What To Do About Nerlens Noel

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

When the Dallas Mavericks sent Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and what should end up being two second round picks to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a young rim protector in Nerlens Noel, the storyline surrounding the deal was that Dallas had swindled the Sixers front office. Over the remainder of the season, Noel would see action in 22 games for the Mavericks, averaging 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and a block per contest. In those 22 games, he would start just 12 times and continue battling nagging injuries. It wasn’t stellar by any means, but there were flashes of what could be, and for Dallas, that was more than enough.

Feb 25, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel (3) plays in his first game as a Maverick during the second quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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5 Roster Moves Mark Cuban Regretted

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

Talent evaluation and financial planning around an NBA salary cap is a tough, often thankless job. To look at a player, in some cases a kid who may be 19-20 years old, and determine whether or not he’s going to develop into a real player or maintain current form is a near impossible task. And no one, no matter how good their track record, gets it right 100% of the time. While many of these moves can be found in the years following Dallas’s lone championship in 2011, others date back more than a decade. Sure Dallas looks to have a promising young core again, but these five roster moves can’t help but leave Mavs fans wondering “What if.”

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Podcast Shanks – Mavs Season In Memorium

It was a polarizing season for the Dallas Mavericks. From beginning the year with one of the worst starting lineups in the league to cultivating a surprisingly talented, young roster, the Mavs appear to have a bright future despite posting their first losing season in 16 seasons. In this episode of Podcast Shanks, Darreck Kirby and Brennan Scala take a look at the highs, the lows, and everything in between from this past Mavs season. [Read more…]

Dirk Joins Exclusive Club, Scores 30,000th Point

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The 30K Club has a new member and his name is Dirk Nowitzki. Coming into Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Tall Baller from the G needed just 20 points to become just the sixth player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. He wasted little time doing so. [Read more…]

Mavs Rout Thunder Behind Smothering Defense

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The return of Wes Matthews provided Dallas with an added spark Sunday night. It wasn’t that the team hadn’t been playing defense already -far from it. With their 104-89 victory tonight, Dallas strung together its seventh straight sub-100 defensive effort. Not bad for the boys in blue. The best example of this was a wild sequence in which Matthews took on Russell Westbrook at the top of the key and simply hounded him with active hands and solid positioning. Every time Russell turned, the Mavs flashed an added defender, forcing the triple-double machine back toward Matthews. Westbrook and Wes danced a bit, then Russ flipped up an awkward off-balance shot at the buzzer that missed everything. The crowd erupted and Wes pumped his fist. Matthews might have only chipped in 9 points, but his relentless effort nevertheless fueled a stellar effort. [Read more…]

Wesley Matthews Returns To Line-Up vs OKC

By Darreck Kirby
Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves

After missing the past two games with a hip injury, Wesley Matthewws is finally ready to return to the Mavericks lineup tonight vs Oklahoma City. The timing couldn’t be much better as OKC, even without explosive two-guard Victor Oladipo, still boasts the triple-double machine that is Russell Westbrook. And given Yogi Ferrell’s disadvantage in size and athleticism, don’t be surprised if Wes draws the proverbial short stick. Furthermore, with this being the second game of a five-game homestand, Dallas needs a win if it’s going to remain in the hunt for the Western Conference’s 8 seed. Wes Matthews returning, even if not immediately into the starting lineup, should help that cause. [Read more…]

Mavs Rise Up, Force Game 7

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

The Mavs came out hot Friday night with 34 big points while committing just one turnover in the first quarter to knock the Spurs back on their heels.But, as you would expect from a Greg Popovich team, San Antonio refused to fade away. The Spurs made adjustments, forcing Dallas to turn it over six turnovers in the second, though Dallas made things equally difficult for the Spurs, and, more specifically, Tony Parker. The All Star and former Finals MVP shot just 4-of-12 in the first half as the Maverick defense hassled him into tough shot after tough shot.

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Photo Credit Dallas Morning News

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PSDC’s Darreck Kirby on Mo Sports Talk

Appearing again on Dallas radio’s Mo Sports Talk Monday was PSDC writer Darreck Kirby to discuss the Mavs Game 3 stunner of the San Antonio Spurs. The analysis breaks down the the end of Game 3 as well as what to look for in tonight’s Game 4. Mo Sports Talk can be heard at Tha After Party.com side B every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10AM-Noon. To hear more from Darreck on the NBA playoffs, tune in Mondays at 11:15 a.m.

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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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PSDC on Mo Sports Talk

Earlier this week PSDC writer Darreck Kirby was on Dallas’ Mo Sports Talk to discuss the Mavs Game 1 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, as well as what to look for moving forward. Mo Sports Talk can be heard at Tha After Party.com side B every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10AM-Noon. To hear more from Darreck on the NBA playoffs, tune in Mondays at 11:15 a.m.

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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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8 Game Home Stand Gives Mavericks An Opportunity To Move Up

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

“There’s opportunity here, but it’s going to be very challenging, too,” said Rick Carlisle after Monday’s practice. “We’re going to have to work to keep our edge every day and every night. We’ll find out a lot about our character. The ability to keep that edge is one of the signs of competitive character. We’re going to have to have it.”

The Mavericks, fresh off a three-game road trip that was punctuated by a 23-point victory at Oklahoma City, are now faced with something their head coach hasn’t seen in his three decades in the league; an eight-game home stand. The favorable schedule allows the team to remain at home for the remainder of the month, but Dirk Nowitzki isn’t so sure of his team’s chances to improve their standing.

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