.4 seconds to go. After a Warriors timeout, Klay Thompson misfired on a 16-footer, Doncic grabbed the rebound, was fouled and buried a couple of charity tosses that padded the Mavs’ lead to 112-108 with 7.2 ticks to go.

    Afterwards, Doncic was complimentary of the way he and his teammates battled the Warriors, who played without injured All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.

    “I just want to say it was an amazing game,” said Doncic, who scored a team-high 24 points and collected a season-high tying nine rebounds. “We did a great job, and they are the NBA champions for several times, so it was tough.

    “But I like my team. I love Dallas, so we were playing great.”

    Durant, who tallied a game-high 32 points, gave kudos to Doncic for being so aggressive and playing a solid all-around game.

    “I like him a lot,” Durant said. “He’s polished, he is skilled and you can tell he played professional basketball already.

    “They got a great guy in him to lead this franchise in the future. Him and Dennis Smith Jr. play well together.”

    As a whole, the Mavs are playing so well together that no team in the NBA has a current winning streak longer than the four straight wins the Mavs have strung together. And once again it was the Mavs’ stingy defense that was at the backbone of this victory.

    The Warriors shot just 44.7 percent from the field and missed 24 of their 33 shots from 3-point range, and seemed rattled when the game was still in question.

    “I think it’s all about our defense right now,” said Smith, who had 14 points, six assists and no turnovers. “We’re doing a good job of locking in and rotating and helping one another.

    “(DeAndre Jordan) is doing a good job of contesting every shot, so if we continue that I think the wins will keep racking up.”

    The Mavs led 26-22 after the first quarter, thanks to 12 points by Doncic. But the Warriors assumed a 59-57 lead at the half, despite Harrison Barnes scoring 15 of his 23 points at that juncture.

    However, the Mavs probably could have made things a bit easier on themselves had they not missed 12 free throws. Still, when key baskets needed to be made, when a big defensive stop needed to be made, the Mavs stepped up and completed those critical tasks at the most opportune time.

    “I thought that Doncic and Barnes both carried our team offensively for a big portion of the game.,” Carlisle said. “We had some other really good team action, ball movement and good look at threes.

    “Doncic is a guy that loves to have the ball and make plays, and Barnes is another one. We’re lucky to have two guys like that out there.”

    The Mavs are also fortunate to have Jordan, who finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds while registering his ninth double-double of the season.

    “I think we stuck together as a team,” Jordan said. “Defense was our No. 1 priority. We know that they’ve got a few guys out, but the guys that they have are amazing scorers, amazing playmakers.

    “So we just really wanted to come out and be connected on a string. I felt like we had each other’s back the entire night and that was great.”

    Finney-Smith spent the night chasing Klay Thompson and did an admirable job. Thompson did score 22 points, but he took 24 shots and missed 15 of those.

    “I just tried to make it tough for him,” said Finney-Smith, who scored 13 points. “We did a great job of everybody helping each other.”

    The win came in the heels of Wednesday’s 50-point victory over the Utah Jazz. This also snapped the Mavs’ 10-game losing streak to the Warriors.

    “We’ve got to build off this,” Jordan said. “We can’t get too high, we can’t get too low.

    “We’ve got to figure out a way to harness this for 48 minutes and figure out things we did well tonight, things we need to clean up and take it to Memphis with us.”

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    Mavs know despite the Warriors’ turmoil, they’re going to be a tough team to beat

    DALLAS – Rick Carlisle doesn’t want anyone thinking that since the Golden State Warriors are mired in controversy, and are without superstar guard Stephen Curry, that they will be an easy pushover.

    “They’ve got a lot of weapons,” said Carlisle, the coach of the Dallas Mavericks. “They have some turmoil, which usually brings out the best in a team.”

    The Mavs (6-8) will host the Warriors (12-4) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center. It’s a Mavs team that is on a season-high three-game winning streak going against a Warriors club that have lost three of its past five games.

    But from Carlisle’s viewpoint, all of that can be thrown out the window when these two teams collide on Saturday.

    “I expect a haymaker at the beginning of the game,” Carlisle said, referring to what he anticipates from the Warriors. “I think they’re going to come out real hard.”

    The Warriors suspended All-Star forward Draymond Green from playing in this past Tuesday’s game against Atlanta for conduct detrimental to the team after he got into a heated argument with teammate Kevin Durant on the bench during Monday’s 121-116 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. And when Green returned for Thursday’s game in Houston, he only attempted three shots and did not score in a game the Warriors lost, 107-86.

    “I’m not going to get into analyzing their situation,” Carlisle said. “We got to focus on ourselves.

    “They’re a great team, and so for 48 minutes we’ve got to put our best out there knowing that they’re going to come hard.”

    The Mavs won’t have the services of guard Wesley Matthews (strained left groin). His spot in the starting lineup will likely be taken by Dorian Finney-Smith, who has sparkled on offense and defense this year for the Mavs.

    In order to defeat the Warriors, Finney-Smith said it’s imperative that the Mavs continue to play some rock ‘em, sock ‘em defense. That was the formula the Mavs employed during their current streak of wins when they defeated Oklahoma City (111-96), Chicago (103-98) and Utah (118-68).

    “The last three games we held them under 100 points,” Finney-Smith said. “But tomorrow, they’ve got a great team, great talent, so it’s going to be even harder.

    “But we just got to put a 48-minute game together.”

    Even without Curry, who has a groin injury, Carlisle looks at how stacked the Warriors are in a season where they’re trying to become the NBA’s first three-peat world champions since the Los Angeles Lakers won championships in 2000, ’01 and ’02.

    “You’ve got three All-Star players out there,” Carlisle said. “You’ve got Durant, Green and (Klay) Thompson, and really good super role players, including (Andre) Iguodala, who was a finals MVP (in 2015).

    “So they’re loaded, even though Curry’s not playing. We just got to play our game and play it better than they play their game.”

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    Players, coaches, front office staff on board as Mavs host their annual Thanksgiving dinner

    DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks had their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Friday at the team’s corporate headquarters.

    Everyone from the players, coaches and front office staff dined on the cuisine that was catered by Pecan Lodge. Coach Rick Carlisle called it an “important” day for the franchise.

    “It’s a bonding day for our franchise,” Carlisle said. “People on the business side do tons of work to get people in the seats to make the day-to-day lives of the players better, more productive and more meaningful.

    “It’s a day of appreciation, and really it’s a Thanksgiving dinner. It happens on different days each year because of the schedule. This year we’re relatively close to it, so it’s good.”

    The Mavs (6-8) host the two-time defending world champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday, play at Memphis on Monday and entertain the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.

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    A pair of technical fouls helped spur the Mavs to their 50-point win over the Jazz

    DALLAS – In an odd way, something as mundane as a pair of technical fouls wound up helping spur the Dallas Mavericks to that gigantic record-setting 50-point win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at American Airlines Center.

    Center DeAndre Jordan was whistled for a technical foul while sitting on the bench with 2:24 remaining before halftime. Some 16 seconds later, rookie forward Luka Doncic was tagged with a technical foul, and suddenly the Mavs found themselves only ahead of the Jazz 52-46 with 1:54 left in the first half.

    Final score: Mavs 118, Jazz 68.

    Thus, after that technical foul on Doncic, the Mavs went ballistic and outscored the Jazz 66-22. That includes holding Utah to 22 points in the second half, including just nine points in the fourth quarter.

    The 22 points are the fewest the Mavs have ever allowed in any half in franchise history. And the 50-point loss was the worst by the Jazz since they moved from New Orleans to Utah in 1979.

    Those pair of fire and brimstone technical fouls charged to Jordan and Doncic apparently lit a fire under the Mavs. In a way, it energized the Mavs and catapulted them to their third consecutive victory and increased their won-loss record to 6-8 heading into Saturday night’s home game against the two-time defending world champion Golden State Warriors.

    “I told DJ we need some of that sometimes,” guard J. J. Barea said. “That’s energy that we need.

    “We can’t have it all the time and lose focus on the refs. But occasions like that, I think it was good that he did it and we all on the bench were kind of going crazy and I think it helped us out in the second half.”

    Following those two technical fouls the Mavs seized control of the game and effectively snatched the fight completely out of the Jazz. Before the Jazz knew it they were down 84-59 entering the fourth quarter.

    “In recent games we’ve had runs made against us,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “(Wednesday) we made more runs than Utah made and that’s always part of a winning formula.

    “When Oklahoma made a run (last Saturday), when Washington made a run (on Nov. 6), and Chicago made runs at us (this past Monday), we responded well.

    “We’ve responded with a calm and a collective toughness that you need.”

    That clam and collective toughness helped the Mavs register their third-ever 50-point victory in franchise history. Guard Devin Harris described the Mavs’ bulldog defensive performance by saying:

    “It’s a mixture of us playing good defense and they missed a ton of shots, too. But we didn’t let any of their guys get into a rhythm. I thought defensively we were active all night long and just kept them off-balanced.”
    Barea came to a similar conclusion.

    “The defense, we’re staying more basic and more solid,” he said. “Everybody is just making a point of guarding their guy and helping each other out and it’s been good.

    “So hopefully we get the same energy every night.”

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    The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ 118-68 blowout victory over the Utah Jazz

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 118-68 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at American Airlines Center:

    1. BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAW: Where do we start? This was one of those once in a lifetime games for the Mavs, because it’s not often you beat a team by 50 points. In fact, it’s only happened three times for the Mavs since they started dribbling a basketball in 1980. I know a one-point win counts the same as a 50-point win. However, there was something completely different about this victory. Utah is considered by many as one of the top teams in the Western Conference, and certainly one of the top defensive teams in the entire NBA. But the Mavs dominating in all phases and handing the Jazz their worst loss since they left New Orleans and moved to Utah in 1979. The Mavs held the Jazz to just 22 points in the second half, which is franchise low for a Mavs opponent in any half.

    2. FOUR UNFORGETTABLE PLAYS: There were many unforgettable plays on this night, but let’s point out a few. There was that are-you-kidding-me 30-foot bomb rookie Luka Doncic dropped just before halftime that gave the Mavs a 58-46 lead. There was Dorian Finney-Smith flying over Grayson Allen and slamming home a vicious putback dunk at the end of the third quarter that brought down the house. There was J. J. Barea unfortunately flying into the expensive courtside seats after he was pushed by Derrick Favors, who received a Flagrant foul on the play. And between the third and fourth quarters, there was Sergeant Leroy Davis of the Texas National Guard in Grand Prairie winning 50,000 American Airlines miles after he flew down the lane and threw down a dunk – all while wearing his heavy gear and boots.

    3. DEFENSE KEEPS SHINING: For the third straight game the Mavs proceeded to roll up their sleeves and hold an opponent under 100 points. The Mavs did it to the Oklahoma City Thunder last Saturday (96), they did it to the Chicago Bulls last Monday (98), and now they’ve done it to the Utah Jazz (68). Players are locking in on their defensive assignments, they’re playing help defense, they’re talking on defense and the results have been absolutely phenomenal. With two new players in the starting lineup in DeAndre Jordan and Luka Doncic – and with Harrison Barnes missing the first four games – it took a while for the Mavs to develop some defensive chemistry. The Mavs are hoping this defensive mindset is not an aberration and will instead continue to be a trend in this scoring-happy NBA.

    4. THE BENCH WINS AGAIN: In their everlasting quest to become known as the best bench in the NBA, the Mavs reserves keep proving that they may indeed have the league’s best bench. Against Utah, the Mavs bench warmers outscored their Jazz bench warmers, 66-21. The Mavs reserves were 25-of-36 from the field for a whopping 69.4 percent and grabbed 25 rebounds, while Utah’s reserves were 8-of-40 from the field for 20 percent and grabbed 10 rebounds. For more statistical purposes, the Mavs had three players come off the bench and score as many or more points than any player on Utah’s entire team. J. J. Barea finished with 14 points off the bench, Dwight Powell came off the pine and tallied 13 and Dorian Finney-Smith had 11 points off the bench. Ricky Rubio topped ALL Jazz players with 11 points.

    5. WINNING STREAK AMONG THE BEST: The Mavs came out of this lopsided victory over the Jazz armed with a ton of confidence and also armed with a three-game winning streak. It’s the Mavs’ longest winning streak since they won four in a row last season from Dec. 26-31 in victories at home over Toronto (98-93), and on the road against Indiana (98-94), New Orleans (128-120) and Oklahoma City (116-113). That winning streak was snapped in Dallas by the world champion Golden State Warriors, 125-122, when Stephen Curry drilled a 3-pointer with three seconds left. Ironically, the Mavs host the Warriors on Saturday, but Curry won’t play due to a groin injury. Meanwhile, as of now the only team playing better basketball in the NBA than the Mavs are LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won their last four games.

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    Mavs put on a special performance in dominating the Jazz and winning by 50 points, 118-68

    DALLAS – Apparently, the Dallas Mavericks got really mad about what the Utah Jazz did to them earlier this season and decided they weren’t going to take it anymore.

    And boy, did the Mavs ever exact revenge in a very big way.

    With the stars aligned just right Wednesday night before a sellout crowd of 19,371 at American Airlines Center, the Mavs completely obliterated and embarrassed the Jazz, winning by a whopping 118-68 margin. It was just the third time in the Mavs’ history that they’ve won a game by at least 50 points.

    The game was so lopsided that the statistics are absolutely stunning.

    1.) The Jazz scored just 22 points in the entire second half after scoring 24 points in the first quarter.
    2.) The Mavs outscored Utah in the fourth quarter, 34-9.
    3.) All 13 of the Mavs who suited up ended the game with at least a +11 in the plus/minus category.
    4.) The Jazz shot 31.2 percent from the field and missed 29 of their 35 shots from 3-point range.
    5.) The Mavs shot 58.4 percent from and field and outrebounded the Jazz, 51-33.

    In other words, this was a very special night for the Mavs, who won for the fourth time in their last five games and can now boost about having a three-game winning streak for the first time since last season while padding their record to 6-8.

    “They had a horrible night, but we had something to do with that,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “But we’re not this good and they’re not that bad.

    “That’s the reality of the NBA. We’ve got to do everything possible to build on this. That’s the bottom line.”

    The game was the 14th annual Seats For Soldiers contest where the Mavs invite over 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to the game, along with reserve troops from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Adaptive Training Foundation to watch the game from courtside seats donated by season-ticket holders.

    The Mavs are now 12-2 on Seats For Soldiers night, and they definitely gave the service men and women a treat they’ll probably never forget. The dominating performance helped the Mavs avenge the 113-104 and 117-102 losses Utah (7-7) tagged them with earlier this season.

    “A night like tonight is hard to explain in a lot of ways, but everybody was completely connected,” Carlisle said. “These guys have really ripped us in two games — every which way you can get ripped – and our guys responded real well.”

    Separation between Dallas and Utah came rather swiftly. The game was tied at 34-34 early in the second quarter, then the Mavs ended the first half on a drama-filled 24-12 run to go up 58-46 at intermission.

    The second quarter included a technical against DeAndre Jordan while he was on the bench, a technical against Luka Doncic, and a technical against J. J. Barea after he said something when Derrick Favors – he was whistled for a Flagrant 1 — plastered him and sent him flying into the expensive courtside seats.

    “It was a dirty basketball play,’’ said Barea, who had 14 points and five assists. “(I was) off-balanced, a strong dude in Favors, and I had nowhere to go.

    “I’m just glad nothing happened — nothing seriously happened.”

    The Mavs did have a pair of injuries that needed their attention. Wesley Matthews limped to the locker room with 7:53 remaining in the third quarter with a left hamstring strain. It’s the same hamstring that forced Matthews to miss Monday’s game in Chicago.

    Also, Doncic had X-rays on his left shoulder, and the X-rays were negative. In the second quarter, Doncic flew in for a layup and wound up sliding into the basketball support and making connection with Jazz forward Jae Crowder.

    In all, it was a rough and tumble game, and the Navs stood their ground and outscored the Jazz in the second half, 60-22.

    Guard Devin Harris said of the blowout: “You can tell our disposition, especially the last practice. We approached the last three games, we’ve had a little bit – I wouldn’t say a chip – but there’s been something around the team where guys were sick and tired of what we’ve been seeing and were ready to do something about it.”

    The only other times the Mavs won by 50 or more points was at home against Philadelphia (123-70) on Nov. 13, 2014, and on the road against the New York Knicks (128-78) on Jan. 24, 2010.

    “Let’s just say that I can’t remember a better defensive performance by any Mavericks team in 11 years,” Carlisle said. “I’m just really impressed with the way the guys brought it.

    “This is a ridiculously difficult team to play. Very difficult. Well-coached, slice and dice you to death. The first two games were obliterations and we bounced back in a big way.”

    Harrison Barnes led the Mavs with 19 points, Dwight Powell and Doncic each scored 13, Dorian Finney-Smith tallied 11, and Jordan picked up 10 rebounds.

    The Mavs hope to bottle Wednesday’s incredible and pick up where they left off when they host the world champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday.

    “Listen, it’s the NBA,” Carlisle said of the lopsided win over the Jazz. “Strange and unusual things happen and you’ve got to move on to the next one. We’ve got the world champs coming in on Saturday.

    “We can’t just sit around and celebrate this. I mean, come on man. That’s not how this work. We’ve got to do everything possible to duplicate the same kind of force and disposition come Saturday.”

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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Jazz

    Final: Mavs 118, Jazz 68

  • In a game like this, where do you even begin? I have no idea, so let’s start at the end. This was the third 50-point win in Mavericks history, and the 68 points they allowed are the fewest by any team this season and fewest by any Mavs opponent since 2012. Dallas has now kept opponents below 100 three games in a row, the club’s longest streak since the 2016-17 season, and opponents have shot below 40 percent for a franchise record-tying three straight games. Nearly everything that could go right did go right in this game for the Mavericks, and generally speaking the defense has come an extremely long way in a very short period of time. How far? One week ago today Dallas ranked 24th in points allowed per 100 possessions. The Mavs now rank ninth.

  • There were some very loud highlights in this game, including an impossible Luka Doncic 3-pointer right before halftime, but maybe the most impressive play by any Maverick was this pass by Dennis Smith Jr., who was completely blinded by defenders but still found Harrison Barnes in the corner.

    Mark Followill asked it best: How did he find him in the corner? Smith was aggressive in this game, but didn’t just go blazing into the paint every time down the floor, either. He changed speeds, drove looking to pass, and took whatever shots were there. Smith scored just seven points on nine shots but this was not a bad game for him by any stretch, as strange as it might seem. He kept his foot to the floor, consistently spread the ball around the floor, and played in-your-face defense on Ricky Rubio, which really went in a long way in knocking the Jazz out of rhythm in the first half. Smith even wound up on the floor once or twice and was a one-man fast break a few times, too. There’s sometimes a difference between playing fast and playing hard. Tonight, Smith played hard 100 percent of the time, and he played fast when he needed to. That’s a good mix.

  • Dwight Powell was a team-best +34 tonight in 26 minutes. He finished with 13 points, five rebounds, and four assist, one off his career-high. Maxi Kleber scored just four points but was a +31. Dorian Finney-Smith was +23 and sank all three of his 3-point attempts. The bench has been remarkable with Devin Harris healthy; lineups including both Barea and Harris are +36 this season in just 46 minutes, per NBA Stats. The Mavs’ best duo, Powell and Kleber, are +73 when playing together. In fact, the Mavs’ top-22 two-man combinations include either Barea, Harris, Kleber, Powell, Harris, or Jalen Brunson. Tonight, by the time the second unit took the floor, Dallas was up two. When the bench is this consistently positive and has the luxury of playing from ahead instead of from behind, the team is going to be in good shape. That doesn’t mean ’50-point win good shape,’ but it at least means that your odds of entering halftime with a lead are strong. And, as it happens, since Harris’s return the Mavs have led by at least seven points at halftime in all three games. Overall, they’ve led at the break in fix of their last six games, after trailing or being tied in seven of their first eight. Winning games is a whole lot easier when you don’t have to come back in order to win them.

  • The Mavericks improved to 12-2 all-time on Seats for Soldiers Night and have now won 10 of their last 11 such games. This was obviously the largest final margin of victory, but Dallas has now won six of the last seven Seats for Soldiers games by double-digits. It’s always one of the best atmospheres of the season; the building is absolutely electric and the players and coaches will tell you that seeing hundreds of soldiers in the front row gives them an extra burst of energy throughout the game. If you’ve never been to one of these, you need to come. It benefits an extraordinary group of people, but everyone in the building has a ton of fun — especially this soldier, who dunked home a winning shot in a game during a quarter break and was picked up by Mavs players afterward.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (6-8) take on the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Saturday. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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    Dennis Smith Jr.’s second-half attacking game helped the Mavs silence the Bulls

    DALLAS – It almost was as if it was a stark signal that Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. was angry at himself.

    On the first play in the second half of Monday’s Mavs’ game against the Chicago Bulls, Smith skied and blocked Wendell Carter Jr.’s jump shot. Then, as if he was shot out of a cannon, Smith collected the defensive rebound from that blocked shot and darted all the way down the court for a layup.

    As innocuous as that nine-second sequence was by Smith, it set the wheels in motion for a terrific second half by the second-year veteran from North Carolina State. It also lit a fire under thee Mavs.

    After going 0-of-4 from the field and scoring no points in 10 minutes in the first half against the Bulls, Smith exploded for 11 second-half points on 5-of-8 shots in 14 minutes. That includes converting a pair of critical jumpers in the fourth quarter when the Bulls were staging a comeback.

    “In the second half, it was one of the best bounce-back halves I’ve seen by a young player here in a long time,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “He was probably the biggest reason we were able to win that game.

    “He got us off to a good start in the third (quarter), hit big shots, and made big plays in timely parts of the game.”

    Those big plays Smith made during timely parts of the game enabled the Mavs to get out of Chicago with a 103-98 triumph over the Bulls.

    Smith described his second-half surge as nothing more than him attacking the basket at will, and taking the shots that are in his wheelhouse.

    “I made some mid-range (shots), and I’m real comfortable shooting those,” Smith said. “I was getting to the rack, being aggressive.

    “I think once I did that everybody on the team got interested and we just took it from there. I was just really getting into the game.”

    Carlisle credits Smith for recognizing the things he did wrong in the first half against the Bulls and going out and correcting them in the second half. He also said he doesn’t have to remind Smith that he’s probably the fastest and most athletic player on the court on any given night.

    “His speed in the game is a major factor,” Carlisle said. “It’s a major positive factor for our whole club. It energizes our whole team, it energizes the guys on the floor.

    “And he has the ability to put amazing vertical pressure on the defense. But it is a lot of work. Playing at that pace and to that level of exhaustion you get tired fast.”

    The Mavs, however, know they can’t afford to get tired. Especially when they’re set to host a Utah Jazz team on Wednesday night at 7:30 that has already beaten them twice this season.

    Still, the Mavs are riding a season-high tying two-game winning streak and are coming off their first road win of the season. So their confidence level is through the roof, particularly since they’ve held their last two opponents under 100 points.

    “It feels good to win two in a row and get our first road win, but you can’t get complacent,” Smith said. “You’ve got to keep pushing.”

    And keep attacking the basket the way Smith did in the second half against the Bulls.

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    Mavs host their 14th annual Seats For Soldiers game when they play the Utah Jazz

    DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks will host their 14th annual Seats For Soldiers game on Wednesday when they entertain the Utah Jazz at 7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center.

    In conjunction with American Airlines and Nick & Sam’s, the Mavs are hosting this one-of-a-kind experience for the nation’s military heroes. Over 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio will join reserve troops from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Adaptive Training Foundation veterans and sit courtside for the Jazz-Mavs game.

    They’ll be able to enjoy the game from those impressive courtside seats because some Mavs’ season-ticket holders banned together and gave up their seats for this memorable occasion for the service men and service women.

    “I think it’s pretty cool because they look at us kind of the way like they appreciate the support, they appreciate our athleticism and things like that,” guard Dennis Smith Jr. said. “And we appreciate every sacrifice they made, so it’s a mutual respect on both ends.”

    American Airlines will charter a flight that departs from DFW Airport on Wednesday morning and arrive in San Antonio to pick up the Brooke Army Medical group. From there the group will fly back to Dallas and dine at Nick & Sam’s in Park Cities before arriving at AAC to watch the Mavs face the Jazz for the third time in the past nine games.

    “It’s always very, very special because our courtside people give up their seats to people that serve our country,” coach Rick Carlisle said of the Seats For Soldiers game. “Many (service members) have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    “There’s always just a really great spirit for that night and we always really look forward to it. It’s a big deal.”

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    The 5 takeaways from the 103-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 103-98 win over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at the United Center:

    1. FINNEY-SMITH IS A LOCKDOWN DEFENDER: Just in case you didn’t know it, let me be the first to tell you that Dorian Finney-Smith is a lockdown defender. Starting in place of the injured Wesley Matthews, Finney-Smith held Zach LaVine to 26 points. OK, when a player scores 26 points, a good night in getting those 26 points is if it occurred when that player took between 13-17 shots. Levine was 8-of-23 from the field. And 10 of his points came from his production at the free throw line. He also committed seven of Chicago’s 17 turnovers while being harassed by Finney-Smith.

    2. MAVS CAN WIN ON THE ROAD: They’ve been very close to doing this before, but the Mavs finally got their first road win of the season. A walk down memory lane reveals that blown 26-point lead and 111-104 loss in Atlanta. With the score tied, Dennis Smith Jr. missed a free throw with 2.5 seconds left and the Mavs lost in overtime in San Antonio, 113-108. And Wesley Matthews fouled LeBron James on the perimeter with just 2.1 seconds left, and James hit the second of two free throws as the Lakers nipped the Mavs, 114-113. But this time the Mavs were poised when the Bulls tried to make a comeback.

    3. MAVS WON WHEN DONCIC HAD AN OFF-NIGHT: For the first time this season the Mavs won a game when Luka Doncic had an off-night. Doncic was just 3-of-12 from the field and tallied 11 points. It was the second-fewest points of his young career, topped by the 10 points he scored on opening day against Phoenix. This also was just the second time the Mavs won a game where Doncic didn’t lead them in scoring. Back on Oct. 22 when the Mavs beat the Bulls in Dallas, Wesley Matthews led Dallas in scoring with 20 points – Doncic scored 19. On Monday, Harrison Barnes led the Mavs in scoring with 21 points.

    4. DEFENSE DOING ITS THING: Don’t look now, but the Mavs have suddenly strung together back-to-back impressive defensive performances. Not only did the Mavs hold the Bulls to 98 points, but they also limited them to 39.3 percent shooting from the field and forced them into going just 8-of-33 from 3-point range. This comes on the heels of Saturday’s 111-96 win over Oklahoma City when the Thunder shot just 39.2 percent from the field and was only 9-of-34 from 3-point territory. These are the only two times all season that the Mavs have held an opponent under 100 points.

    5. BENCH SHOWED ITS GRIT AGAIN: The Mavs depend so heavily on their second unit to help them win games. And that second unit came through again in impression fashion. Overall, the Mavs reserves outscored their Chicago Bulls counterparts, 46-26. J. J. Barea tallied 14 points, Maxi Kleber scored 12 and Dwight Powell added 11. The Mavs’ starters were 20-of-51 from the field and 5-of-23 from 3-point land, while their reserves were 17-of-29 from the field and 5-of-10 from 3-point range. This solid performance came following last Saturday’s 15-point win over Oklahoma City when the Mavs reserves won that battle, 53-22.

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    Mavs defeat the Bulls, 103-98, riding two-game winning streak

    CHICAGO – While being very mindful of their long-range goals of reaching the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks were able to cross another item off of their to-do list on Monday night.

    Putting on a well-crafted defensive performance for the second straight game, the Mavs defeated the Chicago Bulls, 103-98, before a crowd of 19,012 at the United Center. It was the first road win of the season – against six losses – for the Mavs and also increased their won-loss record to 5-8.

    In addition, this is the second time this season the Mavs have carved out a two-game winning streak. And it all started with their defense as the Mavs helped the Bulls to 39.3 percent shooting, forced them into missing 25 of the 33 shots they hoisted from 3-point territory, and held an opponent under 100 points for the second consecutive game.

    “I thought the concentration was good, I thought our toughness was there,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “Chicago’s down a few good players, so that certainly is a little bit of a factor in it, but this is always a tough place to play.

    “They’ve got a team that plays hard regardless of who’s out there. It’s two games in a row, which is good. It means our defense is trending in the right direction, so we just got to keep building on it.”

    The Mavs won despite one of the better defenders, Wesley Matthews, staying home to rest his strained left hamstring. Dorian Finney-Smith started in Matthews’ spot and delivered his own brand of hard-nosed defense while forcing Zach LeVine to take 23 shots – and needing 10 made free throws – to reach 26 points.

    “It was great team defense, honestly,” Finney-Smith said. “I just tried to contest every shot and make it hard for them.

    “They’re great players, so all you can do is contest every shot. I feel like I ran them off the (3-point) line, tried not to let them get a lot of threes on us and shoot a lot of contested twos.”

    Some timely shots down the stretch by Dennis Smith Jr. helped keep the Bulls at bay. Smith was scoreless in the first half as he missed all four of his field goal attempts, but he came to life in the second half when he was 5-of-8 from the field and tallied 11 points.

    “(DeAndre Jordan) did a good job of setting some screens and getting me open,” Smith said, “and I was able to knock down the shots.”

    From Carlisle’s standpoint, Smith was very critical in the Mavs sweeping the season series form the Bulls for the third time in four years.

    “In the second half I thought Smith got us going,” Carlisle said. “He was able to get a strip and went down coast to coast and scored, and he made huge plays in the second half.

    “As tough a go as he had in the first half, he was probably the guy that saved the game for us in the end, which was great to see because being a young guy in this league is all about responding to difficult situations.”

