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…]

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…]

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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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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Dallas Mavericks Rise Up, Edge Thunder in OT

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

It was one of the most exciting games of the season for the Dallas Mavericks, and one almost nobody expected them to win. Sure, the team dominated the Thunder a little over a week ago, but the Thunder were without All Star point guard Russell Westbrook at the time, thus disrupting the flow of their offense and removing a large chunk of their scoring punch not named Kevin Durant. So what hope could they possibly have this time around?

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

As it turns out, plenty. Dallas came out with something to prove, not just to themselves but to the rest of the Western Conference, really. The team’s overtime loss Sunday night against the Nets dropped them outside of the playoff picture, leaving some to question their chances. But behind Dirk’s vintage performance (32 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals), and Monta Ellis’ fourth quarter brilliance, Dallas battled back to force overtime against the Thunder and who is certain to be the league’s MVP this year, Kevin Durant. [Read more…]