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The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Timberwolves

Final: Wolves 111, Mavs 87

Box Score | Highlights

Behind the Box Score

With a made bucket at the 11:45 mark of the second quarter, Dirk Nowitzki (10,751) moved past Hakeem Olajuwon into eighth place on the all-time career made field goals list.

The Mavericks allowed just 43 points in the first half, a new season-low. The previous lowest was 44, done three times.

Notebook

  • This was a tale of two halves in many ways for rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and his team. The Mavericks took a 55-43 lead into the break thanks in large part to Smith’s play, but then the third quarter reared its ugly head and the offense took a turn for the worse. On the positive side, the ball was flying all over the place in the first half and a lot of that has to do with how Smith was willing to share the ball. Dallas is at its best when the ball doesn’t stick and instead finds itself in the hands of players at every position in all areas of the floor. On two occasions, Smith was able to use a downhill attack to open things up for a shooter. First, he drove it and forced the defense to collapse before finding Wesley Matthews.

    Then, for the first time his rim-running off the ball created some gravity to pull Harrison Barnes’ defender into the paint and leave Barnes open for 3.

    Typically only a big man will have such an extreme effect on a help defender when moving toward the rim, but Smith has become a pretty fearsome dunker so it was only a matter of time before defenses started showing him respect in those situations. That’s what worked well for Dallas in the first half.

  • There are still growing pains with Smith — as to be expected for any teenager playing heavy minutes in a position of responsibility at this level — and many of those things showed up in the second half. The Dallas offense slowed down quite a bit after halftime, which hurt the inside-out game that the Mavs thrived on in the first two quarters. It’s much tougher for the Mavs to attack early in the shot clock off a make than it is a miss, and it’s tougher for them to stop the other team off a miss than a make, so that chain presents a problem when shots aren’t falling: The offense isn’t helping the defense, which isn’t helping the offense, which isn’t helping the defense, and so on. The Mavs have to improve in the third quarter. It’s certainly unfair to blame Smith any more than you would blame another player on the roster; Rick Carlisle himself said the entire team is at fault for something like this. Part of Smith’s development is finding ways to continue attacking a defense after the halftime break, during which opposing teams regroup and make adjustments. I suspect as time goes on he’ll improve in that area.

  • In yet another lineup shake-up, Maxi Kleber got the first start of his career, joining the typical core of Smith-Matthews-Barnes-Dirk. Kleber has been a pretty consistent on-off positive for the team most of this season, and frankly he earned more minutes after his performance Tuesday night against San Antonio. Kleber had a pretty quiet night on the stat sheet but sometimes that’s going to happen to you when you go up against a star like Karl-Anthony Towns. It’ll be interesting to see who gets the start tomorrow night against Milwaukee.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (2-14) will play the Milwaukee Bucks (8-6) on Saturday at American Airlines Center at 8 p.m. Central.

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    Mavericks sign Antonius Cleveland to two-way contract; waive Clavell

    Antonius Cleveland 2016-2017 highlights

    Check out highlights from Antonius Cleveland's senior season at Southeast Missouri State!

    DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed guard/forward Antonius Cleveland to a two-way contract. In a related move, the Mavericks requested waivers on guard Gian Clavell.

    A native of Memphis, played four seasons at Southeast Missouri State University (2013-17) before going undrafted in 2017. As a senior in 2016-17, he averaged 16.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 32.9 minutes in 33 games (all starts) for the Redhawks on his way to being named All-Ohio Valley Conference First Team.

    Cleveland played on Portland’s summer league team in 2017 and spent the 2017 preseason with Golden State. He appeared in six games for Golden State’s G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, in 2017-18, averaging 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 25.9 minutes.

    He will wear number 44 for the Mavericks.

    The 2017-18 season will mark the first year NBA two-way contracts will be implemented. NBA teams are allowed to have up to two players under two-way contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team.

    Two-way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four-or-fewer years of NBA experience are able to sign two-way contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

    Clavell saw action in seven game for the Mavericks this season averaging 2.9 points and 1.0 rebound in 9.1 minutes per game.

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    Mavs backup big man Maxi Kleber hopes to continue making impact off Dallas’ bench

    DALLAS — Although 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki has made Dallas Mavericks fans well aware of where Wurzburg, Germany, is on the map, it’s another native of the small town that has given the team a boost off the bench in recent games this season.

    This season, 6-foot-11 versatile forward Maxi Kleber has shown Nowitzki isn’t the only German big man with skills around the basket, averaging 4.0 points and 1.7 rebonds in just 11.8 minutes per game during his nine appearances with the Mavericks (2-13). He has also shot 50 percent from the field during those opportunities, giving Mavs coach Rick Carlisle a reason to entrust the 25-year-old with more playing time. That said, Kleber has found a way into the Mavericks’ rotation in recent games by sliding down from his customary power forward position to help fill the team’s needs on the wings. And according to Carlisle, the athletic 220-pounder could continue to see time on the court with second-year standout Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) expected to be sidelined for the foreseeable future.

    “He has proven that he is ready,” Carlisle said of Kleber following his five-point outing during Tuesday’s 97-91 loss to San Antonio. “You know, really continually, and so he’s done a good job. I like the way he played (Tuesday). The difference between the European three-point line and the NBA three-point line is something he’s working hard on. Those two (three-point shots) he took were good-looking shots (on Tuesday). I was pulling for them to go in for us, but also for him, ’cause he’s worked so hard. But they will go in. He’s just got to stay with it.”

    Kleber spent the last eight seasons playing professionally in Germany and Spain, suiting up for Germany’s FC Bayern Munich each of the last two campaigns. He averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.2 blocks en route to being named a BBL All-Star, earning a spot on the All-BBL Second Team and the BBL Most Effective Player award during 37 appearances in the Basketball Bundesliga League (BBL) games for Bayern Munich last year. During 17 EuroCup games in 2016-17, Kleber averaged 9.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists while being named to the All-EuroCup Second Team. He has also played for the German national team in international competitions, including the 2014 Eurobasket qualification rounds.

    However, while shooting just 18.2 percent from three-point range this season with the Mavericks, Kleber admits that it has been an adjustment to the NBA level. And despite his posterizing dunk over Spurs forward Rudy Gay during Tuesday’s loss, the athletic big man knows he must do more in order to earn additional playing time from Carlisle this season.

    “I mean, I know what I had to expect, so for me it’s about giving energy, working hard, being ready and staying ready,” Kleber explained. “I never know when I’m going to play, but what I want to be is ready, so that’s all I prepare for before the games.

    “I mean, unfortunately we’re missing some players, so I had to switch to the three. It’s not the position I usually play, but I think I’m a team player. I tried to play good defense, find the open man and play for the team, and I can do that from the three position, too. People might not know me, so they don’t expect it. But I think I’m a decent athlete.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now continue their homestand Friday night at American Airlines Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota leads the season series 1-0 after a 112-99 home win on Nov. 4. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:
    Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
    Devin Harris (bruised ribs) — out
    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out

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    Mavs believe less dribbling, more ball movement could lead to more efficient offense

    The common theme echoing throughout the Dallas locker room after Tuesday’s 97-91 loss to San Antonio was an acknowledged need to see more ball movement.

    Look through the Mavs’ season game log and you’ll notice one thing: Dallas recorded 26 assists in last week’s win at Washington. That’s the only game since the season opener in which the Mavericks have handed out more than 22 assists. Rick Carlisle’s offense is designed to get players going downhill and forcing the defense to react, leaving either a shooter or a roll man open. But the ball has been prone to sticking on that end of the floor recently, which means there are fewer assist opportunities and more one-on-one basketball.

    Carlisle believes the ball should hit the floor as little as possible on offense. “The dribble has to be used when needed,” he said. Some players — like J.J. Barea, for example — dribble the ball quite a bit but there’s a method to his madness. Barea is a master at kicking off a possession by using the ball-screen and then reading the situation. If he doesn’t like what he sees, he keeps the dribble alive and calls for a re-screen. He repeats until something desirable unfolds.

    That’s a situation where dribbling is more acceptable, because the pick-and-roll is a set that involves two players and leaves open the possibility of a cutter or shooter becoming involved. Too often lately, however, the Mavs have fallen victim to switch-heavy defenses turning the offense into five games of one-on-one.

    Take Saturday’s game against Cleveland, for example, when the Cavs’ shortest starter was 6-foot-5 Iman Shumpert. At all times, the Cavs had no fewer than four players who could freely switch to defend at least three positions, sometimes more. Dallas is a team that wants to target size or speed mismatches, but some teams are able to wipe out those weaknesses by fielding lineups of similarly sized players. The same thing happened the next night in Oklahoma City, where Paul George and Andre Roberson and their massive wingspans were able to keep Dennis Smith Jr. from getting past them. All of this results in grind-it-out possessions featuring a lot of isolation, which the Mavs want to avoid.

    “That’s what happens when teams switch. That’s what they want you to do,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “They want you to slow the game down, get into a lot of one-on-one, shoot step-back jumpers, contested 2s. That’s where the game’s going. A lot of teams are switching now. A lot of teams are playing the same-sized guys — four, five, six, seven 6-9 guys switching everything. We’ve got to get better and attack that. We have shown flashes where we keep moving, cutting, finding open shooters, penetrating and kicking.”