    While Smith found his rhythm in the second half, Harrison Barnes drilled a pair of free throws and a floater to boost the Mavs’ lead to 99-90 with 1:53 remaining in the game. Barnes led the Mavs with 21 points and five rebounds, but acknowledged that the Mavs’ focus on defense that enabled them to corral the Bulls.

    “Without Wes we knew this was going to be a tough game, but I thought everyone stepped up and did a good job,” Barnes said. “I thought we did a great job all night of making them work, and I thought Dorian did a great job on Levine.”

    Led by J. J. Barea (14 points), Maxi Kleber (12 points) and Dwight Powell (11 points), the Mavs’ reserves outscored the Bulls’ reserves, 46-26. And with Jordan snatching a game-high 16 rebounds, the Mavs won the rebounding battle, 49-45.

    Also, the Mavs won a night when their leading scorer, Luka Doncic, struggled finding his shot. Doncic was just 3-of-12 from the floor and tallied 11 points.

    In the end, the Mavs covered for one another and jetted back home with a smile on their face.

    “I think everybody did a great job,” Barea said. “We got our first road win and have won two games in a row and we’re playing solid defense.

    “We just got to use this as motivation and keep playing good and keep getting some wins. Any time you win on the road it’s always good, so hopefully we like this winning stuff and we keep doing it.”

    NOTES: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle had high praise for center DeAndre Jordan on Monday night. “DeAndre been great for us,” Carlisle said. “He’s a charismatic guy that’s doing everything possible to bring our team together. I’m so proud that he chose to come to Dallas. He’s changed the way things are going on around the basket. We’re the No. 1 team in defensive rebounding percentage now and we’re top five in least points in the paint allowed, so he’s made a huge difference for us.”. .Had things somehow turned out differently, coach Rick Carlisle said the Mavs may have selected Duke center Wendell Carter Jr. in last June’s NBA Draft. “We loved him in the draft,” Carlisle said. “If we had stayed at five he would have been the guy we would have taken — assuming he would have been there. He had a great workout with us. I see him as another coming of an Al Horford type player. He blocks shots, he rebounds. He affects the game in multiple ways.” Carter was drafted No. 7 overall by the Bulls. The Mavs drafted Oklahoma guard Trae Young with the fifth overall pick and traded his draft rights to the Atlanta Hawks for the draft rights to Slovenian guard/forward Luka Doncic. The Hawks drafted Doncic third overall. . .Guard Jalen Brunson’s high school coaches and administrators attended Monday’s game. Brunson played high school ball near Chicago at Stevenson High School. “It’s fun to come home,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s a meaningful thing. He’s just been real consistent, he’s played multiple positions, he’s defended well, he’s made plays and he’s learned an awful lot since he got drafted by us. I’m real encouraged by everything that’s going on with him.” Brunson said he used to be a part-time ball boy for the Chicago Bulls when his dad, Rick Brunson, played for the Bulls during the 2002-’03 and ’03-’04 seasons. . .The Mavs open a two-game home stand on Wednesday when they host the Utah Jazz. The home stand concludes with Saturday’s game against the world champion Golden State Warriors before the Mavs hit the road to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Nov. 19.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Bulls

    Final: Mavs 103, Bulls 98

  • Where would the Mavericks be without their bench? J.J. Barea was a +21 tonight in a game Dallas won by just five points. Devin Harris was +19 in 18 minutes. Maxi Kleber scored 10 points and blocked two shots in just 16 minutes. Typically your bench is full of unsung heroes, but plenty of songs are sung about these guys. Barea will certainly go down in Mavs lore — he put up a 14-5-5 line on the same night that he passed Shawn Bradley for seventh place on the franchise’s career games played list, and it’s likely that he’ll pass Jason Terry and Michael Finley by the end of the season as well. It is truly remarkable that nearly night after night those guys are able to come in and launch runs. Seven of the Mavs’ top-eight lineups in terms of raw plus-minus include Barea, and that one that doesn’t includes Dennis Smith Jr. in his place alongside four reserves. It’s crazy. Those guys are good.

  • This was Harrison Barnes’ “loudest” game of the season, as he dropped a season-high 23 points on 16 shots, adding eight made free throws in nine attempts. Barnes has scored more from beyond the arc this season than in the last couple years, but tonight he was in full technician mode, primarily operating in the mid-range and in the post, where he was able to earn most of his trips to the charity stripe. On nights when your pick-and-roll isn’t going and the rest of the starting lineup offense is generally clunky, sometimes it’s good to go back to the ol’ bread and butter. Barnes punishing switches is not a new development; the Mavs relied on it for all of two seasons before acquiring Doncic and pushing the pace. Most promisingly, though, Barnes was able to score his final two points right at the rim, out of a pick-and-roll.

    Barnes essentially missed a month’s worth of training camp, preseason, and the regular season, and appears to be rounding back into shape in the last week or so. Tonight was a step in the right direction on his climb back to consistency. His next couple tests will be much tougher, coming against the Jazz and Warriors. But without him tonight, Dallas does not win.

  • This was a relatively quiet night for Luka Doncic, who only finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and three assists on 3-of-12 shooting. Not every game will be heroic for the 19-year-old (which is to be expected), and especially not just two days after tweaking his knee when going for a loose ball against OKC. Perhaps that hampered him, or maybe it didn’t, but either way Doncic got off to a slow start and was really never able to kick it into high gear, at least until he hit what ultimately proved to be a bit of a dagger.

    That’s a deep, deep 3-ball and it was a huge shot in the course of the game. It takes guts to put up a shot like that when you’ve only made a couple before it.

    Elsewhere in crunch-time theatrics, Dennis Smith Jr. made an even better dribble move to free himself up for a baseline jumper on the previous possession.

    Smith hit both of his shots in the final frame, and he and Doncic combined for eight points on four shots. On a night when Barnes did much of the heavy lifting scoring-wise and the bench was honestly the reason Dallas even had a chance to win this thing at the end, it was Doncic and Smith who helped carry the club across the finish line. The best players are still able to get you late, even if they didn’t get you early. The next step is for these two to maintain that level of performance throughout an entire game. If they can go back-and-forth like this, taking turns and sinking daggers, the Mavs could be a crunch-time monster for years to come.

  • The Mavericks tonight began a span of six out of seven games against opponents who play at a slower pace than Dallas. (Pace measures possessions per 48 minutes.) The Mavs have ranked bottom-five in the league in pace each of the past two years, so it’s pretty remarkable that this is a true stat. To be clear, there’s little to no correlation between playing faster and winning; for example, Atlanta (3-10) plays at the fastest pace, while Memphis (7-4) plays the slowest. But Dallas has very clearly changed its tune this season, transitioning from a slow team to a currently league-average one. It’s likely, given that so many upcoming opponents play slowly, that the club’s pace will drop below average at the end of this stretch. The Mavs are very good at early offense, whether they’re in transition or simply creating a good look early in the clock. Dallas has the fifth-highest effective field goal percentage on shots coming with between 22-18 seconds left on the shot clock, and while their eFG% is only league-average (52.3 percent) with between 18-15 seconds left, they attempt the 10th-highest volume of such shots. Dallas is taking lots of early shots, which is always good. The trick, of course, is playing fast on offense while still grinding on the defensive end. And, facing an upcoming stretch of opponents that includes the Jazz, Warriors, Celtics, and Rockets, defensive discipline will be paramount.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (5-8) come home to play the Jazz for the third time already this season on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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    Dwight Powell has won the NBA Community Assist Award

    CHICAGO — Dallas Mavericks center/forward Dwight Powell has won the NBA Community Assist Award for the month of October, Mavs.com has learned.

    The award is given to a player for his community engagement, charity work and philanthropic activity.

    Last month Powell hosted A Night Of Hope, a function where cancer survivors could come and mingle and share their stories. Through an online auction, the event raised over $500,000 for cancer survivors and their families.

    “It’s important to him what he does in the community,” Mavs owner Mark Cuban said. “He started a charity that’s geared towards taking care of families who has cancer and giving them things they need.

    “That just says who he is.”

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    December 9th & 15th Winter Camps with the Pros!!

    2018 Winter Camps For Hitting, Catching, and Fielding!!

    CINCINNATI REDS MLB HITTING COACH & CURRENT TEXAS RANGERS MLB & MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS!

    Sunday December 9th – 4pm-7pm – Hitting and Catching Camp

    Saturday December 15th – 10am-1pm – Fielding Camp

    Ages: 10u-18u

    Cost: $150 per camp

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    HITTING CAMP – Dec. 9th

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    December 9th & 15th Winter Camps with the Pros!!

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    Sunday December 9th – 4pm-7pm – Hitting and Catching Camp

    Saturday December 15th – 10am-1pm – Fielding Camp

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    Matthews has strained left hamstring, won’t play tonight against the Chicago Bulls

    CHICAGO – The Dallas Mavericks will be without the services of guard Wesley Matthews on Monday when they battle the Chicago Bulls from the United Center.

    Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

    At some point during this past Saturday’s 111-96 triumph over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Matthews strained his left hamstring. The injury was so bad that Matthews didn’t make the trip to Chicago.

    “Sore hamstring, it tighten up a little bit during the Oklahoma City game, so he stayed back (in Dallas),” coach Rick Carlisle said after Monday’s shootaround. “Hopefully he’ll be ready for Wednesday (when the Mavs host the Utah Jazz).”

    Matthews played 31 minutes against the Thunder and finished with nine points and four assists, and was 3-of-4 from 3-point territory. Carlisle said the Mavs will miss several important ingredients by not having Matthews on the court.

    “Leadership, shot-making, defense,” Carlisle said, referring to what Matthews gives his team. “It’s a big.”

    Matthews’ spot in the starting lineup will likely be taken by Dorian Finney-Smith, who is in the midst of the best season of his brief three-year career. Carlisle, however, has a history of not revealing his starting lineup this early in the day.

    “I don’t know exactly what the minutes are going to be,” Carlisle said. “’But Dorian is going to be playing his fair share of minutes for sure.”

    Matthews is averaging 16.8 points this season and is shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.

    “Wesley is one guy that’s going to compete every night.” Guard J. J. Barea said. “He’s going to play his heart out.

    “He’s been shooting the ball better from three, so whoever plays has got to match his energy and hopefully when we get back to Dallas he’ll be ready to go.”

    Carlisle said the hope is that Matthews’ injury is not as severe as the strained hamstring injuries suffered earlier this year by Harrison Barnes and Devin Harris. Barnes missed the four preseason games and first four regular season games after straining his right hamstring in training camp, and Harris missed 10 games after straining his left hamstring opening day against the Phoenix Suns.

    “We’re dealing with Mother Nature, who is temperamental,” Carlisle said. “I figured it would be better not to do the wear and tear of two flights and all that, so he’s going to stay home and get treatment.”

    NOTES: The Mavs (4-8) face the Chicago Bulls (4-9) on Monday at 7 p.m. CT at the United Center. The game will be televised on FSSW and can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM. The game also can be heard on 1270 AM (Spanish). . .Behind 20 points from Wesley Matthews and 19 from Luka Doncic, the Mavs defeated the Bulls in Dallas, 115-109, back on Oct. 22. Also in that game for the Mavs, DeAndre Jordan collected 18 points and 16 rebounds. . .The Mavs are 39-36 all-time against the Bulls, including a 17-20 record in games played in Chicago. . .The Mavs enter Monday’s game fresh off Saturday’s huge 111-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, who, at the time, had the NBA’s longest winning streak at seven games in a row. Doncic led all scorers with 22 points and also contributed six rebounds and eight assists. . .The Bulls come in after slipping by Cleveland this past Saturday, 99-98. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists. .Matthews is listed as doubtful for Monday’s game with a strained left hamstring. The injury apparently occurred at some point during the win over Oklahoma City. . .The plaudits just keep on coming for 19-year old forward Luka Doncic. The rookie from Slovenia has now scored the most points (244) for a teenager through the first 12 games in NBA history, snapping the record held by Dajuan Wagner (233). Doncic also has seven 20-point games as he joins Kyrie Irving as the only teenager to produce that many 20-point games during the first 12 games of their career. Doncic is averaging a team-high 20.3 ppg and is second on the Mavs in both rebounds (6.5 rpg) and assists (4.5 apg). . .Jordan is third in the NBA in rebounding with 13.5 rpg. James Donaldson owns the highest single-season rebounding average in Mavs history at 11.9 rpg. Donaldson achieved that number during the 1986-’87 season. . .Following Monday’s game the Mavs will return home and host the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. It will be the third time – in their first 14 games – that the Mavs will have faced the Jazz this season.

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    Mavs Mondays: Dallas gets back to winning in some new threads

    Rewind

    Dallas 119, Washington 100

    In a game that the Mavericks desperately needed to get back on track, they finally held on to their lead to beat the Wizards for the 16th time in their last 17 meetings.

    Behind five 3-pointers from Wesley Matthews, the steady scoring of Luka Doncic, and the incredible, all-around performance from Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas outlasted the Wizards at home on the first night of a back-to-back.

    Stat of the Game: The Mavs made 26 of their 27 free throws on the night.

    Mavs Box: Luka Doncic led the way with 23 points while Wesley Matthews followed right behind with 22 points. Harrison Barnes recorded his first double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 19 points and seven assists.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki

    Read the full game recap here.

    Dallas 102 Utah 117

    After beating the Wizards in Dallas on Tuesday night, the Mavericks flew immediately to Utah for the second game of a back-to-back with the Jazz on Wednesday night. Behind Donovan Mitchell’s 23 points and a total of 48 bench points, the Jazz never let the Mavs get a grip on the game.

    Stat of the Game: The Jazz scored 31 points off 25 turnovers from the Mavs.

    Mavs Box: It was Luka Doncic leading the way scoring again with 24 points while DeAndre Jordan added another double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Jalen Brunson played some big minutes off the bench and finished with 11 points in 15 minutes of play.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki

    Read the full game recap here.

    Oklahoma City 96 Dallas 111

    Without Russell Westbrook due to injury, the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled into Dallas winners of seven straight games. This night, the Westbrook absence was more than they could overcome. It was the debut of the Mavericks new City Edition jerseys and the Mavs didn’t disappoint for the fans.

    The Mavs bench once again proved their importance as J.J. Barea, Maxi Kleber and Dwight Powell all recorded a plus/minus of +17 or above.

    Stat of the Game: Dallas held Oklahoma City to 39 percent shooting from the field.

    Mavs Box: J.J. Barea was the player of the game as the Mavs legend scored 21 points off the bench in 21 minutes of play. Luka Doncic led the team in scoring again by recording 22 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. Finney-Smith and Barnes finished with 11 points each.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki

    Read the full game recap here.

    Play of the Week

    In a much-needed win to get the team back on track, Dennis Smith Jr. used the final minute of the game to put the last nail in the coffin.

    Player of the Week

    Luka Doncic

    https://twitter.com/dallasmavs/status/1059998694534201350

    His second week in a row taking home the player of the week award, Luka Doncic continues to put the Mavericks on his back and his name in the rookie record books.

    During the first game of the week, Doncic led the Mavs in scoring with 23 points and seven rebounds. After the Wizards win, Doncic joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to total 198 points, 65 rebounds, and 44 assists through his first 10 games.

    Even though the Mavericks lost their second game of a back-to-back in Utah, Doncic still led the team in scoring with 24 points.

    In the third game of the week vs. Oklahoma City, Doncic once again led the team in scoring with 22 points, eight assists, and six rebounds. After the win over the Thunder, Doncic is averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game through his first 12 career games. The only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game for a full season are Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor, Sidney Wicks and Larry Bird, according to Mavs PR.

    Quote of the Week

    “He walks like a 30-year-old pro. Super smart. Super great passer. Super great decision-maker off a pick-and-roll. He has been fun to watch. I didn’t know he was as good as a shooter as he is. It feels like every 3 is going in.” -Dirk Nowitzki on Luka Doncic

    In the second quarter of the game vs. Oklahoma City on Saturday night, Dirk Nowitzki joined the Fox Sports Southwest crew for a handful of minutes. While he talked about his injury recovery and the team, he also took time to talk about Luka Doncic’s early impressions in Dallas. This was just a small tidbit of his comments on Doncic.

    Moment of the Week

    In the second year of the Nike City Edition jerseys, the Dallas Mavericks unveiled their 2018-19 City jerseys in style. On Thursday night, the Mavs hosted an exclusive launch party in Deep Ellum where numerous musicians took the stage. As the surprise headliner of the night, Big Sean took the stage for an epic performance in the new city edition Mavericks jersey.

    Social Check In

    https://twitter.com/dallasmavs/status/1061454272351457280

    https://twitter.com/dallasmavs/status/1061045776405618688

    Must Read

    Dirk Nowitzki Q&A with Marc Stein

    “Dirk: It’s hard not being out there. It’s what I love. It’s what I’ve always done. Throughout my entire career, I always tried to play all 82, no matter if I’m sick or I rolled my ankle or whatever. I was only able to pull it off a couple of times in my career, but it was a pride thing. So for me, any time I had to sit out, it never feels right. And it’s the same now, especially because it’s been a rough start for us. You’re in a suit and you’re not as involved as you want to be. Hopefully once I’m over this tendon thing then I won’t look back again for the rest of the season.”

    Read the full story here.

    Record

    This Week: 2-1

    Overall: 4-8

    Looking Forward

    11/12 Dallas @ Chicago

    The Mavs travel to Chicago to play a red hot Zach LaVine. This would be the Mavs third win out of their last four games if they can pull out the victory.

    11/14 Utah @ Dallas

    Playing the Jazz for the third time this season already, Dallas hopes to right the ship this time around with the Jazz.

    11/17 Golden State @ Dallas

    The first time this season that the defending champs come to town and the first time Luka Doncic gets to face off against Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and the Warriors.

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    ****DALLAS TIGERS TRYOUTS – EAST *****

    DATES FOR SPRING 2019 SEASON! 

    Mesquite, Rowlett, Rockwall, Heath, Royse City,  Forney, Caddo Mills, Terrell, Greenville, Commerce, Tyler, Sulphur Springs and surrounding areas
    Date: November 17th
    Location: Dallas Tigers East facility, 505 County Line Rd, Rockwall, TX 75087

    7u – 8u (9:00am – 10:45am)

    9u – 10u (11:00am – 12:45pm)

    11u – 12u (1:00pm – 2:45pm)
    13u – 14u (3:00pm – 4:45pm)

    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to start time for check in.

    ALL PLAYERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REGISTER VIA THE LINK BELOW: 

    https://ppnsports.com/dallastigerseast

     

    Format: One day open tryout with skill evaluations.

     

    WEATHER NOTICE: We will proceed with each age group regardless of weather. Workouts will be moved indoors (onsite) if necessary.

     

    ADDITIONAL INFO: We have teams available from AA – Major in most age groups. Players have opportunity to move up within the organization based on player development. Professional paid coaches with two indoor facilities to accommodate practices for rainouts We have two on site fields age appropriate with access to surrounding High School and College Facilties for our High School teams.

     

    ** IF UNABLE TO ATTEND NOV. 17TH – WE WILL HOLD AN OPEN WORKOUT FOR ALL AGE GROUPS ON NOV. 18TH 

    Location: Same

    Time: 1:00 –4:00pm (All Ages)

     

    PLEASE CONTACT Chris.ethridge@dallastigersbaseball.com for additional information.

     

    Regards,

     

    Chris Ethridge

    Director – Dallas Tigers East

    Dallas Tigers Baseball/ Softball

    214-600-9847

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    Mavericks hoping to put together back-to-back strong defensive performances

    CHICAGO – When the Dallas Mavericks packed their bags and headed to Chicago on Sunday afternoon, they were hoping they could take that stout defensive performance they showed against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday with them.

    In beating Oklahoma City, 111-96, this was the first time all season the Mavs have held an opponent under 100 points. In addition, the Thunder shot just 39.2 percent from the field and misfired on 25 of their 34 shot attempts from 3-point range.

    It was one of those heady defensive performances that was worthy of the Mavs taking a bow for a job they know was well done.

    “Guys were covering for each other, talking on defense,” forward Dorian Finney-Smith said. “I feel like we were a lot more talkative out there.”

    Guard J. J. Barea can appreciate the extra effort and surge of energy he and his teammates brought to the court against the Thunder.

    “I think we played more solid (defense),” Barea said. “We stopped with the switching and not switching or doing all of the crazy different stuff.

    “We said we were going to do this and we were going to stick with that, and we were solid and I think it worked out for us.”

    The Mavs (4-8) hope that same formula works out for them on Monday at 7 p.m. when they play the Chicago Bulls (4-9) at the United Center.

    Not just defensively, but the Mavs were able to win the first quarter (23-22) against the Thunder and lead by as much as 24 points in the second quarter when their offense shifted into a higher gear. Slow starts had become a sore spot with the Mavs, but they stepped up and did something about it against Oklahoma City.

    “We didn’t dig ourselves a hole,” Finney-Smith said. “Usually we’ve got to fight our way back in. That’s tough on a team.

    “But the first group kept it close, the second group kind of picked up the energy in the second quarter and we kept pounding them in.”

    The Mavs capped off their solid all-around game against the Thunder by dispensing a season-high 31 assists. When the ball got shared, the ball found its way through the basket.

    “The ball wasn’t sticking,” Finney-Smith said. “It was hopping around. When the ball is hopping around like that it gives people energy.

    “When guys are touching the ball they tend to play a little bit more harder. I feel like when the ball’s touching a lot of people’s hands and we’re moving, that’s harder to guard because you’re unpredictable.”

    The Mavs survived a scare when rookie forward Luka Doncic went down in a heap while clutching his right knee after his knee collided with Paul George’s knee. Doncic, however, did return in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 22 points.

    “He’s a tough kid,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “I believe that he’s gone through his career playing through pain — not necessarily injury — but he’s played hurt.

    “That play he came up and did something that we don’t like to see players do, which is take a high risk gamble at a pass in the backcourt against Paul George. It looks like he may have had (the ball), then all of a sudden he didn’t have it and he banged knees. But I love the way he shakes things off and gets back out there. It shows a lot of toughness. He was big after he came back into the game.”

    Dallas’ bench was also big as it – led by 21 points from Barea — outscored the Oklahoma City reserves 53-22. That’s the most points the Mavs’ reserves have scored all season.

    “Barea was great. He just had a brilliant game,” Carlisle said. “(He was) extremely aggressive, scored it and passed it, he was fighting on defense.

    “People go after him every night because he’s smaller, but he was fighting hard and getting a lot of help. He was certainly a big tone-setter for us.”

    Reserve forward Maxi Kleber set a defensive tone for the Mavs with three blocks. That includes a very impactful block at the rim against Thunder center Steven Adams.

    “Games like this, coming back from the (117-102) loss (in Utah this past Wednesday) that we had, is big-time because we proved here that, first of all, we can play and we can win,” Kleber said. “And second of all, that we can handle it mentally and we don’t get in another losing streak.

    “If we play hard every game, if we play like this — especially on defense — we give ourselves a better chance to stay in games.”

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    Rick Carlisle participates in PurpleStride event for the 10th straight year

    DALLAS – Before taking the Dallas Mavericks through Saturday’s shootaround, coach Rick Carlisle participated in the PurpleStride DFW 2018, which was held at Klyde Warren Park.

    The PurpleStride, which is in its 10th season, is the kargest sources of funding for the Pancreartic Cancer Action Network.

    “This is the 10th year I’ve been involved,” Carlisle said. “It’s growing more and more each year.
    “Pancreatic cancer is the most aggressive cancer that’s out there. The survival rate is gradually rising. It’s gone from six percent to nine percent, which is great.”

    Former Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly died of pancreatric cancer on May 9, 2009, and former Indiana Pacers co-owner Melvin Simon died of pancreatic on Sept. 16, 2009. Carlisle was close friends with both Daly and Simon.

    “It’s a fight that’s extremely important,” Carlisle said. “I’ve lost some very close friends to the disease, so I’m very committed.”

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    In the new age of the NBA, Maxi Kleber is showing his worth

    For many people in Dallas, the name Maxi Kleber was introduced to them last fall when the Dallas Mavericks signed a 26-year-old big man from the same hometown of Dirk Nowitzki.

    Fans took to YouTube in search of anything on the newest German. They found an athletic, shot-blocking big that was coming into his own for Bayern Munich. But while fans acquainted themselves to the new training camp player, the Mavs front office was looking forward to finally seeing Kleber in NBA action.

    Because until that point, the Mavs had been tracking Kleber overseas since 2007 when Maxi was 16 years old.

    As Kleber improved over his early years in Germany and Spain, he found himself on the outside looking in as injuries during EuroCamp derailed his NBA momentum. If not for his injuries, members of the Mavs front office believe Kleber would have been drafted five or six years ago.

    But Kleber continued on his professional career in Spain before returning to Germany to play for Bayern Munich in 2015. And through all of his stops, the Mavericks still kept their tabs on the big man.

    “I kept following his game and knew he was very athletic and could be a solid two-way player,” Tony Ronzone, the director of player personnel for the Dallas Mavericks said.

    In 37 Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) games for Bayern Munich two years ago, he averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks en route to being named a BBL All-Star, All-BBL Second Team and BBL Most Effective Player.

    In 17 EuroCup games for Bayern Munich in 2016-17, Kleber averaged 9.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists while being named All-EuroCup Second Team.

    After his impressive EuroCup, it was finally time to come to the NBA as the Dallas Mavericks signed him on July 13, 2017. It was his chance to compete in an NBA training camp for a spot on an official NBA roster. Not only did Kleber make the final team, but also would appear in 72 games his rookie season and start in 36 of them. He averaged just over 16 minutes a game and proved to be a reliable big in Carlisle’s system.

    Now, 12 games into his second season, Kleber is a staple off the bench for a Mavs team that is trying to climb back up the proverbial mountain. Kleber, alongside Dwight Powell, has formed a high-energy big man combination that anchors the second unit.

    “We have great chemistry and a lot of energy guys,” Kleber said of the second unit. “We have to continue that. When we come in we can’t back down.”

    Of the Mavs’ two-man lineups that have played over 100 minutes together this season, Kleber is in four of the top five two-man combinations by net rating. Kleber and Wesley Matthews top the list with a +16.1 net rating on 117 minutes together.

    The Mavericks also have six five-man lineups that have played at least 25 minutes together on the season. Only three of those five-man lineups have a positive net rating this season and Maxi Kleber is in two of them. A lineup of Brunson-Barea-Matthews-Powell-Kleber leads the way for the Mavs at a +26.8 net rating according to NBA.com.

    For Kleber in particular, it all starts with his shot. Dating back to last training camp, the adjustment from Europe to the NBA was the talk around Kleber with the focus on the three-point line. With the shift taking place in the league where big men need to be able to shoot from the outside, Kleber had to reconstruct his shot to adjust to the farther out three point line.

    A member of the Mavs front office acknowledged that adjusting to the new 3-point line and even the NBA ball usually takes a great deal of time. Even going as far as taking over a year to completely adjust. For the first time in multiple years, Kleber finally got an offseason where he was healthy for a change. It was a chance to focus solely on his body and in particular his new shot that he worked diligently on developing all throughout his rookie season.

    “The last years I didn’t have much time in the summer time to work on my game because it was always doing rehab,” Kleber said. “This was a big summer for me to have the chance for the first time to really work on something.”

    Kleber also got valuable playing time with the German national team as qualification windows were open and they played four games. Playing alongside Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder, Kleber helped lead Germany to victories in all four games in which he described it as a big moment for the national team.

    The time over the summer paid off for Kleber early on in the NBA season as well. Over the first four games of the season, Kleber shot 8 of 13 from behind the arc for a scorching 61 percent. Kleber also shot 61 percent from the field and was a +9 over those four games when the Mavs went 2-2.

    Even though Kleber has at times been in a shooting slump, he still spends time after practice getting up reps with his new shot.

    “I think I have gotten better. I still feel I have to get as many reps as I can,” Kleber said. “After practice I have to get extra shots up and get used to my new shot because it is a new process. I am way more confident with it and I will keep shooting it.”

    And to keep shooting it is exactly what the Mavs and Rick Carlisle want.

    “Developing his shooting range to now well behind the three-point line is a big game-changer,” Carlisle said of Kleber’s new outside shot. “It opens up more driving possibilities. The ability to shoot the three now is virtually a required skill if you play the 1-4. And he can play the five, which he hasn’t played much, but he is certainly able.”

    With the 5-man in Carlisle’s system being more of a roll man, Kleber has spent more time at the 4 this season. Kleber says that he is comfortable at each position and that he likes them both. But no matter the position or role he has in the offense, Kleber’s defense is arguably the storyline around his impressive start to the season.

    Focusing on his ability to block shots, Kleber is averaging 1.4 blocks a game on only 18 minutes a night. That is 2.7 blocks per 36 minutes — the highest on the team. To give even more perspective, Kleber has played in 170 fewer minutes than DeAndre Jordan but has blocked as many shots.

    His determination and skill on the defensive end has also placed him as one of the best shot blockers in the league. Of the top 25 players in total blocks in the league, Kleber is one of three players with fewer than 200 total minutes of play.

    “This kid shows leadership and is a complete team player who is very unselfish,” Ronzone said. “His defensive ability with quick jumps stands out quickly. His ability to block shots and contest is a huge plus for us.”

    Kleber is also in the 64thpercentile in defending pick and rolls as the big defender and in the 66thpercentile in defending isolation plays (minimum of 10 possessions) according to Synergy.

    “Maxi has developed into a premier, really underrated defender,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said of Kleber. “He has come a long way and can go even further.”

    When I asked Kleber about the pride he takes in his defense, he made it clear that it was a personal thing. “If you take every matchup personal you have a certain edge to it,” Kleber said.

    From J.J. Barea to Dorian Finney-Smith, the Mavericks have proved in recent history that you can find valuable pieces to your franchise in the undrafted pool. Is Maxi Kleber the next Maverick in line to hold such title?

