Thursday Mavs Donuts: Leading When It Matters
Posted Oct 17, 2013

Last night in Indy, the Mavs led the Pacers by as many as 23 in the third quarter and led going into the fourth before the non-guaranteed guys mopped up a 92-85 preseason win. This is getting to be a habit, and a good one, as we detail in Mavs Donuts ...

DONUT 1: Mavs 92, Pacers 85 ...

For the veteran Dallas Mavericks, it's very much preseason. So Jose Calderon can be patient with his hammy. Shawn Marion can sit out the Monday game. And Vince Carter can take a "rest day'' on Wednesday in Indy as the Mavs beat the Pacers 92-85.

The Pacers, by the way, are no different. They played without standouts Paul Georgem Roy Hibbert and David West.

Yes, it's the preseason. But ...

“We’re basically two weeks from playing an opening game, and in the big picture for me I’m looking at health, I’m looking at keeping guys fresh and giving guys enough of a rest that need it and getting them enough work, too,'' Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "You know, there’s a lot of things to keep your eye on right now.''

For instance ...

DONUT 2: Plus/minus ...
Dallas is 2-2 in the preseason. But in each of their four games, the Mavs have led entering the final quarter. Those first three quarters are when the regulars generally play (along with rookie point Gal Mekel, of course) and those first three quarters are when Dirk Nowitzki does what Dirk does. Example from last night: In 24 minutes, Nowitzki was a plus-26.

In fact, the Mavs starters had a combined plus/minus of plus-94 in Indy.

With no disrespect to the non-guaranteed mop-up guys who have been on the floor to finish games, what Carlisle's true rotation guys are doing is what "to keep your eye on right now.''

DONUT 3: Prokhorov is a pirate?! ...

A story about the ties between the Brooklyn Nets and the new Tom Hanks movie "Captain Phillips.'' And no, the big reveal isn't that Mikhail Prokhorov is a pirate.

DONUT 4: Follow the Mavs on Twitter ...

Follow our Mavs coverage on Twitter, where our live coverage of preseason will unfold all day and every day! Mike Fisher, Chuck Perry , David Lord and Michael Dugat keep you up-to-the-minute informed on all things Mavs!

DONUT 5: The Finest Dentists in North Texas! ...

Our neighborhood dentists, even though we don't even live in the McKinney neighborhood? It's, and it's been the case for Nate, Tony and me for my kids' entire lifetime.

At, Dr. Berlin, Dr. Markham, Dr. Lynch and Dr. Wood have been providing the finest in everything from technology to chair-side manner for years, to my family and to so many of you. Their great work has part of us bringing our Mavs coverage to you since 1995 ... And we're proud to be associated with The Finest Dentists in North Texas ...!

DONUT 6: Dreamweavers ...

Remember when Rick Carlisle told that the Mavs continue to try to "stay ahead of the curve'' when it comes to advances in technology that can impact basketball? Here goes: Dallas is going to be the first NBA team to do "sleep analysis.''

For me, by the way, the best way to coerce myself into taking a nap is to put baseball on the TV.

DONUT 7: OO no, OJ ...
Old pal O.J. Mayo is off to another new start, this time in Milwaukee. With it comes the unveiling of another new jersey number for Mayo, who wore 32 in Memphis and was again 32 last year in Dallas.

But 00?

Pending an explanation of how the 00 is meant to honor somebody or something -- which is completely possibly -- 00 always seems to be to be a desperate cry for attention.

OO no, OJ!

DONUT 8: Comedy Central ...

An open message to all these people who want to challenge LeBron James or Michael Jordan to one-on-one contests: If you really had that capability, wouldn't you, like, be playing in the NBA instead of working at Home Depot?

And yes, that applies, too, to Grizzlies owner Robert Pera as he issues a challenge to Bobcats owner Jordan. I assume there is some greater good to be done here; charity, maybe? dismisses 1-on-1 challenge from as 'comical' But if you are Jordan, you have every right to find it tiresome and you have every right to term it "comical.''

DONUT 9: Bread-and-butter ...

Yes, it’s only the preseason, and the blocks that appear in the process of being stacked so sturdily can come crumbling down should the illusion falter. But while watching the Mavs' Monday preseason loss to the Magic, it’s hard not to begin the wonder of 'what if' - especially as it applies to Dirk and Monta, the two-man game and some delicious bread and butter.

Our bread-and-butter review is here.

DONUT 10: Welcome, Social Club! ...

We welcome to the family Oak Cliff Social Club, voted Dallas' best "dive bar'' and located in the heart of the Bishop Arts District.

This "place for local people to come without paying tourist prices" is anchored by a 40-foot, oak-backed, Brazilian black granite bar, and a "garage" area featuring couches, TVs, and twin pool tables. Local beers and home-style pizza will do the trick before or after the Mavs game.

Thanks to Oak Cliff Social Club for supporting the Mavs, and so many positives things happening in the Bishop Arts District!

DONUT 11: What Mavs fans think of Gal ...
We invite you to be part of the Mavs conversation on the best discussion forum in the NBA, The Boards!

What goes on there? Discussions large and small. Example: On this week's rainy Tuesday afternoon, a simple "Hey, what do you guys think of Gal Mekel so far?'' got 1,200 views by Mavs fans.

Thousands of Mavs fans with thousands of ideas .. just like you!

DONUT 12: The Final Word ...

Mark Cuban is vindicated in the SEC conflict ... and puts his accusers on blast:

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