    Switch-heavy defensive units harm two players in particular: Smith and Harrison Barnes. Smith is a 19-year-old rookie point guard with otherworldly athleticism and already a strong feel for the game for such a young player. He’s having to learn a ton on the fly, though — the Mavs have played the most games in the league, so there’s been very little practice time, and 10 of their 15 games have come against teams with winning records — so he simply hasn’t had a lot of time to gain an understanding of what to do when a wing switches on him. He’s already shown that he can blow by most big men, though.

    That’s an easy read for Smith. Pau Gasol is a brilliant player but he’s simply not quick enough to stay in front of the Mavs rookie. But every other team in the league has seen him do this to guys too many times already, so they’re beginning to make adjustments. When Gasol becomes Danny Green, Andre Roberson, or LeBron James, Smith’s read isn’t as easy because those guys are longer than him and also about as athletic. That’s where more practices — and time, in general — will help him.

    “It’s something that we’re working on learning — well, at least me,” Smith said. “I’ve got a lot to learn about that, trying to get into the paint and still not dribble too much. It’s just taking some time. I haven’t figured it out yet, but I’m sure it’ll come around though.”

    Smith, to be fair, scored a career-high 27 points against the Spurs, although many of those points came toward the very end of the game as the Mavs were hoisting shots in a hurry to erase a double-digit lead and San Antonio was backing off. Still, he’s scored at least 15 points in seven straight games and at least 20 in three of his last four. The rookie has come a very long way in a short period of time as a scorer, but his line of six turnovers against two assists reinforces his words: He needs some time to figure it out.

    Barnes, meanwhile, continues to excel at exploiting size mismatches in isolation. He ranks in the 73rd percentile in iso scoring against a switch this season, per Synergy Sports, and last season he ranked in the 83rd percentile, scoring 1.125 points per possession. Smaller players simply aren’t tall enough to challenge his shot, and bigger players aren’t quick enough to stay in front of him. Barnes has developed into the kind of player who can terrorize size mismatches, but — like Smith — he and the Mavs are still finding ways to get him going against longer, switch-heavy teams.

    “The mentality’s still the same,” Barnes said. “You still want to attack. You still want to get to the basket.”

    Between Smith, Barnes, Barea, and Nowitzki, the Mavs have some of the most dangerous players in the league against physical mismatches. But when the opponent can erase those problems by throwing out a ton of wings on the floor, over-dribbling can happen.

    “There has to be balance,” Barnes said. “I think we have guys on this team who can create off the dribble, who are good at that. But at the same time, I understand what (Carlisle is) saying, just in terms of moving, making sure everyone’s touching it, getting a flow to the offense. I think there’s a balance to be had with both. Right now, in trying to get out of this rut, I think we’re trying to figure that out.”

    The Mavericks have shown glimpses of being able to score at will. For stretches of the games against the Wizards and Cavs, especially, Dallas became red-hot and the ball was flying all over the place. It certainly hurts that the team has been without Seth Curry all season and Devin Harris has missed some time, too, which limits the number of playmakers available; much of the ball movement problems can be solved organically with their return. In the meantime, however, the responsibility appears to have fallen on Smith’s and Barnes’ shoulders, as the two players most heavily involved in initiating the downhill movement this offense thrives on. It just so happens that they collectively have fewer than two full seasons worth of experience as featured players on an NBA team, so there’s definitely a learning curve.

    They’re working through it right now, and so are the rest of their teammates. The Mavs recognize the problem and have identified the solution, and with two practices before their next game, they have some time to smooth some things out.

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    After producing career-high scoring night, Dennis Smith Jr. hopes to lead Mavs to more wins

    DALLAS — He produced a career-high scoring night Tuesday against the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs, scoring 18 points during the fourth quarter. But after seeing the Dallas Mavericks suffer a 97-91 defeat to run their losing streak to three games, rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. says he needs to do more in order to lead his team to a win.

    Scoring a career-high 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting and 5 of 11 from three-point range, Smith led the Mavericks (2-13) in a losing effort while grabbing six rebounds and dishing two assists. The 19-year-old Smith also became the youngest player in franchise history with at least 25 points and five rebounds in a game. Smith has recorded three 20-point games during the Mavs’ last four outings, averaging 19.6 points on 41.1 percent shooting and 37 percent from three-point range during the month of November. Still, Smith says his personal statistics were meaningless without team success. And with three more matchups left on the Mavericks’ current four-game homestand, Smith will attempt to do more while helping his team get on track.

    “We’ve got to get something that translates to wins. Whether it’s 27 or seven (points), we’ve got to get some wins,” Smith explained. “We’ve got to get some wins. That’s about it. I’m just trying to make plays to get wins, man. That’s it.”

    On the season, Smith is averaging 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and a team-best 4.7 assists in 13 games, shooting 40.6 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three-point range. He’s also committing 3.5 turnovers an outing, displaying the growing pains of a first-year floor general.

    Meanwhile, Smith says he’s still trying to find the balance of being aggressive as a scorer within the flow of the Dallas offense and getting his teammates involved. But after his best scoring performance of the season, Smith says he hopes to be better engineering the offensive attack while leading the Dallas squad to a much-needed victory.

    “That’s something that we’re working on learning. Well, I know at least with me, I’ve got a lot to learn about that, trying to get into the paint and still not dribble too much. It’s just taking some time. I haven’t figured it out yet, but I’m sure it will come around, though,” Smith admitted.

    He added: “I’m still getting about wherever I want most of the game. It’s just something has got to translate to wins. Something has got to change. We’ll figure out what that is hopefully (Wednesday), and then finish this little homestand strong.”

    Showing his raw athleticism and natural ability early in his rookie season, Smith has begun to garner the attention of opposing defenses. That said, limiting the cat-quick guard’s effectiveness has become the focal point of the opposition, according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle. Now, Smith has to adjust to the many defensive looks teams are giving him on a nightly basis. But according to Carlisle, the budding star is more than up for the challenge.

    “He’s going to continue to get attention, ‘cause he’s a (darn) good player. And this is good for him,” Carlisle said with high praise for Smith. “He’s going to continue to learn a lot in very short periods of time. … He’s learning how to read those situations, and he’s going to continue to get better and better.

    “Just continue to make good reads, and continue to learn about situations that are going to come up the first time you go through the league,” the coach added. “Each game he progresses. And in many ways each game it does get harder, ‘cause there’s more scouting film on him and different things to try to neutralize his strengths. You know, he’s just got to understand the gauntlet of different coverages, defenders, bigger guys, switching lineups and smaller guys that are going to try to pick him up fullcourt. There’s going to be an array of different things.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now continue their homestand Friday night at American Airlines Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota leads the season series 1-0 after a 112-99 home win on Nov. 4. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:
    Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee quadriceps tendinitis) — out
    Devin Harris (bruised ribs) — out
    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out

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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Spurs

    Final: Spurs 97, Mavs 91

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    This was by far the slowest game in terms of possessions the Mavs have played in a while. The Spurs rank toward the bottom in pace and the Mavs aren’t too far ahead of them, so you know when two slower teams meet, the possessions will be few. That means they come at a premium, because you’re not going to get too many chances with the ball. Things like turnovers and allowing offensive rebounds can be even more costly in a game like this

    JJ Barea had been shooting just 2 of 10 on 3-pointers in his last two games before this one, but tonight he shot 3 of 6 to get back on track and bust the slump.

    This was Dennis Smith Jr.’s seventh straight game with at least 15 points. It’s the longest such streak by a Mavs rookie since Jamal Mashburn did it 15 consecutive times from February to March 1994. Keep the team’s rookie record book and an eraser handy, because Smith is going to find his name on more and more all-time franchise lists. He finished with a career-high 27 points tonight.

    Notebook

  • Harrison Barnes has said many times in his years as a Maverick that having to bang with bigs in the post on defense takes a toll on his legs when it comes time to hoist jumpers on offense. You never want to assume, but Barnes’ shooting line tonight makes you wonder if having to defend LaMarcus Aldridge down low affected him on the other end. Make no mistake: Barnes is fully capable of exploiting a quickness advantage against bigger, slower defenders, but the Spurs are so good defensively that as a unit San Antonio is capable of making up for that and still forcing difficult shots. Barnes still managed to break into double-figures and went to the free throw line five times, which was good to see. The good news is there aren’t many teams in the NBA who have the combination of system and personnel that the Spurs do. Most nights, Barnes, wins this matchup.

  • Maxi Kleber got some significant playing time tonight due to the absences of Devin Harris and Dorian Finney-Smith. The German rookie was effective in his time on the floor, too, scoring five points and blocking a shot. He threw down one of the better dunks we’ve seen in the building this season:

    And he soon after followed it up with a blocked shot and another dunk:

    Rick Carlisle said this morning that Finney-Smith will be out “a while,” and while Harris likely won’t miss too much more time, the fact remains that there are wing minutes to be had on this team. If Kleber can continue to be productive, he could be the one to claim that playing time.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (2-13) will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (8-5) on Friday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.