    “I’m so happy for him and his continued improvement as he’s shown around our league that he’s a NBA player that will be part of our league for a long time,” Ronzone added about Kleber.

    Maxi Kleber was 26 years old when he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Mavericks making it 10 years that the Mavericks kept an eye on him overseas. Now, after a remade outside shot and a nonstop motor on the defensive end, Kleber is in the midst of his second season where he continues to show he belongs in the league for a long time.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Thunder

    Final: Mavs 111, Thunder 96

  • If you were to make a team of players who always have season-high performances against the Mavericks, you’d start with Dennis Schroder. The German got the start at point guard tonight for OKC, as Russell Westbrook was sidelined due to injury. Any seasoned Mavs fan would feel a few nerves at that news before the game, and he was the focus of the team’s defensive gameplan. Whatever Dallas did managed to work, of course, as the Mavs kept an opponent under 100 points for the first time this season and notched another double-digit victory at home. Schroder scored 19 points, but it took him 21 shots to get there, and he only handed out three assists. He was able to get into the paint at times, but for the most part Dennis Smith Jr. and the other Mavs guards were able to keep him out of the lane, where he could either finish himself or kick it out to a shooter. Tonight was a step forward for a Mavs defense which sorely needed one after a tough night in Salt Lake City earlier this week. Next up is a trip to play the Bulls, who currently rank 25th in the league in offensive rating. It’s another opportunity for Dallas to play a good defensive game. We’ll see what happens.

  • Luka Doncic makes three or four plays per game that make you shake your head and wonder 1) how the heck this guy is only 19 years old, and 2) why he wasn’t the No. 1 pick in the draft. This was just a casually sensational play against Paul George, one of the best perimeter defenders in basketball.

    Doncic dropped 22 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in this game. He is the third-youngest player in NBA history to achieve that stat line, according to Basketball-Reference, behind only LeBron James and Kevin Durant. He scored 20+ for the seventh time this season; no other rookie has done that more than four times. He’s still averaging 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists per game, which puts him in some of the most elite company historically that you can find. Of course, he’s still only a rookie, it’s very early in the season, and the Mavs would rather win games than put together fancy box score lines, but goodness gracious this guy can play.

  • The Mavericks came into this game as the No. 1 team in the league in defensive rebound percentage, but OKC pulled down a whopping 26 offensive rebounds, the most by any team since the 2016-17 season. This game alone was enough to drop Dallas from first to fourth. It’s difficult to fault any specific players for this, for many reasons. First, Steven Adams is a beast. Second, OKC is a fantastic offensive rebounding team with or without Westbrook, and Paul George in particular was a menace on the glass in this game. Finally, the Thunder missed so many long shots that the ball was flying off the rim, leading to a lot of long rebounds for both teams. Things like this happen. The Mavs’ next opponent, Chicago, ranks 30th in offensive rebound percentage, so it’ll be a chance for Dallas to right the ship on the boards and climb back up the rankings a little bit.

  • The Mavs were on fire from beyond the arc in this game, sinking 14 of 29 3-point attempts. Doncic was surprisingly the only high-volume shooter to not have it going, as he made just 1 of 4. But Dennis Smith Jr. hit two, Dorian Finney-Smith hit two, and Wesley Matthews made 3 out of 4 to keep the offensive machine humming through an impressive first half. It’s the first time this season that the Mavs have shot above 40 percent on 3s while their opponent shot below 30 percent. Before tonight, it seemed like every time the Mavericks were hot, their opponents were hotter. They finally got to be on the right side of things tonight, though, and it led to a 15-point win. There’s no consolation prize for missing the playoffs while having a good home record, but Dallas improved to 4-2 at home tonight. If they can turn the AAC into a fortress, that will go a long way in turning this season around. However, their home games don’t get any easier — three of their next four at home include games against the Jazz, Warriors, and Celtics.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (4-8) head north to play the Bulls on Monday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

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  • Mavs upend the Thunder, 111-96, in their best overall game of the season

    DALLAS – Too many times this season slow starts and inept play on defense were at the root of a loss by the Dallas Mavericks.

    But before a sellout crowd of 19,818 Saturday night at American Airlines Center, the Mavs found a way to flip the script.

    Luka Doncic shook of a mild scare and J. J. Barea led the red-hot bench brigade as the Mavs played one of the best games of the season en route to tripping the Oklahoma City Thunder, 111-96. The win increased the Mavs’ record to 4-8 heading into Monday’s game in Chicago.

    This was not an ordinary win by the Mavs. The Thunder entered the game with the NBA’s longest winning streak at seven in a row and were packing a ton of confidence.

    However, the Mavs rolled up their sleeves and showed some of the defensive strength that limited the Thunder to 39.2 percent shooting from the field. OKC also missed 25 of its 34 shots from 3-point land.
    “We started out the game playing extremely hard,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “Guys were really fighting their butts off.

    “The (12-0 OKC) run to end the half was disappointing, but at halftime we said, ‘Hey, we still won the quarter by 11 and we got to concentrate on getting out of the locker room and picking it back up,’ and they did.”

    That run by the Thunder trimmed the Mavs’ 57-33 lead to 57-45 at the half. But a 3-pointer by Wesley Matthews had the Mavs back up by 16 late in the third quarter. . .before near-disaster struck.

    Rookie forward Luka Doncic inadvertently bumped knees with OKC forward Paul George and fell to the floor and clutching his right knee while writhing in pain. However, Doncic did return to the game in the fourth quarter and made a couple of key baskets while finishing the night with a game-high 22 points to go with six rebounds and eight assists.

    “You never want to see one of your guys go down,” Carlisle said. “It’s very scary.”

    Wearing their new City Edition jerseys for the first time, the Mavs sprinted out to a 23-22 lead after the first quarter, thanks largely to Barea. By the end of the first quarter Barea was 4-of-5 from the field with 11 points and his teammates were 3-of-13 from the field with 12 points.

    In addition, during one stretch bridging the first and second quarters, Barea tallied 14 of the Mavs’ 19 points, which was the impetus they used to sprint out to that huge lead over the Thunder.

    “I got in rhythm and I was feeling good, and I got in rhythm early,” said Barea, who tallied a season-high 21 points. “I was telling the guys on the bench we got to come in with a lot of energy, and shots were going in and everybody fed off of that and we kept it going.”

    The Mavs’ reserves outscored their OKC counterparts by a whopping 53-22 margin. Meanwhile, the Mavs shot 55.8 percent from the field, made 14-of-29 baskets from beyond the 3-point arc, and also distributed 31 assists.

    For a change, it was a crisp offensive and defensive performance all rolled into one solid outing by the Mavs.

    “We were all playing solid defense and I think everybody was paying attention to what they were doing on defense,” Barea said. “And we made them take some tough shots and it worked out for us.”

    Devin Harris played for the first time since straining his left hamstring on opening day against Phoenix. And Maxi Kleber certainly made his presence felt at the defensive end with three blocked shots. That includes blocking a shot by OKC center Steve Adams right at the rim.

    “I’m trying to go for every block and if I see I can go there I should help, even if it’s sometimes the wrong decision and I’m too late,” Kleber said. “But if I call myself a defender and rim protector, then I have to go for it and I will keep doing it.”

    The Mavs just hope they can keep doing to their upcoming opponents what they did to the Thunder. Especially on the defensive end of the floor.

    NOTES: One of the things that bugs coach Rick Carlisle are the inordinate amount of turnovers his team has committed this year. Especially those unforced turnovers. “I don’t know the percentage of unforced errors, but it’s much higher than usual,” Carlisle said. “But to try and get into an explanation for it would be to make excuses. We just got to take care of the ball. We got to pass it, catch it, we got to throw it places where it has a legitimate destination. And we just frankly has to be better.” The Mavs were second in the NBA last year in the fewest turnovers committed with 11.8 per game. Carlisle said not having forward Dirk Nowitzki (left ankle surgery) has had mitigating circumstances for his team. “I can get into a lot of things about how when Dirk’s not playing the game changes a lot, and it’s so much harder because teams can take more liberties than they would normally take,” Carlisle said. “I feel it’s worth mentioning just because so many of us don’t have a realization for how great Dirk is. And when you miss a guy like him in your lineup — even if he’s going to be off the bench or whatever — there’s an element that is missing. But I’m not making excuses. The guys that are available, we’ve got to coach them to be better at ball security. There are challenges.”. .Carlisle was asked when does he expect to see Dirk Nowitzki playing in a game this season. “I’d be thrill if he played in November,” Carlisle said. “I don’t have a timetable. I just see him out there moving around a little better each day, which is very encouraging.”. .Mavs guard J. J. Barea and Oklahoma City guard Raymond Felton were both born on June 26, 1984.

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    Perez puts Peoria on the board with RBI single

    Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Friday:


    These are each team's top trade candidates

    Free agency will garner most of the headlines during baseball's Hot Stove season, but this is also a time for MLB's general managers to discuss a plethora of trade options. Some clubs may be looking to shed salary, while others could be looking ahead at next year's free agents. One thing is certain: Teams are more willing to trade than ever before, meaning we'll see a number of moves in the weeks and months ahead.


    Mavs will know more Saturday on whether Devin Harris will play against the Thunder

    DALLAS – Guard Devin Harris may get to play in his second game of the season Saturday when the Dallas Mavericks play host to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Tipoff is at 8 p.m. at American Airlines Center.

    Harris hasn’t played since he strained his left hamstring on opening day against the Phoenix Suns back on Oct. 17. Although the Mavs like the progress he’s made since that unfortunate injury, they’re cautious about his availability for the game against Oklahoma City.

    “We’ll know more in the morning (on if Harris will play against the Thunder),” coach Rick Carlisle said following Friday’s practice at the Lympo practice facilities. “He had a nice practice today, so there’s certainly a chance.

    “But a lot of these things are we’ll see how he wakes up (and) we’ll see how Mother Nature treats him during sleep time.”

    Harris played just six minutes in that contest against the Suns last month and missed both of his field goal attempts. But since he has spent over five years in Carlisle’s system, the Mavs already know what they’re missing when he’s not on the court.

    “Attacking, play-making veterans that play both ends of the floor have great value in this league and on our team,” Carlisle said. “Experience is a valuable commodity when you’re working through challenges, so we’ll see if he’s ready tomorrow.”

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    Rookie point guard Jalen Brunson just wants to do whatever he can to help the Mavs

    DALLAS – In order to gauge the importance of rookie point guard Jalen Brunson to the Dallas Mavericks, it understandably can’t be done just by looking at it from a statistical standpoint.

    Brunson is 10th on the Mavs in scoring (4.8 points per game) and seventh in assists (1.3 assists per game). But his value to the Mavs is measured by much more than that.

    As one of the team’s top reserves, Brunson is one of the stabilizers of the Mavs’ second unit. Part of his job is to be the general on the court and to provide whatever is necessary to continue the Mavs’ success that night, or help get them back into the game.

    “My mindset every day is to just come in and get better and just do what I can to help this team,” Brunson said. “I don’t really care if it’s scoring or coming in and bringing energy or just finding a way to make sure I give my team energy.”

    That concept by Brunson — he was a second-round draft pick this past June — was front and center during Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz. During a six-second sequence in the fourth quarter, Brunson made a layup, and then stole the ensuing inbounds pass from Derrick Favors.

    From there, Brunson quickly missed an easy layup, grabbed the offensive rebound and then scored. That’s five significant things Brunson was able to achieve in a six-second span, all while scoring four crucial points.

    “I just read his eyes,” Brunson said of the heads-up play he made against Favors. “He was just casual with (the basketball).”

    Some 25 seconds after scoring on the inbounds steal play, Brunson capped off his solid performance by drilling a 3-pointer to get the Mavs within nine points of the Jazz. Overall, he finished the game with a career-high 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting in just 16 minutes while getting the undivided attention of the Mavs’ coaching staff.

    “Brunson was a very positive factor in the game (Wednesday),” coach Rick Carlisle said. “(He did a) good job on both ends.

    “He’s plus-nine in (16) minutes. That tells you he’s ready to play, which is great. We need those kinds of performances from top to bottom.”

    Of course, Brunson’s basketball life is dotted with more than its share of top-notch performances. The 6-3, 190-pounder led his Chicago Stevenson High School to three Final Four appearances – and one state title – and was named Illinois’ Mr. Basketball following his senior season.

    Brunson also used his exceptional skills to lead Villanova to two NCAA championships in the past three seasons.

    In other words, Brunson’s DNA is that of a man who knows how to win ballgames. A man who can turn a minimal amount of playing time – he’s averaging 14.5 minutes per game this season – into something very meaningful.

    “Jalen has been playing great,” forward Harrison Barnes. “His ability to come in with the second unit to get them going, the way he has his confidence right now, I love the way he’s playing.”

    In essence, it’s as if Brunson has an old basketball soul and can easily dissect the nuances of the game. After all, he was around the NBA a lot, particularly since his dad, Rick Brunson, carved out a nine-year career in the NBA as a player and a six-year career as an NBA assistant coach.

    The consensus National College Player of the Year and first-team All-American last season, Brunson was smack in the middle on Wednesday as the Mavs battled back from a 24-point deficit in the first half to the Jazz. He was one of the catalysts who engineered the comeback and helped give the Mavs a fighting chance.

    “We just try to pride ourselves on not giving up,” Brunson said. “No matter if we’re up or down, we just keep trying to play hard.”

    As to how the Mavs will bounce back from the 117-102 loss to the Jazz and prepare for Saturday’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brunson sounded like a coach addressing his team before a game.

    “You focus on getting better that day,” he said. “And then the next day get better and just leave the past in the past, even though it’s hard.

    “Me, I just try to be the best me I can be.”

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    The 5 takeaways from the 117-102 loss to the Utah Jazz

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 117-102 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena:

    1. BRUNSON IS COOL UNDER FIRE: Jalen Brunson covered a lot of ground in a six-second sequence in the fourth quarter against the Utah Jazz. First, the rookie guard from Villanova scored on a layup, then stole the inbounds pass from Derrick Favors. But although he was right under the basket and had an easy layup, Brunson missed that shot. However, he grabbed offensive rebound and then scored. That’s five significant things Brunson was able to do in a six-second span, all while scoring four points. And 25 seconds later, Brunson capped things off by drilling a 3-pointer to get the Mavs within nine points of the Jazz.

    2. THE LUKA SHOW SHINES AGAIN: Another city, another fine showing at the box office by Luka Doncic. The rookie forward from Slovenia left his mark in Salt Lake City by scoring a game-high 24 points, grabbing six rebounds and distributing a pair of assists. Doncic was 7-of-14 from the floor, 3-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc and made all seven of his free throw attempts. Yes, he turned the ball over five times, which – protecting the ball — is something he has to work on. But this is the sixth time in the last 10 games that Doncic has scored at least 21 points in a game, and he is showing no signs of slowing down.

    3. BALANCED SCORING RULED THE NIGHT: Coach Rick Carlisle has said he doesn’t have a primary go-to player, and that his offense is predicated on a lot of folks stepping up and leading the Mavs in scoring. That rang true against the Jazz as seven Mavs scored at least 10 points, and those seven players combined to score 94 of the team’s 102 points. In addition to the 24 points scored by Luka Doncic, Harrison Barnes poured in 14 points, Wesley Matthews tossed in 13 points, DeAndre Jordan, J. J. Barea and Jalen Brunson popped in 11 points apiece, and Dennis Smith Jr. added 10 points.

    4. A PARADE AT THE FREE THROW LINE: Your eyes did not deceive you. The Mavs attempted a whopping 40 free throws against the Jazz, which is unheard of for an opponent in this building. It’s the most free throw attempts by the Mavs since they went to the line 44 times against the Golden State Warriors on Apr. 4, 2015. In the third quarter, when both teams were whistled for 18 fouls, the Mavs were 13-of-15 from the charity stripe. Overall, the Mavs made 36 of their free throws and shot an impressive 90 percent from the line. Luka Doncic and J. J. Barea each were 7-of-7 from the free throw line.

    5. COMEBACK FELL A BIT SHORT: The Mavs outscored the Jazz in both the third (38-31) and fourth (19-18) quarters, which is something to point to in the film room going forward. Unfortunately, the Jazz set the tone in this game by outscoring the Mavs in both the first (30-18) and second (38-27) quarters. Those slow starts are somewhat of a mystery to the Mavs, who again spent the balance of the game playing catchup basketball. Despite being down by 24 points in the second quarter, the Mavs drew within nine points of Utah in the fourth quarter and had five chances to get closer than that.

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    Mavericks turn it over 25 times during their 117-102 loss to the Utah Jazz

    SALT LAKE CITY – Whatever good tidings the Dallas Mavericks felt after winning at home Tuesday night against Washington apparently didn’t travel with them to Salt Lake City.

    Marred by a bevy of turnovers, the Mavs fell behind early and often against Utah and the Jazz seized the moment and cruised to a 117-102 victory Wednesday night before a sellout crowd of 18,306 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena.

    The loss dropped the Mavs to 3-8 overall and 0-6 on the road, while the Jazz improved to 5-6 overall and won their first home game of the season against four losses.

    After arriving at their Salt Lake City hotel at around 1:30 Wednesday morning, the Mavs appeared gassed against the Jazz. Less than two minutes into the game, Dallas had already committed a pair of turnovers, and that led to a timeout by coach Rick Carlisle.

    By the time the game ended, the Mavs had turned the ball over a season-high 25 times leading to 31 points for Utah.

    “We had seven (turnovers) in the first quarter, which led to a lot of points,” Carlisle said. “You give up 31 points on 25 turnovers on the road in the Western Conference and you’re going to have a rough night.”

    The Mavs’ rough start was the impetus the Jazz used to march ahead, 30-18, at the conclusion of the first quarter. Utah’s lead swelled to as high as 24 points before it settled on a 68-45 lead at intermission.

    “We had too many turnovers,” said Luka Doncic, who finished with a game-high 24 points and six rebounds. “With that many turnovers it’s difficult to win a game.

    “I think it was a tough back-to-back, but we didn’t have our mentality right. It’s ashamed.”

    The Mavs mounted a threat and got within 76-60 of the Jazz when Dennis Smith Jr. drained a 3-pointer five minutes into the second half. And the Mavs got as close as nine points – 101-92 – with 9:17 left in the game after rookie Jalen Brunson scored, then stole the inbounds pass and scored again.

    “I just read his eyes,” said Brunson, referring to the inbounds pass he stole from Derrick Favors. “We just try to pride ourselves on not giving up no matter what we’re down.

    “We just keep trying to play hard. We got ourselves back in it, but you’ve got to credit them because they’re a good team.”

    With a chance to narrow the deficit to six or seven points, the Mavs misfired on their next five possessions. Moments later, a layup and a pair of free throws by Donovan Mitchell, and a 21-footer by ex-Mavs forward Jae Crowder helped the Jazz build their lead to 107-94.

    Afterwards, forward Harrison Barnes said there’s no explanation with the way the Mavs played in the first half.

    “We just have to play better,” said Barnes, who had 14 points and five rebounds. “I think we’re in a position where each of us has to just look in the mirror and just say we just didn’t get it done.

    “Our second unit has done a good job all year of getting us back into games. Our starters haven’t been doing a good enough job of starting things out. We had opportunities there to cut it down, but we couldn’t close the gap.”

    Other than Doncic and Barnes, the Mavs got 13 points and six rebounds from Wesley Matthews, 11 points apiece from J. J. Barea and Brunson, and 10 points from Dennis Smith Jr. Also, DeAndre Jordan (11 points, 12 rebounds) picked up his eighth double-double of the season and now has at least 10 rebounds in the opening 11 games, which is a franchise record.

    Actually, the Mavs outscored the Jazz in the second half, 57-49. But that first-half hole they dug for themselves was too deep to climb out of.

    “The positives are the second half,” Carlisle said. “We won both quarters in the second half, but it’s a 48-minute game and we’ve got to be all there for all 48. We’ve got to take care of the ball.

    “The West is going to test you every night. It’s going to test your togetherness, it’s going to test your collective will. And we’ve just got to stick together and be up to it.”

    NOTES: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle praised rookie point guard Jalen Brunson, who scored a career-high 11 points while playing only 16 minutes. “Brunson was a very positive factor in the game tonight,” Carlisle said. “Good job both ends. (He was a plus-nine in 16 minutes. That tells you he’s ready to play, which is great. We need those kinds of performances from top to bottom.”. .Carlisle was asked about rookie Luka Doncic being compared to some of the game’s great players. “I’m not seeking that stuff out,” Carlisle said. “We knew the guy was a good player. We knew he could make plays, knew he could score, could rebound. Listen, if you’re going to jump into this league as a young player you better jump in with some force, some presence and some authority. Otherwise, you’re going to get hit in the face. That’s how tough of a league it is. In today’s world with social media and all the way things are happening in real time, there’s certainly more talk about everything going on minute-to-minute.”. .The Mavs shot just 39.7 percent from the field, but did make 36 of their 40 free throw attempts. Those were the most free throws the Mavs have attempted in a game since Apr. 4, 2015 when they went 39-of-44 from the line during a 123-110 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Jazz

    Final: Jazz 117, Mavs 102

  • Sometimes it’s difficult to identify what went wrong during a tough first quarter, but tonight it was unfortunately easy. Dallas committed seven turnovers to the Jazz’s one in the opening frame, with most of them coming in the live-ball variety, the most difficult to defend against. A pass sailing out of bounds or an illegal screen aren’t the best ways to end a possession, but at least in those scenarios you can set up your defense beforehand. But losing handle of the ball, getting stripped, or having an entry pass intercepted are all virtually impossible to recover from because it usually means an odd-man break the other way in favor of your opponent. The Mavericks settled down in the middle two frames before committing 10 more turnovers in the fourth quarter, and it seemed like all 10 of them were moving screens. (There were fouls for everyone in this game. Dallas attempted 40 free throws, its most in a regulation game since April 4, 2015.) It’s often been defensive miscues that have hurt the Mavs early in games, but in this case it was just a few offensive mistakes. Perhaps it was just what happens on the second night of a back-to-back, but neither Rick Carlisle nor Dennis Smith Jr. are in the excuse-making business. Whatever it is, Dallas now has two days to sort it out before facing off against Oklahoma City.

  • The Mavs cut a 23-point halftime deficit all the way down to nine at one point, thanks to some hot 3-point shooting and a timely hustle play by Jalen Brunson. Mostly, though, Dallas did it by finding a way to halt Utah’s relentless paint attacks. Jazz cutters were sprinting toward the rim like their pants were on fire in the first half as the Mavs worked to contain the pick-and-roll game. In the second half, however, it seemed like Dallas switched against Rudy Gobert’s screens and forced some isolation possessions, which slowed down possessions and kept the ball from flying all over the place. It will be interesting to see how Dallas defends Utah the next time they meet (for the third time this season), which is exactly one week from now. After that, they won’t play again until Feb. 23. The NBA schedule is full of quirks, and playing the same team three times in two-and-a-half weeks is among the quirkiest. The Mavericks tried quite a few things in this game and some of them worked; Utah only scored 49 points in the second half. Progress was made, although it might not reflect in the win-loss column.

  • The Jazz can really choke ball movement in the halfcourt, which turned the offensive attack into more of an iso-heavy look than we’re used to seeing. But Dallas did a terrific job of drawing fouls, earning 40 free throws and converting 36 of them. Gobert is one of the most intimidating shot-blockers in the lead, but the Mavs forced him into some foul trouble and didn’t seem too afraid of challenging him or anyone else. The flip side, though, is that you’re not going to win every battle, as Utah’s 10 blocks would indicate. But hey, if you’re going to get 40 free throws, you don’t mind getting your shot rejected every now and then. Five different Mavericks attempted at least five free throws, which illustrates how widespread the rim attacking was. Dennis Smith Jr. only took two, but he tied for second on the team with nine paint attacks. It took the Mavs some time to find offensive rhythm after a turnover-heavy start, but there are things they can build upon from this game. They have work to do, but they’ve demonstrated they have the resilience to keep pushing.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (3-8) come home to take on the Thunder this Saturday. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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    Mavs put up defensive front in waving goodbye to losing streak with a 119-100 win over the Wizards

    DALLAS – Because they were fanatical about finally playing some rock ‘em, sock ‘em defense, the Dallas Mavericks were able to stand tall Tuesday night while waving goodbye to their six-game losing streak.

    With defenders going all-out and helping each other all over the American Airlines Center floor, the Mavs punched the Washington Wizards in the mouth first and wound up landing an impressive 119-100 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,234. The win boosted the Mavs’ record to 3-7 going into the second leg of a back-to-back Wednesday night at 8 CT in Utah.

    The 100 points the Mavs allowed were the fewest an opponent has scored this season as Dallas beat Washington for the 16th time in its last 17 meetings. And the win helped the Mavs get that very salty taste out of their mouth after they were roughed up at home last Friday while losing to the lowly New York Knicks.

    This was the Mavs’ first win since Oct. 22 when they defeated the Chicago Bulls, 115-109. And it came at an opportune time, since four of the Mavs’ next five games are against teams that qualified for the playoffs last year.

    “It’s been a long time since we won a game,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “It feels good to win.

    “Quick turnaround. Not much rest, but we’re looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow.”

    For a change, the Mavs played role reversal while jumping out to a 35-24 lead after the first quarter and setting the tone on what kind of night this was going to be. With Wesley Matthews blazing hot from long distance, the Mavs methodically mounted a 58-34 lead with 5:33 remaining in the first half.

    The Mavs’ lead settled at a whopping 70-49 at the half and was their highest-scoring first half since they tagged New Orleans for 77 first-half points on Dec. 29, 2017. Meanwhile, Matthews was 5-of-6 from 3-point range in the first half when he scored 17 of his 22 points.

    “My teammates were following me and shots were going in tonight,” Mathews said. “But we were able to get stops and that’s what really fueled our offense.

    “And we’ve got to continue to remember that when the offense isn’t going all the time like it did in the third quarter and they were able to cut the lead, we’ve still got to be a team that’s predicated on the defensive end first no matter what’s going on on the offensive end.”

    As the Mavs figured, the Wizards (2-8) made a healthy run and sliced their deficit down to as low as six points on multiple occasions. After it was 99-93 Mavs, Dennis Smith Jr. hustled and snatched an offensive rebound and fed DeAndre Jordan for a high octane dunk.

    Smith and Jordan hooked up again shortly thereafter when the former lobbed a pass high in the sky, which seemed way out of reach for Jordan. However, Jordan wowed the crowd when he contorted his body and snatched the ball out of thin air and somehow completed a reverse tip-in.

    On the ensuing sequence, Smith galloped down the lane and found Harrison Barnes for a wrap-around layup and an and-one basket that gave the Mavs some breathing room and a 106-93 lead with just 4:25 left in the game.

    “A very big sequence, but this is where you’ve got to trust your players,” Carlisle said. “We’re playing better basketball in flow situations off misses by far than we are off set plays.

    “There’s a temptation often times in coaching is to grind and know where the ball’s going and things like that down the stretch. But Dennis has earned the trust. It doesn’t mean he doesn’t make mistakes, but he’s seeing things, and those two plays were real pivotal plays in the game, and it just kept them at a distance.”

    While Smith was tying a neat little bow around his 19-point, seven-assist night, rookie Luka Doncic was just as splendid. Doncic collected a team-high 23 points and six rebounds, and just kept making critical basket after critical basket.

    Wizards coach Scott Brooks said what Doncic is doing to NBA teams at age 19 is definitely not normal.

    “He’s impressive,” Brooks said. “You don’t see that many payers coming in and averaging 20 (points) and five or six assists and just playing with the court vision.

    “He’s a knockdown shooter, and that extra distance that he has to shoot from he’s already adapted well. Every game you look at him and you say, ‘OK, you sure this guy’s only 19.’ ”

    Barnes also put on a really impressive show, finishing with 19 points, a game-high 13 rebounds and two steals. And Dorian Finney-Smith came off the bench to add 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

    “I thought our start was great and I felt like it was more defensive for us,” said Jordan, who grabbed 12 rebounds while becoming the first Mavericks player to collect at least 10 boards in the season’s first 10 games. “The lead that we had early on in the game was from our defense.

    “We didn’t have to take the ball out every time and we were able to push it in transition, and Dennis did a helluva job pushing the ball up. He set the tone for us, pace-wise, and we covered for each other all night tonight and everybody had each other’s back and we have to build off of that.”

    NOTES: Luka Doncic has 198 points, 65 rebounds and 44 assists in his first 10 games. The only rookie in NBA history with similar numbers through his first 10 games is Oscar Robertson (255-102-92). “He seems like he’s been in the league for seven or eight years is how he’s playing,” Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Doncic. “He sees the floor as well as anybody at his position, he makes big shots. He just plays with a flair and an enthusiasm that you want, and a toughness and great effort that you want in your players to play with no matter how old he is. I don’t look at him as a young player. He’s a legitimate NBA player that’s going to be a superstar in this league.”. . .Coach Rick Carlisle said he guard Devin Harris (strained left hamstring) won’t play Wednesday against Utah. Carlisle said: “I don’t believe there’s any chance he’s going to play until the weekend.”

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    Mavs Mondays: The Mavs have questions to answer

    Rewind

    San Antonio 113, Dallas 108

    Another chapter in the Spurs vs. Mavericks rivalry ended in exciting fashion once again as it took an overtime to decide a winner in the first matchup of the two franchises. Despite an incredible effort from the young guys in Doncic and Smith Jr, DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points on 57% shooting from the field in the overtime victory.

    Stat of the Game: The Mavericks are 25th in the league in turnovers averaging just over 16 a game. Tonight, they recorded 22 turnovers.

    Mavs Box: The young guys led the way as Luka Doncic finished with 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field. Dennis Smith Jr. tallied 22 points and four assists as Harrison Barnes finished with 18 points and six rebounds. DeAndre Jordan’s double-double streak ended, but he did pull down 19 rebounds.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris

    Read full game recap here.

