Wesley Matthews Returns To Line-Up vs OKC

By Darreck Kirby
Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

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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…]

Here’s The Larry King’s Things

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Good day to you, friends and neighbors, and here’s hoping this 24 hour rotation of the planet bring you joy, laughter and artificially generated endorphins. As I write this, I’ve been away from home for two weeks, with one more to go. I realize that’s not a terribly long time, but being separated from my family always makes a little crazy. OK, craziER. Shut up, you. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Not From Cleveland? You Can’t Understand. (And That’s Good)

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Here’s The Thing – One Bad Call And Indiana Jones

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Here’s The Thing – KD Is Staying In OKC

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So the NBA Free Agency period is just around the corner, pallies, so lets take a look at the biggest name and where he might end up. I should preface this entire episode by stating for the record that my official position remains “The Cavs Are The Champs, So I Don’t Give A Crap,” but let’s go through this exercise anyway, shall we?
See, Here’s The Thing; There’s one big name free agent every year, and this year it’s Kevin Durant. Let me just say, Durant is going nowhere and I can give you five reasons why: Money, Money, Money, Money and (oddly enough) Polar Donuts in Oklahoma City (locals know it). The difference in cold, hard cash that can flow to the Durant estate by signing a one year deal in OKC and then a long term hometown deal next year when the salary cap explodes makes it a virtual certainty that KD will continue to gear up in the Land Rush. He also came within a game of the Finals in a series they should have won (and would have had Draymond been suspended like he should have), so there’s no competitive reason to leave either, unless he’s convinced that he could team with a resurgent Derrick Rose, Melo and Porzingis to give King James and the defending champs a run in the east, and really – are we buying that the Knicks luck could ever run that good? Remembering back to when “Kevin Durant or Greg Oden?” was a thing is a fun exercise in seeing how silly we all are pre-draft in any sport, but take a lesson from that and apply it to “Championship Contender In The West or Possible FEMA Disaster In The East?” Yes, he could go to Golden State as well, but are the Warriors really willing to retool their entire roster? I don’t know, if I were them I wouldn’t, and if I were Durant I wouldn’t either, because I don’t believe it’s that’s much of an upgrade over his current situation, and the pressure to deliver multiple titles if he went to The Bay would be soul-crushing. Stay put. Win. Endorse cowboy boots for millions.

Look, anything can happen and I’m certainly no expert, but when there are literally tens of millions of dollars worth of difference between staying and leaving, my money is on the money being the deciding factor. Kevin Durant stays in Oklahoma. Also, The Cavs Are The Champs, And I Don’t Give A Crap.

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Here’s The Thing – NBA Finals: Pop Quiz

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Here’s The Thing – Mortal Lock Friday Comes Early For The NBA Finals

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Here’s The Thing – Cavs Vs Warriors: They’re Heeeeeere

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Here’s The Thing – The Return Of Gamblicus For Mortal Lock Friday

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Here’s The Thing – Cavs, Cubs And Angry Wives: Comforting

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Here’s The Thing – God Loves Changing Your Plans (And Armpit Farts)

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Here’s The Thing – The Spurs Last Ride?

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