Report: Rondo “Extremely Unlikely” to Re-sign with Dallas This Summer

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

In an early December trade, the Dallas Mavericks sent three players, two draft picks and a trade exception to the Boston Celtics in return for the point guard they believed would fortify and legitimize the position in their backcourt for years to come. Flash forward just three months and the once promising blockbuster trade appears to have soured considerably. The Celtic beat writers warned Dallas media the honeymoon wouldn’t last long, and it appears they may have been right.

Photo Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavs have had inconsistent results throughout the Rondo experiment to date. Yes, their defense has certainly improved, rising to become the best in the league in the month of February, but what they’ve improved in defense, they’ve lost in offense – and then some. Prior to the trade, Dallas’ offense was on a historic pace; since the trade they’ve been good, though far from the greatness they’d initially projected. [Read more…]

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.

Photo Credit: dallasnews.com

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…]

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…]

Why This Summer May Change the Entire Landscape of the NBA

By Jake Hyman
PSDC Writer & Host of the New York Sports Minute Podcast

Let the rumor mill churn.

The NBA free agency period is nearing and practically nothing is a guarantee between now and the end of July.

No guarantees but plenty of questions.

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Photo Credit: NBA.com

Like, will LeBron James stay in Miami? Subsequently, what do Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh do? [Read more…]

Boston Celtics Blowing It Up and Other NBA Trades

By Robbie Marbury
PSDC Big Man 

On Sunday afternoon, the Boston Celtics announced that their All-Star point guard, Rajon Rondo, would miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL. This is a huge blow to a team that had high hopes for the playoffs.

Now, it remains to be seen why the Celtics had high hopes. Boston is holding onto the eighth spot in the East, and will probably continue to be eighth unless Andrew Bynum comes back and lights a fire in Philadelphia, in which case Boston would miss the playoffs. With the Celtics being three games behind Milwaukee for the seventh spot, chances of them getting higher than eight are pretty slim. So, if you are resigned to the fact that you are going to be the eighth best team in the East, you have to realize your first-round opponent will be Miami. The Celtics played an inspired game without their best player and beat Miami on Sunday, but Miami is floating through the regular season and waiting for the playoffs start to turn up the heat. (See what I did there?) There is no way that Boston would beat Miami in the playoffs, with or without Rondo. [Read more…]

LeBron, Heat Dominate in Boston, Force Game 7

By Anthony Wright
PSDC Contributor

The pressure was on the Miami Heat and they answered, well actually, LeBron James packed the whole team in a bus and drove them across the finish line in Game 6.  This was one of those games where LeBron was doing what he does, not caring if he stepped on Dwyane Wade’s toes or not.  It seemed as if his teammates stepped out of the way and let LeBron work his craft. LeBron had a career first half scoring rampage with 30 points, finishing the game with 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists.  Wade was the only other double-digit scorer, tallying 17 points and eight rebounds. Chris Bosh did not start but played 28 minutes, twice as many minutes as played in Game 5.  He had nine points and six rebounds, but since he was an offensive threat, the Celtics had another weapon to worry about on defense. [Read more…]

Celtics Finding Fountain of Youth, Take 3-2 Series Lead

By Anthony Wright
PSDC Contributor

The Heat were coming off of two consecutive losses in Boston.  They were now at home in Miami, and they started off hot.  As a veteran team, the Celtics knew the Heat would come out hot and energized, but they would need to withstand the first wave of bullets.  They lost the first quarter 24-16.  The Celtics prized each possession for the rest of the game, taking quality shots and making big defensive stops.  From the 9:22 mark of the second quarter, the Celtics outscored the Heat the rest of the game by 17 points.

A big play of the game was the Paul Pierce 3-pointer over LeBron James to push the game to a four-point lead with under a minute to play.  But, the biggest possession of the game, in my opinion, was when Mario Chalmers hit a 3-pointer with 2:33 left in the fourth quarter, gaining a one-point lead 83-82.  [Read more…]

Rondo Shines, Celtics Fall Short in Miami

By Anthony Wright
PSDC Contributor 

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals was a low scoring game, controlled by the Heat. Game 2 provided excitement, an overtime and 226 total points.  Two teams that are known for their defense, both allowed at least 111 points in the contest.

For the Celtics, Rajon Rondo played every minute in this phenomenal performance, posting 44 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.  No other player in playoff history has scored at least 44 points and 10 assists.  Rondo had 22 first half points and ended with 44 but he was not as near as aggressive in the second half.  The Heat put bigger players on Rondo so if there was a ball screen, they could easily switch. Rondo stayed patient and attacked under control when the Miami defense let down. Ray Allen played well, hitting four out of his first five shots, as well as the tying three-point basket to send the game into overtime. [Read more…]

Heat Easily Take Care of Celtics In Opener

By Anthony Wright
PSDC Contributor 

The Eastern Conference Finals kicked off tonight between the Heat and the Celtics. The Heat controlled the game in all quarters but the second, winning the first, third and fourth quarters by a combined 24 points.

Kevin Garnett will bring intensity every night, and Paul Pierce will get double teamed constantly. In order for the Celtics to be competitive in this series, Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen must have great games. Rondo had a decent first half, recording eight points, five rebounds and five assists. [Read more…]

We Meet Again: An Eastern Conference Finals Preview

By Mark Eomurian
PSDC Contributor 

When Dwayne Wade and his two new best friends rose from the depths of American Airlines arena like Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, to anoint themselves the newest incarnation of the Dream Team, another “Big 3”, in Boston sat back, taking note, smiling amongst one another. Hearing LeBron James proclaim the Heat the heirs to the throne, capable of not one, not two, but something like eight championships, made the hairs on the back of Kevin Garnett’s neck stand up. For a veteran team who had been through the wars of the NBA playoffs as individuals leading their respective franchises, and as one of the most decorated collections of talent ever assembled, the Celtics were well aware of the burden of exalted expectations.  The 2011 NBA season brought such fanatical media attention to the Miami Heat, that ESPN created a running diary of their season, entitled the Heat Index. Las Vegas oddsmakers immediately favored the Heat to win the title. [Read more…]

Celtics Down Sixers, Earn Berth in Eastern Conference Finals

By Anthony Wright
PSDC Contributor 

Of the Sixers’ starting five, only Elton Brand had Game 7 experience.  For the Celtics, Brandon Bass was the only player on the starting five to have no Game 7 experience.  This experience paid off in the end.

The Sixers battled throughout the entire game, answering every punch the Celtics threw at them.  The Sixers could never take the lead in the second half, cutting the game to one point on an Iguodala foul from Paul Pierce, sending him to the free throw line.  He missed both of his free throws and on the next possession the Celtics went down and scored.  [Read more…]