    Los Angeles 114, Dallas 113

    For the first time this season, the Mavs traveled to LA to face a LeBron-led Lakers team. On Halloween night, Luka Doncic faced his self-proclaimed idol for the first time in LeBron James. The Lakers took charge by scoring 38 points in the first quarter, but never quite put away the Mavs until the final seconds of the game.

    After a game tying shot from Luka Doncic under 20 seconds to go, James would be fouled by Matthews in the final possession where he would go on to hit one free throw to seal the game.

    Stat of the Game: The Lakers, not known for their three point shooting, shot 58 percent from behind the arc.

    Mavs Box: Wesley Matthews led the way for the Mavs with 21 points while Harrison Barnes scored 19. DeAndre Jordan recored another double-double and Luka Doncic’s stellar fourth quarter stretch helped him finish with 14 points, seven assists, and five rebounds. The bench combination of Finney-Smith, Barea, and Powell combined for 36 points.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris

    Read the full game recap here.

    New York 118, Dallas 106

    Losers of five straight, the Mavericks went home looking for a win against a 2-6 Knicks team without Kristaps Porzingis. It was a moment to get back on track, but the Mavs had 18 turnovers and allowed the Knicks to shoot 54 percent from the field.

    It was a rough loss all the way around.

    Stat of the Game: New York Knicks guard Alonzo Trier scored 23 points off the bench. He is also on a two-way contract.

    Mavs Box: Dennis Smith Jr. led the way with 23 points while Luka Doncic finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Dorian Finney-Smith had a stellar performance recording 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris

    Read the full game recap here.

    Play of the Week

    With the game on the line, Rick Carlisle put the ball in Luka Doncic’s hands for the biggest play of the game. Down by two with under 20 seconds to play, Doncic drives to the left for a hanging shot over the defender that tied the game.

    Player of the Week

    Luka Doncic

    It might not have resulted in wins, but Luka Doncic continues to impress early in his rookie season.

    In the first game of the week, Doncic recorded a new career high in points by finishing with 31 points and eight rebounds while shooting 11 of 18 from the field. He became the second Mavs rookie in history to score 31 points in a game.

    In the second game of the week, Doncic faced off against his idol in LeBron James. Doncic started off the game cold, but finished the game on an incredible fourth quarter streak that tied the game in the final seconds of the game. He would finish with 14 points, seven assists and four rebounds.

    In the ugly loss to the Knicks, Doncic finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.

    He is now averaging 19 points, six rebounds, and four assists a game.

    Quote of the Week

    “At this point we got to get angry. We got to get more together and we have to have two great practice days” – Rick Carlisle

    The mood after the Knicks loss was a somber one to say the least. It was the sixth straight loss and Carlisle took the time to address the media about the team’s shortcomings. He talked about how the team didn’t play with a certain “pride” in the second half and touched on what needs to happen with the team right now. With two practice days before welcoming the Wizards to town on Tuesday, the Mavs now look to get back on track.

    Moment of the Week

    As far as excitement, the Doncic game tying shot in Los Angeles would take the award. But since that play is mentioned above, I’m going with Dirk Nowitzki addressing the media for the first time in weeks on his injury rehab and timeline. Nowitzki has yet to play a game in his 21st season, but seems to be pushing closer to a season debut.

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    The Journey of Al Whitley by Tim Cato

    This week’s must-read Mavs story in the media is from The Athletic’s Tim Cato and his profile on the journey of Al Whitley. Al is a dear member of the Mavericks organization that has worked his way up through the organization and has been there for a lot of the mountain top moments of the past 20 years.

    Cato does a great job detailing Whitley’s journey while telling some entertaining stories along the way.

    You can read the full piece here.

    Record

    This week: 0-3

    Overall: 2-7

    Looking Forward

    11/6 Washington Wizards @ Dallas Mavericks

    Sitting near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Wizards have gotten off to a rough start to the season…much like the Mavs have in the West. Both teams are looking to get back on the right track as the backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal come to Dallas.

    11/7 Dallas Mavericks @ Utah Jazz

    The Jazz won the first battle in Dallas earlier this season, but now the Mavs head to Utah on a second game of a back-to-back.

    11/10 Oklahoma City Thunder @ Dallas Mavericks

    In the first meeting of the season, Russell Westbrook and the Thunder head down the highway to Dallas for what should be another good game.

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    Carlisle: That DeAndre Jordan rebound over Luka Doncic was much to do about nothing

    DALLAS – When center DeAndre Jordan nearly went over the back of teammate Luka Doncic to grab a rebound last Friday night against the New York Knicks, many folks on social media weren’t too happy.

    However, coach Rick Carlisle said that rebound was much to do about nothing, and is something folks just nit-pick about when a team is losing.

    Carlisle said since it’s in Jordan’s DNA as a robo-rebounder to chase down every rebound, reaction on social media was “a little bit” over the top. Still, it became a topic of discussion at the Lympo practice facilities.

    “We talked about that and addressed it and moved on,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “When you’re struggling to win games it’s easier to look back and be negative.

    “We’ve got to address things that are the most pressing things and move forward and be positive. But it was addressed.”

    Jordan has produced a double-double in seven on the Mavs’ nine games and ranks third in the NBA in rebounds with 14.3 per game. Doncic leads the Mavs in scoring with 19.4 points per game and is second in rebounds with 6.6 per contest.

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    Mavs still unsure if rookie Luka Doncic will play against the Washington Wizards

    DALLAS – After sitting out Sunday’s practice with a sore right ankle, Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic was back on the practice court Monday at the Lympo practice facilities.

    However, the Mavs haven’t indicated for sure if the rookie from Slovenia will play in Tuesday’s home game against the Washington Wizards.

    “I can’t tell you he’s going to play, 100 percent,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “But it’s encouraging.”

    Doncic has taken the NBA by storm with his heady play, and he’s the Mavs’ leading scorer with 19.4 points per game. He’s also second on the team in rebounds (6.6 rpg) and assists (4.6 apg).

    Meanwhile, guard Devin Harris went through his second consecutive full practice session since straining his left hamstring on opening day against the Phoenix Suns. But is he ready to suit up and play against the Wizards?

    “I see him on the unlikely side to play, but I don’t know that for sure,” Carlisle said. “He is doing better.”

    In addition, forward Dirk Nowitzki was on the floor drilling in some jump shots after Monday’s practice. Nowitzki is still recovering from ankle surgery, which took place on Apr. 5.

    “He is out here a little more each day,” Carlisle said. “That’s very positive and encouraging.”

    Last week Nowitzki told the media that he’s “weeks away” from playing in a game.

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    DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle isn’t sure if rookie forward Luka Doncic will be able to play in Tuesday’s home game against the Washington Wizards.

    “Doncic did not practice with a sore (right) ankle,” Carlisle said after Sunday’s practice at the Lympo practice facilities. “I don’t know what his status will be for (practice) tomorrow or the game on Tuesday.”

    Meanwhile, guard Devin Harris practiced on Sunday. Harris hasn’t practiced since straining his left hamstring on opening day against the Phoenix Suns.

    “He got through a lot of (practice),” Carlisle said. “We’ll see where he is tomorrow and how much he can do tomorrow before we even begin to talk about the possibility of him playing Tuesday.”

    Doncic scored 18 points in 35 minutes during Friday’s 118-106 loss to the New York Knicks. The rookie from Slovenia was 8-of-15 from the field, distributed six assists and also pulled down a career-high tying nine rebounds.

    “He’s unique as an NBA rookie because he’s been a professional for six years already (in the EuroLeague),” Carlisle said. “That is an advantage for him coming into this.

    “He’s played in a lot of high stakes competition both in the EuroLeague and internationally with Slovenia. Those games with the national team are high pressure games for national pride, and it’s a big deal. He’s got quite a bit different level of experience when it comes to that, which has helped him here.”

    Doncic was the third pick of last June’s NBA Draft and currently leads the Mavs in scoring (19.4 points), and is second in rebounding (6.6 rebounds) and assists (4.6 assists).

    “He’s a great kid, we love him, we’ve thrilled to have had the chance to draft him,” Carlisle said. “Right now he’s dealing with an ankle situation that we hope we can resolve quickly.”

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    Carlisle cleared the air before Sunday’s practice about a meeting after Friday’s game

    DALLAS – As the media was preparing to interview Rick Carlisle following Sunday morning’s practice session at the Lympo practice facilities, the Dallas Mavericks coach first wanted to say something.

    “Before you guys ask questions, I want to talk about a report that came out about a quote unquote, heated conversation between (guard) Wes Matthews and my president (of basketball operations) and general manager, Donnie Nelson,” Carlisle said. “Wes approached Donnie and talked to him about anything that he could possibly do to help our team win more games.

    “I ended up in on that conversation in Donnie’s office afterwards. It was nothing but positive and constructive. Any notion or implication that it was anything negative or, quote unquote, heated is completely false. So I just wanted to make sure everybody understood that.”

    Apparently a report indicated that Matthews and Nelson had a heated conversation floated around on social media following Friday’s 118-106 loss to the New York Knicks. In essence, Carlisle said no such heated conversation occurred.

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    The 5 takeaways from the 118-106 loss to the New York Knicks

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 118-106 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday night at American Airlines Center:

    1. THE DEFENSE MUST IMPROVE: Coach Rick Carlisle has repeatedly pointed out that his defense must improve and that he’s not as much concerned about the offense as he is about the Mavs’ defense, which was a priority during training camp. On Friday the Knicks were 25-of-49 from the field for 51 percent and scored 56 points in the first half. And they were 21-of-35 from the field for 60 percent and scored 62 points in the second half. Overall, the Knicks shot 54.8 percent from the field. It’s difficult to win in any league if an opponent shoots that high from the field.

    2. FINNEY-SMITH HAD A CAREER NIGHT: Dorian Finney-Smith had arguably his best game as an NBA player. The third-year forward out of Florida scored a career-high 19 points in 27 minutes, was 8-of-10 from the field and converted both of his two 3-point attempts. An undrafted free agent in 2016, Finney-Smith also grabbed a season-high tying seven rebounds – five on the offensive side of the court — handed out two assists and picked up a pair of steals. The contributions by Finney-Smith were meaningful, particularly since he scored half of the 38 points the Mavs got from their bench.

    3. TURNOVER NUMBERS ARE WAY TOO HIGH: The Mavs were extremely careless with the basketball against the Knicks. Dallas turned the ball over 19 times, leading to 18 points by New York. It’s the third straight game in which the Mavs have turned the ball over at least 19 times. The Mavs turned it over 23 times at San Antonio last Monday and 20 times at the Los Angeles Lakers this past Wednesday. Overall, the Mavs have turned the ball over at least 19 times in three games this season. To put that in perspective, the Mavs only turned the ball over 19 or more times in just three games last season.

    4. DONCIC CONTINUES TO SPARKLE: Rookie Luka Doncic flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 18 points, a career-high tying nine rebounds and six assists. Doncic was 8-of-15 from the field in 35 minutes, despite going scoreless in the first quarter for the second straight game. Overall, Doncic is averaging a team-high 19.4 ppg and is second on the team in rebounds (6.6 rpg) and assists (4.6 apg). Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Elgin Baylor, Sidney Wicks and Larry Bird are the only rookies to finish a season averaging at least 20 ppg, 6 rpg and 4 apg.

    5. SMITH BOUNCES BACK: Dennis Smith Jr. bounced back against the Knicks to tally a game-high tying 23 points in just 32 minutes. Smith was 8-of-14 from the field and 2-of-4 from beyond the 3-point arc as his offense helped open up the floor. The scoring by Smith was much needed after he scored a season-low five points in Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Ironically, that Laker game came on the heels of Smith scoring a career-high tying 27 points last Sunday against Utah and 22 points last Monday at San Antonio. The combined 49 points are the most Smith has ever scored in two straight games.

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    Mavs returned home Friday night, but lost to the New York Knicks, 118-106

    DALLAS – After a less than stellar defensive performance by the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night at American Airlines Center, coach Rick Carlisle blamed himself for the team’s lethargic 118-106 loss to the New York Knicks.

    “It starts with me, Ok,” Carlisle said. “I take responsibility for this game and the way our team’s struggling.

    “I’m the leader of this team and I’ve got to do a better job of getting these guys playing harder, playing more together. What we did tonight was very disappointing.”

    The Knicks (3-6) outscored the Mavs, 62-47, in the second half while erasing a 59-56 halftime deficit. It was the sixth straight loss by the Mavs (2-7), who won’t play again until they host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday.

    This loss comes on the heels of narrow defeats by the Mavs on the road at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. The Mavs lost to the Sours, 113-108 in overtime, and to the Lakers, 114-113.

    Thus, the Mavs believed since they were back in a friendlier environment, they could find a way to right the ship.

    “The last couple of games have been well contested at the end, but tonight this whole second half was dismal,” Carlisle said. “There’s a certain pride that you’ve got to have every night in this league and tonight in the second half we just weren’t there the way we needed to be there.

    “We’ve got to do better. At this point we’ve got to get angry, we’ve got to get more together and we’ve got to have two great practice days. That’s where we are.”

    New York broke opened the game when it started the third quarter with a 13-3 run and bolted ahead, 69-62. Back-to-back baskets by Emmanuel Mudiay – he graduated from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas – and a driving layup by Allonzo Trier vaulted the Knicks ahead 100-83 with 8:48 left in the game.

    Center DeAndre Jordan said “at times” the Mavs are connected on defense.

    “But you’ve got to be connected, five got to be on a string, the entire possession for hundreds of possessions that you have in a game, and we’re not there yet,” Jordan said. “We may have three on a string, we may have four, but that’s not good enough.

    “We got to have everybody locked in on the same page with the same effort for the full 24 (seconds on the shot clock). It shows when you’re not connected.”

    Dennis Smith Jr. led the Mavs with 23 points, Dorian Finney-Smith came off the bench to pour in 10 of his career-high 19 points in the first quarter, and Luka Doncic finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Also for the Mavs, Harrison Barnes tallied 14 points and Jordan finished with four points and 10 rebounds.

    The Knicks jumped out to a 17-7 advantage and eventually took a 33-27 lead into the second quarter.

    “We’ve been giving up 30 (points in a quarter) in, I don’t know how many games,” Jordan said. “You can’t win like that in this league. Guys are too talented.

    “You give somebody that much confidence, and they’ve got a team that plays extremely hard and are well coached and they can score the basketball when you give up 30 points in a quarter, it’s tough to come back from that. We’ve seen that in six games in a row.”

    The Mavs turned the ball over 17 times, while the Knicks shot 52.8 percent from the field.

    “I’m really so much more focused on defense that the questions about our offense to me are very insignificant,” Carlisle said. “We gave up (52.8) percent shooting again, and it’s become too commonplace and that’s not going to get it.

    “And I know we can do better.”

    Still, in this situation, Jordan said the key is to remain positive when talking to the young players while the tide turns in the Mavs’ favor.

    “Try to talk about things that we can improve on, but you don’t want to be negative,” Jordan said. “We’ve got to remain positive and optimistic, but also we’ve got to try to teach and correct some things while we’re doing it.”

    NOTES: Coach Rick Carlisle has noticed the growth in forward Maxi Kleber from his rookie year last year to this season. Last year Kleber averaged 5.4 ppg and 3.3 rpg and shot 48.9 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from 3-point territory. So far this season he’s averaging 7.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg while shooting 50 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from the 3-point line. “NBA experience certainly is a big factor,” Carlisle said. “And then developing his shooting range to really out well beyond the 3-point line is a big game changer. It opens up more drive possibilities.”. .Carlisle said there was nothing wrong with rookie forward Luka Doncic going and getting an autographed jersey from Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, which he did following Wednesday’s game in LA. “I didn’t hear about it until today,” Carlisle said. “I think it was a good thing. What’s bad about it? We haven’t had many Slovenian guys in this league. It’s a show of respect both ways. What can be bad about that?. .DeAndre Jordan played the last nine years in the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Clippers. But when the Mavs played the Lakers last Wednesday in LA, Jordan said that was the first time he’d been in the visitor’s locker room in the Staples Center.

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    Fans AND reporters just can’t get enough of Mavericks rookie phenom Luka Doncic

    DALLAS – As the Dallas Mavericks move around the NBA to play road games, it’s becoming increasingly clearer and clearer every game that there’s an inordinate amount of interest from fans and reporters in rookie forward Luka Doncic.

    Fans desperately want autographs and selfies, while those intrepid reporters want that insightful interview. There was even a TV crew from Slovenia — that’s where Doncic hails from –at the Mavs-Lakers game in Los Angeles this past Wednesday.

    But Luka-mania hasn’t been a surprise to the Mavs, who acquired Doncic’s draft rights in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks on the day of the NBA Draft this past June. And the 19-year old kid from Slovenia hasn’t disappointed as Doncic leads the Mavs in scoring – and flair for the dramatics — with 19.6 points per game.

    “We thought he was really good and we’re certainly not shocked that he’s playing well,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “To me the thing about him that doesn’t come out in film of the games in Europe and other international places is his strength and quickness for a young kid.

    “For 19 (years) and 7 or 8 months (old) he’s got a really unusual combination of size, speed and deceptive quickness. He’s having to adapt his game to the NBA and there are certainly challenges to doing that, but he’s on a good track.”

    Doncic had no preconceived notions about how his game in Europe – he played for Real Madrid in the EuroLeague – would translate to the NBA.

    “I just expected that I would play my game,” Doncic said. “I know how I can play, but it’s a different game.”
    It’s a “different game” that Doncic is quickly adapting to.

    “We’re playing him at multiple positions,” Carlisle said. “Defensively, he’s better than what people said he was coming from Europe.”

    At times, Doncic held his own while defending Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James this past Wednesday. That had to be challenging, especially since Doncic grew up idolizing James.

    “I think he’s great,” center DeAndre Jordan said. “Luka’s an amazing player.”
    An “amazing player” who the Mavs know will get much better with time.

    “I’ve been here for eight games,” Doncic said. “So I have a lot of learning to do.”

    NOTES: The Mavs (2-6) host the New York Knicks (2-6) Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center. The game will be televised on FSSW and can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM. The game also can be heard on Univision 1270 AM (Spanish). . .This is the opener of a two-game home stand for the Mavs, who also host the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. . .The Mavs have lost five straight games and enter Friday’s contest following a pair of heartbreaking defeats on the road. The Mavs lost in San Antonio this past Monday, 113-108, in overtime, and also lost at the Los Angeles Lakers this past Wednesday, 114-113. . .The Knicks have dropped six of their last seven games. That includes Wednesday’s 107-101 loss to the Indiana Pacers, despite 37 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. . .The Mavs are 2-1 at home this season, while the Knicks are 0-3 on the road.

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    The 5 takeaways from the 114-113 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 114-113 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night at the Staples Center:

    1. MAVS KEEP HANGING AROUND: The wins are not coming the way they want them to, but the Mavs are being very competitive and are hanging around and making things tough for the opposing teams. Wednesday’s 114-113 loss on the road to the LA Lakers came two days after the Mavs lost in overtime in San Antonio, 113-108. And that came following a pair of nine-point losses to Toronto and Utah. Unfortunately, integrating two new players – center DeAndre Jordan and rookie forward Luka Jordan – into the starting lineup and getting everyone on the same page while also getting the chemistry to flow freely takes some time.

    2. DONCIC ON A BIG STAGE: At first, it looked like the stage was too big for rookie Luka Doncic. After all, his idol, LeBron James, was on the other side. Doncic even said he asked James during the game if he could autograph one of his (James’) jerseys and give it to him after the game. Then, after going over two-and-a-half quarters without scoring, Doncic cranked things up and finished with 14 points, five rebounds and seven assists in only 28 minutes. He also took charge down the stretch while making a series of spectacular plays, including floating in a 7-footer from the left baseline that tied the game at 113-113 with 7.2 seconds left.

    3. BAREA BREAKS OUT OF SLUMP: After scoring just 16 points and handing out seven assists in the previous three games, J. J. Barea rebounded against the Lakers and tallied 15 points and dispensed 10 assists. Barea’s shooting touch also returned. The 13-year veteran was 7-of-24 from the field in the previous three games, but was 7-of-15 from the field against the Lakers. In addition, Barea’s plus/minus was a plus 28 and was the highest of any of the 20 players who played Wednesday. This is the third time this season Barea has distributed at least 10 assists in a game. The Mavs need his veteran leadership coming off the bench, and his ability to direct an offense while offering a steady hand.

    4. MATTHEWS ON A CAREER ROLL: Wesley Matthews continues his offensive surge as he poured in 21 points against the Lakers. It’s the fifth time in the last six games that Matthews has scored at least 20 points. Matthews converted 8-of-15 field goals and 4-of-10 shots from 3-point range. This is the third time Matthews has made at least eight field goals in a game and the fourth time he’s made at least four 3-pointers. What’s more, Matthews is second on the Mavs in scoring with a career-high 18.6 ppg. He trails only rookie Luka Doncic (19.6 ppg). Matthews’ scoring punch is even more phenomenal since the Mavs call on him to inject some aggressive defense on the opposing team’s top perimeter scorer.

    5. THE BENCH IS BACK: Following a pair of so-so performances against the Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs, the Mavs’ bench was back in rare form against the Lakers. With J. J. Barea scoring 15 points and Dwight Powell adding 12 points, the Mavs’ bench doubled-up on the Lakers’ reserves, who they outscored 44-22. It’s the most points the Mavs’ bench has scored this season besides the 46 points they scored in the second game of the season versus Minnesota. Against the Lakers, the Mavs’ reserves also won the rebound battle by a 17-4 margin, and the assist battle by a 13-5 margin. The Mavs’ non-starters were 18-of-31 from the field, while the Lakers non-starters were 7-of-17 from the field.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Lakers

    Final: Lakers 114, Mavs 113

  • When you remember back on this game, you will probably remember the final 10 seconds. Kyle Kuzma missed a free throw that would’ve put the Lakers up by three, Luka Doncic answered with a difficult floater, Wesley Matthews fouled LeBron James going the other way, and then James missed the first free throw, leaving the game in doubt. But Dallas trailed by 17 after the first quarter and by 14 with just over four minutes left in this game. The Mavs made an incredible comeback to even get to that point, but it was what they had to come back from that was the difference in this game. The first quarter is the most important quarter. (Never forget it!) Dallas is now 1-1 when ahead after one and 1-5 when behind. The Lakers made a couple ridiculous shots early in the game, and that certainly mattered in the final score, but it’s the easy buckets — the run-out layups off a turnover, the second-chance points, the 50/50 balls — that will come back to bite you later on. Credit the bench for scratching and clawing its way back into the game after a rough past couple outings, and the starters as well for nearly pulling it out late. But the first 12 minutes are those that matter most.

  • Doncic made a few eye-opening plays late in the game. First, he found a streaking DeAndre Jordan with a lead pass just far enough out in front of Jordan to beat the defense and allow for him to catch it in stride, but on point enough for him to be able to dunk it without stopping his momentum.

    The next trip down the floor, he defended LeBron about as well as you could hope someone to without fouling.

    Finally, down four, he drove the lane hard and anticipated help, then delivered a pass to Barnes for 3.

    It’s one thing to watch that last play happen and see how wide-open Barnes was, but it’s another to not see Barnes at all and still be able to sense he’d be open. It’s like a quarterback feeling the pass rush. Doncic pump-faked and felt James closing in, so he delivered a pass to the open man. Good players make simple plays look simple. (While we’re here, this was easily Barnes’ best game of the season.) Doncic finished the game with 14 points, seven assists, and five rebounds, and most of his numbers came in the final frame. It was a great fourth quarter, but earlier in the game he got off to a rough start from the field. For young players — and this goes for Dennis Smith Jr., too, who had a couple very solid games in a row before having a quiet line tonight — developing consistency throughout games is one of the toughest things they will ever have to do. Barnes talked about that often during his first season in Dallas, calling the expectation of consistency the toughest adjustment he had to make following his move from Golden State. Exploding for five minutes here or there is great, but playing rock-solid for 24, or 36, or whatever it may be is the biggest, and most demanding, step for any rising star.

  • Despite all of this — slow starts, unfortunate fouls, and inexplicably nuclear opponent 3-point shooting consistently throughout every single game — the last two games have been decided by a combined one point at the end of regulation. Dennis Smith Jr.’s last free throw against the Spurs should have counted for three quarters of a point, and tonight the Lakers came out one point on top after a stretch run where neither team could get a free throw to go. One bounce here or there, one stop here or there, one bucket here or there, and two losses become two wins. The 2-6 record is not pretty, and you don’t get half a win for almost winning, but the Mavericks have literally been about as close as you can be in the last two games. Unfortunately the results didn’t go their way, for many reasons. Perhaps they soon will.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (2-6) will come home for two games, beginning with a Friday night against the Knicks. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Nowitzki “a little emotional” after being passed by James on the NBA’s all-time scoring list

    LOS ANGLES – It didn’t take long for Dirk Nowitzki’s Dallas Mavericks teammates to start ribbing him about being passed by Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

    James became the league’s No. 6 all-time leading scorer last Sunday in a game against the San Antonio Spurs when he bypassed Nowitzki. But the good-natured ribbing from Nowitzki’s teammates started a while back when they looked at his career point total and James’ career point total and saw that James was climbing the charts rather quickly.

    “My teammates already called me “Seven” all last year to mess with me,” Nowitzki said after this morning’s shootaround at the Staples Center. “So the first thing when I walked in that morning, I think it was Maxi (Kleber), was like: ‘What up Seven?’

    “It was a little fresh, a little emotional by just being passed.”

    James enters Wednesday’s game against the Mavs – tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. CT – at the Staples Center with 32,231 career points. Nowitzki, who has yet to play this season due to left ankle surgery on Apr. 5, has been stuck on 31,187 points since last season.

    The five players ahead of James on the all-time scoring list are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,287), Karl Malone (36,928), Kobe Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419). And since James won’t turn 34 until Dec. 30, many believe he’s going to wind up being the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

    Coach Rick Carlisle uses terms like “historic greatness” when discussing James.

    “I’m running out of positive adjectives to describe him,” Carlisle said. “If you look at history and you look at his age, he’s not that old.

    “He could really statistically be there at the very top of the all-time scoring list. His winning percentage is ridiculously high. We have great respect for him.”

    Nowitzki, meanwhile, noticed James coming in his rear view on the all-time scoring chart in a long time ago.

    “The way he’s been moving, I’ve said it all along, he’s going to end up at two or he might even have a shot at one,’ Nowitzki said. “He’s not seemed to slow down, he’s scoring 27 a game again this year.

    “He’s going to have a shot to be among the top two or even the top scorer of all time. He started so young (at age 18) and he doesn’t seem to slow down. It’s an honor to be passed by one of the greats.”

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    Dirk Nowitzki “looking at weeks” before he’ll be able to play in a game this season

    LOS ANGELES – Don’t expect Dirk Nowitzki to play in a game any time soon;

    “We’re still looking at weeks at this point,” the Dallas Mavericks superstar forward said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at the Staples Center. “I haven’t even started running on the court, I haven’t even started running quick on the treadmill.

    “I’ve just been slowly jogging and seeing how the foot reacts. Unfortunately we’re still talking weeks over days.”

    Nowitzki still hasn’t fully recovered after undergoing left ankle surgery back on Apr. 5. The 21-year veteran hasn’t gone through a full practice session this season, and acknowledged that a setback or two has slowed the timetable on his return to the game he dearly loves.

    “We’re taking it super slow obviously now since we’ve had a couple of setbacks since we’ve increased the workload,” Nowitzki said. “So I’m just taking it slow, just started shooting, just started running a bit on the treadmill slow.

    “But saying all of that, I’m starting really from zero. I haven’t had much court work, much running at all in weeks now, so hopefully we can increase here from day to day and maybe start running on the court soon. I think hopefully that’s the next step.”

    And whenever his ankle completely heals and he’s ready to get back on the court, Nowitzki, 40, knows there’s another hurdle that he must clear.

    “It’s going to be a fight to get back in game shape so I can stay out there and play a little bit,” he said. “It’s going to be a grind, but I’m going to make it fun and hopefully be out there soon.”

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    The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ 113-108 overtime loss to the Spurs

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 113-108 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at the AT&T Center:

    1. JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, DONCIC IS FOR REAL: For those of you who were still casting doubt about Luka Doncic, it’s time to get off that fence before you wound up missing out on a really good show. The rookie from Slovenia is the real deal, and he keeps proving it on a game-by-game basis. Doncic poured in a career-high 31 points against the Spurs on 11-of-18 shots and 4-of-6 baskets from 3-point land. Doncic’s top three scoring games have been against the Spurs, Minnesota (26 points) and Toronto (22 points) – three teams that advanced to last season’s playoffs. In other words, the bigger the stage, the bigger he plays.

    2. HARRISON BARNES IS BACK: It took just three games for Harrison Barnes to find his shooting stroke. The seven-year veteran forward was 8-of-14 from the field and 2-of-5 from 3-point territory on Monday in looking like his old self again. Barnes finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes. That was a welcomed sight for Mavs’ fans to see after Barnes struggled while scoring just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in 34 minutes on Sunday night against Utah. And the fact that Barnes was able to be so effective on the road in a hostile environment on the second night of a back-to-back speaks to where his game is at this moment.

    3. SMITH STRINGING SOLID GAMES TOGETHER: For the second game in a row, Dennis Smith Jr. eclipsed the 20-point scoring mark. After scoring a career-high tying 27 points on 12-of-19 shots Sunday night against Utah, Smith followed that up with 22 points on 9-of-18 shots against San Antonio. The 49 points are the most Smith has ever scored during a two-game span, and it’s just the fourth time he’s tallied at least 20 points in consecutive games. Smith was attacking the basket at will and also found open creases on the perimeter. His only qualm: He’d like to have that second free throw back he missed with 2.5 seconds left in regulation that would have put the Mavs up by one point against the Spurs.