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    Highlights from Dennis Smith Jr.’s Q&A with David Aldridge

    Mavs rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. participated in a Q&A with the NBA’s David Aldridge for the respected writer’s Monday Morning Tip, a weekly column on all things NBA. Check out the full article here, with some of Smith’s best answers below.

    Aldridge: How have you tried to separate the mental toll of the 82-game season from the physical?

    DSJ: Physically, I’m doing a really good job right now. Our training staff, they make sure I stay on top of everything, whether I feel like it or not — make sure that I do it. It’s greatly appreciated. Mentally, I think that just comes from having humbleness. I appreciate being able to play right now. I sat out a whole year already with my ACL. I’m thankful for this opportunity.

    Aldridge: It’s funny that you mentioned that, because a lot of the scouts I spoke with before the Draft said one of the things they were most impressed with about you was you came back and played Adidas Nations — where you got injured — the next year. And I wonder how important it was for you to get back in time to play Nations?

    DSJ: I think that was one of the biggest things to help me conquer the injury mentally. For me, I was up early, moving, way before I was supposed to. I got in trouble for it a couple of times. I was moving around so much before I was supposed to my grandma hit me with a broom a couple of times when she caught me. For me to go back to Nations where I tore it at, that was a big mountain I had to climb mentally, and I think I conquered that.

    Aldridge: I asked Coach (Carlisle) this — and coaches want to win every night. But I asked him if it would be good for you to experience failure, so he can learn from it. Because that’s what this league is. Everybody gets their butt kicked; the great ones come back from it.

    DSJ: Exactly. That’s mental toughness. And I think part of being a rookie, especially being a point guard, I think it’s important for me to take some of these lumps. I want to win every game, but tribulations come with being the best. That’s with everybody. So you take your lumps early, but you’ve got to look at everything as a lesson, and you’ve got to grow from it.

    Smith is a super-confident player who oozes potential and has already shown flashes of greatness just 12 games into his career. The season hasn’t gone the way he and the Mavs hoped it would, of course, with Dallas sitting at just 2-12 on the year. But as Smith said early in training camp, there’s beauty in the struggle. He’s learning a heck of a lot, and even though there have been more losses than wins, he’s still experienced some high moments.

    The Mavs know they got a good one on draft night, and Smith’s play so far this season — along with the attention he’s getting from national media and some of the biggest stars in the game — only confirms that he’s got a chance to become one of the special talents in this league.

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    Mavs hope to remedy third-quarter woes after loss in OKC

    DALLAS — It is proving to be the Dallas Mavericks’ Achilles’ heel thus far this season after a string of third-quarter collapses early in the 2017-18 schedule. Now, after surrendering a 39-point third quarter during Sunday’s 112-99 defeat at Oklahoma City, the Mavericks (2-12) hope to address their sluggish starts in second halves.

    Outscored 39-25 in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss, the Mavs failed to keep pace with the high-octane Thunder after trailing by just two, 44-42, entering the halftime break. The Mavericks then couldn’t overcome their third-quarter woes down the stretch, despite outscoring the Thunder in the other three quarters combined by one, 74-73. And after a similar third-quarter collapse the previous night at home against Cleveland while suffering a 111-104 defeat, the Mavs will emphasis a better start to the second half prior to Tuesday’s matchup against the Southwest Division rival San Antonio Spurs.

    “Well, in Washington (during a 113-99 win last Tuesday) we played a very good third quarter, got off to a good start and played a forceful third. I don’t know that we won (the third quarter), but we maintained. In other recent games we’re struggling in the third a lot,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confessed after Sunday’s loss. “We’ve got to fix it. It’s got to become a mentality. We’ve just got to do better in all areas.

    “Giving up 39 in the third was the game, ‘cause we outscored them in the other three quarters combined by a point. You’ve just got to put four quarters together in this league.”

    The Mavericks have certainly failed to put four strong quarters this season, outscored by opponents 401-321 in the third quarter through their first 14 games. The Mavs have also been outscored by double figures in the third period eight times this season, allowing an averaging of 28.6 points in the quarter.

    That all must change if the Mavericks hope to turn their season around, according to leading scorer Harrison Barnes. And after seeing his team outscored 73-47 combined during the third quarters of the last two games, Barnes says the Mavs will have to end the trend in order to collect a bounce-back win Tuesday night.

    “I felt like sometimes we just kind of got stagnant. We didn’t really get much out of our possessions. And when you’re going up against a team that can really get out in transition, can go and attack, I thought that was where our breakdowns were,” Barnes said of the third-quarter struggles.

    “It wasn’t our best game,” he admitted after Sunday’s loss. “I thought we came out flat and they have some talented players that got hot. We knew who the usual suspects were. We knew [Paul George] had a game going, and we knew [Russell Westbrook] was going to be aggressive. We just have to do a better job of just keying into those guys. I thought they fueled the run. Any time you allow 39 points in a quarter it’s going to be hard to win, and that’s what happened.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Tuesday against the San Antonio Spurs. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:
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    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out

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    Hoops for Troops Commitment to Service

    2017 Hoops For Troops

    Thursday, November 9th, the Dallas Mavericks staff joined with Dallas Mavericks, Dennis Smith Jr. and Dorian Finney-Smith, dancers, ManiAACs, and Caliber Home Loans to host a “Commitment to Service” volunteerism event.

    DALLAS – In celebration of the NBA’s Hoops for Troops week, the Dallas Mavericks partnered with approximately two dozen active military from NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base on Thursday and boxed over 10,000 meals that will go to needy families in North Texas.

    One of the active military personnel who helped box meals at American Airlines Center is Grand Prairie’s Tiffany Parker, who jumped at the chance to help those who could use a helping hand.

    “This is a great opportunity for us to get out and serve,” Parker said. “Not only just serve the country, but to serve those who are less fortunate than us.”

    “Being in the Air Force we’re always taught to service before self, and we have a wing man mentality. So we’re going to do whatever it takes to make sure the community is taken care of, and we’ll taking care of those others that are less fortunate than us.”

    Along with the military personnel, Mavs rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr., second-year forward Dorian Finney-Smith, the ManiAACs, Mavs Dancers and members of Caliber Home Loans and Mavs staff also helped pack the 10,000-plus meals in less than one hour. The group packed a total of 10,080 meals of jambalaya that were delivered directly to the North Texas Food Bank.

    “I think this is great,” Smith said. “It was a really good experience because as a kid this is something I always wanted.”

    “Growing up in the area that I did (in Fayetteville, N.C.), I know a lot of kids that wanted something like this to happen to them. So I appreciate the opportunity and I look forward to doing a lot more in the future.”

    Last year when he was a rookie during Hoops for Troops week, Finney-Smith helped build a ramp for those who use a wheelchair. So he was more than happy to return this year and offer his support again.

    “I’m honored to be able to help the community and give back,” Finney-Smith said. “I love the opportunity to work with the community and make a difference.”

    “Last year I built a wheelchair ramp for Hoops for Troops and it was fun, and this year I decided I’m going to pack some food.”

    Finney-Smith feels especially indebted to the men and women of the military.

    “They sacrifice a lot to be out there for this country,” Finney-Smith said. “To serve in the armed forces and help the world and the community is a great accomplishment.”

    The NBA’s Hoops for Troops Week is in conjunction with Veterans Day, which is Saturday.

    “Every year the NBA and all of the teams come together to celebrate Hoops For Troops week,” said Katie Edwards, the Director of Community Relations for the Mavs. “It’s a great time for the team, our players and all of our staff and volunteers to join with the military, and we work side-by-side to give back to the community.”

    “We’ll do this every year and we like to change our impact and really do lots of different things. We’ve built wheelchair ramps, we’ve done partnerships with the food bank, and this year we were partnered with Feeding Children Everywhere to assemble the meals for those in need who are here in North Texas.”

    Krystal Rivera, the Regional Manager for Feeding Children Everywhere, opened an office in Dallas this past year, and it didn’t take her long to figure out who was going to be one of her closest allies.

    “We opened up an office here in Dallas as a response to Dallas being the third-largest food desert in America,” said Rivera, whose main headquarters is located in Orlando, Fla. “So when we moved to Dallas, I started reaching out to some really great companies who are known for giving back and being involved in the community, and a common theme was the Mavs.”

    “The Mavs give back, they love on their community, and so I connected with the head of their foundation, who is Katie Edwards and who was so open to supporting us once she learned about our mission. I said, ‘Katie, let’s do this together and let’s make something work,’ and here we are.”

    Bryan Bergjans, the National Director of Military & Veteran Lending for Caliber Home Loans, also partnered with the Mavs on Thursday’s project. Headquartered in Coppell, Caliber Home Loans work to meet the mortgage needs of the men and women who are serving – or who have served – in the United States Armed Forces.

    “Any time we get an opportunity to partner up with the military and do community outreach, we want to do it,” Bergjans said. “The best way to get involved in the community is by doing stuff like this, so partnering up with Mavericks and having an opportunity to partner up with the Air Force really allows us to get involved with our community partners and show our commitment to serving the military and helping.”

    “Any time you get to do things where you walk away feeling great about everything and you’re getting involved in the community, it’s fantastic. Caliber Home Loans is fantastic for supporting the military and the community, so any chance that we get in the future to partner up with the Mavericks, we’ll hopefully be able to do it.”

