TAG: Dallas Mavericks

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.

For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 18, 2014 / 11:45 am

Steve Nash Dines With Dirk In Episode 4 Of “The Finish Line”

Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash

Steve Nash‘s documentary series in conjunction with Grantland, “The Finish Line,” has been incredible behind-the-scenes look at the two-time MVP as he comes up on the end of his Hall-of-Fame career. Episode 4 might be the best yet when Nash reunites with his former Mavs partner, Dirk Nowitzki, to discuss what could have been if Nash had re-signed with the Mavericks. Read More »

NBA / Apr 15, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Former Stars Now Embracing Different Roles With The Mavericks

Vince Carter, Shawn Marion

Vince Carter, Shawn Marion (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Transforming from all-star to role player can be a begrudging process for NBA players used to a certain level of personal success on the court. Not every player is capable of making the transition in a smooth and non-disruptive fashion that benefits their current team. But the Dallas Mavericks are graced with two veterans who understand their time in the spotlight has passed and have embraced the responsibility of fitting in. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Plays

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

Finally, at long last, the real season begins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop, look back, and appreciate the highlights and events that captivated us and stole our attention during the 2013-14 season. We’ve been treated to some great games, as recently as Sunday’s Golden State-Portland affair, and some highlights that may have been forgotten because of all the entertaining games we’ve witnessed this year. In case you may have forgotten, fans have been able to witness some of the greatest game-winners, poster dunks, and alley-oops in recent memory. Read More »

NBA / Apr 14, 2014 / 4:15 pm

5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffs

Wesley Matthews, James Harden

Wesley Matthews, James Harden (Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports)

We’re still recovering from a fever dream we had after peeking at a hypothetical Conference-free playoff structure for the playoffs this year. But even with the Conference separation in place, there are plenty of questions as we come up on the final three nights of NBA action during the 2013-14 regular season. The Suns and Grizzlies are battling to get the final spot in a tough Western Conference, and they play tonight. The Heat and Pacers still haven’t settled who will have home-court if they — like most predict — meet in the Eastern Conference Finals. Let’s give the lowdown on the top five playoff races coming up on the end of the regular-season. Read More »

NBA / Apr 11, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Charles Barkley Claims Kawhi Leonard Is “A Top 10 or 15 Player In The NBA”

Kawhi Leonard, Dirk Nowitzki

Kawhi Leonard, Dirk Nowitzki ( Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Maybe it was bombast, or the result of Kawhi Leonard hanging 16 points and 16 rebounds on the Mavs last night in Dallas, including a game-clinching three-pointer in the final minute, but Charles Barkley proclaimed the third-year wing, “a top 10 or 15 player in the NBA.” Kawhi certainly looked the part during a coast-to-coast sprint against the Mavs that culminated in a dunk Dirk Nowitzki wanted no part in trying to prevent. Read More »

NBA / Apr 11, 2014 / 1:01 am

Rick Carlisle Says Dirk Nowitzki Is One Of The 12 Best Of All Time

Rick Carlisle, Dirk Nowitzki

Rick Carlisle, Dirk Nowitzki (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

Earlier this week, Dallas legend Dirk Nowitzki dropped in yet another mid-range jumper and passed Oscar Robertson for 10th place on the all-time scoring list. In an interview with ESPN radio on the Thursday before the Spurs played in Dallas, Dirk’s coach, Rick Carlisle, made the case that Nowitzki — now in his 16th season — was one of the 12 best players of all time. Read More »

NBA / Apr 9, 2014 / 10:45 am

Dirk Nowitzki Moves Into Top 10 All-Time In Career Points

Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki (Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports)

In the here and now, last night’s Mavs win over the Jazz in Utah kept the pressure on Phoenix and Memphis for the final playoff spot in the tightly packed Western Conference playoff race. But in the broader sense, it was a hallmark night for career excellence after a smooth mid-range jumper from near the elbow — what else — Dirk Nowitzki moved past Oscar Robertson into 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Fitting that he made his climb into the top 10 on the same night his former Mavs teammate and good friend also moved up a spot on another career list. Read More »

NBA / Apr 7, 2014 / 1:15 pm

The 10 Stars With The Most To Prove In The Playoffs

John Wall

John Wall (Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA Playoffs provides a unique landscape. After 82 games are played, eight teams from each conference are pitted against each other in the NBA’s version of The Hunger Games. At the front of this battle are the stars of each respective team. Some are coming into the playoffs with high expectations, while some are just happy to be here. Let’s put it this way, the Wizards and Bobcats are happy just to be in the playoffs whereas teams like the Pacers and Thunder won’t be satisfied without holding a trophy. Read More »

NBA, Video / Apr 7, 2014 / 11:15 am

The 10 Best Game-Winners In The NBA In 2014

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon

Stephen Curry, Jose Calderon (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

There is nothing more beautiful or thrilling than a game-winning shot. When 48 minutes of blood, sweat and tears all comes down to one single moment, the art of basketball shines brightest. The feeling of your heart pounding when the game is on the line is arguably unmatched in this game we love. Read More »