    4. MAVS CAN ALSO PLAY THE GRIND GAME: Most NBA teams like to fly up and down the court and jack up a lot of 3-pointers and live with the impending results. Not the San Antonio Spurs. Actually, the Mavs play the fast-paced game where 3-pointers are filling the airways. But they also showed Monday they can be effective against a team like the Spurs that slows the pace a bit. The Spurs attempted just 20 shots from behind the 3-point line, which is a low for a Mavs opponent this season. The 102 points the Mavs gave up in regulation were the fewest they’ve allowed in 48 minutes this season.

    5. IN THE AIR AGAIN: This may or may not be an issue, but after landing in Los Angeles at 12:21 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the Mavs had officially been flying in an airplane for eight consecutive days. I’m no pilot, but that’s not normal. That also has to do a number on a player’s body and mind. Some things the body wasn’t meant to do. Flying on an airplane for eight straight days is probably near the top of that list. Of course, the NBA schedule is what it is. But coming off that nine-day trip to China earlier this month for a couple of meaningless preseason games, this is a difficult period for the Mavs.

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    The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ 113-108 overtime loss to the Spurs

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 113-108 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night at the AT&T Center:

    1. JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, DONCIC IS FOR REAL: For those of you who were still casting doubt about Luka Doncic, it’s time to get off that fence before you wound up missing out on a really good show. The rookie from Slovenia is the real deal, and he keeps proving it on a game-by-game basis. Doncic poured in a career-high 31 points against the Spurs on 11-of-18 shots and 4-of-6 baskets from 3-point land. Doncic’s top three scoring games have been against the Spurs, Minnesota (26 points) and Toronto (22 points) – three teams that advanced to last season’s playoffs. In other words, the bigger the stage, the bigger he plays.

    2. HARRISON BARNES IS BACK: It took just three games for Harrison Barnes to find his shooting stroke. The seven-year veteran forward was 8-of-14 from the field and 2-of-5 from 3-point territory on Monday in looking like his old self again. Barnes finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes. That was a welcomed sight for Mavs’ fans to see after Barnes struggled while scoring just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in 34 minutes on Sunday night against Utah. And the fact that Barnes was able to be so effective on the road in a hostile environment on the second night of a back-to-back speaks to where his game is at this moment.

    3. SMITH STRINGING SOLID GAMES TOGETHER: For the second game in a row, Dennis Smith Jr. eclipsed the 20-point scoring mark. After scoring a career-high tying 27 points on 12-of-19 shots Sunday night against Utah, Smith followed that up with 22 points on 9-of-18 shots against San Antonio. The 49 points are the most Smith has ever scored during a two-game span, and it’s just the fourth time he’s tallied at least 20 points in consecutive games. Smith was attacking the basket at will and also found open creases on the perimeter. His only qualm: He’d like to have that second free throw back he missed with 2.5 seconds left in regulation that would have put the Mavs up by one point against the Spurs.

    4. MAVS CAN ALSO PLAY THE GRIND GAME: Most NBA teams like to fly up and down the court and jack up a lot of 3-pointers and live with the impending results. Not the San Antonio Spurs. Actually, the Mavs play the fast-paced game where 3-pointers are filling the airways. But they also showed Monday they can be effective against a team like the Spurs that slows the pace a bit. The Spurs attempted just 20 shots from behind the 3-point line, which is a low for a Mavs opponent this season. The 102 points the Mavs gave up in regulation were the fewest they’ve allowed in 48 minutes this season.

    5. IN THE AIR AGAIN: This may or may not be an issue, but after landing in Los Angeles at 12:21 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the Mavs had officially been flying in an airplane for eight consecutive days. I’m no pilot, but that’s not normal. That also has to do a number on a player’s body and mind. Some things the body wasn’t meant to do. Flying on an airplane for eight straight days is probably near the top of that list. Of course, the NBA schedule is what it is. But coming off that nine-day trip to China earlier this month for a couple of meaningless preseason games, this is a difficult period for the Mavs.

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    Martinez drives in two in Monday's AFL action

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    Mavs getting more than their fair share of time on the airplane

    SAN ANTONIO — Counting their departure out of San Antonio to Los Angeles late Monday night, the Dallas Mavericks will have now been on an airplane for seven consecutive days.

    Last Tuesday the Mavs left Dallas and flew to Atlanta to play the Hawks. Following that Wednesday night game the Mavs immediately flew to Toronto, where they arrived on Thursday at 2:15 a.m.

    The Mavs then played in Toronto last Friday and flew back home right after the game and landed in Dallas on Saturday at 1:57 a.m. And this past Sunday the Mavs hosted Utah and flew to San Antonio right after that game at 10:09 p.m.

    So does all that air(plane) time affect the player’s mind?

    “We just got to avoid thinking about those things and thinking about how hard it is,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “This is a very difficult stretch for sure, and the (Oct. 1-9) China trip was challenging.”

    In China, the Mavs played a pair of preseason games against the Philadelphia 76ers before making the nearly 14-hour flight back to Dallas.

    “One of the things we did as a team going into the China trip was we made the collective decision that we were going to be very positive about that experience,” Carlisle said. “We knew that the adjustments, particularly coming back, was going to be challenging, but nobody complained.

    “Everybody worked to get back on a schedule and we were still able to get off to a 2-1 start. We’ve dropped a couple since, which has been disappointing, but during a stretch like this if you get distracted by those kinds of thoughts it’s not going to help you.”

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    The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ 113-104 loss to the Utah Jazz

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 113-104 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday night at American Airlines Center:

    1. TIME NEEDED FOR THE STARTERS: OK, the Mavs finally got their projected starting lineup for this season together on the court for the first time this season. But you know how these things are. It takes time to get that unique chemistry on one accord. Buildings aren’t built in a day, and neither are basketball teams. In due time, Harrison Barnes, Dennis Smith Jr., Luka Doncic, DeAndre Jordan and Wesley Matthews will all be on the same page and it’ll be a beautiful thing to see. Until then, “patience’ is the operative word for this quintet.

    2. JORDAN CONTINUES TO AMAZE: DeAndre Jordan showed a side of him you didn’t know existed. Well, actually he showed you two sides. Jordan posted a career-high nine assists against Utah and wound up just one assist shy of registering his first career triple-double. He also collected his sixth straight double-double (12 points, 19 rebounds). Now you see why the Mavs wanted this dude three years ago. In addition, Jordan went 4-of-4 from the free throw line and leads the Mavs in free throw shooting at 86.7 percent (26 of 30). Maybe he should be shooting the technical free throws.

    3. DENNIS SMITH JR. IS BACK: One game after sitting out Friday’s contest in Toronto with a sprained right ankle, Dennis Smith Jr. showed why he is one the best young point guards in the NBA. Smith darted inside for dunks and layups, stayed on the perimeter for dead-eye long-range shots, and kept pushing the ball up the floor and putting pressure on Utah’s defense. In the third quarter alone Smith scored 16 points on 7-of-7 shots and 2-of-2 hoops from 3-point land. He finished the game converting 12-of-19 field goals (3-of-4 3-pointers) with a career-high tying 27 points and two blocks.

    4. ANOTHER SLOW START: Yet another slow start hamstrung the Mavs. This time the Mavs fell behind the Jazz, 16-6, with 5:19 remaining in the first quarter as the Mavs misfired on 10 of their first 12 shots. But like DeAndre Jordan said after the game, even if the Mavs are missing shots, they can do something about it at the other end by playing better defense. That will keep the opponent nearby until the offense finds itself. That happened in spurts against the Jazz, but not enough as Utah shot 52.5 percent from the field and converted 10 of 25 shots from beyond the 3-point arc.

    5. KLEBER CONTINUES TO SHINE: Maxi Kleber continues to do a lot more with less. The second-year forward scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds against the Jazz while playing only 13 minutes off the bench. It’s the third time this season Kleber has scored at least 11 points in a game as he’s proven to be one of the Mavs’ more reliable scorers. Overall, Kleber is averaging 9.2 points and 4.3 rebounds and shooting 54.3 percent from the field and a team-high 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from 3-point range in just 20 minutes per game.

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    Mavs Mondays: Barnes back, defense is the focal point

    Rewind

    Dallas 115, Chicago 109

    Still without Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and the recently injured Devin Harris, the Mavs welcomed a winless Bulls team to town led by Zach LaVine. Another monster double-double from DeAndre Jordan help set the tone for the game, but it was the backup big man combo of Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber that helped seal the win in the fourth.

    This gave the Mavericks their first winning record since the 2015-16 season.

    Stat of the Game: Dallas attempted 47 three pointers…24 more than Chicago

    Mavs Box: DeAndre Jordan impressed again by finishing with 18 points and 16 rebounds while Wesley Matthews led the way with 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and J.J. Barea combined for 33 points off the bench. Luka Doncic, in his third regular season game, finished with 19 points, six assists and three rebounds.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris, Harrison Barnes

    Read the full game recap at The Fast Break.

    Atlanta 111, Dallas 104

    It looked like the Mavs would cruise to an easy victory after going up by 26 points in the first half, but the young Hawks squad never threw in the towel. DeAndre Jordan’s fourth straight double-double wouldn’t be enough as Kent Bazemore led the Hawks over the Mavs in the final minutes.

    Stat of the Game: The Mavs went 5 of 22 in the second quarter and allowed the Hawks to come back from a 26-point lead.

    Mavs Box: Wesley Matthews led the way with 23 points while Luka Doncic finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Dennis Smith Jr. totaled 16 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris, Harrison Barnes

    Read full game recap here.

    Toronto 116, Dallas 107

    The debut of Harrison Barnes was overshadowed on Friday night as the Mavs traveled to Toronto to play the undefeated Raptors. Dallas would go down 18-2 early, but would rally back to within five points. Without Dennis Smith Jr. due to injury, Dallas could never get over the hump in the second half.

    Stat of the Game: The Toronto Raptors had seven players score in double figures with both Leonard and Lowry scoring over 20 points each.

    Mavs Box: Luka Doncic led the way with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists while Wesley Matthews followed right behind with 21 points of his own. DeAndre Jordan racked up another double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris, Dennis Smith Jr.

    Read the full game recap at The Fast Break.

    Utah 113, Dallas 104

    In what would be the first time this season that the Mavericks would have their starting unit intact, Dallas once again got off to a slow start. The Mavericks would come back to lead the game in the third quarter behind a near triple-double from DeAndre Jordan, but the pick and roll of Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert was too much in the second half.

    Stat of the Game: DeAndre Jordan set a career-high in assists by recording nine on Sunday night. He also had 12 points and 19 rebounds.

    Mavs Box: Dennis Smith Jr. bounced back with an incredible game scoring 27 points and three assists. Wesley Matthews finished with 22 points while Luka Doncic and Jordan combined for 24 points. Maxi Kleber was the only player off the bench to score in double-figures with 11 points. The Mavericks as a team shot 9 of 28 from behind the arc.

    Out: Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris

    Read the full game recap at The Fast Break.

    Play of the Week

    https://twitter.com/dallasmavs/status/1054540455281606656

    With under five minutes to go in the first quarter, Luka Doncic drives to the basket and comes to a stop. He then pulls off a fake pass that fakes out two defenders and enables Luka to dump the ball off to DeAndre Jordan for the easy basket.

    Player of the Week

    Maxi Kleber

    The award for player of the week could go to DeAndre Jordan again for his double-double streak, but I’m going with the consistency of Maxi Kleber off the bench this past week. Kleber is quickly proving that no matter how healthy the team is, his minutes shouldn’t go anywhere.

    Over the course of the past week, Kleber has recorded a combined 42 points, 20 rebounds and eight blocks. He also shot 7 of 15 from behind the arc. Even though the Mavericks went 1-3 over the past week, Kleber played in a total of 84 minutes (an average of 21 minutes a game) and finished with a +9 in plus/minus.

    In the Hawks game in particular, Kleber finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three blocks while shooting 3 of 3 from three.

    Quote of the Week

    “It is tough. It is definitely tough. I don’t think it is our offense. We have guys that are capable of scoring. Like I said, there are going to be times we miss shots and our offense isn’t going. But defensively, we have to have that energy and effort.” – DeAndre Jordan on team defense, in particular the start of games

    The Mavericks scored over 100 points for their six consecutive game on Sunday vs. the Jazz, but once again, their defense was the focal point. Heading into Sunday’s matchup, the Mavericks ranked 30th in opponent 3-point percentage, 26th in opponent field goal percentage and 22nd in 3-pointers made. The Mavericks have also allowed at least 110 points in four of their six games. Defense is their biggest weakness at the moment and they must figure things out quickly before falling into a hole in the standings.

    Moment of the Week

    Breast Cancer Awareness Night

    As you walked in American Airlines Center on Sunday afternoon, the overwhelming presence of the color pink dominated the atmosphere. Every single person sitting in the lower bowl was gifted with a free breast cancer awareness Mavs shirt and much of the staff working the game had some sort of pink attire on.

    The pink all throughout the arena was a symbol of honor, past and present, to the brave people fighting breast cancer. Dwight Powell addressed the crowd before the game and thanked all of the breast cancer survivors for their unbelievable fight.

    You can also read about the awareness and events Dwight Powell is creating by clicking here.

    Social Check In

    Must Read

    Dallas’ Love Affair With Luka Doncic Has Already Begun by Jonathan Tjarks

    “There’s a buzz inside Dallas’s American Airlines Center that hasn’t been there in years. The media contingent in the locker room after Saturday’s Mavs home opener, a 140-136 victory over the Timberwolves, was three times as large as it was at any point last season. Three security guards kept autograph seekers away from Luka Doncic, the no. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, before the game…”

    The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks spends some time around the Mavericks fully inhaling the hysteria around the arrival of Luka Doncic in Dallas. Tjarks talks about the fans, Doncic’s fits in Dallas and how the Mavs are already building around him.

    You can read the full piece here.

    Record

    Last Week: 1-3

    Overall: 2-4

    Fast Forward

    10/29 Dallas Mavericks @ San Antonio Spurs

    The Mavs head to San Antonio on a second night of a back-to-back after losing to the Jazz on Sunday. With the newly added DeMar DeRozan, the Spurs vs. Mavs rivalry will continue on Monday night.

    10/31 Dallas Mavericks @ Los Angeles Lakers

    Halloween night in Los Angeles, the Mavs walk into the Staples Center to play the new-look Lakers. In what will be Luka Doncic’s first matchup with LeBron James, the Mavericks must contain James and his cast of youthfulness to head home with a win.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Jazz

    Final: Jazz 113, Mavs 104

  • The scores from the last couple games have looked more like the basketball scores we’re accustomed to seeing. And while the Mavericks still allowed 110.8 points per 100 possessions against Utah, Dallas has climbed from 29th in defense to 25th over the course of the last two games, both of which have come against, in my opinion, top-five teams in the NBA. This game was virtually a carbon-copy of the Mavs/Raptors game on Friday, when an early and hot 18-2 start for Toronto proved too much for Dallas to overcome despite the game being competitive for almost the entire second half. Dallas actually led at points in the third quarter in this game, but the 13-4 Jazz start was simply too strong, especially in a game decided by just nine points. In these last two games, Dallas has played about 75-80 minutes of solid defense, but the opposition has been able to use quick, three- or four-minute bursts of scoring to create some early separation. All 48 minutes matter, but it’s still a first-quarter league.

  • DeAndre Jordan set a new career-high with nine assists tonight, coming up just short of his first-ever triple-double. Jordan has proven to be a capable passer from the elbow and top of the key, bounce-passing to cutters like Wesley Matthews or with hand-offs to Dennis Smith Jr. or Harrison Barnes. Defenses certainly aren’t building a gameplan around Jordan’s face-up game from 20 feet, but if he continues showing he can find players around him with sharp passes, his man could begin creeping out just a little further to try making those passes tougher. If he does, that means the driving alley is a bit wider for whoever he hands off the ball to on those curls. And if no one ever steps out on him, who knows? Maybe he’ll average three or four assists per game. He’s at 3.2 right now, and with Barnes back from injury, the starting lineup now features four players who can take those hand-offs and attack the basket off the dribble. Jordan isn’t a traditional fulcrum pivot man, but he’s proven he can make things happen with the pass.

  • Dennis Smith Jr. tied his career-high in scoring with 27 points, hitting 12 of 19 shots from the field and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. This was one of the best shot-making games of Smith’s career, if not his very best. We’ve seen him get hot from beyond the arc a few times, but in this game he looked like a totally different player. He was able to attack the rim, not fearing Rudy Gobert’s exceptional length and rim protection, and finish from both sides. He even hit a couple mid-range jumpers. He didn’t, however, draw any free throw attempts, which is still one of the more puzzling things in the NBA — he attempts one free throw for every five field goal attempts on drives this season, per SportVU player tracking, a rate that ranks 30th out of 47 players who attempt at least four shots per game on drives. Smith drives the ball 13 times per game for his career and averages — yes, averages — 1.0 free throw attempt per game on plays resulting from a drive. That is insane.

  • Wesley Matthews has scored at least 20 points in each of the last four games, his longest streak of 20+ in his career. Matthews has shot nearly 38 percent from beyond the arc during this stretch, and better than 48 percent on 2-point shots. In fact, he was 12 of 18 on 2s before tonight’s game, when he was just 3 of 13. I don’t think anyone expects Matthews to lead the team in field goal attempts per game this season, and Rick Carlisle literally said after the game that he doesn’t care about how many shots specific players take. But if he’s going to take them, he might as well make them, and Matthews’ 52.9 effective field goal percentage during this run would be his best mark as a Maverick. He currently has a higher true shooting percentage than any Mavericks wing or guard not named Dorian.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (2-3) will be back in action Monday night against the Spurs. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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  • Dwight Powell offered A Night Of Hope for cancer survivors and their families

    DALLAS – in his heart of hearts, Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell knew he had to do something that was very impactful.

    Cancer had altered Powell’s life for good, disrupted his way of living and changed everything in his mind, body and soul. That all occurred on Sept. 13, 2012 when Powell’s mother – Jacqueline Weir – abruptly died of breast cancer at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, MA, at the age of 53.

    It was an obvious gut-punching set of circumstances for Powell, whose mother never told him she was sick because she didn’t want him to be worried about her. Powell, at the time, had just started his junior season at Stanford.

    Powell said: “I don’t think she realized the severity of the situation that she was in.”

    In the six-plus years that have gone by, Powell hosted A Night Of Hope function in Dallas on Oct. 18, where cancer survivors could come and mingle and share their stories. It was also a fund-raiser to help raise monies towards helping find a cure for this insidious disease.

    “It was a great opportunity to spread awareness and bring people together,” Powell was. “Whether it was to raise funds or support one another, at the end of the day we need to do all we can do every day of the year to try and help people in situations where they need help.

    “Obviously having experienced it, this was a big situation because it’s a little closer to me and I try to do what I can to make a difference.”

    The Mavs have shown their support for Powell in many ways. As the Mavs will host Breast Health Awareness night when they entertain the Utah Jazz on Sunday at American Airlines Center, they chose Powell to address the crowd prior to the 6 p.m. CT tipoff.

    That moment and all that it entails isn’t lost on Powell.

    “It means a lot,” the five-year veteran said. “Obviously for me personally, but as a player in this league and a member of this franchise I’m proud to say I’m a Mavericks because we do things like this and we’re in the community so much.

    “A lot of things that I’ve been able to learn from (owner Mark) Cuban and from coach (Rick Carlisle) and from (forward) Dirk (Nowitzki) throughout the years that I’ve been here are about just how important it is to support the community visa how much they’re supportive of us. I’m proud to just say I’m a Maverick for that reason most of all.”

    The A Night Of Hope event was a private function. Powell wanted it that way.

    And he told his story of the day his mom died, and what she meant to him and how her death has impacted his life.

    “After hearing him speak about it, it was a riveting set of circumstances and I could see why he was so vigilante about getting this started and I can see why there’s been so much support in such a very short period of time,” Carlisle said. “A lot of these gatherings they do live auctions on-sight.

    “But this one there was not an on-sight live auction, but there’s an online auction that has some amazing things on it.”

    The auction has already raised over $500,000.

    “It’s still ongoing,” Powell said. “The goal was to fund it for three years, so that’s what we’ve done.

    “We’re still trying to raise some more funds. We met our goals, so we’ll have three years of the program set up at UT-Southwestern, which is amazing. People were very generous. Some people donated twice, which was surprising but was great.”

    Carlisle is always touched when his players reach out beyond the boundaries of the basketball court and help those in the communities where they make their living.

    “It’s a fund that Dwight has started to raise money for people in what I would call distressed family cancer situations,” Carlisle said. “It’s a gut-wrenching thing for someone to talk about. When he spoke about it you could understand his passion for it.

    “He lost his mom to cancer. It was a very quick situation. This fund is going to offer people the opportunity to cope better, to deal with situations, to provide resources, and to get through difficult transitions when these kinds of things happen.”

    For Powell, it was the unique time to get his message across. He wanted those families who are stricken by cancer to know that they survive and thrive in their every day life.

    “There were some survivors of various cancers (at the function), but it was mostly a fund raiser,” Powell said. “So we had people there that had donated a lot of money to help out, donated their time and people that donated things to the auction items.

    “We had about 120 or so show up two nights later (for the Mavs’ home opener against Minnesota), and half of those were patients and their families. And the other half were the staff of folks who work in the hospital that will be working with the funds going forward. So we wanted to make sure we met them and gave them a night to kind of start off in fun, and also give the families a chance to understand what’s available and to have a night out with their kids.”

    Powell remembers when he was mourning, how the officials at Stanford arranged for every member of the basketball team to attend his mom’s funeral. And how that show of gratitude enabled him to cope with the difficult task at hand.

    “It was big,” Powell said. “At that point they were my family. We had been together with most of those guys since I got to the university and we were very close.

    “It was a difficult time, so to have them there was great. I think it was good for me moving forward because that day I kind of had to come to a lot of difficult realizations as far as how my life was going to play out for the next however many years I have left, and to have those guys to kind of support me in that moment was important to me. “

    Just like A Night Of Hope is so important to Powell.

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    Game 6: Mavs vs. Jazz

    DALLAS – in his heart of hearts, Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell knew he had to do something that was impactful.

    Cancer had altered Powell’s life for good, disrupted his way of living and changed everything in his mind, body and soul. That all occurred on Sept. 13, 2012 when Powell’s mother – Jacqueline Weir – abruptly died of breast cancer at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital in Melrose, MA, at the age of 53.

    It was an obvious gut-punching set of circumstances for Powell, whose mother never told him she was sick because she didn’t want him to be worried about her. Powell, at the time, had just started his junior season at Stanford.

    Powell said: “I don’t think she realized the severity of the situation that she was in.”

    In the six-plus years that have gone by, Powell hosted A Night Of Hope function in Dallas on Oct. 18, where cancer survivors could come and mingle and share their stories. It was also a fund-raiser to help raise monies towards helping find a cure for this insidious disease.

    “It was a great opportunity to spread awareness and bring people together,” Powell was. “Whether it was to raise funds or support one another, at the end of the day we need to do all we can do every day of the year to try and help people in situations where they need help.

    “Obviously having experienced it, this was a big situation because it’s a little closer to me and I try to do what I can to make a difference.”

    The Mavs have shown their support for Powell in many ways. As the Mavs will host Breast Health Awareness night when they entertain the Utah Jazz on Sunday at American Airlines Center, they chose Powell to address the crowd prior to the 6 p.m. CT tipoff.

    That moment and all it entails isn’t lost on Powell.

    “It means a lot,” the five-year veteran said. “Obviously for me personally, but as a player in this league and a member of this franchise I’m proud to say I’m a Mavericks because we do things like this and we’re in the community so much.

    “A lot of things that I’ve been able to learn from (owner Mark) Cuban and from coach (Rick Carlisle) and from (forward) Dirk (Nowitzki) throughout the years that I’ve been here are about just how important it is to support the community visa how much they’re supportive of us.

    “I’m proud to just say I’m a Maverick for that reason most of all.”

    The A Night Of Hope event was a private function. Powell wanted it that way.

    And he told his story of the day his mom died, and what she meant to him and how her death has impacted his life.

    “After hearing him speak about it, it was a riveting set of circumstances and I could see why he was so vigilante about getting this started and I can see why there’s been so much support in such a very short period of time,” Carlisle said. “A lot of these gatherings they do live auctions on-sight.

    “But this one there was not an on-sight live auction, but there’s an online auction that has some amazing things on it.”

    The auction has already raised over $500,000.

    “It’s still ongoing,” Powell said. “The goal was to fund it for three years, so that’s what we’ve done.

    “We’re still trying to raise some more funds. We met our goals, so we’ll have three years of the program set up at UT-Southwestern, which is amazing. People were very generous. Some people donated twice, which was surprising but was great.”

    Carlisle is always touched when his players reach out beyond the boundaries of the basketball court and help those in the communities where they make their living.

    “It’s a fund that Dwight has started to raise money for people in what I would call distressed family cancer situations,” Carlisle said. “It’s a gut-wrenching thing for someone to talk about. When he spoke about it you could understand his passion for it.

    “He lost his mom to cancer. It was a very quick situation. This fund is going to offer people the opportunity to cope better, to deal with situations, to provide resources, and to get through difficult transitions when these kinds of things happen.”

    For Powell, it was the unique time to get his message across. He wanted those families who are stricken by cancer to know that they survive and thrive in their every day life.

    “There were some survivors of various cancers (at the function), but it was mostly a fund raiser,” Powell said. “So we had people there that had donated a lot of money to help out, donated their time and people that donated things to the auction items.

    “We had about 120 or so show up two nights later (for the Mavs’ home opener against Minnesota), and half of those were patients and their families. And the other half were the staff of folks who work in the hospital that will be working with the funds going forward. So we wanted to make sure we met them and gave them a night to kind of start off in fun, and also give the families a chance to understand what’s available and to have a night out with their kids.”

    Powell remembers when he was mourning, how the officials at Stanford arranged for every member of the basketball team to attend his mom’s funeral. And how that show of gratitude enabled him to cope with the difficult task at hand.

    “It was big,” Powell said. “At that point they were my family. We had been together with most of those guys since I got to the university and we were very close.

    “It was a difficult time, so to have them there was great. I think it was good for me moving forward because that day I kind of had to come to a lot of difficult realizations as far as how my life was going to play out for the next however many years I have left, and to have those guys to kind of support me in that moment was important to me. “

    Just like A Night Of Hope is so important to Powell.

    NOTES: The Mavs (2-3) host the Utah Jazz (3-2) on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT at American Airlines Center. The game will be televised on FSSW, and can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM. It also can be heard on Univision 1270 AM (Spanish). . .This will just be a one-game home stand for the Mavs, who hit the road for a two-game road trip that starts Monday in San Antonio. The Mavs also will play the Los Angeles Lakers on the road on Wednesday before turning home to face the New York Knicks on Friday. . .Mavs center DeAndre Jordan will try and continue his streak of double-doubles. Jordan became the first player in Mavericks history to record a double-double in each of his first five games. Jordan finished that feat on Friday in Toronto when he collected 18 points and 15 rebounds against the Raptors. . .Point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday after sitting out Friday’s game with a strained right ankle.

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    The 5 takeaways from the 116-107 loss to the Toronto Raptors

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 116-107 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday night at Soctiabank Arena:

    1. BARNES NEEDS TIME TO GET HIS TIMING BACK: Hey listen, it’s going to take time for Harrison Barnes to get his timing back. Barnes played his first game of the season Friday. However, you don’t miss practically a month – including the four preseason games and first four regular season games – of full practice time/games and return and expect everything to be copasetic. That’s not how this works. Barnes scored a respectable 14 points in 28 minutes and also grabbed six rebounds against the Raptors. But he was 5-of-17 from the field, including just 1-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc.

    2. FIRST QUARTER DEFENSE LACKING: Once again, the Mavs dug a huge hole for themselves in the first quarter and spent the balance of the game trying to dig out of that huge hole. The Mavs were down 18-2 with 6:36 remaining in the first quarter and 39-22 with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter. This puts an inordinate amount of pressure on the offense to catch fire and catch up, and for the defense to find itself. Setting the tone by getting an early lead – or even keeping the deficit to around six points or less – can make things fairly manageable for the remainder of the game.

    3. DEANDRE JORDAN GOT THE MIDDLE UNDER CONTROL: There’s no need to worry about what’s going on in the middle. DeAndre Jordan has that sewn up. Not only is Jordan averaging a team-high 13.8 rpg, but he’s also third on the Mavs in scoring at 16 ppg. In addition, by collecting 18 points and 15 rebounds Friday, Jordan became the only player in Mavs’ history to record a double-double in each of his first five games of the season. And oh, by the way, Jordan was 8-of-9 from the free throw line Friday and is 22-of-26 from the charity stripe this season for a team-high 84.6 percent.

    4. THE FULL TEAM HASN’T PLAYED TOGETHER: It’s difficult to tell how good this Mavs team will be until we can see them all play in the same game. But that hasn’t happened yet. With forward Harrison Barnes playing in his first game of the season Friday, we thought we would at least see the projected starting lineup on the floor together for the first time this season. However, point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed the game against the Raptors with a sprained right ankle. A certain chemistry starts developing when the starting five can play together. That hasn’t occurred yet for the Mavs.

