DONUT 1: It is true. The Oklahoma City Thunder is 16-4. They are "mowing.'' Now, on Monday, OKC lost, 112-100 at the Clippers, giving up its most points and highest shooting percentage (56.3) for the season.
But here's the telling quote: "This is our first bad game in 20," coach Scott Brooks said. ... which is saying plently.
So the Mavs' opponent from last year's WCF is "mowing everybody down'' but at the same time, the Dallas Mavericks are 14-8, just completed a 13-5 month of January, has split its two games with OKC to far (the lost coming on that end-of-December 104-102 decision at Oklahoma City when Durant hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer), and can still hang its hat on what happened last spring.
So, not just one "mower'' tonight at 7 at the AAC. Two mowers.
DONUT 2: At different times in their respective careers, it's seemed a stretch. But part of what motivated the DB.com "FREE RODDY B'' movement was a tip from a Mavs scouting type who predicted that Beaubois' upside allowed him to do some "Westbrook-type things.''
Roddy B as Westy? Well, Russell is a budding superstar, is a 30-ppg guy the last two outings, has 15 steals in the last three games, and has top-of-the-chart all-around athleticism.
Where does Roddy B fit on that chart? Beaubois will tonight start his third consecutive game in place of the injured J-Kidd. We know what Roddy B can do as a scorer, and we're starting to see development as a distributor (seven assists in each of the last three games) and as a defender less prone than ever to moving just hands instead of feet (thus his four-game run of 11 blocks and two steals.)
Roddy B as Westy? Maybe a stretch. Roddy B staying in the same gym as Westy? Maybe a Mavs victory.
DONUT 3: Here is one of the Thunder's low moments of the year, courtesy of Blake Griffin
And here's my problem with the ensuing reaction:
I recognize that it's human nature (or SportsCenter nature) to create lists, to rank happenings, to pit things against each other. "Who would you rather do, Ginger or Mary Anne?'' ponder two involuntary-virgin loser guys who've got no shot at either islander.
But the question, "Is this even a dunk?'' is also on the table, and I find it befuddling.
What are the "rules'' of a dunk? Did someone decree that one must touch the rim, grab the rim, hang on the rim?
If you are debating whether this is the greatest dunk of all-time? Well, you have a little extra time on your hands, I guess.
But if you are actually spending time debating whether what Griffin accomplished technically qualifies as a "dunk''? You have so much spare time you oughta be devoting more time to a worthy charity.
DONUT 5: Great note from DB.com reader Fred regarding Dirk Nowitzki and his not-yet-there offensive production: In the last 15 Mavs games, The UberMan has scored over 20 once and yet the Mavs are 11-4 in those games.
DONUT 6: Yes, the swag you saw on the Fox Sports Southwest MAVS LIVE studio show earlier this week -- sported by Dana Larson, Matt Mosely and Bob Ortegel is available now in
the Mavs DB.com Store! Mosely wanted the "FREE RODDY B.'' Dana went with "The UberMan.'' And the veteran Ortegel, of course, is wearing "Reunion Rowdies.'' Make your choice today!
DONUT 7: You may not know this, but Russell Westbrook devotes his time to children. And banking.
DONUT 8: Follow the Thunder at Mavs game tonight (7 p.m. tip) on Twitter with the Mavs Twitterverse!
DONUT 9: Kidd and Vince have been named on the list of the 35 of the Greatest McDonald's All Americans, released in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of the McDonald's All American High School Boys Basketball Game.
It's ... a pretty solid group. Dig in:
Earvin "Magic" Johnson (McDonald's All American class of 1977), Clark Kellogg (1979), Ralph Sampson (1979), Isiah Thomas (1979), Dominique Wilkins (1979), James Worthy (1979), Sam Perkins (1980), Glenn "Doc" Rivers (1980), Patrick Ewing (1981), Michael Jordan (1981), Chris Mullin (1981), Kenny Smith (1983), Danny Manning (1984), Larry Johnson (1987), Christian Laettner (1988), Alonzo Mourning (1988), Bobby Hurley (1989), Shaquille O'Neal (1989), Grant Hill (1990), Glenn Robinson (1991), Jason Kidd (1992), Jerry Stackhouse (1993), Vince Carter (1995), Kevin Garnett (1995), Paul Pierce (1995), Kobe Bryant (1996), Jay Williams (1999), Carmelo Anthony (2002), Amare Stoudemire (2002), LeBron James (2003), Chris Paul (2003), Dwight Howard (2004), Tyler Hansbrough (2005), Kevin Durant (2006) and Derrick Rose (2007).
DONUT 12: Quick take on Lam-Lam as we've all decided to wait patiently (haven't we?)
A smart Mavs brain reflecting on "the trade that wasn't'' before "the trade that was'' says, "Odom can be sad to be out of LA or Odom can be happy he's not in New Orleans. It's about his mindset and it's about him making a choice.''