    That support by Caliber Home Loans is much appreciated by Clay Jennings, who is a member of the NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. As music blared in the background while the volunteers were busy packing the boxes with food, Jennings explained what this symbolic day of serving meant to him.

    “We wanted to bring out the holiday spirit, bring out the other functions about how the military serves our folks,” Jennings said. “We’re one percent or two percent of the country, so it’s extremely honorable for one, not forgetting about us, and two, it gives us another opportunity to give back in a different way.”

    “I’m really humbled, really honored and I truly love this. It’s awesome, we’re thankful, and the public should know we’ve always got their back. No matter what their thoughts and political agenda are, we’re always there.”

    A North Carolina State Wolfpack product, Smith can’t wait until next year when he hopes he’ll be selected again to help pay tribute to the military during the NBA’s Hoops for Troops week.

    “I met a couple of great people and a fellow Wolfpack, so it’s been a good experience,” Smith said. “It’s all for a good cause — I’m 100 percent in for it.”

    “They’re super excited, I came over here excited. Whenever I saw everybody and how excited they were that gave some more life to it, so it was really a good experience for me.”

    Finney-Smith also left American Airlines Center with a warm and fuzzy feeling in his heart about his involvement with the troops.

    “It’s an honor to be working alongside them knowing how much they sacrificed for the United States,” Finney-Smith said. “All of the people I’ve met through Hoops For Troops have been amazing. Hopefully I can continue doing it.”

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    Behind the Box Score

    Harrison Barnes finished with 13 rebounds in this one, a night after grabbing 12 against Cleveland. This was the first time in his career he’s recorded consecutive 12-rebound performances.

    Notebook

  • Dennis Smith Jr. was coming off a stretch of back-to-back games with at least seven assists and two turnovers or fewer, but tonight he committed five giveaways. Playing point guard is never easy, but doing it for two nights in a row is like jumping from learning your times tables to solving a quadratic equation. Aside from the physical rigors of playing the game, there’s a lot of mental exhaustion involved too, and you wonder if that may have played a role in Smith being a little looser with the ball tonight. The Mavs will have a day off tomorrow, though, so hopefully he and the team can regroup and come back sharper on Tuesday night.

  • Harrison Barnes is becoming a consistent scorer again, now with 20-plus-points in four of his last five games, the lone exception being a 17-point outing. For this team to win games, Barnes has got to score a lot, and score it efficiently. The team result obviously wasn’t there tonight, but Barnes scored 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including connecting on two of his four 3-point attempts. This team’s foundation at the moment is clearly Barnes and Smith, so those are the two guys who must consistently bring it on a nightly basis. Barnes has been at that point, and Smith is starting to get there.

  • Smith has done a terrific job for the most part with avoiding frustration when he attacks the basket and takes contact but doesn’t get a call. He drives almost 13 times per game, per SportVU, but earns just 1.8 free throw attempts per game off those drives. He takes plenty of contact in those situations but usually just doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. As he continues to attack, though, he’ll earn more whistles. The key in the meantime, though, is to continue to be aggressive. He did that tonight, attacking the lane 15 times, but he got rewarded with only one free throw attempt.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (2-12) will play the San Antonio Spurs (8-5) on Tuesday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.

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    Notebook

  • Dennis Smith Jr. had a roller coaster of a night in the fourth quarter. During one stretch, the rookie was blocked by LeBron James at the rim and then had a breakaway dunk about 10 seconds later after a Cavs turnover. Later, down four points and with the Mavs in need of a quick bucket, Smith drove the lane and went up for a right-handed reverse layup instead of a left-handed one and unfortunately it rimmed out. You have to wonder if Smith was anticipating James swooping in for one of his patented chase-down blocks. But generally Smith was phenomenal again, finishing with 21 points, seven assists (against only one turnover), five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. He showed a few different flashes of special, special stuff

  • Harrison Barnes had another nice night from the field. As you’ll read in the next point, there were some weird matchups in this game. How did it affect Barnes? With LeBron James basically starting at point guard and the Cavs basically not playing anyone under 6-foot-5, there were no smalls on the floor for Barnes to attack in the post the way he’s done in his last few games. That meant he had to work a little harder for his looks against longer, more athletic wings, but he was still able to find his spots and have another 20-plus-point game. The Mavs will need him to stay aggressive like that no matter who’s matched up on him.

  • This was a bit of a weird matchup in the new small-ball NBA. Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Love were your starting centers. What’s interesting about that is both teams start those guys at the 5 in order to space the floor, but because both guys do a lot of the same things and are a similar size, it’s almost not an advantage for either team. For example, any time Dirk goes up against a big man who likes to bang on the block, it usually gives the Mavs an advantage because those guys aren’t used to defending 30 feet away from the rim. But Love and Nowitzki are both power forwards by trade, so they’re used to it. That’s going to be an interesting thing to watch the rest of this season as the Mavs will likely go up against more teams who roll out smaller lineups.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (2-11) will play the Oklahoma City Thunder (5-7) on Sunday at Chesapeake Energy Arena at 6 p.m. Central.

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    Rick Carlisle jumps on DAC on 103.3 FM ESPN

    Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle appeared on DAC on 103.3 FM ESPN Radio yesterday for his weekly appearance to talk Mavs/Cavs, Devin Harris, the win in Washington and more. Check out the full audio below, with some of the top moments transcribed to follow.


    On the win in Washington: We made the decision early that we wanted to be a more up-tempo team, and we were getting the ball up and down, but we were really having trouble guarding people. So the game against Washington, we really did a great job as a team of running on misses. Look, you’re not gonna be able to create misses unless you get in a strong position to defend early in the clock. So our tempo-ing of the game was very good, our execution of offense was good, and when we did get stops, Smith, Barea, Ferrell, and Harris were pushing it. We just got a lot of good things happening. When you go through this kind of period, you relish these opportunities on the road against good teams to try to get things on track, and this was an opportunity our guys took advantage of.

    On pushing the right buttons as a coach through this start: I don’t really view this as button-pushing. This is relationships and it’s communication, and there’s trust involved. We’ve got to really be together, going through a difficult time. The guys on the team are terrific people. We rallied in that practice in Washington, and the win was a big win. These last couple days I believe we’ve had positive practices. Then you turn around and play guys like Cleveland and Oklahoma City back-to-back. The guys that are pushing the tough buttons are the schedule-makers.

    On Devin Harris and his brother Bruce, who tragically passed away last month: I cannot say enough about the Harris family and their strength, Mr. and Mrs. Harris, Devin’s dad and mom, are just such strong people and people of faith. We all went through this with him. Devin is such a team-oriented guy. If people knew everything that he went through to make his way back to Dallas — he gave up a lot of money, he gave up a lot of opportunity at other places, promises of this, promises of that — he certainly could’ve been a starter other places. But he loves Dallas. When he was drafted here, my understanding is he and his brother were living here, and then his family basically ended up moving to Dallas. Even though they’re from Milwaukee originally, they’re pretty much based here now. This has become the hub of the family.

    On what Devin is going through: As much as you like to hope that there can be closure, I just can’t possibly imagine what he’s going through. It appears to me that his teammates and the profession of competing and playing basketball has been a healthy diversion from really a catastrophic personal situation.

    DAC airs weekdays on 103.3 FM from 3-6 p.m. Carlisle appears every Friday at 4:43.

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    Rick Carlisle looks forward to another matchup between Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James

    DALLAS — The two superstars squared off for the NBA title in 2011, leading to the first championship in the Dallas Mavericks’ franchise history. Now, 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki and four-time MVP LeBron James meet again Saturday night at American Airlines Center.

    Leading the Mavericks (2-10) to their first-ever title at James’ expense while he was with Miami, Nowitzki garnered Finals MVP honors to add to his Hall-of-Fame resume. James has added hardware of his own since then, capturing three titles in the last six years and one for his hometown Cleveland team in 2016. And despite seeing both of their teams get off to sluggish starts to the season, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle expects the two titans to put on a show in front of the Dallas crowd once again Saturday night.

    “I feel it. I feel the fact that the number of times these guys are on the floor together is on the downside, and I always look forward to it,” Carlisle proclaimed after the Mavericks’ Thursday practice. “You know, you see this level of greatness only so often with two guys on two different teams, so I cherish it whenever this kind of thing happens. It’s like when Dirk and (Kobe) Bryant were out there Kobe’s last couple of times.

    “I don’t think there’s ever a great time to see LeBron James, unless you just love watching him play. And I do, but he’s just extremely difficult to play against and coach against,” Carlisle added. “Guys like LeBron that get to this stage of their career, he’s still in his prime and yet each year he becomes a little more knowledgeable of virtually every situation that happens in a game. His skill level is constantly raising. He’s shooting the ball more fluidly each year, and he’s got that great leadership quality that is an intrinsic thing with all-time great players.”

    This season, Nowitzki joined Bryant as the sole members of the NBA’s 20-year, only-one-team club after spending his previous 19 campaigns all with the Mavericks. He has also garnered a few more personal accolades this season, ranking 13th (1,795) on the NBA’s all-time three-point field goals made list, ninth (10,735) on the all-time field goals made list, sixth (48,963) all-time in regular-season minutes played and 29th (10,959) on the all-time rebounding list.

