Blockbuster Trade Brings Rajon Rondo to Dallas

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Late Thursday afternoon, the Dallas Mavericks pulled off one of the biggest trades in recent memory. Not only did the Dallas Mavericks acquire a premiere point guard in his prime, but one who has already made four All Star appearances and specializes in orchestrating offenses.

Photo Credit: Reuters

Photo Credit: Reuters

As for the cost of his acquisition, the Mavericks were most notably forced to send away fan favorite Brandan Wright, a spark plug backup center who leads the league in scoring efficiency. Other pieces of the trade included reserve forward Jae Crowder, starting point guard Jameer Nelson, and a pair of draft picks (a 1st and 2nd). Dallas also received Dwight Powell in the deal. [Read more…]

Mavs Fast Break Ep. 2 with Chris Stuckey & Darreck Kirby

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With the NBA season underway, Chris Stuckey and Darreck Kirby continue Dallas Mavericks coverage on ProjectShanks.com with another episode of Mavs Fast Break. Topics discussed on the podcast include:

– First impression of Chandler Parsons in Rick Carlisle’s offense
– Parsons vs Ariza through six games
– Mavs stellar first halves vs third quarter woes
– Tyson Chandler’s impact on both ends of the floor
– Re-evaluating the Western conference playoff picture

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Dallas Mavericks Blow Huge Lead, Hold Off Feisty Celtics

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Dallas, TX: The AAC was rocking as the Mavs reutrned from their brief road trip to New Orleans looking to push their winning streak to three games against the Boston Celtics. Much like their home opener, the Mavs raced out to a towering lead, only to watch it melt away in yet another third quarter letdown – the primary storyline for the team as a whole through its first four games.

Dallas may have squandered all but one of its 31-point lead but more than anything what stood out to me was the grit that both teams played with. Give credit to the Celtics for coming out of the half firing despite a big deficit. Brad Stevens has done a great job with his young team, rallying the troops time and time again despite Dallas runs that continously pushed the lead back to double digits. In the end, it was simply too much to overcome. Mavs 118, Celtics 113. [Read more…]

Dallas Mavericks Fall In Season Opener

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

The NBA season opened with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs hosting the new look Dallas Mavericks. And while the game might have gotten off to an ugly start, the champs looked every bit the part and edge the visiting Mavs 101-100.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

For Mavs fans, the good news is that the team really had a chance to win this one. In his Mavs debut, the $46 million man, Chandler Parsons was just 2-of-10 from the floor for five points, had four rebounds and two steals to go along with zero assists in 33 minutes. The team’s chemistry looked out of sorts – which is to be expected – and STILL had the final shot with a chance to steal one. [Read more…]

Ending On A Sour Note: Spurs Crush Mavs In Game 7

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

For six games in this first round playoff series, the Dallas Mavericks looked every bit capable of upending the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs. But when the two teams took the floor Sunday afternoon, any question about who was the better squad was vanquished. Finally playing like a No. 1 seed at home, San Antonio came out hot and pestered the Mavs into a number of bad shots and turnovers throughout the first period to build a double digit lead. And while Dallas would come back, they would never prove much of a threat the rest of the way.

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

NBA Coach of the Year Greg Popovich’s club caught fire in the second quarter, ballooning their lead to as much as 27 before taking a 68-46 point advantage into the half. About the only thing Dallas had going to that point was Dirk, who scored a quiet 17 points efficiently, though that wouldn’t be the case moving forward. [Read more…]

Carter’s 3 Sinks Spurs in Dallas

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Game 3 Saturday afternoon in Dallas was about as electric as it gets in the American Airlines Center, and the 20,000 some-odd in attendance were treated to a show they won’t soon forget. Riding their momentum-shifting rout from Game 2, the Dallas Mavericks came out hot against San Antonio, knocking down seven of their first nine shots before the Spurs defense finally found its footing. The lead seesawed back and forth but the Mavs took a six-point edge into the break behind the inspired play of Samuel Dalembert.

The third quarter saw the Spurs attack the paint viciously, constantly carving up Dallas’ interior defense, though the Mavs refused to yield. Two teams traded the lead back and forth countless times throughout the period, but Dallas ended up taking a three-point advantage into the final frame. [Read more…]

Mavs Earn Split, Seize Momentum Heading Back to Dallas

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

For 89 of the 96 minutes in this opening round series between the Mavericks and Spurs, Dallas has been the better team. In spite of this fact, the series returns to Big D Saturday night knotted up at 1-1 thanks to a total collapse the Mavs suffered in the final seven minutes and change of Game 1. You’ve all seen or heard about it by now; Dallas goes up 10 with 7:32 to play and then gets outscored 19-4 over the remainder of the game to give the Spurs a 90-85 victory. But rather than listen to the skeptics or falter, the Mavs instead came back and attacked San Antonio’s defense with the same intensity it had shown for all but the final seven minutes of the game prior.

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Dallas Mavericks Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

The Dallas Mavericks fell just short Wednesday night, not only losing to the Memphis Grizzlies by one in overtime but their grasp on the Western Conference’s seventh seed as well. As a result, the Mavs have drawn the short straw and will face the West’s top seed, San Antonio Spurs, whom they’ve lost nine straight to. What’s worse, they actually won the season series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the West’s No. 2 seed, 2-1, with both victories being quite recent. Facing the Spurs and not the Thunder in the opening round could very well deny Dallas a chance to advance in the postseason, although they would’ve been the underdog in either matchup. So how do the Mavs match up with the league’s lone 60-plus win team?

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Offense: Led by Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, Dallas’ offense has proven all year long that they can hang with the best of them, ranking eighth in points per game. The team also excels in assisting, where they rank sixth in the league. The Spurs, meanwhile, rank sixth in points per contest and first in assists, further solidifying them as the superior team, even in the Mavs’ strongest areas. [Read more…]

Dirk, Ellis Power Mavs Back into the Postseason

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

In Saturday’s final regular season home game for the Dallas Mavericks, they had everything to play for. Still vying for one of two remaining playoff slots, they welcomed the Phoenix Suns to the AAC. The Suns, the league’s most surprising team all season, came into the game in the No. 9 seed and desperately needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Why The Mavs Needed Brandan Wright

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

The Dallas Mavericks have had plenty of needs early in the season, not the least of which was front-court depth. But with Brandan Wright finally making his season debut this past Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, it seems that need may have been met. And then some. Wright checked into the game with 6:52 remaining in the first quarter of a game in which neither Dirk Nowitzki, nor Rick Carlisle were able to contribute due to illness. From there, Wright made his presence known, scoring 19 points in 19 minutes and pulling down six rebounds as well as the Mavericks cruised to a 106-93 victory at home to move to 14-10 on the season.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

If Wright can give this team an added punch off the bench with his size and athleticism then the Mavericks have a real shot at a return to the postseason. True the team at the quarter-mark of the season was on pace to win 49 games, but after their major statement win over the Blazers in Portland the team turned around and was throttled on the road at Sacramento and then beaten at the buzzer in Golden State. To put it simply, the Mavericks need more weapons. Vince Carter’s struggles have been well-documented this season and it’s become clear that the search for a third scorer will be a difficult one. But if the Mavericks can fill that role by committee as they have in the past, then Brandan can, and needs to be that guy. [Read more…]