    5. THREE-POINT DEFENSE: The positive is the Raptors made the fewest amount of 3-pointers (11) the Mavs have allowed in a game this season. But they also took the fewest 3-point shots (27) of any foe and wound up shooting 40.7 percent from downtown. Too many of those 3-pointers came from the corners, which is the game’s shortest 3-point line. In earlier games against the Mavs, Phoenix made 19 3s and shot 55.9 percent, Minnesota made 14 3s and shot 51.9 percent, Chicago made 13 3s and shot 56.5 percent, and Atlanta made 15 3s and shot 39.5 percent. This is a pattern the Mavs know must stop.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Raptors

    Final: Raptors 116, Mavs 107

  • This was the kind of night when you can call basketball a game of runs. Toronto stormed out to an 18-2 lead and seemed to remain up double-digits for most of the rest of the first half. Then, all of a sudden, Dallas pulled to within 50-45 before the break, before immediately falling back behind by as many as 17 points early in the third quarter. Within 10 minutes, the Mavs were down 90-89 and at the free throw line, but three straight missed free throws and a few missed layups turned what could have been an improbable lead into a double-digit deficit early in the fourth quarter.

    All that said, this was a pretty clean game. Toronto’s fourth-quarter run was fueled in part by some costly turnovers, but the two teams combined for only 26 giveaways; most of the offense was generated by pure shot-making by both teams. Luka Doncic and Wesley Matthews both surpassed the 20-point plateau, and each has scored at least 19 points in four consecutive games.

  • Harrison Barnes made his season debut tonight after missing the first four games of the year. He only shot 5 of 17, but a bit of rust was expected when you remember it was his first game and he spent most of his time guarded by Kawhi Leonard, arguably the best perimeter defender in the game. Not the best conditions for a debut, but Barnes did look like he was under control for most of the night. I would suspect his shooting touch will return in short time, once he’s had the chance to find his legs and regain some rhythm. The Mavs certainly missed him.

  • DeAndre Jordan scored 18 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and handed out five assists. The last Maverick to do that was Jason Kidd on Feb. 26, 2010. That night, Kidd had a 19-point, 17-assist, 16-rebound triple-double, but his night’s work is best remembered for a late-game sideline collision with Hawks head coach Mike Woodson, resulting in a technical foul on Atlanta and a Dallas free throw. Jordan has never really been known for his passing, but he’s done a pretty good job this season of finding cutters and starting fast breaks with long outlet passes. I don’t think he’ll get five every night, but even just a couple from the center spot can go a long way.

  • Jalen Brunson made the first start of his career, with Dennis Smith Jr. out due to a right ankle sprain he suffered late against Atlanta on Wednesday. Brunson finished with eight points and four assists on 11 shots. Once he got comfortable, particularly in the second half, he was able to make some really nice plays. Rick Carlisle called him “a quick study” after the game, meaning Brunson is the kind of guy who will watch the tape and learn quickly from both his mistakes and his successes. Smith’s ankle injury is not expected to be serious — he warmed up on it before the game before being a late scratch — but with the Mavs beginning a four-game, six-night sprint tonight in Canada, you never know when your name will be called. For Brunson, that might mean he draws a starting assignment on Sunday. Or, perhaps he’ll merely return to the bench as the backup guard. You’ve always got to stay ready.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (2-3) will come home for a cup of coffee, and then to face the Utah Jazz on Sunday at 6 p.m. They’ll then follow I-35 in the sky down to San Antonio to play the Spurs on Monday.

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    Dennis Smith Jr. will not play tonight against Toronto due to a sprained right ankle

    TORONTO – The Dallas Mavericks were dealt a serious blow when they announced a few minutes ago that point guard Dennis Smith Jr. will not play in Friday’s game against the Toronto Raptors due to a sprained right ankle.

    Rookie Jalen Brunson will start in Smith’s place. Brunson, who was the 33rd overall pick of last June’s NBA Draft, has averaged 5.5 points and 1.3 assists in 18.1 minutes per game this season.

    Smith rolled his right ankle late in Wednesday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks and did not return. But after that 111-104 loss to the Hawks, Smith told the media he could have gone back into the game if he was asked to.

    Smith went through some pre-game warmups drills Friday at Scotiabank Arena. However, less than an hour before tipoff it was announced that he will not play against the Raptors.

    Although the Mavs will be without Smith, forward Harrison Barnes will make his season debut against the Raptors. Barnes hasn’t played since last season after spraining his right hamstring last month during the first week of training camp.

    Friday’s game will tip off at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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    Harrison Barnes will make his season debut tonight against the Toronto Raptors

    TORONTO – Harrison Barnes will be back on the court Friday night and make his season debut when the Dallas Mavericks play the Toronto Raptors at 6:30 p.m. CT at Scotiabank Arena.

    Barnes sat out the Mavs’ four preseason games and also missed the first four games of the regular season after straining his right hamstring during the first week of training camp last month. Dorian Finney-Smith had been starting at Barnes’ power forward spot, but will now head to the bench.

    The last two seasons, Barnes led the Mavs in scoring with 19.2 points and 18.9 points, respectively. But now he’ll return Friday with some minor restrictions.

    “We’re going to watch the minutes,” coach Rick Carlisle said after Friday morning’s shootaround. “I expect him to play a little shorter stretches than normal to make sure he doesn’t get super winded, because he hasn’t played in an exhibition game or a game.

    “That said, he’s in great shape. He had a hard workout yesterday, he did a simulated game-type thing and he did very well. He feels good, so he’s set to go.”

    The Mavs had a lengthy film session Thursday, then canceled the subsequent practice session. But Barnes was among a large group of players who came over and practiced.

    “To come over yesterday, it was good,” Barnes said. “Just to get some reps in, playing against some guys. Just trying to find timing, I think that’s the biggest thing. You can try to simulate it as much as you can in practice, but you can be getting reps.

    “I haven’t played in four weeks, so I’m trying to accelerate that process as best we can. Tonight will be a step in the right direction, and just kind of building and going from there.”

    Thursday’s workout showed Barnes a lot about how well his hamstring has healed.

    “You play a five-on-o, you play three-on-three, you kind of go fullcourt,” Barnes said. “You do stuff like that just to try to get the reps. Timing and rhythm…it’s hard to get without playing live.

    “You can do a whole bunch of one-on-one workouts, but the rest of that stuff you kind of have to actually have to go out there and do. It was good, but playing tonight five-on-five against a top five defensive team in the league is s little different.”

    Barnes had been the Mavs’ primary go-to player the last two seasons. That, he doesn’t think, will change.

    “My job is to go out there and be aggressive offensively and defensively,” Barnes said. “I pretty much am used to adapting, so I don’t see my role changing too much.”

    The Mavs (2-2) know Barnes likely won’t be able to slide right into the starting lineup and pick right up where he left off last season. After all, the Mavs have two new players in the starting lineup this season in center DeAndre Jordan and rookie forward Luka Doncic.

    “He’s a high level player that we haven’t had,” Carlisle said of Barnes. “He’s a guy we can throw the ball to, (he can)create. He’s a really good two-way player, and he’s one of our leaders.

    “Not having him has been tough. I expect that any time you bring a guy back after basically sitting out a month, to get his rhythm it’s going to take a while. We’re going to watch it closely and do everything possible to get him back as quickly as possible and right into the flow.”

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    Dallas Mavericks back Jr. NBA’s launch of “Her Time To Play” to support girls in basketball

    DALLAS – It’s officially “Her Time To Play.”

    The NBA and WNBA recently launched a new grassroots initiative called “Her Time to Play” to inspire the next generation of girls to learn and play basketball in a positive and healthy environment while gaining important skills such as how to be a teammate, leadership and self-confidence.

    The Dallas Mavericks proudly joined the other 30 NBA teams in the league to announce its support of the new campaign, a program that encourages young girls to hoop and also increases opportunities for women in coaching and athletic leadership. “Her Time To Play” hits close to home as the Mavs are among just two current teams in the NBA with a female CEO (Cynt Marshall) and female assistant coach (Jenny Boucek).

    Jr. NBA Week recently celebrated its fourth anniversary and Dallas Mavs veterans, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dennis Smith Jr., along with Marshall, participated in a Jr. NBA Clinic for dozens of North Texas children after a recent home game. They also showed their solidarity and commitment to “Her Time To Play” by meeting and spending time with young girls after the event, posing for photos and shooting a “Her Time To Play” video with the youth.

    Dallas Mavericks senior director of community relations, Katie Edwards, also said the Mavs will host an all-girls basketball clinic later this year.

    Neelah Garcia, 9, was among the children at this year’s Dallas Mavericks Jr. NBA Week Clinic. She said basketball is her favorite sport and she would love to see more girls play.

    “I think girls are just as good as the boys,” Garcia said. “If they can dream it and believe it…they can achieve it. Today we got to meet the Dallas Mavericks players and they were really tall. But they told us we can do anything we want, and I believe it. We also got to go to the game and the Mavs gave us t-shirts and let us come down here on the basketball court and run and shoot. It was a special day. I really loved it.”

    According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, participation in sports positively impacts the health and wellbeing of youth, but twice as many girls quit sports by the age of 14.

    This is why the Jr. NBA stepped in and provided a free “Her Time To Play” curriculum online, created in partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation, which pairs on-court training with off-court life skills lessons to build girls’ confidence, prepare them for the challenges of adolescence and teach values like teamwork. Each chapter highlights personal life experiences and stories shared by professional basketball players.

    “Her Time To Play” is a collaboration with the NBA, WNBA, USA Basketball, YMCA of the USA, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

    The Jr. NBA is the official youth basketball development platform of the NBA, the WNBA and the G League. It was relaunched in 2015 with a focus on increasing participation and making sure kids have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game as well as core values and life skills.

    The Dallas Mavericks are proud supporters of the Jr. NBA and “Her Time To Play.”

    Garcia said she is, too.

    “I am going to do more pushups and get a lot stronger and work hard, so that my shot goes further as I grow. I believe I will get better with lots of practice. Basketball is so much fun and maybe one day I can play for the Dallas Mavericks.”

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    The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ surprising 111-104 loss to the Atlanta Hawks

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 111-104 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night at State Farm Arena:

    1. BARNES AND NOWITZKI ARE SORELY MISSED: When the Mavs needed someone to calm the muddied waters while the Hawks were staging that furious rally, there was no veteran they could lean on to stem the tide and get them a key basket. No veteran to say, ‘Hey fellas, let’s stop the bleeding, slow down, give me the ball and get out of the way.’ That’s precisely what Barnes and Nowitzki are built for. Those two can just go and you get a bucket when you need it. Unfortunately, Barnes (strained right hamstring) and Nowitzki (sore left ankle) haven’t played since last season.

    2. TOO MANY RUSHED SHOTS: One sure-fire way to blow a 26-point lead is by taking ill-advised shots with multiple digits remaining on the shot clock. That happened way too many times Wednesday, and the Mavs paid dearly for it at the game’s end. One-pass rush shots are exactly what desperate teams who are down 26 points want you to do. Don’t fall for that trap! This was the time when the Mavs needed to slow their roll, work the shot clock, get their decision-making together and make sure they were able to get off a credible shot while making the Hawks expend some energy on defense.

    3. BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY: After dominating play and silencing the crowd while being up by 26 points, it was imperative that the Mavs found a way to win Wednesday’s game by any means necessary. By any means necessary. The Mavs came out and threw a lot of body punches at the Hawks. Dallas scored 51 points in the first 16 minutes of the game. Then it was as if the Mavs took a lunch break as they only scored 53 points in the game’s final 32 minutes. The shot-making disappeared. The defense disappeared. It was a very strange game that had way too many twists and turns.

    4. WHAT ABOUT THAT ROOKIE MATCHUP: I’m not real sure what to make of the rookie matchup between the Mavs’ Luka Doncic and the Hawks’ Trae Young, whose draft rights were traded for each other this past summer. Doncic finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, two assists, three turnovers, and was 7-of-18 from the floor and 2-of-9 from 3-point land. Young collected 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and five turnovers and was 3-of-12 from the field and 1-of-3 from downtown. Ten of Young’s points came from the free throw line, while Doncic made five free throws.

    5. WILL THERE BE A HANGOVER: After this game was over, I immediately started thinking whether the results will carry over into the next game. And the next game is Friday in Toronto against a 5-0 Raptors squad that’s one of only five unbeaten teams in the NBA. Sometimes teams lose two games in one night – the one they lost but shouldn’t have lost. And the next game while still thinking about the previous game that they shouldn’t have lost. The Mavs must have a short memory and let the game against the Atlanta Hawks go and concentrate solely on the Toronto Raptors.

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    Hunter Presher Commits to SFA

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    To schedule a private tryout, please call or text Brett Bergman at 817.846.5420.

     

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    Vince Carter was once one of the most beloved members of the Mavericks

    ATLANTA – Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle isn’t surprised that Atlanta Hawks forward Vince Carter is now in his 21st NBA season.

    At 41 years old, Carter is the oldest active player in the NBA. And he just keeps beating Father Time again and again.

    Carter played for the Mavs from 2011-’14 and produced some very impressive games. In the summer time he also produced some spectacular plays while participating in Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game in Frisco.

    “He’s one of the most amazing athletes I’ve ever seen,” Carlisle said of Carter. “The thing about Vince is he can play virtually any sport.

    “I’ve seen him play center field in the Heroes Game and hit home runs and run down fly balls and look like Paul Blair out there. He’s just an amazing athlete and he loves to play.”

    Carter averaged 10.1 points in 25.3 minutes during the 2011-’12 season for the Mavs, 13.4 points in 25.8 minutes the following year, and 11.9 points in 24.4 minutes during the 2013-’14 campaign. This year he’s averaging 8.3 points in 19 minutes for the Hawks while being one of their solid locker room veterans.

    “Of the guys we’ve had here the last 10-plus years that I really feel are beloved guys, Vince would be one of them because of what he did for us for three years,” Carlisle said. “He was absolutely great.

    “He hit memorable shots, hit game-winners, all that stuff.”

    Ironically, Dirk Nowitzki is the NBA’s second-oldest active player at 40 years old. However, Nowitzki continues to rehab his sore left ankle and will not be able to play when the Mavs (2-1) face Carter and the Hawks (1-2) at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday at State Farm Arena.

    Carter was the fifth overall pick of the 1998 NBA Draft, while Nowitzki was the ninth overall pick of the same draft class. The two have literally been joined at the hip.

    “It’s unfortunate that Dirk can’t be playing in the game, too, and we can see both of those guys in there together,” Carlisle said. “But (Carter’s) had an amazing career.”

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    Cuban prospect Martinez adjusting to life in U.S.

    Outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez's goal has not changed after one season of professional baseball in the United States. Martinez, the Rangers' No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, said when he signed in April that he wanted to be in the Major Leagues in three years. The former star from the Cuban National Series is one year closer to fulfilling that dream.


    The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ 115-109 victory over the Chicago Bulls

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 140-136 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night at American Airlines Center:

    1. GET USE TO JORDAN DOUBLING UP: For the third time in as many games, DeAndre Jordan put together a masterful double-double. Jordan finished Monday’s game with 18 points and 16 rebounds. That fits right in with the 11 points and 12 rebounds he had on opening day against Phoenix, and the 22 points and 10 rebounds he collected last Saturday against Minnesota. Thus, Jordan joins Roy Tarpley (1989 and 1990) and Popeye Jones (1994) as the only players in the Mavs’ history to start a season with three consecutive double-doubles.

    2. SHARING THE WEALTH: This was one of those games where a lot of players contributed to the win. Led by Wesley Matthews’ 20 points, the Mavs had six players score at least 12 points. The others include Luka Doncic (19), DeAndre Jordan (18), Dorian Finney-Smith (12), Dwight Powell (12) and Maxi Kleber (12). It’s this type of sharing of the wealth that’s going to be the hallmark of the Mavs’ success this season. The Mavs don’t want to get into a situation where opponents can turn on the film and easily identify who they need to stop on any given night.

    3. THE MAVS CAN REBOUND: One of the biggest bugaboos that crippled the Mavs last season was their inability to consistently rebound the basketball. Well, that won’t be the case this season – if DeAndre Jordan has anything to do with it. Jordan grabbed 16 boards Monday night as the Mavs won the rebounding battle 41-34. In the Mavs’ three games, Jordan has picked up 38 rebounds. And the stat sheet doesn’t show how many other times he’s used his massive frame to block out defenders and enable some of his teammates to grab a rebound or two.

    4. HANDLING THEIR BUSINESS WITHOUT TWO OF THEIR TOP PLAYERS: Has anyone noticed that the Mavs are 2-1? And they haven’t played with two of their top six players? Harrison Barnes led the Mavs in scoring the past two seasons and hasn’t played a game since last season due to a strained right hamstring. And Dirk Nowitzki – the NBA’s No. 6 all-time leading scorer – had left ankle surgery on Apr. 5 and hasn’t even been able to go through a full practice since training camp started. In other words, the Mavs should be even more effective when Barnes and Nowitzki returns.

    5. WINNING WHEN SMITH HAD AN OFF NIGHT: Lost in the shuffle of the Mavs’ two-game winning streak was the ineffectiveness of Dennis Smith Jr. on Monday night. Smith tallied just seven points on 2-of-11 shooting and also committed four turnovers. The second-year point guard was just 1-of-5 from 3-point land. But the fact that the Mavs defeated a talented Chicago squad with Smith having an off night speaks volumes about how far this team has come since last season. In other words, depth is the strength of the Mavs and that depth was on full display against the Bulls.

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    Martinez hits for cycle in Monday's AFL action

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    Rangers hold annual meetings without manager

    The Rangers are holding their annual organizational meetings this week with the front office, professional scouts and some Minor League officials. They are doing so without a manager in place and have no plans to hire one anytime soon.


    Harrison Barnes, Devin Harris sidelined for at least the next two games

    DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks will be without the services of Harrison Barnes and Devin Harris for at least the next two games.

    Barnes continues to make progress after straining his right hamstring during the first week of training camp last month. The injury forced the seven-year veteran to miss the Mavs’ four preseason games and two regular season games.

    Harris, meanwhile, strained his left hamstring in the regular season opener in Phoenix last Wednesday.

    The Mavs host Chicago on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center, play at Atlanta on Wednesday and at Toronto on Friday.

    “It’s a hamstring and they take time,” coach Carlisle said. “He’s doing better — picking up the workouts.

    “But he’s just not there yet. We’ll see where we are Friday.”

    The same holds true for Harris.

    “I don’t expect Devin to play this week either,” Carlisle said. “At least the next two (games).

    “It has to be on Friday (before Harris returns).”

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    Mavs Mondays: A new age of basketball

    Rewind

    Phoenix 121, Dallas 100

    It was the NBA debut of both Luka Doncic and Deandre Ayton, but Devin Booker took the spotlight in the season opener. Trailing for most of the game, Dallas cut the lead to four in the fourth quarter before Booker scored 19 of his 35 points in the final seven minutes of the game.

    Stat of the Game: Dallas shot a mere 30 percent from three while Phoenix shot 55 percent.

    Mavs Box: Dwight Powell led the way with 16 points and five rebounds while DeAndre Jordan put up 11 points and 12 rebounds. As for the youngsters, Dennis Smith Jr. added 13 points and five assists while Doncic finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

    Check out the full game recap at The Fast Break.

    Dallas 140, Minnesota 136

    How much fun was that? In a game that featured a throwback game for Derrick Rose, a massive game from DeAndre Jordan and a ton of offense, the Mavs pulled out their first win of the season. Although neither team played defense that was acceptable to their coaches, it was a fun affair to watch as a basketball fan.

    It was the home opener for the new look-Mavs and the home debut of Luka Doncic. But in the deciding moments of the game, it was Dennis Smith Jr. that rose to the occasion and lifted the Mavs over the Wolves.

    Mavs Box: Luka Doncic led the way with 26 points and six rebounds while Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 19 points and six assists. DeAndre Jordan’s impressive night consisted of 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks while also going 6/7 from the free throw line. J.J. Barea and Dwight Powell combined for 31 points off the bench.

    Stat of the Game: The Mavericks scored 43 points in the fourth quarter, the most points they have scored in a fourth quarter in almost 10 years.

    Check out the full game recap at The Fast Break.

    Play of the Week

    With the game on the line, Rick Carlisle put the ball in Dennis Smith Jr.’s hands for the biggest play of the game. Tied at 134, Smith Jr. drains a step back jumper over Derrick Rose that results in a foul being called on Rose. It would prove to be the biggest shot of the game and maybe Smith Jr.’s young career.

    Player of the Week

    DeAndre Jordan

    It has been a long time coming, but DeAndre Jordan finally made his debut in a Dallas Maverick jersey and he didn’t disappoint. In fact, he showed everyone why the Mavericks made a point to go after him this offseason.

    In the two games this past week, Jordan combined for 33 points, 22 rebounds, six blocks and 7/8 from the free throw line. For the Minnesota game in particular, Jordan recorded 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Not only was Jordan providing the offense with his elite rim rolling, but he held down the paint defensively with some massive blocks on Karl-Anthony Towns.

    Quote of the Week

    “This is a new age of basketball.” -Rick Carlisle

    After winning their first game of the season on Saturday night, head coach Rick Carlisle took to the podium to address the media for his post game press conference. He talked about the debut of Luka Doncic and the late shot by Dennis Smith Jr., but he also took time to talk about the shift we are currently seeing in the NBA at the beginning of the season.

    The increase in scoring.

    In the first two nights of the regular season, only three of the 26 teams to play failed to score over 100 points in a game. Not stopping there, 11 of the 26 teams scored over 110 points with four teams scoring over 120 points. And this was just the first two days of the regular season.

    On Saturday night, the Mavericks scored 140 points in regulation. No overtime or double-overtime. The most points the Mavs have scored in a game in over 20 years. They also attempted 50 3-pointers in the game, which indeed was a franchise record in 3s attempted.

    Although the scoring by the Mavs was awesome, they also surrendered 136 points to the Wolves on Saturday, an amount they haven’t given up since December 26, 1994. If you ask Carlisle, don’t expect the high scores to go away anytime soon, as after the win he proclaimed “this is a new age of basketball.”

    Moment of the Week

    On June 21, 2018, the Dallas Mavericks made a draft night trade that landed them the third overall pick and the chance at drafting European sensation, Luka Doncic. The Mavs got the guy they had been targeting all along and the number one player on their draft board.

    Luka Doncic was a Dallas Maverick.

    Summer played out and the hype continued to build among the fan base. After taking Summer League off, fans had to wait over three months to finally see their next franchise player take the court for the first time.

    On Saturday night, behind a roaring AAC crowd, Luka Doncic was introduced to the loyal MFFLs for the first time.

    Social Check In

    Must Read

    In this week’s addition of my must read on the Mavericks, is Tamara Jolee’s incredible piece on the recent court dedication of the late Tyler Underriner. Tyler was a beloved coworker of many in the Mavs office who recently passed away. The Mavericks also honored Underriner before the home opener on Saturday with a moment of silence.

    Tamara gives a glimpse into how the Mavericks honored Underriner with a recent court dedication and how the court will be used moving forward. Here is a snippet from the piece along with a link below to the full story.

    “The life of Dallas Mavericks’ employee, Tyler Underriner, 35, was evolving at a rapid pace.

    In March 2018, Tyler and his wife, Ashley, celebrated the first birthday of their son, Jack Andrew.

    “The night before Tyler died, he told me it was the happiest he’d ever been,” Ashley said. “Tyler so enjoyed everyone else’s children, so it was a dream fulfilled to have a child of his own. Jack Andrew was a miracle child.”

    The family of three anticipated a summer of memories together and the celebration continued at work, as Underriner soared to new career heights with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs promoted him to season ticket sales manager after he generated the most total revenue at the end of last season.

    Then tragedy struck.”

    READ THE REST OF THE STORY

    Fast Forward

    10/22 Chicago Bulls @ Dallas Mavericks | Tickets

    Behind a healthy Zach LaVine and a newly added Jabari Parker, the Bulls come to Dallas looking for their first win of the season. The Mavs will try to start their first winning streak of the season.

    10/24 Dallas Mavericks @ Atlanta Hawks

    Trae Young vs. Luka Doncic. These two players will always be tied together due to the draft night trade between the two franchises and this is the first of many matchups between the two.

    10/26 Dallas Mavericks @ Toronto Raptors

    Arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors have gotten off to an impressive start to the season behind Kawhi Leonard. Traveling to Toronto, this will be a matchup worth tuning in for.

    10/28 Utah Jazz @ Dallas Mavericks | Tickets

    Capping off their fourth game of the week is a Utah Jazz team poised for a big season. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert make their first trip to Dallas this season hoping to earn another tough Western Conference win. Ryan Broekhoff also gets to face his Aussie mate in Joe Ingles for the first time in the league.

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    DALLAS MAVERICKS DEBUT AUGMENTED REALITY MURAL IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN DALLAS

    Just in time for the Dallas Mavericks home opener today, October 20th, the largest augmented reality installment on the Facebook platform will go live in the heart of Downtown Dallas. The back of the Downtown YMCA building (601 N. Akard), which can be seen from the intersection of Field Street and Ross Avenue, has been taken over with an incredible 68’ x 193’ mural, featuring Dennis Smith Jr. Fans who wish to see the augmented reality are instructed to go to Mavs.com/AR for details and get access to the Facebook filter. When activated, Dennis Smith Jr. is brought to life for a larger-than-life dunk in augmented reality.

    “We want our fans to be proud that we’re the first team to do something this big with augmented reality. We are grateful to Groove Jones who helped us bring this experience to Dallas,” said Jerome Elenez, CMO of the Dallas Mavericks.

    The creative and technology studio Groove Jones produced the AR experience, with creative direction from the Dallas Mavericks, by taking both photo and video assets to bring the animation to life. The wallscape will be active through December and fans are encouraged to share their experiences through social media using the hashtag #mavsAR.

    Check out the teaser for the animation now at mavs.com/AR.

    The Dallas Mavericks will host their home opener tonight, Saturday, October 20th against the Minnesota Timberwolves with tipoff at 7:30PM. Prior to the game, the Mavericks will host a Party on the Plaza, presented by Budweiser, on Victory Plaza from 5-7PM. For tickets and information, visit mavs.com or call 214.747.6287.

    ABOUT THE DALLAS MAVERICKS: The Dallas Mavericks are a first class global sports and entertainment organization providing memorable experiences for fans worldwide. The Mavs compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Western Conference and play at American Airlines Center under the direction of Coach Rick Carlisle, General Manager Donnie Nelson, Chief Executive Officer Cynt Marshall and Owner Mark Cuban. Since the inaugural season in 1980-81, the Mavs have won three division titles, two conference championships and one NBA championship in 2011. In addition to on-court success, the Mavs are committed to making a difference in North Texas through community outreach programs and the Mavs Foundation. For more information on Dallas Mavericks players, staff, stats and tickets, visit mavs.com.

    ABOUT GROOVE JONES: Groove Jones is an award-winning creative and technology studio that specializes in developing immersive Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experiences for big brands. The team has a proven track record of delivering amazing digital experiences for a client roster that includes AT&T, Intel, Lexus, MasterCard, McDonald’s, Nestle and Samsung. For more information visit – https://www.groovejones.com

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    Tyler Underriner Court Dedication

    Mavs Foundation donates its 25th basketball court in North Texas, dedicating it to Tyler Underriner, a former Mavs’ ticket sales manager who passed away in June

    FORT WORTH – The life of Dallas Mavericks’ employee, Tyler Underriner, 35, was evolving at a rapid pace.

    In March 2018, Tyler and his wife, Ashley, celebrated the first birthday of their son, Jack Andrew.

    “The night before Tyler died, he told me it was the happiest he’d ever been,” Ashley said. “Tyler so enjoyed everyone else’s children, so it was a dream fulfilled to have a child of his own. Jack Andrew was a miracle child.”

    The family of three anticipated a summer of memories together and the celebration continued at work, as Underriner soared to new career heights with the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs promoted him to season ticket sales manager after he generated the most total revenue at the end of last season.

    Then tragedy struck.

    On June 14, 2018, Underriner passed away after suffering a seizure. Ashley said everything was normal that day. She sat in the living room with his mother and they talked and watched Jack Andrew play. Her husband left to take a bath and during a 20-minute window the seizure took place, ultimately taking his life and slicing a gaping hole into the lives of so many he touched.

    “I love talking about Tyler, hearing his name, seeing his picture and sharing our story,” Ashley said. “It’s not enough to just say that he is no longer here. It’s important for people to understand what happened because it serves as a reminder that none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. Life can change in an instant, without any warning. Tyler made the very most of his short life here and his outlook and approach to life is an example for us all.”

    This example is the exact reason the Mavs Foundation, a private foundation arm of the Dallas Mavericks, decided to dedicate its newest basketball court in memory of Tyler Underriner. The court unveiling took place Friday afternoon (Oct. 19) at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County, Nicholas & Louella Martin Branch, in Fort Worth. The Dallas Mavericks provided a bus for employees to travel to the event and support the Underriner family, and Dallas Mavericks DJ Poizon Ivy was on hand, along with many sponsors and executives in the community and the children with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tarrant County.

    The event was a joint partnership with Legacy Exploration, PlainsCapital Bank, Pro Players Foundation, and Sprite/Coca-Cola. The Court Dedication was followed by a group photo on the court, a net cutting by Ashley and Jack Andrew Underriner, and the Mavs Basketball Academy hosted a mini-basketball clinic for 100 kids at the Boys & Girls Club.

    Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, spoke on behalf of the Mavs Foundation. She introduced Tyler’s parents, his wife, sister and friends along with all the colleagues in attendance. Most importantly, she had a special message for the children in attendance.

    “This isn’t just any basketball court,” she told them. “It’s extra special because it’s named after Tyler, someone who meant a whole lot at the Dallas Mavs.”

    Later in the ceremony, Marshall shared these remarks with the audience.

    “It’s a really special day with the Dallas Mavericks because we are doing this, we are dedicating this court in memory of someone who meant a lot to us. He is in heaven right now, but his name is Tyler Underriner. One day we will see him again, but until then, we want to acknowledge and remember his family. We love you,” she told them. “Tyler loved kids, so to be able and bring all of his worlds together is something very special to us. We miss him dearly and there are no words to describe the heartache and pain his family feels every single day. We all take comfort in the fact that one day we will see him again.”