    Meanwhile, despite the Cavaliers’ 5-7 start, James became the youngest player in league history to eclipse 29,000 career points, moving to seventh behind Nowitzki (30,382) with 29,138 points scored in his illustrious career. But after witnessing from afar as Nowitzki became the sixth scorer in league history to amass 30,000 career points, James paid homage to the 7-footer last season.

    “He’s amazing. One of my favorite players to ever play the game,” James said of Nowitzki. “Just his ability and what he’s able to do at his size, his ability to shoot the ball, his ability to sacrifice shots for other guys and being a part of this team and a part of this franchise over the years. Obviously, his loyalty speaks volumes. He’s just a true professional and a guy who continues to get better every year. And also, when he slowed down just a bit, he expanded on other parts of his game to still make him efficient and make him effective on other parts of the floor. You know, he’s great.

    “Any time you lift one leg and shoot it, everyone took that from Dirk. It’s not a big piece of my arsenal, but I go to it every now and then. It’s just a shot that can’t be guarded, obviously. You guys have seen it over the years with Dirk. You can’t contest it, and you can’t guard it. It helps the fact that he’s 7-foot, too. He’s always shooting that shot, too.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:

    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out

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    Lung Transplant Recipient Lives Out His Dream at Mavs Game

    DALLAS – The first item Tim Ervin wanted to check off his bucket list after he received a double lung transplant was to play the national anthem on his trumpet at a professional sporting event.

    And thanks in large part to Neil Herskowitz, assistant equipment manager of the Dallas Mavericks, Irvin can now check that off his bucket list.

    Ervin and Herskowitz struck up a friendship when they met this past April at a transplant reunion dinner at UT Southwestern in Dallas. Herskowitz found out about Ervin’s budding career playing the trumpet and wanted to help.

    “I spoke (at the transplant reunion dinner) and played my trumpet,” Ervin said. “Neil came up to me and asked me if I would be interested (in playing the national anthem at a Mavs game). So the ball started rolling from there.”

    And once that ball stopped rolling, Ervin was playing the national anthem at a recent Mavs’ game against the world champion Golden State Warriors before a sold out crowd of 19,857 at American Airlines Center.

    It was a surreal scene for Ervin, who, for the last 25 years has been the Minister of Music for First Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, TX.

    “I’ve played the national anthem at many places, but never at a professional sporting event,” Ervin said. “I’ve played before crowds of 400-500 before, I’ve played for high school events, I’ve played for some college events, I’ve played weddings, I’ve played Taps for funerals for years. But this is probably – to this point – the largest crowd I’ve played for.”

    And just think, Ervin never thought he would be blessed to witness a day like the one he experienced on Oct. 23. Because of his health scare due to his failing lungs, his dream of playing the trumpet again, he figured, was over.

    “I was diagnosed in 2012 with pulmonary fibrosis,” the 59-year old Ervin said. “Then as the disease progressed the only option was a lung transplant, so I was recommended by my doctor in Shreveport, LA, to come to UT Southwestern in Dallas for an evaluation. That was in June of 2014. By then, I was to the point where I had quit playing the trumpet. I was having limited lung capacity in what I had to do.”

    Then, Ervin received the telephone call that forever changed his life.

    “I did three months of transplant evaluation where they test you to see if you’re strong enough to survive the surgery,” he said. “All of the other organs were in great shape, which was good.”

    “To be honest with you, I thought I’d never play the trumpet again. I didn’t know that I was going to be able to be a candidate for a transplant. And as I went through that process and then you get that call and they say, ‘Mr. Ervin, we have lungs for you, how fast can you get to Dallas?’ ”

    Ervin’s double lung transplant occurred on Oct. 9, 2014.

    Herskowitz, the assistant equipment manager for the Mavs, can certainly relate to Ervin’s ordeal. Herskowitz’ life also took a turn for the worst until he received a double lung transplant on Oct. 11, 2015.

    So as he heard Ervin discuss his journey during the transplant reunion dinner, it definitely resonated with him.

    “Tim was the keynote speaker that night and so he gave a speech and then played his trumpet,” Herskowitz said. “As part of his introduction they said that he’s a life-long trumpet player and when he got sick he couldn’t play, and now that he’s healed and better and playing the trumpet again, one of his goals was to play in a national big-time sporting event.”

    “So fortunately (the Mavs) were able to make that happen for him.”

    Herskowitz and Ervin are both aware of their unique relationship, and of the second chance at life they’ve received.

    “We’re bonded by our gratefulness and our good fortune, and having the (double lung) surgery and it being successful,” Herskowitz said. “But at the same time, he’s a married religious man with kids and I’m a single non-religious guy without kids.”

    “But that’s the cool thing about transplants. It doesn’t really matter your beliefs or your background or really what you’ve got going on. That’s the link that brings people together, because without that, I probably would have never met him and really don’t have too much in common with him. But we know we have that shared experience and I was just happy that it worked out.”

    While Ervin and Herskowitz may be polar opposites, they are both appreciative of the donor(s) who helped save their lives.

    “There’s probably not a day that goes by that I don’t think about the donor, because that person. . .to me, that’s my hero,” said Ervin, who has been playing the trumpet since he was 11. “Because in their unselfishness, they became an organ donor so that I can live and many other people could live as well.”

    “I’ve had many, many people come up to me the last three years and say, ‘I’m an organ donor now because I know you.’ So if I can put a face on transplants and on being an organ donor, then that’s probably the great honor from all this. Getting to play (the national anthem) was just kind of like the icing on the cake.”

    So how well did Ervin play the trumpet during the national anthem at the Mavs’ game?

    “The Mavs’ people were great in making that happen for him, and I think he did a great job,” Herskowitz said. “It was a really cool moment to take in, and I think he enjoyed it and hopefully the fans and everyone that got to witness it enjoyed it.”

    “I know it was important for him, too, not just for himself, but just to show that people can have this (double lung) transplant and be successful and do things that a lot of people might think aren’t even possible.”

    Before Ervin wowed the American Airlines Center crowd with his rendition of the national anthem, he and Herskowitz shared a fun moment.

    “I joked with him beforehand,” Herskowitz said. “I said, ‘Hey man, this is big time right now. You’ve got to bring it.’”

    “But he was ready, he was prepared and I think he crushed it. So it was awesome.”

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    Mavs Partner with Favor for On-Demand Tickets and Gear

    The Dallas Mavericks and Austin-based on-demand delivery app, Favor, have launched a program to provide MFFLs (Mavs Fans for Life) with on-demand access to Mavs tickets and gear. This marks a first-of-its-kind partnership between a professional sports team and an on-demand delivery app, providing a unique delivery experience to the Mavs fan base. Customers who download the Favor app can purchase last-minute, discounted tickets to select Mavs games, as well as Mavs Gear from The Hangar merchandise stores and have their items delivered to their door.

    “Partnering with Favor gives us one more way to connect to our fans,” said Mavs Owner Mark Cuban. “If a Mavs fan doesn’t have time to search for tickets or a chance to visit the Hangar before a game, Favor can do it for you. It’s like having your own personal assistant. We’re excited to see where this partnership takes us.”

    Tickets to Mavs games are available via the Favor app 48 hours prior to tip, and are a steal at nearly 50% off. Just choose your game, upper or lower seats, and a runner will be on the way.

    “We are constantly seeking ways to offer our customers an on-demand experience unlike any other and our partnership with the Mavs truly delivers on that,” said Favor CEO and President, Jag Bath. “Combining the Mavs fan experience with our delivery technology and personalized service allows us to offer convenience to Dallas customers in an entirely new way.”

    Download the Favor app via the App Store or Google Play.

    To view merchandise items available through the Hangar, visit mavs.com/favor.

    About Favor
    Favor is the easiest way to get anything you want in your city delivered to your door in under an hour. Whether it’s lunch at the office, a household shopping list or those errands you just don’t have time for — your personal assistant (we call them Runners) can deliver it in just a few taps. Founded in 2013, Favor is currently available in 15 cities across Texas, where it is currently the best rated delivery service. www.favordelivery.com

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    Mavs’ spirited practice in D.C. sparked road win over Wizards

    DALLAS — Ending a six-game losing streak in its tracks Tuesday night with a wire-to-wire 113-99 road win over the Washington Wizards, the Dallas Mavericks credited a spirited practice the day before in the nation’s capital for the victory.

    Hitting the practice court with a focus on defense, the Mavericks (2-10) scrimmaged and competed at a high level against themselves before dueling with All-Star point guard John Wall, sharpshooter Bradley Beal and the high-octane Wizards’ attack. The outcome was then a dominant performance on the road, leading by as many as 17 and never once trailing en route to the win. Now, the Mavs are hopeful that competitive edge can carry over to Saturday’s matchup at home against the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, looking to use the additional practice time to their advantage.

    “Well, in the huddles the team was sticking together and talking about, ‘We knew it was going to be tough, and we’re going to play through this. Don’t worry, they’re not going to get the lead.’ Everybody was positive and upbeat, and optimism is a big factor in success. You’ve got to see that things can be great, and then you’ve got to make it happen. And I can’t say enough about our practice (Monday). It was geared towards defense, it was geared towards keeping the opinion under one point per possession, and (Tuesday) I believe we kept these guys just barely under one point per possession. So, that’s where our focus has to be to be successful,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said after Tuesday’s win.

