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…]

How the Mavs Finally Got Their Men

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Mavs Man

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

After the Dallas Mavericks won their lone championship in 2011, the organization saw a philosophical shift. Gone were the key members of a title-winning core mere months after reaching the pinnacle of the basketball world. Tyson Chandler had gone to the New York Knicks in a sign and trade deal that saw him earn a four years and $55 million. Following were the likes of JJ Barea, Caron Butler, Corey Brewer, and other key pieces. A year later, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry would follow, effectively ending an era in Big D. [Read more…]

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.

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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

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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…]

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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Dallas Mavericks Practice Report 11/11/13

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Dallas Mavericks Beat Writer

Following practice Monday morning, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle took some time to talk to the media and had some interesting things to say, not the least of which was a speedos analogy comparing the Mavericks athletes to the Wizards.

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First, that he believes the Mavs are in different territory this year than years past, and he elaborated on that by stating that despite Dirk’s recent struggles, just 13.0 PPG in his last four games, he’s only looking for about 15 a game from the Big German. Further he doesn’t believe the answer to getting Dirk going again is just to force feed him the ball in search of a minimum number of shots, as that can be counter productive in the flow offense Carlisle likes to employ.

“In our flow game, the universal rule has always been that the ball’s gotta find the best players,” Carlisle explained. “So we’ve got to be looking for them. But when defenses load up, other guys gotta be ready to step into shots, and in those instances he’s not going to get as many shots.” [Read more…]

Rick Carlisle Calls Out Samuel Dalembert

By Darreck Kirby
PSDC Mavs Beat Writer

To say the least, Samuel Dalembert’s preseason debut got off to a bit of a rocky start. It took exactly four minutes and 12 seconds for the Dallas Mavericks’ new starting center to pick up three quick fouls and land himself a spot on the bench to get an early breather. When he finally returned at the start of the second half, he lasted a measly eight seconds more before picking up his fourth personal of the contest.

After the game when asked about the strange debut, Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle attributed it to Dalembert’s conditioning.

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“Dalmbert’s got to continue to work to get in shape,” he said according to Sports Day DFW. “He’s just not in the condition he needs to be in. We need him. And tonight, he struggled out there and I think a lot of it is conditioning. In the next 22 days, he’s got to get to a higher level. In the last week, he’s made strides, as surprising as that may sound.”

Carlisle later said he challenged Dalembert in front of the rest of the team and told him that he needed to work on his conditioning so he could contribute the way the Mavs need him to. Since then, Dalembert has cited a series of back and hamstring problems as the primary cause of his rough start to camp. At the end of the day, though, it all falls on Dalembert to bounce back. How else can he provide the Tyson Chandler-like impact several have predicted? To be fair, that comparison was in reference to defensive impact and projected stat line, not in leadership or title predictions. [Read more…]