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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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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…]

Project Shanks NBA Preview: Southwest Division

By Matthew Carpenter
PSDC Writer

NBA SOUTHWEST DIVISION PREVIEW

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Since the NBA realigned to six divisions in 2004, this might be the best division ever assembled. All five teams have the ability to make the playoffs. It will be fun to watch and is really difficult to project.

Projected Order of Finish

1. Spurs. The coolest thing about the Spurs’ 2013-14 regular season run is that they won 62 games and had no player average more than 30 minutes-per-game. (Tom Thibodeau please take note.) I won’t hide my bias. Gregg Popovich is my favorite coach in any professional sport in my lifetime. If you’re into stats, check out just how valuable Pop has been to his team relative to win expectancy.

Say ‘Hello’ to: (assistant coach) Becky Hammon. This is only a cool story because it’s not a gimmick. I know very little about Hammon but I know GM R.C. Buford and Pop wouldn’t hire her if it didn’t help the team.

Outlook: No one manages a roster better than Pop, but he can’t control Father Time. In the playoffs, will San Antonio have 2012 Manu Ginobli or 2013 Manu? Sure the emergence of Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills helps age-related concerns, but each year the core gets older, the tighter the fingers are crossed. They’re a team capable of another title run, but matching last season’s greatness will be a tall order. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Home Field Advantage?

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

I’m away from home this week, working on the water and trying to deliver my bevy of booger jokes to the masses of this particular cruise ship.  While watching the last two games of the NBA Finals out here has made me miss the sports comforts of home – MY couch, MY TV, MY chicken wings – I’ve made myself comfortable in this life I’ve led for the past 20 years. I’d rather be at home, but I can make just about everything work from out here. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Teams Of Substance Know Einstein

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

After the wildness of the first round, the NBA Playoffs appear to be settling down. While the one-and-done format of the NCAA tournament offers a ton of excitement, the NBA’s best of seven format usually allows the better teams to advance and gives us the best basketball to watch this side of firing up “Hoosiers” on the DVR, and hoping at some point the Wizards try to run The Picket Fence at ‘em. [Read more…]

Here’s The Thing – Game 7’s And Sunburned Faces

By Stephen Thomas
PSDC Funnyman and Brad Pitt Doppelgänger

I’m Stephen Thomas with Here’s The Thing.

What an amazing weekend for sports fans.  Five Game 7’s – FIVE – in the NBA playoffs. An overtime NHL thriller in Boston. NFL Draft talk and mudslinging on the level of a particularly vicious Senatorial primary, and of course my daughter’s big beach volleyball tournament in Huntington Beach, CA where I burned my face like a 70’s sitcom husband trying to cook a steak. [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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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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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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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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