    “We came into the game with a great collective force and a collective will, and we’ve been getting kicked around. It’s no fun, and (Tuesday) our guys drew a line in the sand and really brought things to another level defensively,” the coach added. “They’ve got great players over there. Beal and Wall in terms of backcourts, there aren’t many better, if there are any better on a two-position basis, and we got up to play these guys. We know how good they are.”

    Scoring a season-high 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting and grabbing nine rebounds, versatile forward Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks to the win at the offensive end of the floor. The the Mavs also outshot the Wizards for the game, 47.3 percent to 42.7 percent. Perhaps more importantly, the Mavericks finished the game solving the two issues that have plagued them this season, holding a 53-39 rebounding advantage and forcing 15 Washington turnovers while surrendering 12 giveaways of their own. That said, Barnes and 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki both credit the team’s engaging practice on Monday for the win.

    “It was huge,” Barnes said. “Honestly, we just rolled the ball out there and just played (Monday), ’cause our biggest thing this season has been competing and how we’ve been competing for four quarters. We got after it. We had a hard scrimmage, and I think that carried over to (Tuesday). I think now guys know the level that they have to play at every single night for four quarters, and now it’s just about doing it again.”

    “I mean, it’s definitely a good win for us on the road against a very good team,” Nowitzki added. “You know, when you’re struggling, instead of everybody going their own way, you’ve got to pull together even more. I thought we had a good practice (Monday) where we competed and went through some of our coverages again. You know, the 11-games-in-18-days stretch was tough for us, and we didn’t really have a lot of practice time. We have a bunch of young guys, so I thought (Monday) was a big day for us, and now we have three days off and can work on some stuff. Hopefully we’ll get better here the next couple of days, and we’ll see what happens.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:

    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out

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    Mavs’ rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. showed poise, aggression in win against Wizards

    DALLAS — Although he says he wasn’t motivated by his individual matchup with All-Star point guard John Wall, Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. may have played his most complete game of the season Tuesday night while leading his team to a signature road victory.

    Scoring a career-high 22 points on 9-of-22 shooting, Smith grabbed eight boards and dished eight assists to boot while helping to boost the Mavericks (2-10) to a 113-99 victory over the Washington Wizards. In the process, the Mavs captured their first road win of the season and ended a six-game losing skid, extending their winning streak in the nation’s capital to nine victories in a row. The first-year floor general also committed just two turnovers in the win, engineering the Dallas offense nearly to perfection. And according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, Smith stepped up his game when his team needed him most.

    “Dennis Smith was a great basketball player (Tuesday night). He was great in all areas,” Carlisle said while praising the rookie point guard. “He demonstrated aggression, poise, smarts and leadership, and it’s great to see. He’s worked so hard and it’s obviously been frustrating at times, but to have it come together on the road in really a must-win game with where we’re at is really great to see. Now, he’s just got to duplicate it.”

    Opening the game with an alley-oop finish off a lob pass from veteran swingman Wesley Matthews, the 19-year-old Smith was in attack mode from the opening tipoff. He then scored nine points and dished out four assists in the opening quarter, lifting the Mavericks to a 36-34 edge after leading by as many as nine in the first period.

    Smith reemerged in the stat sheet during the second half, scoring 13 points, grabbing seven boards and handing out three assists in the final 24 minutes of play. And after seeing Smith more than hold his own against Wall, the youngest player on the roster earned the praise of his veteran teammates.

    “From the get-go he was in attack mode,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said while praising Smith’s play. “From the jump he was putting pressure on the defense every time down, and he was trying to get in the paint to make something happen. It doesn’t necessarily mean he needs to shoot all the time, but he collapsed the defense, he found some guys on the perimeter for some good shots, and I thought he played a great floor game for us. It was much-needed. We need his energy, his explosiveness and quickness on the break, and he was fantastic for us.”

    “It was huge,” leading scorer Harrison Barnes added. “For him to take the challenge (against Wall) — guarding him on the other end and attacking, running our offense and being aggressive — I thought that was huge. And he made big shots.”

    Surrendering 23 points and 14 assists to Wall at the other end, Smith went score for score with one of the NBA’s elite point guards for 48 minutes. He also proved that he wasn’t intimidated by matching up with out of the league’s elite players at his position, coming of age while leading the Mavs to a win in a hostile venue on the road. But according to the cat-quick guard, he was simply doing his best to play within the Mavericks’ game plan. And despite his career night, Smith credited Carlisle’s instructions for the win.

    “Nobody is going to intimidate me. It’s just playing basketball. John is a really great player and one of the best point guards in the league, but my focus was coming out and being as good as I can for our team,” Smith explained. “You know, we had a really good practice (on Monday), so regardless of who was over there I just tried to lock in for the Mavericks.

    “I just know I came out and I did what I was supposed to do. Whatever coach [Carlisle] asked of me, I was trying to do that to the best of my abilities. And it paid off for us.”

    Note: The Mavericks will now return to American Airlines Center on Saturday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. CT, airing locally on Fox Sports Southwest and 103.3 FM ESPN. The game will also air in Spanish on KFLC AM 1270. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

    Injury updates:

    Seth Curry (stress reaction, left tibia) — out
    Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury) — out

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Wizards

    Final: Mavs 113, Wizards 99

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    The Mavericks scored 36 points in the first quarter, the club’s highest-scoring opening frame since Dallas dropped 38 on the Lakers on March 7, 2017. You’ll probably remember that night as the one when Dirk Nowitzki joined the 30,000-point club. The Big German had 18 points in the first that night. This time around it wasn’t only Dirk doing all the heavy lifting, though, which was good to see. Dennis Smith Jr. got off to a monster start and that seemed to propel the rest of the team forward.

    Dallas has now won nine straight games on the road against the Wizards. It’s the team’s longest active road winning streak against any opponent.

    Salah Mejri has now blocked 12 shots in his last four games, including four swats in the second half. He finished with 10 points, 12 boards, and five blocks off the bench. It’s the second time he’s had a 10/10/5 game as a sub, and the only other Mavs in franchise history to have one of those games are Shawn Bradley and Roy Tarpley.

    Dallas was +14 on the glass tonight, the club’s highest rebounding differential since Jan. 22, 2017, when the Mavs were +17 against the L.A. Lakers.

    Notebook

  • This was the Mavs’ most inspired performance of the season. They dove on the floor, chased down loose balls, attacked the offensive glass, and ran, ran, and ran some more. They simply played harder than the Wizards, which is dangerous in combination with good shot-making. The Mavericks never trailed and, outside of a shaky start to the fourth quarter, the game was never really all that close. Dallas was in control all night, which has a lot to do with the play of Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes. When those two are going like they were tonight, the Mavs are gonna be a tough out no matter who they’re playing. There’s your 1-2 punch for hopefully many years to come.

  • Dennis Smith Jr. is already good, but he’s starting to flash some special, special potential. The 19-year-old had an incredible stat line tonight: 22 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds. The only two other Mavericks to reach that stat line in the last 10 years are Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd. Smith was unbelievable, showing the ability to get to the rim at will — even against a long, super-fast defender like John Wall — while mixing in a nice floor game and court vision. Sometimes Smith is still guilty of pressing a bit and forcing some shots, but you expect rookies to do those things. You don’t expect a rookie to be able to do stuff like this, though.

    And he still does this stuff, which is cool.

  • Harrison Barnes has found his groove in recent games. Barnes got off to a pretty rough start from the field this season, but he’s more than made up for it. In his last six games before this one he’s averaged 18.3 points and 6.0 rebounds on 49.4/39.3 shooting splits, and tonight he poured in a season-high 31 on 11-of-18 shooting, in addition going 7 of 8 from the free throw line. It’s no secret that a huge part of his success lately has come from attacking the basket relentlessly, especially against switched guards. As long as he can keep attacking, he’s going to have no problem shooting a high percentage because he’s become such a good finisher.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (2-10) will play the Cleveland Cavaliers (4-6) on Saturday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.

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    Mavs ManiAACs tackle the One Chip Challenge, or vice versa

    The Mavs ManiAACs are used to showing off their fire dance moves, but for an afternoon they spit flames, too. And I don’t mean they’ve got good rhymes, although a few of them did scream for ice cream.

    A group of the bravest ManiAACs for some reason decided to try the One Chip Challenge for The Dallas Morning News. For those who aren’t familiar, all the challenge requires is eating a single chip. Sounds easy, right? Nah, not at all. That single chip is made with the world’s hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper.

    There’s a good chance you’ve probably never consumed one of those bad boys, but I’ve got some deranged friends who enjoy exploring the extremes of the Scoville scale, which measures the heat of a pepper. A jalapeño, for example, can be as hot as 10,000 Scoville units. A Carolina Reaper, meanwhile, averages 1,569,300. So we’re talking serious heat.

    Five ManiAACs decided to take on the challenge. They each finished the chip, which is what matters I suppose, but they also got to eat a ton of ice cream to recover. To the victors go the spoils.