    Ashley said the Mavs Foundation Court Dedication was a step towards healing and she knows Tyler would have been thrilled to see his son running on the basketball court, surrounded by his Mavs colleagues, and family, the children and so many in the community who love to serve and make a difference with youth and young people.

    “People have no idea just how much the Mavericks helped our family,” she said. “I know there is a purpose for all of this and one day I might understand. The main thing is I want our son to one day understand just how many people loved and cared for him. Now we have a place we can come and visit the kids and see Tyler’s name on the wall outside the basketball gym. My son will see firsthand the impact his father made on this world and there are no words to explain how much this dedication means to us.”

    Tyler loved sports, Ashley said. So, the Dallas Mavericks’ decision to invite the family to the Mavs’ home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves is something they’re all anticipating, she said, noting that basketball brought her husband great joy and she anticipates sharing in that same excitement with her family Saturday night.

    “It’s been hard the last four months,” she said. “The court dedication and then the game gives us something to anticipate and look forward to, even for a few hours. Grief is hard and it’s a journey, but it’s small moments like this that provide a step towards healing. Just to hear Tyler’s name and remember that his life mattered, that people cared…those are the small things that help people like us, who are heartbroken, going through trauma and need healing. Just to be able to smile and laugh, even for a few hours, in life changing for us.”

    And the new basketball court dedicated in her husband’s memory will be life-changing for many children at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Tarrant County.

    It’s a place many children will seek refuge and healing, in order to escape the cycle of poverty, unemployment, drugs, and violence often seen in their neighborhoods. Every day is a step closer, and many of the youth will go on to graduate high school with a plan for the future. The Club offers programs to specifically address this cycle in the lives of their members.

    Friday’s court unveiling marked the 25th basketball court donated by the Mavs Foundation. Over the last 22 years, the foundation has pumped $5 million dollars into the North Texas community, targeting children, women and families across the region. These basketball courts are important to the Mavs Foundation, as studies show that children who play sports develop key leadership skills, confidence and better relationships with peers. The Mavs Foundation has also built 16 Reading & Learning Centers to expand reading and education programs, as well as Computer Labs to assist teens and adults with job-skill training and other valuable tools. You can learn more at MavsFoundation.com.

    Tonight, the Dallas Mavericks will pause and remember the life of Tyler Underriner before the game between the Mavs and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Underriner family will be in attendance to jumpstart the new basketball season, surrounded by the very fans Tyler loved to serve and sell tickets to each basketball season.

    “We will never forget this,” Ashley said, her eyes filled with tears as she recalls the last the four months. “Mark Cuban is a very good man. The Mavericks are incredible people. Cynt Marshall is the most loving person you will ever meet. Then all the people with the Mavs Foundation…there are no words for all of them. I know Tyler is behind all of this. He unknowingly left this world filled with people who would step in and greatly change and impact our lives forever.”

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    The 5 takeaways from the Mavs’ 140-136 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 140-136 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night at American Airlines Center:

    1. SMITH WITH THE GAME-WINNER: Dennis Smith Jr. shook off a rough start Saturday and wound up being the hero at the end. With the score knotted at 134, Smith nailed a 21-footer with just 6.1 seconds left to put the Mavs ahead for keeps. He also was fouled on the play and made that free throw and three other free throws to help seal the victory for the Mavs in their home opener. Smith had six points and three fouls in the first half, but came to life in the second half and finished the game with 19 points, six assists and only one turnover in 26 minutes. Smith also was 6-of-8 from 2-point range and 1-of-6 from 3-point territory. More than anything, Smith often maneuvered around the basket for more than his share of contested layups.

    2. THE CROWD WAS ON-POINT: The sellout crowd at American Airlines Center probably went home unable to talk after all that screaming they did Saturday night. The crowd was loud and proud and very much into the game. It sounded like the old days at Reunion Arena – and the young days at AAC – when Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Steve Nash were mere babies and trying to lead the Mavs to basketball prominence. The fans even serenaded Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler, who didn’t play in the game due to “precautionary rest,” because this was Minnesota’s third game in four days. That mattered not to the fans, who shouted “Jim-my But-ler, Jim-my But-ler,” every time one of the Timberwolves attempted a free throw.

    3. DWIGHT POWELL STRIKES AGAIN: After scoring a team-high 16 points – on 6-of-8 shots — and grabbing five rebounds in only 17 minutes during Wednesday’s season-opener against the Phoenix Suns, Powell was even more prolific against the Timberwolves. The five-year veteran finished Saturday’s game with 19 points – he was 6-of-7 from the floor – and six rebounds in just 17 minutes. The Mavs got off to another ugly start, falling behind 24-9 with 6:34 remaining in the first quarter. But Powell led the Mavs’ bench brigade, scoring eight points in the first quarter and three more in the second quarter as the Mavs and Timberwolves ended the first half tied at 69 apiece. The Mavs benefitted from Powell’s activity at both ends of the court.

    4. DOUBLE-DOUBLE IS DEANDRE’S THING: Once again, center DeAndre Jordan proved that he will indeed be a major factor this season no matter whether he’s playing on offense or on defense. Jordan was all over the place Saturday as he filled up the stat sheet and completed the night with 22 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and two steals. Four of Jordan’s blocks came in the third quarter when the Mavs held Minnesota to 7-of-18 shooting. And two of those blocks were on shots attempted by Taj Gibson. In fact, when Karl-Anthony Towns wheeled and tossed up a hook shot over Dorian Finney-Smith, Jordan appeared out of nowhere and blocked the shot, much to the chagrin of Towns. By the way, Jordan had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the opener against Phoenix.

    5. LIVING DOWNTOWN SOMETIMES AIN’T EASY: We knew this day would come, and here has arrived. Believe it or not, the Mavs attempted more 3-point shots against Minnesota than 2-point shots. The Mavs were 32-of-48 from 2-point range for 66.6 percent, and 17-of-50 from 3-point range for 34 percent. The 50 attempts from downtown are the most Dallas has ever attempted in a game. And it would be no surprise if they break that record at some point this season since the plan is to push the ball more, dribble less and fire up as many shots as possible. Nine of the 10 Mavs who played made at least one 3-pointer. The only Mavs player who didn’t make a 3-pointer was — you guessed it — center DeAndre Jordan. But Jordan is only 1-of-11 on three’s in his entire 11-year career.

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    Rangers' list of managerial candidates narrows

    The Rangers pool of managerial candidates is being reduced as the Reds announced the hiring of David Bell as their new manager. An industry source said Joe Girardi is no longer in the running for the Rangers position and is expected to remain with the MLB Network.


    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Wolves

    Dennis Smith Jr. Explains His Incredible Game-Winner

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    Final: Mavs 140, Wolves 136

  • If you like the Kansas City Chiefs, you’ll probably enjoy Mavs (and NBA) basketball this season. Dallas scored 140 points against Minnesota tonight, tying for the most points the club has scored in regulation since before Dirk Nowitzki entered the NBA. Similarly, the 136 points the Mavs allowed tied for the most in regulation since the day after Christmas in 1994. This was a wild game. No other way to put it. The Wolves poured in an opponent-record 46 first-quarter points, and the Mavs answered with 43 in the final frame, their most in a fourth quarter in nearly 10 years. Nineteen of the 20 players who appeared in the game scored, and 18 of those players scored at least five points. Nine players scored at least 19 points apiece. Points for everyone.

  • That isn’t to say, however, that no defense was played. The Mavericks blocked eight shots, with DeAndre Jordan leading the way by swatting five. One play in particular stood out to me. Watch as Jordan sticks with the ball-handler and swats the shot, and then recovers in time to grab the rebound off the follow-up.

    This is the type of possession that, despite the Mavs’ very good defensive rebound percentage, would too often have resulted in two (or more) points for the opponent last season. Dallas was a top-10 defensive rebound percentage team last season, but it seemed like if an opponent got one offensive rebound, they were going to score no matter what. Jordan represents a shift in that idea because he has quick second hops and doesn’t give up on the play. Sure, the Wolves could have scored a put-back lay-in, but the shot rimmed out. Typically Taj Gibson or someone else may have pulled down a board and earned another opportunity, but Jordan ended the possession then and there. He followed it up shortly after with another authoritative rebound.

    Jordan’s third quarter stat line impresses (eight points, four blocks, two rebounds) but it doesn’t quite capture how physically dominant he was in the frame. He brings a unique brand of imposing toughness and athleticism that they’ve been missing in the middle since the Tyson Chandler days.

  • Luka Doncic had himself a night, becoming the youngest player in Mavs history to break the 20-point mark in a game. He finished with 26 points on 16 shots, overcoming a scoreless first quarter to lead the team in scoring. His most highlight-worthy play came in the third quarter, when he hit a step-back 3 to put Dallas up six.

    His most significant work, though, came in the fourth quarter, when a couple late buckets helped Dallas fend off a frenzied, Towns-led Wolves push to cut the lead down to one point. Doncic turned it over six times compared to just three assists, yet many of those giveaways are correctable mistakes, and seeing as it was only his second NBA game, I think it’s fair to give him a little time before we start expecting 25-plus points and a 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

  • Dennis Smith Jr. hit what might have been the biggest shot of his career tonight, a tough step-back and-1 jumper over Derrick Rose, to whom he was often compared coming out of NC State.

    Smith scored 19 points, which in a game like this comes across as a quiet night. But he took over the fourth quarter, scoring 10 points, adding four assists, and finishing a team-best +7. He shot 6 of 8 on 2-pointers, finishing a couple difficult shots at the rim in the process and even earning five free throws, though most of them came in the waning seconds of the game. Still, Smith played with purpose and poise in the fourth quarter in this game. Offense still flows through the point guard, even in today’s versatile playmaking NBA. When Smith is as effective as he was down the stretch, he alone can lift all the other boats right up with him.

  • J.J. Barea has finished with double-digit assists and Dwight Powell has scored at least 16 points in both games now. Those two are something else. Not much else to say here, honestly. Those guys are good. Never discount the value of a good backup point guard.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (1-1) will face the Chicago Bulls on Monday at American Airlines Center. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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    DALLAS – Harrison Barnes will remain in street clothes tonight at 7:30 when the Dallas Mavericks play their much-anticipated home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center.

    Meanwhile, the Mavs expect forward Dirk Nowitzki to miss at least the remaining seven games they’ll play this month as he continues to rehab his sore left ankle.

    Barnes strained his right hamstring during the first week of training camp and missed the Mavs’ four preseason games and Wednesday’s regular season opener against Phoenix. The Mavs were holding out hope that the seven-year veteran would be able to play against the Timberwolves, but that won’t be the case.

    Now the Mavs are hopeful that Barnes’ injury will mend in time for him to play in Monday’s home game against the Chicago Bulls.

    “He’s not going to play tonight,” coach Rick Carlisle said following Saturday morning’s shootaround at the Lympo practice facilities. “He worked hard yesterday, he had a hard morning workout today.

    “We’ll see where things are come Monday. He’s made steady progress without setbacks, so that’s very good news.”

    Barnes led the Mavs in scoring in each of the past two seasons with 19.2 points and 18.9 points per game, respectively. Without him the offense struggled and scored just 100 points during Wednesday’s 21-point loss in Phoenix.

    “It’s just a different game for us if Harrison is not out there,” Carlisle said. “It’s very important we get him back, and when he’s ready he will start, so there’s no confusion about that.

    “But the No. 1 thing is to get him healthy, and in the meantime we’ve got to play better than we did Wednesday night, obviously.”

    In the meantime, Nowitzki also missed the four preseason games and the regular season opener in Phoenix while nursing the injury that he underwent surgery for on back on Apr. 5. The 21-year veteran was working on the stationary bicycle Saturday morning while Carlisle was having his post-practice interview session with the media.

    “He’s on that machine over there and he’s doing a lot of cardio stuff,” Carlisle said. “It’s obviously not the same as being on the court, so hopefully he’s working to getting back on the court at some point sooner than later, but I don’t have a timetable. I just don’t.”

    The first game the Mavs play next month is a home game on Nov. 2 against the New York Knicks. Then they won’t play again until they host Washington on Nov. 6, followed by a Nov. 7 contest in Utah before they return home to entertain the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 10.

    “It’s going to be November, at least,” Carlisle said, referring to the earliest he expects Nowitzki to play. “And we miss him. There’s no question.

    “Not having that guy in the starting lineup on opening night has never been a situation this franchise has experienced. Getting him healthy and back feeling good is a major priority. He’s living in the training room.”

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    Game 2: Mavs vs. Timberwolves

    DALLAS – For the first time in over three weeks, Harrison Barnes was able to go through Friday’s practice with the Dallas Mavericks at the Lympo practice facilities. However, the Mavs remain uncertain about the talented forward’s availability for Saturday’s home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    “I would say it’s probably unlikely (Barnes will play against Minnesota) just to err on the side of caution, but not impossible,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “A lot of this depends on how a guy feels the next day.

    “So far the progressions have been very good, so we’re getting closer.”

    Barnes strained his right hamstring during the first week of training camp last month and missed the Mavs’ four preseason games and also was in street clothes during their regular season opener this past Wednesday in Phoenix. But the seven-year veteran went through his first full practice on Friday since sustaining the injury, and the Mavs are hopeful he’ll be able to be on the court against the Timberwolves.

    “He did very well,” Carlisle said, when asked how Barnes performed in practice. “He’s doing some running right now. He’s doing much better.”

    Barnes led the Mavs in scoring last season with 18.9 points per game, and two years ago with 19.2 points per contest. His absence was sorely missed against the Suns, who defeated the Mavs 121-100.

    The Mavs will also be without guard Devin Harris for at least the next two games.

    “I would say probably longer,” Carlisle said, “but I don’t know that. It’s not considered serous, but it is a hamstring.”

    Harris strained his left hamstring during the loss to the Suns.

    Meanwhile, the Mavs spent the bulk of Friday’s practice concentrating on their defense, which was practically missing in action against Phoenix. The Suns shot 54.3 percent from the field and 55.9 percent from 3-point range against the Mavs, and there were clearly too many times when no one was guarding them.

    “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a team give up that points per possession number on a one-game basis,” Carlisle said. “Ever! It was a big disappointment, but we’ve got to turn the page and get better.

    “I just know our team played like (stuff), so our team has got to do a lot better. We didn’t play hard enough, we didn’t play with much compassion. Our defense was horrible. Today we took some steps to turn that around.”

    Backup center Dwight Powell said he wasn’t sure what caused the Mavs to have so many defensive lapses against the Suns.

    “Unfortunately that’s how we started off the season,” Powell said. “But hopefully we can turn that into a positive by letting it kind of light a fire under us and motivate us to be better than that for sure, and to keep that as our focus.”

    Powell also indicated that the Mavs won’t turn to the fans or any other outside forces as a means of helping them climb out of their defensive hole.

    “I don’t think we are really looking to wipe the slate clean by the means of any external factors,” Powell said. “All the issues we have we need to find ways to solve them in-house, and we can’t rely on anyone else to give us energy or motivate us to do things that we need to do to be successful.

    “We addressed those things today in practice and we’re going to continue to work on them and get better. Hopefully we can give our fans and our city a great opening night.”

    NOTES: The Mavs play their home opener Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game will be televised on FSSW. It also can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM, and on Univision 1270 AM (Spanish). . .The Mavs are 22-16 all-time in home openers. . .The Mavs dropped their regular season opener, 121-100, in Phoenix this past Wednesday. Dwight Powell came off the bench to lead the Mavs in scoring with 16 points . .This will be the Timberwolves’ second game in Texas in four days, and they also will be playing the Mavs on the second night of a back-to-back. The T-Wolves lost their regular season opener in San Antonio on Wednesday, 112-108. Then they flew home and hosted Cleveland on Friday night before coming back to Texas to play the Mavs. In the game against the Spurs, All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns had eight points and nine rebounds and fouled out in just 22 minutes. . .Coach Rick Carlisle cautioned that the Mavs will have their hands full with the Timberwolves. “They’ve got two All-Stars (in Jimmy Butler and Towns), they’ve got a bunch of other talented guys, and they’ve got a former MVP (in Derrick Rose) on that team who comes off the bench. They’re loaded. They’re absolutely loaded. For us to hang with teams like that we’ve got to really be super together, be totally dialed in on everything on defense as far as getting back in coverages and all that – tendencies. And on offense we’ve got to move it and we’ve really got to play the right way.”. .Carlisle was asked about the play of 20-year old Dennis Smith Jr. and 19-year Luka Doncic in the season opener against the uns. Smith scored 13 points on 6-of-19 shots, and Doncic tallied 10 points on 5-of-16 shots. “They’re both young and there’s going to be some ups and downs, but we’re depending on both of those guys a great deal,” Carlisle said. “We’ve got to help them become more consistent. We’ve got to coach them better, and veteran guys got to help them. I’ve got to do my best to put those guys in situations to succeed. (But) It’s not just about missed shots. It’s about a lot of other things, too. It’s about how some things in the game really adversely affected our togetherness. Our guys know we can’t allow that to happen.”

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    Harrison Barnes “probably unlikely” to play in the home opener against the Timberwolves

    DALLAS – Harrison Barnes was able to go through Friday’s practice session with the Dallas Mavericks at the Lympo practice facilities. But the Mavs are uncertain about his availability for Saturday’s home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    “I would say it’s probably unlikely (Barnes will play against Minnesota) just to err on the side of caution, but not impossible” coach Rick Carlisle said. “A lot of this depends on how a guy feels the next day.

    “So far the progressions have been very good, so we’re getting closer.”

    Barnes strained his right hamstring during the first week of training camp last month and missed the Mavs’ four preseason games and their regular season opener this past Wednesday in Phoenix. The seven-year veteran went through his first full practice on Friday since sustaining the injury and the Mavs are hopeful he’ll be able to be on the court against the Timberwolves.

    “He did very well,” Carlisle said, when asked how did Barnes perform in practice. “He’s doing some running right now. He’s doing much better.”

    Barnes led the Mavs in scoring last season with 18.9 points per game, and two years ago with 19.2 points per contest. His absence was sorely missed against the Suns, who defeated the Mavs 121-100.

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    DALLAS – The regular season opener for the Dallas Mavericks is forever ingrained in the history books, and they definitely learned a thing or two during Wednesday’s 121-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

    And most of the lessons learned came at the defensive end of the floor, where the Mavs were less than stellar when they allowed 37 points in the first quarter and an additional 38 points in the fourth quarter. It became a major point of emphasis for the Mavs, who allowed too many wide open shots down in the Valley of the Suns.

    “We’ve got to communicate better and help each other out,” point guard Dennis Smith Jr. said. “We can’t just give up straight-line drives (to the basket).

    “That was hurting us a lot — just one guy beating us to the paint and causing rotations where sometimes nobody even rotated. So we just got to man-up and guard one-on-one a little better.”

    Smith gave his definition of a stout defense, which, for the Mavs, was too sporadic against the Suns.

    “Defense is just effort,” Smith said. “Somebody beating you one-on-one is just unacceptable, so we’ve all got to do better.”

    The Mavs’ lack of an effective transition defense, guard Wesley Matthews pointed out, resulted from not doing their work early in the process.

    “Our transition defense, it stems from what we’re doing on the offensive end,” Matthews said. “If we had breakdowns on the offensive end — turnovers, missed shots — we hang our heads.

    “That gives them opportunities to take advantage of us, and they did.”

    Too many times the Suns found themselves hoisting up 3-point shots and there was no Mavs defender in their vicinity. The Mavs know that has to change when they play their home opener Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    “We’re not doing a good job of rotating and communicating,” Smith said. “We’ve got to help each other out a little more on the defensive end all around.

    “We looked like we were still in preseason mode. We’ll get some practice days in and we look to turn it around versus Minnesota.”

    The Suns converted 54.3 percent of their field goals and were also deadly from 3-point range where they made 19-of-34 shots for 55.9 percent. It was the kind of game that got the Mavs’ undivided attention.

    “I like that they hit us in the face the first game,” said guard J. J. Barea, who contributed nine points and a game-high 10 assists in just 21 minutes off the bench. “I think that everybody understands how we’ve got to be better (and) we’ve got to play harder.

    “It was tough, but it’s good it happened early. We’ve got a couple of days to fix it and we’ll see how we do on Saturday.”

    While the defensive issues were crippling the Mavs, rookie Luka Doncic responded in his first NBA game with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He also committed four turnovers and was 5-of-16 from the floor while missing all five of his 3-point attempts.

    “We have 81 games to go, so I’m not worried,” Doncic said. “I think we played a bad game.

    “It wasn’t close, so we have to work on our defense, which is the key.”

    Barea anticipates Doncic will bounce back and respond with a much better performance against the Timberwolves.

    “It was good for him to experience something like this,” Barea said. “Now he knows the real NBA, but I think he’s going to handle it really good.

    “He’s going to learn from it and get better. But I think it was a great experience for him – his first game on the road – so we’ll see how he does Saturday.”

    Smith, who was just 6-of-19 from the field and tallied 13 points Wednesday, also expects to be more productive against the Timberwolves.

    “We were struggling offensively (and) we were getting some good looks,” Smith said. “We just weren’t capitalizing, especially myself.

    “I had a couple of easy ones that I usually make –a couple of floaters, some layups. It was just one of those nights. It’s bound to happen. It’s not going to stop anything I do. I’m going to attack the rack still, I’m going to still put my work in and I’m going to bounce back the next game.”

    Outscoring the Suns, 49-46, in the second and third quarters were confidence-boosters for the Mavs. But overall, they know they can play better.

    “We did some good things out there, but we’ve got to definitely play a little better, especially in the first quarter,” Barea said. “Everybody kind of woke up and said, ‘We’ve got to start doing things a little bit better, a little more harder (and with) more energy.”

    And with a little more zest.

    “We didn’t show up,” Matthews said. “We’ve got to put this one pass us early, learn about it and not let Phoenix beat us twice.

    “We’ve got another game on Saturday (against) a tough team. They’re coming in to try and get a win, too, and we’ve got to protect home court.”

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    Mavs hoping to bounce back from loss to Phoenix with a win in their home opener

    DALLAS – The regular season opener for the Dallas Mavericks is forever ingrained in the history books, and they definitely learned a thing or two during Wednesday’s 121-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

    And most of the lessons learned came at the defensive end of the floor, where the Mavs were less than stellar when they allowed 37 points in the first quarter and an additional 38 points in the fourth quarter. It became a major point of emphasis for the Mavs, who allowed too many wide open shots down in the Valley of the Suns.

    “We’ve got to communicate better and help each other out,” point guard Dennis Smith Jr. said. “We can’t just give up straight-line drives (to the basket).

    “That was hurting us a lot — just one guy beating us to the paint and causing rotations where sometimes nobody even rotated. So we just got to man-up and guard one-on-one a little better.”

    Smith gave his definition of a stout defense, which, for the Mavs, was too sporadic against the Suns.

    “Defense is just effort,” Smith said. “Somebody beating you one-on-one is just unacceptable, so we’ve all got to do better.”

    The Mavs’ lack of an effective transition defense, guard Wesley Matthews pointed out, resulted from not doing their work early in the process.

    “Our transition defense, it stems from what we’re doing on the offensive end,” Matthews said. “If we had breakdowns on the offensive end — turnovers, missed shots — we hang our heads.

    “That gives them opportunities to take advantage of us, and they did.”

    Too many times the Suns found themselves hoisting up 3-point shots and there was no Mavs defender in their vicinity. The Mavs know that has to change when they play their home opener Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    “We’re not doing a good job of rotating and communicating,” Smith said. “We’ve got to help each other out a little more on the defensive end all around.

    “We looked like we were still in preseason mode. We’ll get some practice days in and we look to turn it around versus Minnesota.”

    The Suns converted 54.3 percent of their field goals and were also deadly from 3-point range where they made 19-of-34 shots for 55.9 percent. It was the kind of game that got the Mavs’ undivided attention.

    “I like that they hit us in the face the first game,” said guard J. J. Barea, who contributed nine points and a game-high 10 assists in just 21 minutes off the bench. “I think that everybody understands how we’ve got to be better (and) we’ve got to play harder.

    “It was tough, but it’s good it happened early. We’ve got a couple of days to fix it and we’ll see how we do on Saturday.”

    While the defensive issues were crippling the Mavs, rookie Luka Doncic responded in his first NBA game with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. He also committed four turnovers and was 5-of-16 from the floor while missing all five of his 3-point attempts.

    “We have 81 games to go, so I’m not worried,” Doncic said. “I think we played a bad game.

    “It wasn’t close, so we have to work on our defense, which is the key.”

    Barea anticipates Doncic will bounce back and respond with a much better performance against the Timberwolves.

    “It was good for him to experience something like this,” Barea said. “Now he knows the real NBA, but I think he’s going to handle it really good.

    “He’s going to learn from it and get better. But I think it was a great experience for him – his first game on the road – so we’ll see how he does Saturday.”

    Smith, who was just 6-of-19 from the field and tallied 13 points Wednesday, also expects to be more productive against the Timberwolves.

    “We were struggling offensively (and) we were getting some good looks,” Smith said. “We just weren’t capitalizing, especially myself.

    “I had a couple of easy ones that I usually make –a couple of floaters, some layups. It was just one of those nights. It’s bound to happen. It’s not going to stop anything I do. I’m going to attack the rack still, I’m going to still put my work in and I’m going to bounce back the next game.”

    Outscoring the Suns, 49-46, in the second and third quarters were confidence-boosters for the Mavs. But overall, they know they can play better.

    “We did some good things out there, but we’ve got to definitely play a little better, especially in the first quarter,” Barea said. “Everybody kind of woke up and said, ‘We’ve got to start doing things a little bit better, a little more harder (and with) more energy.”

    And with a little more zest.

    “We didn’t show up,” Matthews said. “We’ve got to put this one pass us early, learn about it and not let Phoenix beat us twice.

    “We’ve got another game on Saturday (against) a tough team. They’re coming in to try and get a win, too, and we’ve got to protect home court.”

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    The five takeaways from the season-opening 121-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 121-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena:

    1. MAVS NEED TO PLAY DEFENSE FOR 48 MINUTES: This was an odd defensive performance by the Mavs, and the film will bore that out. In the second and third quarters, the Mavs played some terrific lock-down defense, holding the Suns to a total of 46 points. That includes limiting Phoenix to just 19 points in the second quarter on 7-of-22 shooting. But in the first and fourth quarters which coach Rick Carlisle described as “disastrous,” the Suns scored a total of 75 points on 28-of-39 shots. That includes converting 13-of-19 baskets from 3-point land. Overall, the Suns shot 54.3 percent from the field and 55.9 percent from 3-point range (19-of-34).

    2. THE LUKA DONCIC SCORE CARD: In his first NBA game, Doncic had some bright moments and some not so bright moments as the rookie from Slovenia finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes. In the early goings Doncic connected on a wrap-around pass to DeAndre Jordan for a dunk, a bounce pass to Jordan for a dunk, and then went sprinting down the floor for a coast-to-coast layup after grabbing a defensive rebound. But Doncic also turned the ball over four times, was 5-of-16 from the field and misfired on all five of his 3-point attempts. After the game he talked about finally being able to live out his dream and play in the NBA.

    3. BENCH PLAYERS SHOWED THEIR WORTH: Despite not having their top reserve — Dirk Nowitzki is sidelined with a sore left ankle — at their disposal, the Mavs bench players still outplayed their Suns counterparts. The Mavs’ reserves finished the game with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists, and were 14-of-27 from the field. By contrast, the Suns’ bench warmers collected 37 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and were 13-of-25 from the floor. Dwight Powell led the Mavs reserves with 16 points (6-of-8 shots) and five rebounds in only 17 minutes. Meanwhile, J. J. Barea came off the bench and picked up nine points and a game-high 10 assists in just 21 minutes.

    4. MAVS OFFENSE NEEDED SOME SCORING PUNCH: In today’s fast-paced NBA game, 100 points is not a lot of points. The Mavs actually got off more field goal attempts and tossed up one less 3-point attempt than the Suns. But the Mavs were just 38-of-88 from the field for 43.2 percent and 10-of-33 from 3-point territory for 30.3 percent. The Suns had five players score at least 17 points, while Dwight Powell topped all Mavs scorers with 16 points. Harrison Barnes, the Mavs’ top scorer the past two seasons, should give the offense a boost when he returns from a strained right hamstring. And so will Dirk Nowitzki, who is the NBA’s No. 6 all-time leading scorer.

    5. DEANDRE JORDAN MADE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT: As first impressions go, DeAndre Jordan had a very impactful one in the Mavs’ debut against the Suns. The 6-11 center scored all 11 of his points on 5-of-8 shots in the first quarter. Three of Jordan’s baskets came on dunks, including the game’s first basket off a nifty feed from rookie Luka Doncic. Unfortunately, Jordan got himself into foul trouble and didn’t attempt but one more basket – and he missed it – the entire game. However, he did grab a game-high 12 rebounds, blocked a shot and thwarted a few efforts at the basket by the Suns. More than anything, Jordan helped the Mavs hold Phoenix to just 36 points in the paint.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Suns

    Final: Suns 121, Mavs 100

  • There are many lessons to be learned from the first game of any NBA season, and particularly this one, when the Mavericks have two new starters, including a 19-year-old rookie, and are also without their two-time leading scorer. Luka Doncic is a few months younger today than Dennis Smith Jr. was when he debuted last season; together they are two of the top-three youngest players to ever play for the Mavericks, and they’re now the two main ball-handlers on the same team. They have plenty to figure out individually and as a playmaking duo. There will be highs and there will be lows, so even though we’re all collectively pretty high on these two, just keep in mind that they’re not yet a combined 40 years old.

