Stinging questions from Oakland ... Two big games in Frisco this weekend ... Who hugs Dalembert? ...…
Mavs Donuts: 'Game-Daaaaay!' & Podcast
BONUS DONUT: Fresh Mavs Podcast! ...
It's as fresh as your Morning Donuts ... Mike Marshall and Kevin Turner lead the conversation on the DB.com Mavs Podcast here on iTunes and up and running below as well ... I'm there with special birthday wishes from Chucky Cheese ... and we invite you to ull up a chair to the hoops roundtable and let's kick it around ...
The DallasBasketball.com Mavs Podcast, y'all!
DONUT 1: Monta's night ...
The Dallas Mavericks are on Fox Sports Southwest tonight at 9 as I join Bob Ortegel and Dana Larson in the studio and Followill and Derek Harper on the scene!
And the scene figures very much to be about Monta Ellis' first game back in Oakland while wearing a Dallas uniform. Ellis, of course, started his career with the Warriors in 2005 as a second-round draft choice. ... But this is his second game of the early season against his old team. On Nov. 27, Monta experienced his poorest shooting/scoring game so far in the Mavs' 103-99 win when he scored four points on 2-of-16 shooting.
A video-and-analysis-heavy review of what Dallas did right in that win might be worth reviewing. Do so here!
DONUT 2: The Big Warriors ...
Meanwhile, the Warriors have their "Big ... Well, At Least, Two.'' There is lots of young talent in Golden State, but as our man Mark Followill points out, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are a very special "Big Two'' from three. Curry set the league record with 272 3-pointers made season. For an encore, Thompson is currently on pace for 279 made treys this year.
Where do the Mavs find answers for the GS scorers? You start with Curry, who in his last seven games is averaging 30.1 points per. But again, their young talent keeps coming at you in waves. David Lee averages 17 points and nine rebounds. Harrison Barnes averages 13.3 points. And collectively, the Warriors combine athleticism with the aforementioned perimeter skills that have them leading the league in 3-point shooting (42.7 percent) and in fourth in field-goal shooting (46.9 percent).
DONUT 3: Struggles in Oakland? ...
As imperfect as 13-9 Dallas is, they are looking down at the 12-10 Warriors in the standings. Golden State is just 4-7 in its past 11 games.
"We're going to be fine," coach Mark Jackson said. "We're not jumping off a cliff."
That would be dangerous especially for forward Draymond Green (ankle), center Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) and guard Andre Iguodala (hamstring), all of whom are iffy for tonight.
That's one way for Dallas to hope the second waves aren't as devastating.
DONUT 4: Mavs injury update ...
Among the non-participants tonight? Injured rotation guys Devin Harris and Brandan Wright. Both traveled with the Mavs on this roadie and both practiced on Tuesday, but Rick Carlisle declared them not quite ready for tonight.
Wright continues to test the shoulder that has sidelined him all season. Harris does the same with his toe, which sustained a mild setback last week.
Is the timetable for their return getting any more specific?
"I'm looking for an early Christmas present,'' Devin said playfully, "and not a New Year's resolution.''
DONUT 5: The dotted line ...
'Tis the season for college coaches to begin un-doing and re-doing and reneging on their contracts.
This State University leader of men is said to have "agreed'' to an extension and that Ol' College leader of men is said to be committed for life ... but a cautionary reminder here:
The only promises and the only commitments a college coach views as fully binding is the one his recruits make to him.
DONUT 6: what happened in Sacto? ...
'It's a harder game,' Carlisle said Monday before taking on a team-in-transit in Sacto. 'These situations take on weird personalities. These so-called depleted teams come out and throw a gangbuster game at you.''
Lowly Kings 112, three-game-win-streak-snapped Mavs 97. Gangbusters.
Now, what happened in Sacto? The above photo would seem to suggest that the Mavs themselves find it a puzzlement ...
DONUT 7: The smartest money guys in DFW ...
We're not what you would call "wealthy.'' We just have, like you, desire to create a more financial future for my family. Let us please introduce you to Woody Levinson and Bill Saplicki at LS Wealth Strategies! Because they're Mavs season-ticket types, we like 'em. But because they've taken such a keen interest in using their skills to help our family handle our finances, our investments and our future, we love 'em! Give them a click or a call at LS Wealth Strategies! and tell them The Fish sent you!
DONUT 8: Coat Drive! ...
Here's the info on the Mavs' Coat Drive - and buy-one/get-one-free tickets!
DONUT 9: Vince in decline? ...
We have chronicled in great detail the decline of Vince Carter ... and yes, we are starting to view this as a "decline'' as opposed to a "slump.''
Go here to DB.com Archives and search "Vince Carter'' and you will see all the wonderful stuff we've written about him as a good fella and all the analytical stuff we've written about him as a good contributor ... contributing less and less now.
He is a year removed from being a sound usage guy, from being someone who could take a turn backing up Marion as an ace defender, a year removed from fighting the urge to settle to instead get to the rim ...
And here's what else is removed (I assume): The chance to trade Vince for a potentially valuable young rotation piece.
I promise DB.com will re-assess this as we near February, but for now: All those Vince trade proposals that you are playing with, sending me, inquiring about ...
We're just twiddling our thumbs. Vince is at this point something less than a coveted piece. What we see in regard to his decline other teams see, too.
So before you hope for a trade of Carter, you might want to hope for at least a moment of rejuvenation from Carter.
DONUT 10: Oh, those steaks and burgers!
Thanks to Dee and the incredible staff at Dee Lincoln Steak and Burger Bar for our incredible Mavs pregame dinners ... the legendary DFW restaurateur has done it again.
Dee Lincoln Steak and Burger Bar is becoming THE "upscale casual'' place to dine before you attend events in Dallas ... And the gang from DB.com looks forward to seeing you there this weekend!
DONUT 11: Hump Day! ...
DONUT 12: The Final Word ...
Rick Carlisle was on SiriusXM NBA Radio and was asked about the biggest misconception about Mark Cuban.
"That he meddles,'' Rick answered, noting that rather than "meddling'' Cuban "sees his role as owner as giving us tools for success."
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