    Check out the video below. Personally it makes me very uncomfortable because I’m a wimp when it comes to spicy food. After seeing what happened to the ManiAACs, it seems like no matter how much you enjoy hot stuff, this chip will humble you.

    Five courageous/insane Morning News journalists joined in on the torture, too. Check out their experience here. If you plan on participating, just remember: Always eat responsibly.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Wolves

    Final: Wolves 112, Mavs 99

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    The Mavs were on the second night of a back-to-back against a well-rested Wolves team playing at home, so it might not have been the easiest thing to push the pace all night. However, when Dallas was able to get up the floor, the club scored at a high clip. The Mavs scored 1.27 PPP when they got the ball across midcourt in three seconds or less, against just 0.73 PPP when they didn’t. 1.27 points per possession will win you an NBA title if you score that for an entire game. The problem, though: Dallas only got it across in three seconds or less 52 times, versus taking four seconds or more 45 times. Rick Carlisle has preached pace all season long and if you were watching the broadcast tonight you could probably hear him yell “PUSH! PACE! PUSH!” over and over and over again. The Mavs have got to continue pushing the tempo off of makes as well as misses. When they do, they are really, really tough to stop.

    Dennis Smith Jr. finished with an even plus-minus tonight, which is notable given the disparity in the final score. To be fair, he made up a lot of that with the team’s late push in the fourth quarter, but it’s not like the Mavs were throwing in the towel at that point in the game. Dallas was able to get to within 13 points with four minutes left in the game, which as we saw last night is still enough time to get back into it. This was one of his better games.

    Notebook

  • More on Smith. This might have been his best game as it relates to getting to the rim. One of the cardinal rules of defensive basketball is to stop the ball-handler in transition, but no one did that for the Wolves on the following play, so Smith just took it all the way himself.

    He’s also getting better at using crafty moves to create driving lanes. In the next play, he ball-faked Karl-Anthony Towns out of his way, who was the only guy standing between him and a dunk.

    Smith led the Mavericks with 15 rim attacks, one night after attacking 11 times against New Orleans. You love seeing that number in double-digits and hopefully as the season wears on he can keep it that high, or maybe even higher. There’s no doubt he’s got speed and explosiveness, but once he can begin mixing in more change-of-speed stuff, that could unlock another level. One thing he’s had to learn is that opposing NBA centers are also extremely athletic so they can block you if you’re running right at them. But, as a guard, if you can change speeds and directions en route to the rim, you can really take advantage of your speed advantage because they simply aren’t quick enough to adjust in time to get in position to contest the shot without fouling — or even at all.

  • Maxi Kleber is making a case to become a consistent rotation player. Kleber didn’t play last night but he scored 11 points the game before in L.A. and recorded four points, three rebounds, and two assists tonight in 22 minutes. As he continues to become adjusted to the speed of the NBA game, Kleber is beginning to show off his skill set, including nice touch in the post and some ball-handling ability on the perimeter. He’s a really talented player for a guy his size, with the ability to score from basically anywhere on the floor and solid floor vision. He’s the right kind of big man for this offense because he never lets the ball stick for too long. If he doesn’t have a good look right off the catch, he always reverses the ball to the guard on the opposite wing and goes to set a screen. It’s tough for big men in the high post or at the top of the arc to keep things moving so smoothly, but Kleber has an advanced feel for the game for a rookie because of his ample experience playing in Europe. I think as time goes on he’ll get more minutes, especially on second nights of back-to-backs, and hopefully he’ll continue proving himself in those opportunities.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (1-10) will play the Washington Wizards (4-4) on Tuesday at Capital One Arena at 6 p.m. Central.

    The post The Fast Break: Mavs at Wolves appeared first on The Official Site of the Dallas Mavericks.


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    The Fast Break: Mavs vs. Pelicans

    Final: Mavs , Pelicans

    Box Score | Highlights

    Behind the Box Score

    Devin Harris continues to be a plus-minus hero for the Mavericks. He was +14 tonight, for example, and is the team’s leader on the season, now at a cumulative +48. No other rotation player is better than +7. Good things always happen when he plays because he’s a versatile guard, able to play both on and off the ball, who can defend and push the ball in transition. He fits in wherever the team needs him. Even at age 34, he still routinely makes a positive impact.

    Notebook

  • Rick Carlisle stressed before and after the game that the Mavericks need to focus on the positives as much as the negatives throughout this difficult start to the season. The negatives are apparent at this point, so let’s talk about the positives. Harrison Barnes attacked the rim a lot to help snap him out of a funk — more on that below. Second, Dennis Smith Jr. appears to be getting more accustomed to finding his spots to shoot. Unfortunately he missed a few open jumpers tonight, but generally he’s taking fewer bad shots on a nightly basis. He’s faced a tough lineup of shot-blockers this week, so he’s having to learn how to work around those big men and still find good looks. This is all part of the process for a 19-year-old rookie. Finally, Dallas continues to play extremely efficient basketball off of misses and turnovers. If the Mavericks can string more stops together, they can launch more runs like they did in the first and fourth quarters in this game. Offense begins with defense.

  • Barnes had a terrific individual scoring game, finishing with 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting and took 10 free throws. Barnes attacked the rim over and over in this one, giving himself plenty of good looks at the bucket, especially when the Pelicans would switch a small guard on to him. Too often this season Barnes has settled for a mid-range jumper when he could have instead taken another dribble toward the basket. It was good to see him force the issue tonight, and hopefully he can continue to do that moving forward to create easy scoring opportunities for him and his teammates.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (1-9) will play the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-3) on Saturday at the Target Center at 7 p.m. Central.

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  • Watch Choplick in AFL Fall Stars Game

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    Adam Choplick is representing the Rangers in the Arizona Fall League's 12th annual Fall Stars Game. Watch live as the best prospects in the AFL square off on MLB Network and MLB.com.


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    Adam Choplick is representing the Rangers in the Arizona Fall League's 12th annual Fall Stars Game. Watch live as the best prospects in the AFL square off on MLB Network and MLB.com.


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    14U Majors – DeLaGarza Private Tryouts

    Dallas Tigers DeLaGarza 14U Majors is looking for players and parents for the 2018 spring/summer season that are in search of a team and organization that will compete at a high level. Since the team was assembled back in the fall of 2015 we have posted a record of 85-32-2 and have created a reputation of being one of the teams competing for the championship every tournament we play in.

    As a coach my goal is to put the kids in situations they can be successful and create a passion for the game. Along with that I look to create an exciting environment that players are able to thrive in as well develop their individual skills, all the while teaching them what it is like to hold themselves accountable as well as others.

    Our next step is to get our players prepared for the next steps in their careers so that they may have an opportunity to reach their individual goals as a baseball player. If this is something that you would like to take part in please contact Coach Adam DeLaGarza to set up your individual tryout.

    Adam DeLaGarza
    469-432-4006
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    Adam DeLaGarza

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    Los rayos de luz (Silver Linings)

    Los Dallas Mavericks no han comenzado la temporada con buen pie, lo cual se une a haber disputado y tener aún por delante en noviembre el calendario más complicado de la NBA. Sin embargo, esto no significa que no haya factores esperanzadores de presente y futuro en su rendimiento. Estos son los rayos de luz que encontramos en la oscuridad.

    La agresividad de Harrison Barnes para sacar tiros libres

    Harrison Barnes ha comenzado la temporada con una dura racha en el lanzamiento, pero a cambio ha tratado de compensarlo en un aspecto que ha sido el foco de su verano: forzar tiros libres. Incluso tras sus mejores actuaciones, como fue la noche en la que metió 25 puntos contra los Philadelphia 76ers, Barnes tiene la línea de tiros libres continuamente en su cabeza.

    “Ha estado bien meter algunas canastas”, dijo aquel día, “pero al mismo tiempo no he ido a la línea de tiros libres. Tiene que haber un equilibrio”.

    Barnes promedió 19.2 puntos por partido el año pasado, y lo hizo intentando solo 3.6 tiros libres por encuentro. Solo Klay Thompson metió los mismos puntos o más con menos tiros libres, algo que ciertamente tiene mérito, pero que debe servir como base para Barnes para seguir evolucionando, y así lo ve él también. Esta temporada ya ha lanzado al menos 9 tiros libres en tres partidos diferentes, algo que el año pasado solo consiguió en cuatro ocasiones.

    “Esto ha sido un punto de énfasis para él este verano, algo de lo que hablamos después de la pasada temporada y en lo cual puede hacer grandes progresos gracias a su mejorada habilidad para penetrar con balón”, explicó Rick Carlisle. “Con su lanzamiento de media y larga distancia tan bueno como era la gente se pega a él, y tiene que hacer un ataque vertical y lograr que los defensores lo paguen”.

    Harrison Barnes saldrá de su mala racha de lanzamiento tarde o temprano. Si mantiene su agresividad a la hora de buscar el contacto, estaremos hablando de un anotador de más de 20 puntos por partido.

    Temporada Tiros libres intentados
    2014-15 1.8
    2015-16 2.0
    2016-17 3.6
    2017-18 4.2

    La confianza de Powell desde la línea de tres puntos

    Si exceptuamos una mala serie en el tiro con cinco triples intentados y fallados en el último partido contra Los Angeles Clippers, Dwight Powell estaba manteniendo un 40 por ciento de acierto en triples en el comienzo de la temporada. Durante el verano el canadiense se centró en desarrollar su lanzamiento exterior, una posibilidad que se incluía en su potencial cuando llegó a la liga, pero que en la temporada pasada había dejado de lado.

