Mavs Rally Behind Dirk to Upend Thunder at Home

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Photo Credit: Getty Images

On Sunday night, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle found himself in a pickle. His starting center Tyson Chandler was going to miss the game due to lower back spasms. Further complicating the issue was the recent departure, via the Rajon Rondo trade, of Tyson Chandler-lite, Brandan Wright. What he was left with was Greg Smith, an unproven, somewhat undersized big man. But, rather than lean on Smith from the gate, a whimsical dream – a nightmare really – prompted Carlisle to craft the most Don Nelson lineup imaginable. The Dallas starting lineup for Sunday night was as follows: [Read more…]

Costly Turnovers Doom Mavs Against Hawks

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Monday night in Dallas marked just the second game for Rajon Rondo in a Mavericks uniform. His prior outing had seen a fairly stagnant offense for the most part until Monta Ellis flew in to save the day with a heroic fourth quarter charge. Unfortunately, that same calvary would not make an appearance against the visiting Atlanta Hawks.

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Photo Credit: dallasnews.com

Atlanta came into the game riding a hot streak, winning 12 of their previous 13 contests after a 7-6 start. Make no mistake about it, this is not the same Hawks team from last season. In fact, in his pre-game press conference, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle stated “they could very well be the team that comes out of the East this year. That’s how good they are.” On Monday night, their play validated Carlisle’s claim. [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.

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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…]

Dallas Mavericks Continue Making Moves

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Although the core of the Dallas Mavericks roster was set a couple of weeks ago, President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, Donnie Nelson, along with team owner, Mark Cuban, have continued to shake things up. Not only did the Mavericks add a solid pair of players Wednesday evening, but they did so after beginning their day with a disappointing setback.

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After signing with Dallas this past Saturday, Rashard Lewis, a player Cuban has been trying to acquire for over 10 years now, discovered during his team physical a troublesome knee that will require surgery. While the severity of the injury isn’t known, it was enough for the Mavs to void the contract and get back to placing calls. What they found was the icing on the cake for what has unquestionably been the greatest offseason in franchise history. With their midlevel exception (MLE), Dallas signed former All Star point guard, Jameer Nelson to a two-year, $6 million deal with a player option in year two – a fantastic value for a player of Nelson’s quality. [Read more…]

Chandler Parsons Completes New Look Mavs

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

It’s been an eventful offseason for the Dallas Mavericks, just as it’s loyal fan base had hoped it’d be. First, the big man and mythical giant Tyson Chandler returned to big D in a pre-draft day trade that flipped two of the Mavs starting five as well as a small piece of its future. The price was high but the move unquestionably makes Dallas a better team.

Photo Credit: Chandler Parsons' Facebook

Photo Credit: Chandler Parsons’ Facebook

Next, after failing to woo the likes of LeBron James and Carmello Anthony (both were among the longest of long shots), Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson took a big gamble in courting Houston Rockets’ restricted free agent Chandler Parsons. The Mavs front office rivalry with the Rockets is growing with each passing year, and Cuban partying with Parsons in a Florida night club while officially inking a three-year, $46 million offer sheet rubbed a little dirt in Houston’s eye. [Read more…]

NBA Free Agency Looms: Which players need to be watched?

By Matt Rogers
PSDC Fantasy Expert

Our friends down in San Antonio have barely begun sobering up from their title celebration, the NBA rookie draft is on deck for this Thursday, NBA free agency begins next Tuesday and the NBA world is awash with chaos and speculation. The bank of fog rolling across the NBA landscape is so thick several Vegas books have pulled all future odds on NBA championships. Things are very unsettled right now. The word frenzy has popped up. Here is my best effort to help everyone understand just what is going on.

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Over the next few days leading up to the draft and the free agency mayhem that follows the next week, expect the stories and speculation about who is going where to grow exponentially. While the biggest stories will focus will be on Carmelo Anthony and Miami’s Big Three, numerous other players may be on the market with the potential to change the playoff picture of the NBA. To keep track of everything in the midst of this madness, first we must identify the players. Here is a look at some of the biggest names likely to draw attention as free agency looms. Let’s start with the champs. [Read more…]

Dallas Mavericks Free Agency Guide

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Coming off a solid bounce back year that saw them win 49 games and push the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to the brink, the Dallas Mavericks find themselves with roughly $30 million to fund their free agency spending spree. Priority number one, of course, will be to resign the face of the franchise, Dirk Nowitzki. The ghost-faced driller has said that he has no intention of signing elsewhere, and thanks to the fact that he’s never had an agent, his deal will likely get finalized by the end of the opening day, July 1. It’s also worth noting that the big German plans to sign a very team friendly deal, one that will not only show him some respect for all that he’s done for the franchise, but one that will also leave the team’s pockets plenty full to pursue the likes of several key players in not only this year’s free agency, but the next as well. So who are Dallas’ most likely targets?

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Potential Resignings

Shawn Marion: The only other remaining piece to the 2011 title team, Shawn Marion has been worth every penny to the Dallas Mavericks since he was acquired in 2010. Not only can he guard three or four different positions on a given night, but he also offers veteran leadership and one of the most unorthodox offensive skill sets in NBA history. Marion is a fan favorite, but if he wants to return to Dallas, he’ll need to sign a more team-friendly deal, meaning his days of $9 million per year are over. [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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Mavericks Prove Eighth Seed, Survive 30-Point Collapse

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

It was perhaps the most important game of the season emotionally for the Dallas Mavericks (37-26), or at least it is now in hindsight. The team roared out of the gates behind point guard Jose Calderon’s 15 first quarter points and outscored the Portland Trailblazers (42-20) by 23. But as impressive as that sounds, consider this, Dallas’ lead was 33-10 after the first, and no, that’s not a typo. The Dallas Mavericks’ much maligned defense held one of the Western Conference’s best teams, and the NBA’s best offense statistically to just 10 first quarter points. And they weren’t done building that lead just yet. Dallas would push the lead out to 30 with a 42-12 advantage in the early second quarter before everything began to go wrong.

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Photo Credit: ESPN.com

In the second quarter Portland rebounded offensively, scoring 28 points against the Mavs’ 24, and cutting the lead to 57-38. The score was still heavily in Dallas’ favor, but Portland wasn’t prepared to lie down. [Read more…]

Devin Harris Suffers Setback, May Not Return Until January

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

A few weeks ago Dallas Mavericks combo guard Devin Harris believed he would be back from injury and ready to make his season debut before Christmas. Unfortunately that’s no longer the case. Harris’s comeback bid encountered a setback, one significant enough that the team has yet to even provide a timetable for his return.

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Photo Credit: USA Today

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle offered a little more clarity on the subject after Tuesday’s practice. “I think we’re putting the breaks on, obviously, with him a little bit. He needs a little time to heal a little bit more and let that foot settle down.

“In due time he’ll be back to the full schedule of stuff. He was going some good things until he got the setback.” [Read more…]