  • It’s a first-quarter league. Phoenix scored 37 points in the opening frame, and while Dallas clawed its way back into things, inching to within 102-97 in the fourth quarter, but the 37-24 advantage was simply too much to overcome. Rick Carlisle says all the time that the first quarter is arguably the most influential in the outcome of the game, and that was quite evident tonight. Last season, Dallas was 7-36 when trailing after one, and 17-22 when tied or ahead. In case you want to see what a recent playoff team’s record looks like, the 2015-16 Mavericks, who finished sixth in the West, were 17-28 when trailing after one and 25-12 when tied or ahead. The season before that, when they won 50 games, Dallas was 15-21 when trailing and 35-11 when ahead. And this phenomenon isn’t unique to the Mavericks, either. The math here is pretty simple: If you’re up after the first quarter, you’re probably going to win. That’s why adding Doncic and especially DeAndre Jordan to the starting lineup was so important, and that’s also why missing Harrison Barnes is similarly important. The first five, six, seven minutes of a game have an unimaginably large influence on what happens the next 40-plus. Tonight, the Suns came out on fire and, although Dallas was able to keep them to just 46 points in the second and third combined, the 37-point barrage in the first 12 minutes proved to be a key deciding factor.

  • Despite all of this, the Mavs did a pretty incredible job scoring at the rim. There were a few put-back misses here and there, and unfortunately a couple layups rimmed out, but at the end of the day Dallas scored 54 points in the paint. The club scored that many in only three games last season, and only once the year before. The Mavericks also scored 10 fast break points, a mark Dallas reached only 40 times all of last season. Ten points isn’t a lot, but 54 absolutely is. That mark would have led the NBA last season. If Smith and Doncic can break down the defense with the help of a ball-screen or even out of isolation, good things will happen somewhere on the floor almost guaranteed. Either a shooter is going to be open or someone’s gonna get a dunk. I don’t know how often Dallas will surpass the 50-point milestone in paint scoring this season, but considering the Mavs have already done it once, I have to imagine they’ll do it at least a few more times. Easy offense is good offense.

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  • During one sequence midway through the fourth quarter, Jalen Brunson drew a charge at one end and drained a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession at the other. Brunson might not even have been playing had Devin Harris not suffered a strained left hamstring earlier in the game. It’s unclear how much time (if any) Harris will miss, but Brunson is certainly the next man up in line for backup guard minutes. He’s a rookie, but he played three years in college which seemingly makes him a veteran in this day and age, and he won two national championships at Villanova. I don’t think second- and fourth-quarter minutes next to the probably ageless J.J. Barea will be much of a problem for Brunson, who very clearly outperformed his three-point, one-assist stat line.

  • Dwight Powell has come a long way in the last few years. I hope we all appreciate that. He was a mid-second round pick in 2014 and was traded three times before the end of his rookie season. He spoke of his need to improve his touch around the rim during the 2015-16 season, often played third-string minutes as recently as 2017, and if you opened Twitter anytime between 2016 and about six months ago you probably saw someone complain about his contract. Then, last year he was the most efficient roll man in the entire NBA on a points per possession basis, and tonight he was the team’s leading scorer despite playing only 17 minutes. Appreciate the things players do well. Powell is terrific in the pick-and-roll; until someone unseats him, he’s literally the best there is. Three years ago that was not the case. Don’t discount the value of hard work, and don’t ever give up on player development.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (0-1) will meet the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday at American Airlines Center in the home opener. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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    PHOENIX — Prior to Wednesday’s regular season opener against the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns rookie coach Igor Kokoskov took time to heap some praise on Mavs rookie Luka Doncic.

    After all, Doncic and Kokoskov go way back. Kokoskov was the coach of the Slovenian national team that won the EuroBasket 2017 last year – the same national team which Doncic starred on.

    So, before Doncic was preparing to make his NBA debut against the Suns, Kokoskov sent out some pleasant greetings.

    “I’m happy for Luka,” Kokoskov said. “We had a pretty good time working together, so when it comes to Luka it’s very emotional because great memories come back.

    “I never had a doubt that he’s an NBA player, never had a doubt that he’s going to have a decent career. I wish him nothing but the best.”

    Donic, 19, was the third player chosen in this past June’s NBA Draft and is known for captivating fans with his unique passing and ball handling skills. Asked what makes Doncic so special, Kokoskov said: “His size and his ability to pass.

    “I think that’s the hardest part of teaching the game of basketball is the passing. Not the technique of the passing, but when it comes to the playmaking. Being a good passer and being a good playmaker requires an understanding of the game and reading the situation on the court. That’s basketball IQ.”

    “He’s a very, very smart player because he can read the situation well, he’s unselfish and he makes other people better,” Kokoskov said. “At the age he is, his game is mature.”

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    Tipoff Luncheon Recap

    Tipoff Luncheon Recap

    2018-19 Dalals Mavericks Tipoff Luncheon Recap

    DALLAS – With a slew of youngsters, high-profile veterans and a legend in the mix, enthusiasm was at an all-time high Thursday, as the Dallas Mavericks hosted the annual Tipoff Luncheon at the American Airlines Center. The event was hosted by Morgan Stanley and gives some of the team’s most loyal fans a chance to interact and hear from coaches, players and front office staff.

    This year’s Dallas Mavericks Tipoff Luncheon raised over $100,000 for the Mavs Foundation and the money is used to help organizations right here at home.

    This Friday (Oct. 19) the Mavs Foundation will unveil its newest basketball court at the Boys & Girls Club of Fort Worth. It will be the 25th basketball court the Mavs Foundation has built and dedicated.

    Mavs CEO, Cynt Marshall, has seen firsthand the impact the players and coaches have on the North Texas community.

    “They are true characters,” she said. “They have character, they have integrity and they care.”

    Marshall said it’s impossible to adequately express the emotions and joy the children display each time they meet a player or coach at a Mavs Foundation event.

    “They are living a dream. They’re looking at the players like ‘oh my goodness, that could be me one day.’ And what I love is they’re not just saying that could be as a basketball player. They’re saying that could be me out there helping people.”

    Over the last 22 years, the Mavs Foundation has granted more than $5 million dollars to nonprofit organizations serving women, children and families in need and created Reading and Learning Centers and basketball courts across the North Texas community.

    This year’s Dallas Mavericks Tipoff Luncheon was hosted by Emmy award-winning television play-by-play announcer, Mark Followill, who is entering his 13th season calling the plays for the Mavs on Fox Sports Southwest, along with Chuck Cooperstein, the radio play-by-play voice of the Mavs on ESPN 103.3 the last decade.

    “The NBA is a fantastic play and the Mavericks are ready to take the place at the top,” Cooperstein told the crowd as he opened the Tipoff Luncheon. “It’s been an amazing summer starting with the draft and going through free agency. I think everyone is ready for a new season.”

    One highlight of Thursday’s event was the introduction of new Mavericks’ center, DeAndre Jordan. He wasted no time addressing the crowd about his zeal to finally join the franchise and play in his home state.

    “It feels great to be here and start a new chapter in my career,” Jordan said. “I wanted to be back in Texas and play for a great organization, a great coach and all these personalities the guys have here. I’ve always been a fan of this arena; no matter if the team is up or down, the fans cheer, or boo – until the final buzzard.”

    Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, entering his 21st season with the franchise, was the final player to walk the blue carpet at the Mavs Tipoff Luncheon and he later shared with the crowd how much he’s anticipating the season.

    “The team has really been working hard,” he said. “We are ready to turn a new page. We have some really good young players and then DeAndre fits great with coach’s system. We are looking forward to a good season.”

    The Mavericks open the 2018-19 campaign Wednesday night at the Phoenix Suns (9:30 p.m., ESPN/FSSW) before returning to Dallas for the home opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves (7:30 p.m. FSN+/FSSW) Saturday night.

    For more information on the Mavs Foundation, visit Mavs.com/Community.

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    Harrison Barnes hopes to be ready to play in Saturday’s game against Minnesota

    PHOENIX – Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes said it’s possible he’ll be able to play in the team’s home opener on Saturday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    “It’s possible, just like there was a possibility I was going to play today,” Barnes said following Wednesday morning’s shootaround. “We’ll just see how it goes, and once I’m back I should be 100 percent.”

    Barnes missed all four of the Mavs’ preseason games after straining his right hamstring during the first week of training camp last month. The seven-year veteran will miss tonight’s regular season opener against the Phoenix Suns – tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. CT – but hopes to go through a full practice session on Friday in preparation for the game against the Timberwolves.

    “I’m feeling good and making progress,” Barnes said. “I’m just relying on the training staff to get me back.

    “They said it was going to be four weeks kind of when it happened — I was pushing for three. Hamstrings are kind of tricky that way. I was trying to be patient. I get a little stir crazy, especially because I haven’t played in a month. I’m trying to just stay locked in and help the guys the best I can from the sidelines.”

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    An impressive collection of talent has hit the open market, and players are now eligible to sign with any team. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.


    Perez drives in two runs in Arizona Fall League

    Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Tuesday.


    Perez drives in two runs in Arizona Fall League

    Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Tuesday.


    Game 1: Mavs vs. Suns

    PHOENIX – That long 82-game journey for the Dallas Mavericks begin Wednesday in the desert in Phoenix when they open the regular season at 9:30 p.m. CT against the Suns.

    The game will be the second half of an ESPN double-header, and the excitement for this season could be felt dangling in the air as the Mavs went through their final full practice session at the Lympo practice facilities before boarding their charter out West.

    Fresh off of revamping their roster over the offseason, the new-look Mavs have dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s and are ready to partake on a voyage that they hope will eventually end with their first playoff trip since the 2015-’16 season.

    “It’s that time of year, and if you’re not excited about NBA basketball there’s something wrong with you,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “It’s just a great time of the year.”

    It’s been a while since the Mavs approached a season with so much promise. And most of that energy surrounds the offseason acquisitions of guard/forward Luka Doncic and center DeAndre Jordan.

    The Mavs executed a draft day trade with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire Doncic, who was the third overall pick of the June NBA Draft. Doncic, 19, was the Most Valuable Player of the EuroLeague regular season and the MVP of the EuroLeague Final Four last season while leading Real Madrid to the championship.

    Everyone associated with the Mavs clearly had Doncic penciled in as the best player of the draft. And based on the early returns, Carlisle said the 6-7, 218-pounder from Slovenia hasn’t disappointed at all.

    “He’s very, very good and he’s going to get better and better,” Carlisle said. “He’s better athletically than people thought, he’s quicker and faster than people thought, and he’s exceedingly smart about the game.

    “He’s got a lot of great tools and his teammates have embraced him.”

    Carlisle pointed out how quickly Doncic drew the respect of Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes.

    “Going back to draft night and his draft press conference, the fact that Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes were there at that introductory press conference for both Luka and Jalen Brunson, that’s big time,” Carlisle said. “There’s a real strong relationship there with Dennis and Luka that’s growing every day and that’s a very important thing.”

    It also was important that the Mavs were able to secure a player of Jordan’s ilk. Jordan is one of the NBA’s best centers, and his rebounding and rim protecting skills are exceptional and are exactly what the Mavs need.
    Jordan will be matched Wednesday night against Suns rookie center Deandre Ayton, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the same draft that produced Doncic.

    “I watched him play a little bit in college, so I know he’s a great talent,” Jordan said of Ayton. “I’m sure he’s going to be a helluva player for their organization for a very long time, but honestly we’re wondering about us.

    “We’re worried about what we’re going to do here and how we’re going to compete.”

    And the Mavs, who were 24-58 last year, are headed to Phoenix with one single-minded purpose.

    “We’re going there to win a basketball game and I’m sure that’s on their mind as well,” Jordan said. “But it’s going to be a battle and we’re excited and we’re ready.

    “We’re all learning each other and we’re jelling faster now that we have some practice days. But I’m excited for us to have a real game and finally play against somebody else for real to where it counts.”

    Unfortunately, the Mavs will face the Suns without two of their best players. Dirk Nowitzki (sore left ankle) and Harrison Barnes (strained right hamstring) are currently sidelined with injuries that prevented both of them from playing in any of the team’s four preseason games.

    “It’s tough not having your 31,000-point scorer (in Nowitzki) ready to go, or your best player, who’s been Harrison Barnes for the last two years,” Carlisle said. “But we’ve been dealt this hand pretty early on in training camp — there’s no big surprise here.

    “These guys have had a little bit of a chance to get acquainted and get some chemistry, but it’s going to be hard work. You’re going on the road playing on national TV on opening night, there’s nothing easy about that. But it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to.”

    Nowitzki may miss the first five games of the season, while Barnes could return as soon as Saturday’s home opener against Minnesota. Either way, Nowitzki is expected to come off the bench for the first time in his illustrious 21-year career – a bench that could develop into one of the best in the entire NBA.

    “Dirk’s not available to play for quite a while, so you’re talking about something in the future, but I like the roster,” Carlisle said. “I like the starters, I like the bench and we’ll make it work until Dirk gets back.

    “But wherever Dirk plays he’s going to be a positive. That’s the story of his career, both analytically and just on the eye test. He’s just been an amazing player.”

    Guard/forward Wesley Matthews said he’d rather open the season on the road than at home.

    “Just that environment where it’s us against the world, and we’ve got to come away with the win,” Matthews said. “Going on the road, regardless of who you’re playing, national TV, in the second game of a doubleheader, the second night that basketball is open and everybody’s going to be amped, everybody is going to be excited.

    “So it’s not going to be easy for anybody. We just got to be in it together.”

    The Mavs started the last two seasons 2-13 and 2-14. But with an amped up defense and a much better roster, they figure to be right in line when the Western Conference playoff invitations are handed out.

    “First of all we’re tired of what happened the last two years,” guard J. J. Barea said. “We had some bad luck there at the beginning.

    “But this year with Jordan, with Luka, (Dennis Smith) junior second year, I think the starting lineup is going to be better. They’re going to start the game better than the last couple of years and I’m excited about our bench.

    “Our bench is going to be really good again. So I think we know that we could be better, that we’re going to have a better season and I think that’s going to help.”

    NOTES: The Mavs open the regular season Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. CT in Phoenix against the Suns. The game will be televised on ESPN as the second half of a double-header. FSSW will also televise the game. In addition, the contest also can be heard on ESPN 103.3 FM and on Univision 1270 AM (Spanish). . .The NBA announced Wednesday that 108 international players from a record-tying 42 countries and territories are on the opening-day rosters of the 30 teams. And the Mavs have the most international players with seven. That includes Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), Luka Doncic (Slovenia), J. J. Barea (Puerto Rico), Dwight Powell (Canada), Ryan Broekhoff (Australia), Maxi Kleber (Germany) and Salah Mejri (Tunisia). Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is from Greece and is one of the Mavs’ two-way players, is not on that list. What differences are there in the players born in the United States and those born overseas? “I don’t see a big difference, other than occasionally you get a language challenge,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “But even then most of the guys coming from international situations speak multiple languages, and English is usually one of them.”. .Coach Rick Carlisle and guard/forward Wesley Matthews spoke candidly about Portland Trailblazers owner Paul Allen, who died Monday at the age of 65. “I was fortunate to get to know him in the 90’s when I was an assistant coach with the Blazers,” Carlisle said. “I ran into him a few times over the years. Great man, great love for the game, loved the Blazers more than anything. I’m very, very sad. My deepest condolences go out to the Blazers organization and his family. It’s a huge loss.” Matthews played for the Blazers from 2010-’15. “First of all, rest in peace for Mr. Allen,” Matthews said. “My condolences to his family and his friends. He was a great guy. He was intelligent, he loved the game of basketball, he was a huge fan. I made sure to talk to him every time that I saw him, even when he was coming to Dallas. I got the news (Monday) and it was heartbreaking. My heart goes out to his family.”. .Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm was a guest at the Mavs’ practice on Tuesday. Bird was the No. 1 overall pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft and helped the Storm win league championships in 2004, ’10 and this past season. She also is an 11-time WNBA All-Star and is the league’s all-time assist leader. “She’s obviously one of the best basketball players to play the game, male or female,” Wesley Matthews said. “Champion, gold medalist, you name it.”..Carlisle spoke in glowing terms about the young talented players he has on his roster, and the old talented players. “If I’m playing a golf course that has Bermuda greens, on that particular day I love Bermuda greens,” Carlisle said. “But when I play somewhere else on another day and there’s Bent, well I love Bent.”. .Suns coach Igor Kokoskov coached Doncic on the Slovenian national team at EuroBasket 2017 when Slovenia went 9-0 in the tournament and won its first gold medal.

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    Wakamatsu, Wathan interview for managerial job

    The Rangers added two more candidates to their managerial search by interviewing interim manager Don Wakamatsu and Phillies third-base coach Dusty Wathan.


    Cynt Marshall discusses diversity and inclusion with Sports Business Journal

    The following is an excerpt from a Sports Business Journal article on Cynt Marshall and inclusion.

    Cynthia Marshall knows the difference between diversity and inclusion. “Diversity is being invited to the party,” she says. “Inclusion is being asked to dance. True inclusion is when people are invited in on the conversation and they’re invited in on the strategy.”

    The more women, the greater the odds of true inclusion. But too often the call for more women in sports leadership positions translates into a checklist mentality. Too often that mentality results in the addition of one or maybe two women. That’s progress, but it stops well short of the kind of inclusion that prompts culture-changing progress. And culture-changing progress is what’s needed with most pro franchises, league offices and international sports federations.

    Click here to read more!

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    Rehman to join Rangers as an assistant GM

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    Mavericks very excited to have DeAndre Jordan patrolling the middle for them

    DALLAS – Three plausible reasons the Dallas Mavericks waited patiently to get their hands on DeAndre Jordan is the center’s penchant for being a terrific rebounder and rim protector, along with his ability to be one of the NBA’s best pick-and-roll finishers.

    Jordan is a defensive wizard in the middle of the paint largely because he can cover a lot of ground, largely because he’s a large man, and largely because he can erase some of the defensive deficiencies his teammates encounter on the perimeter. In essence, Jordan (6-11, 265) is exactly what the doctor prescribed when the Mavs went searching for a center during the offseason to help cure the weaknesses down in the interior defense.

    “He’s a great rebounder,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “Our defensive rebounding percentage will get better simply by virtue of him.”

    Carlisle even harkened the name of Tyson Chandler when describing some of Jordan’s abundant talents. Chandler brought a much-needed defensive culture to the Mavs when he helped them win the 2011 NBA title.

    Jordan has some of that similar defensive swag that Chandler brought to the table. Plus, his habit of collecting valuable offensive rebounds should be a plus for the Mavs.

    “It creates possessions when you have a guy like him,” Carlisle said, referring to Jordan’s offensive rebounding exploits. “He’s a very good tip-out (rebounding) guy similar to what Tyson Chandler did a lot when he was here.

    “The actual metrics of it are uncertain because we haven’t gotten into the season yet. But if you can generate second shots in this league, that’s a big plus. We’ve got take advantage of those things that he’s able to do.”

    Jordan led the NBA in rebounds during the 2013-’14 season with 13.6 per game, and again in ’14-’15 with 15 per contest. He also finished second in the league in rebounds last season with a career-high 15.2 boards per game.

    Yet as far as defense goes, Jordan is the first to point out that he’s unequivocally not a one-man Army as the Mavs prepare for their regular season opener Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. CT in Phoenix.

    “I’m not going to come in and say I’m going to change our whole defensive scheme,” Jordan said. “But I know what I can bring to the table and I know what I’m going to try to bring to the table to this team and to this organization, and I’m super excited about it.

    “But at the end of the day it’s going to take five guys.”

    Jordan made the NBA’s All-Defensive first team in 2015 and ’16, and is known for locking in and blanketing the other team defensively while making them think twice about driving to the basket. But Jordan also realizes that basketball is a team sport, and he needs his teammates to step up and pitch in and do their part at the defensive end of the floor so all the pieces can be tied neatly together.

    “Individually, we can only do so much,” Jordan said. “But I feel like when we’re connected — all five in whatever five guys are out there — we’ve got to be on a string, we’ve got to communicate, we’ve got to be physical, we’ve got to lock in the game plans and play.

    “At the end of the day it’s basketball. I feel like everybody here is ready to go. We’ve got some guys who are capable (defenders) and have been defenders in their careers, and I’m excited to play with these guys.”

    J. J. Barea also is excited to play with Jordan. The 12-year veteran has seen more than his fair share of highlights where Jordan was on the receiving end of the pick-and-roll play and completed the task by absolutely annihilating the rim via the lob dunk.

    Asked after Monday’s practice about executing the lob dunk to Jordan, Barea smiled and said: “Oh, we’re trying to get a bunch. Dwight (Powell) was my target last year, so I’m good with him.

    “So now I’ve got to see how it goes with DeAndre. We need more of those (lob dunks) this year.”

    Jordan, who averaged double-doubles in each of the last five seasons, had the perfect lob dunk marriage when former Los Angeles Clippers teammates Chris Paul was lobbing the ball to him near the rim. Jordan believes second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and rookie Luka Doncic possess some of those same pick-and-roll qualities as Paul.

    “I think they’re both capable of coming off and making plays,” Jordan said. “Dennis, we’ve seen him, he can explode to the basket,

    “And Luka’s so big and strong he can finish and shoot the basketball. So I feel like when I’m rolling to the basket and drawing attention, those guys are making shots and driving to the basket.”

    And when it came to heaping praises on his teammates, Jordan didn’t stop there.

    “We’ve got Wesley (Matthews) and Harrison (Barnes) and (Dorian Finney-Smith) knocking down shots, so we’re going to be tough. But we’ve all got to put it together and just kind of attack the defense and whatever opens up we’ll take that option.”

    That’s precisely what the Mavs said to themselves when the option of signing Jordan to a one-year free agent contract became available to them this past summer. It’s an option the Mavs couldn’t refuse.

    Especially since Jordan verbally agreed to sign with the Mavs as a free agent in the summer of 2015, but surprisingly changed his mind and instead re-signed with the Clippers.

    “We’re excited to have him,” Carlisle said. “There’s no other way to say it.”

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    Rangers lose hitting coach Iapoce to Cubs

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    Mavericks picked up the third year option on Dennis Smith Jr.’s contract

    DALLAS – Before he began his press conference after Monday’s practice at the Lympo practice facilities, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle delivered some important news regarding the organization.

    “The club has picked up Dennis Smith Jr.’s third year contract option, so that’s official,” Carlisle said. “Easy decision and I’m very happy for him.”

    Smith, who is set to collect $3,650,100 this year for being the ninth overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, will earn an additional $3,823,900 next season in his rookie scale contract.

    As a rookie point guard out of North Carolina State last year for the Mavs, Smith averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 assists per game while establishing himself as one of the league’s best young players. And if the four preseason games are any indication, Smith’s passing should be much better this year than last year.

    “I think that’s a credit to coach and the offense and the teammates staying within the scheme,” Smith said. “They do a good job of getting spaced out, and it’s a lot easier for me to find an open guy when we’ve got good floor spacing.”

    The Mavs open the regular season in Phoenix on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. against the Suns. And Smith, no doubt, will play a pivotal role as the Mavs try to start the season on a winning note.

    “What a great first year and he’s had a great beginning to the second year, and so he’s going to be here,” Carlisle said. “He’s put in over a year of work with core, with functional training and functional strength and those kinds of things. All that helps to build a base to help your durability, longevity and all those kinds of things.

    “The NBA season is grueling. It’s 82 games, but really there’s more with exhibitions, and if you get to the playoffs you can ring up 100 games before you can blink. All that stuff really helps any young player, but Dennis in particular has done a great job with that.”

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    Rangers' AFL crop includes Minors' K-rate king

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    As the Mavs prepare for their season opener, Smith becomes one of the team’s leaders

    DALLAS – His second NBA season is three days away from getting underway, and Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is already talking like a team leader.

    So much so that coach Rick Carlisle paraphrased a line from the old EF Hutton commercial when describing Smith.

    “When he talks people listens,” Carlisle said following Sunday’s practice at the Lympo practice facilities. “He’s not a guy that’s going to give you a lot of unnecessary constant chatter.

    “But he understands when to step forward and be strong as a leader verbally.”

    Smith is so locked into what he’s doing that as the Mavs open the regular season Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. in Phoenix, he’s only concentrating on one thing.

    “I just want to make the playoffs,” Smith said. “That’s it. When I say make the playoffs, I mean doing whatever I can to be the best me, and everything else will fall in line and the accolades that I’m aiming for will fall in line and we’ll make the playoffs.”

    And how exactly will the Mavs make the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference?

    “Be really good defensively, get good shots, play within the game plan,” Smith said. “If we do that every night I think that’ll give us a good shot.”

    The Mavs’ good shot at advancing to the playoffs may very well hinge on the play of Smith, who buried himself in the gym in the offseason in an all-out attempt to become one of the NBA’s best playmakers. If there was a gym available – no matter what city he was in this past summer – Smith was there working on his game.

    “I’ve seen a lot of growth, really in all areas,” Carlisle said of Smith. “Maybe the most important area is as a team leader.

    “We’re really trying to keep things as simple as possible for all of our guys. And with that said, the point guard is always going to have the most complex job of ball distribution and mixing in an aggressive attack to score, to set up play-making opportunities, and there is real nuance for all that stuff. But he’s smart, he wants it and I really love the way he’s playing. He gets a little better every day.”

    Smith most notably wants to improve his defense this season, so he wound up studying some of the game’s best defenders – including Mavs players DeAndre Jordan, Dorian Finney-Smith and Wesley Matthews. Smith said, minus some minor lapses, he saw some major improvements in his defense during the Mavs’ four preseason games.

    “I watch film after every game defensively, so I’ll be able to make that improvement,” Smith said. “I see Wes and DJ how they stay engaged on the defensive end, and (Finney-Smith).

    “I’ve been watching a lot of really good defensive guys this summer. Even now I still watch a lot of other really good defensive players in the league and watch how they guard certain things, so I’ve been doing my homework.”

    Smith, who just shot 39.5 percent from the field and 31.3 percent form 3-point range last season, also did his homework in regards to learning how to improve his shooting stroke. That’s where he’s been leaning on Peter Patton, the Mavs’ new shooting coach.

    “I’m just trusting my mechanics,” Smith said, who averaged 15.2 points and 5.2 assists last season. “We’ve got Peter in now. He told me my mechanics weren’t bad.

    “It’s that I got to trust and stick with my follow-through and things of that nature. The simple things that you first learn. The same things that my pops tell me. It’s been working so far, so I’m going to stick with it.”

    With the Mavs also having rookie Luka Doncic an accomplished ball handler, Smith knows there will be times this season when he’ll be asked to play off the ball. He addressed that notion, too, over the summer.

    “I’ve gotten better at it,” Smith said. “I played a lot of off the ball in pickup (games), but to be honest I really don’t feel like I’m having the ball too much less than I did last year.

    “I think it’ll probably be easier to stay engage if I just talk. On the ball I’ve been doing a lot better job. It’s just off the ball I’ve got to make improvements, and I think it’s just talking.”

    The Mavs lost their season opener last year to the Atlanta Hawks, 117-111, in a game Smith scored 16 points and dispensed 10 assists. He wouldn’t mind having similar results in this season’s opener – with the Mavs winning, of course.

    “It was my first NBA game last year, so I was super juiced up,” Smith said. “I played off complete adrenalin last year.

    “We lost a close game. I don’t want to repeat the end results, so we plan on getting a win Wednesday.”

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    The five takeaways from the 123-118 loss at the hands of the Charlotte Hornets

    Here are my 5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks’ 123-118 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday at American Airlines Center:

    1. JORDAN IS A DUNKING MACHINE: One thing’s for sure. When DeAndre Jordan is anywhere around, there’s going to be a whole lot of dunking going on. Against Charlotte, Jordan went 6-of-6 from the field. And five of his field goals were dunks. Jordan mastered three of his dunks during a two minute and 38 second span of the third quarter. Two of those came via spectacular passes from rookie Luka Doncic, and other was an alley-oop dunk resulted from a pass from Dennis Smith Jr. NBA rims, beware! You guys are in deep trouble.

    2. DONCIC HAS BEEN HERE BEFORE: Yes, Luka Doncic is an NBA rookie. And he’s only 19. But you have to remember, this kid started playing pro basketball in Europe at the tender age of 16. OK, it wasn’t the NBA, but it was still PRO BASKETBALL, for crying out loud! That’s why you see Doncic able to navigate himself around the court with so much ease. It’s as if he’s been there done that before. Well, actually he has been there done that before as a pro basketball player. It’s just that it was in Europe – not in the NBA.

    3. MAVS LIT UP THE SCOREBOARD: Those 118 the Mavs scored against Charlotte has to be music to coach Rick Carlisle’s ears, because that was a monumental achievement for a team who had issues trying to score last season. By contrast, last year – including the preseason – the Mavs only reached the 118-point barrier seven times, with six of those coming during the regular season. And don’t forget, the Mavs played Friday’s game without two of their top four scorers from last year in Harrison Barnes (hamstring) and Dirk Nowitzki (ankle).

    4. HOW DID SMITH AND DONCIC DO: Whenever the Mavs play, the first thing people want to know is did they win or lose, and how did Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. play. Doncic scored a game-high tying 18 points and showed off his defensive skills by picking up three steals. The rookie from Slovenia was 6-of-14 from the field, 4-of-10 from 3-point territory and also contributed four rebounds and four assists while turning the ball over just one time. Smith contributed 16 points and three assists, and was 5-of-14 from the floor and 2-of-5 from 3-point range. And yes, they created another buzz.

    5. ARE THE MAVS READY FOR THE REGULAR SEASON OPENER: The Mavs only played four preseason games. That’s down from the six they played last year, seven they played two years ago, and the eight that they played during the 2014-’15 season. With so many young players on his roster, coach Rick Carlisle said it would have been nice to have more preseason games on this year’s slate before they open the regular season Wednesday in Phoenix. Also, if you count the preseason opener the Mavs played against the Beijing Ducks, they actually only played three preseason games against NBA teams.

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