Tuesday Mavs Donuts: Zero-To-30

Posted Feb 19, 2013

The Mavs are 23-29 and are 4.5 games back of Houston for the No. 8 spot in the West as we begin the stretch run of the season. There are 30 games left and they are about to be crunched together into a two-month span. There will be a brief intermission featuring trade-deadline rumors and then we will resume The Short Season. Donuts:

DONUT 1: The Short Season ...

Thirty games left.

The Mavs are 23-29 and are 4.5 games back of Houston for the No. 8 spot in the West as we begin the stretch run of the season. There are 30 games left and they are about to be crunched together into a two-month span ...

“We know it’s turned into a short season,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said Monday. “It’s 30 games ... “That’s not a lot of time, and it’s a lot of games. We’re anxious to get at it.''

DONUT 2: The Mavs and DB.com Phone App! ...
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DONUT 3: Like Mike ...

Dirk Nowitzki is aware of Michael Jordan's praise of him. And it's "humbling.'' And it's "weird.''

Jordan is quoted as saying the only players in today’s era who would have been equally successful in his era are Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, LeBron James and ... Dirk Nowitzki.

"For him to even know my name is crazy, to be honest,’’ Nowitzki said. "For him to say that I could have been a good player then means a lot -- it’s humbling. ... Everybody knows the greatest of all time. Just him saying my name feels already weird. ... For him to use me in a sentence with those other guys, obviously that means a lot for sure.’’

DONUT 4: I don't pretend to get this ...

But have at it, kids:

DONUT 5: The other MVP ...

Chris Paul won All-Star Game MVP for his 20-point, 15-assist performance. (By doing that, he joins only Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas to reach those lofty stats). And Kobe stole the game-ending show by helping the West to a win by blocking a pair of East star LeBron's shots.

But there is an odd subtlety to the greatness of Kevin Durant. Subtle? Sort of, as he became the first player to score 30-plus in three straight All-Star Games.

And yet ... he did it so smoothly that it seemed "quiet.'' And subtle.

DONUT 6: "Trade Rumor Traffic'' ...

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DONUT 7: Worst Weekend ...

Worst All-Star Weekend experience? Had to be Chris Bosh, playing in his home state, missing shots, getting nutmegged on a pair of passes and enduring taunted from rapper Lil Wayne, who climbed on a stage in Houston to claim that he'd had sex with Bosh's wife.

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DONUT 9: Live Catholic ...

TNT’s Marv Albert maybe doesn't watch a lot of TV and therefore maybe isn't familiar with Taco Bell's catchphrase, "Live Mas.'' During the All-Star Game telecast, Marv tried a live read of a commercial for the fast-food joint and read the line as "Live Mass'' -- as if he was endorsing a Sunday visit to a Catholic church.

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DONUT 11: Still no Kaman ...

Chris Kaman engaged in non-contact drills on Monday but he still isn’t cleared for game action.

“I’m just happy to be able to get back on the court with my team and be able to do something,’’ Kaman said. “I’ve been just kind of in limbo waiting for the last three weeks trying to figure out what I’m going to do and when I’m going to be able to do it.''

Kaman sustained a concussion during a Jan. 28 workout. He's called the series of tests required to clear his return "stupid'' but he also acknowledges that he continues to have symptoms.

“I’ve got a little bit of a headache, so it’s like still three weeks in a row, but it’s not enough to where at this point it’s slowing me down,'' Kaman said. I still got to be careful before I’m going to go out and play again, but right now I feel pretty good.''

Kaman will attempt to participate in today's midday practice at the AAC.

DONUT 12: The Final Word ...

R.I.P., Dr. Jerry Buss.


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