    Ahora mismo Powell ha intentado ya 20 triples en lo que llevamos de temporada en nueve partidos, a una media de 2.2 por partido, mientras que en la pasada campaña solo intentó 74, una media casi clavada de uno por partido, y tuvo un 28.4 por ciento de acierto.

    Powell debe continuar también con su trabajo en facetas defensivas y reboteadoras, pero su nueva confianza en el triple puede ser muy beneficiosa para el ataque de Dallas y hacer que mantenga un rol importante en la rotación. Lo necesario no es tanto que se mantenga en un acierto cercano al 40 por ciento, que sería algo ideal, sino que al menos tenga la consistencia suficiente como para convertirse en una amenaza que haga que las defensas rivales deban respetar su lanzamiento.

    La respuesta de Dennis Smith Jr.

    Los expertos coinciden: la posición de base es la más complicada de aprender en la NBA. En muchas ocasiones lleva unas cuantas temporadas hacerse al ritmo de los profesionales, y algunos incluso nunca llegan a conseguirlo. Si eres un base rookie, lo más seguro es que tengas una temporada dura por delante. Y ahora imagina que seas base, que seas rookie, y que te encuentres con Stephen Curry, Mike Conley, Ricky Rubio o Patrick Beverley en tus primeras experiencias en la liga.

    Eso es a lo que se está enfrentando Dennis Smith Jr. en sus primeros partidos en la NBA. Y hasta el momento los resultados son esperanzadores. Smith tendrá sus noches malas, como es lógico. Es insensato pensar que en su primer año siempre va a estar al máximo, y tenemos el partido de dos puntos y una asistencia contra Utah como muestra. Pero es lógico que tenga noches así, lo importante es ver cuál es su respuesta a ellas, y Dennis Smith firmó 18 puntos y fue mucho más agresivo en la noche siguiente contra los Clippers.

    Como buen base general, Smith también se está acostumbrando a asumir las culpas por las derrotas.

    “Tengo que hacer un trabajo mejor controlando el tempo del partido”, dijo Smith con relación a sus pérdidas. “No puedo dejar que el contrario nos fuerce a hacer lo que ellos quieren. Tengo que encontrar a mis compañeros en buenas posiciones, y si hacemos eso las pérdidas bajaran”.

    Otro de los factores cuando eres rookie es que la temporada se te puede hacer muy larga, pero las derrotas tempranas no desmoralizan a Smith.

    “Es aún súper temprano en la temporada”, dijo el base. “Hemos jugado contra equipos duros en defensa. Golden State es uno de esos equipos, Memphis es bueno defensivamente y los Jazz también son muy buenos y tienen a Rudy Gobert. Eso es algo que no habíamos visto hasta el último partido, especialmente yo como rookie. Es un ajuste. Es algo a lo que nunca me había enfrentado antes, pero tengo que seguir siendo agresivo y el resto se solucionará por sí solo”.

    Para ver la temporada rookie de Dennis Smith con perspectiva, estos son algunos ejemplos del número de victorias que lograron algunos de los mejores bases de la actualidad y de los últimos tiempos en su campaña rookie:

    Jugador/Player Rookie Season Wins
    Deron Williams 41
    Steve Nash 40
    Chris Paul 38
    Jason Kidd 36
    Damian Lillard 33
    Jrue Holiday 27
    Stephen Curry 26
    Russell Westbrook 23
    John Wall 23
    Mike Conley 22
    Kyrie Irving 21*
    Kemba Walker 7*

    *Lockout

    Solo Deron Williams llegó al 50 por ciento de victorias. Puede que a Dennis Smith Jr. le espere una temporada dura, pero es el primer paso en su camino hacia la grandeza.

    Dirk Nowitzki calienta motores

    El alemán empezó frío la temporada, pero poco a poco ha ido cogiendo ritmo. En los últimos cinco partidos la leyenda está promediando casi 14 puntos por encuentro con un acierto del 57.7 por ciento en tiros de campo y del 52.6 por ciento en triples.

    A sus 39 años Dirk es ya más bien una pieza complementaria del ataque de los Dallas Mavericks, pero en los últimos partidos ha demostrado poder seguir siendo aún el foco durante ciertos tramos, y que desde luego sigue siendo alguien a quien deben respetar las defensas.

    “No creo que a nadie le deba sorprender que esté lanzando bien”, comentó Rick Carlisle sobre Nowitzki. “Y que esté preparado. Ha trabajado extremadamente duro. Lleva mucho trabajo prepararse para una temporada NBA, y particularmente en ese punto de tu carrera. Hay muchas señales buenas con él y con su ritmo, tenemos que seguir y asegurarnos de que juega el número correcto de minutos.

    El ultra fiable J.J. Barea

    Si tuviésemos que votar al que está siendo el mejor jugador de los Dallas Mavericks durante este comienzo de temporada, J.J. Barea se llevaría una buena cantidad de votos. El boricua ha comenzado a un nivel individual sensacional después de haber firmado ya grandes actuaciones en los dos últimos años.

    Barea, que está promediando en el inicio unos 12.3 puntos por partido que supondrían la mejor marca de su carrera, no participó el pasado verano con la selección de Puerto Rico en torneo alguno por primera vez desde el verano de 2011, y en buena parte relaciona ese descanso con el buen nivel al que ha comenzado.

    “El año pasado empecé con los dos Aquiles doloridos y jugando tantos minutos que no pude darles descanso”, explicaba Barea en declaraciones recogidas por el Dallas Morning News. “Este año he empezado sano, mis piernas están mejor y no estoy jugando una cantidad alta de minutos. El entrenador está haciendo un gran trabajo en eso”.
    Por nivel actual Barea podría disputar el puesto de base titular del equipo, pero entiende la apuesta de los Mavericks por Dennis Smith en esa posición y acepta de buen grado ser el revulsivo del equipo como suplente.

    “Me gusta más esta situación (que la del año pasado)” explicó Rick Carlisle sobre la situación de sus bases. “Estamos un poco superpoblados en el puesto de base, pero míranos. Con Curry fuera necesitamos a todos y todos estamos jugando. Me gusta que J.J. y Devin Harris jueguen unos 20 minutos, quizás un poco más, en vez de que se tengan que ir casi a 30. Eso es demasiado”.

    En este punto dulce de su carrera Barea podría tener un rol importante en cualquier equipo con altas aspiraciones, pero su casa está en Dallas y su labor como mentor de Smith y Yogi Ferrell le motiva igual o más que cualquier otro objetivo individual.

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    The Fast Break: Mavs at Clippers

    Final: Clippers 119, Mavs 98

    Box Score | Highlights

    Notebook

  • Dennis Smith Jr. looked much more aggressive tonight than he did the other night in Utah, which was good to see. It’s always important to keep in mind that he’s only 19, he’s only a rookie, and he’s playing the most difficult position in the the NBA. For those reasons and more, he’s going to go through some ups and downs. That game in Utah was certainly not his best work, but from an individual standpoint he played much better in this one. Developing consistency is one of the toughest steps any player will ever take in this league. If Smith can provide the same level of production and intensity every single night, he could be a special player. Of course team results matter a lot more in this league than individual stat lines, but if Smith keeps playing the way he did tonight, it could help lead to a better win-loss record for his team.

  • A few flashes Smith showed tonight that could benefit him and the team in future games…

    First, he’s obviously got a lot of physical talent. You’d love to see him play within the system when possible, but sometimes it’s OK for him to just put his head down in transition, make one little move, and get to the basket. (He drew a foul on this play.)

    Next, here’s Smith playing within the aforementioned system in a pick-and-roll with Dirk Nowitzki. When playing center, Dirk can pull big guys all the way out to the perimeter, which leaves gaping driving lanes for the ball-handler to exploit. Smith turned the corner in this sequence and made a nice highlight-reel play.

    Most big men simply aren’t quick enough to stay in front of him, so he’s got to show that he can hit pull-up jumpers against switched bigs otherwise they can just back way off him and force long shots. I like how Smith played this one-on-one situation against DeAndre Jordan. The rookie forced the switch and then settled into the 3-pointer in no hurry at all.

    Those three areas are going to be huuuuge for him as a scorer. Can he push it in transition? Can he attack the basket? And when big men back way off, can he punish them with jumpers? Smith had it all going tonight, especially in the first couple quarters, and it was a lot of fun to watch.

  • Devin Harris got the start for the Mavs, just his fourth start since returning to Dallas in 2013-14. Rick Carlisle has tried anything and everything to help his team get off to better starts, and inserting Harris into the starting lineup appeared to pay off early, as Dallas roared out to an 18-10 lead after just four minutes. It’ll be interesting to see who begins the game on Friday against a Pelicans team featuring two giants in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Lately Nerlens Noel has started alongside Dirk against more traditional two-big lineups, so he might be leaning that way again. We’ll see.

    What’s Next

    The Mavs (1-8) will play the New Orleans Pelicans (3-5) on Friday at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. Central.

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