By losing the first three games of their season, the Dallas Mavericks had the worst start to a season for a defending champ in more than four decades. I’m sure that’s an accolade that owner Mark Cuban will cherish. But it didn’t stop him from spouting his mouth before Dirk Novitzki and company finally earned their first win of the season last night.
The loud-mouthed owner said, “I think we’re a better team than last year.”
Um, paging Mr. Cuban, you’re not. In fact, you’re a lot worse. Maybe you didn’t realize it, but Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, J.J. Barea and Deshawn Stevenson were very important parts of your team last year.
Chandler was a borderline all-star last year. He played nearly 30 minutes a game and averaged 10.1 points to go along with 9.4 rebounds. On top of that, he is a very good defender and was key in clogging up the paint for the Mavs last year. Butler missed the second half of year and the postseason with a knee injury, but during his time on the court, he averaged 15 points in 30 key minutes. Yes, the Mavs won the title without him but he’s now part of a dynamic Los Angeles Clippers team that will compete with Dallas all year. Him not being on the Mavs doesn’t make the Mavs worse to be fair to Cuban and his quote, but it is going to make it harder for them to repeat as champions.
Barea is the Mavericks biggest loss in my book. While he wasn’t a starter, the little Puerto Rican was a workhouse on the court who found seems all over the place. Whenever he was in danger, he just always found a way to wiggle out of it. With the acquisition of Lamar Odom (who seems to have spent all offseason/lockout period eating chips on his couch), the Mavs have a solid sixth man to come off the bench and battle down low. He won’t be as effective as Chandler defensively, but he is more versatile on the offensive end. Continue reading “Mark Cuban Can’t Keep His Mouth Shut”
In yesterday’s game against the Denver Nuggets, Dallas’s Anthony Wright tried to foul Carmelo Anthony in the final seconds since the team had a foul to give. No official blew his whistle and Carmelo made a game-winning three-pointer, giving the Nuggets a three games to none lead in the series.
There were 61 fouls called in the game, and yet the most important one was not called at all. After the game, the NBA admitted the missed call. “At the end of the Dallas-Denver game this evening, the officials missed an intentional foul committed by Antoine Wright on Carmelo Anthony, just prior to Anthony’s three-point basket,” said NBA President of league and basketball operations, Joel Litvin.
Wow. That is a bad call to screw up. Maverick players were enraged after the game and owner Mark Cuban pushed a camera man as he left the stadium. Doesn’t such a horrible call undermine the entire idea of sports? Every day, I hear about another official who blew a decisive call in a game. Maybe it’s because more games are getting closer or players are finding ways to push the rules, but it seems like there are more tough calls than ever before.
The playoffs are supposed to decide a champion, but if one team is getting an advantage via officiating, than how can it be fair? A slight advantage is one thing, but when a game is decided such as in the Mavs-Nuggets game, that is not right. Continue reading “Referees Are Too Old”
The San Antonio Spurs’ season came to an end yesterday with a 106-93 defeat at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks, the 6-seed in the series, took four of the five games to win the best-of-seven series and advance to the second round of the NBA Playoffs.
Here’s my question: How did the Spurs let this happen?
How did a team with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker fall so easily. Duncan and Parker were thought to be two of the best players in the league but this pitiful defeat shows otherwise. If you have a point guard and a big man of that caliber, you shouldn’t lose in the first round, especially playing a Mavericks team that just isn’t very good.
Tony Parker averaged 28.6 points per game, 6.8 assists per game, and shot 54.6% from the field. However, he also averaged 4.2 turnovers per game and mad just 3 of 14 3-pointers throughout the series. Turnovers are the most critical aspect of a basketball game, because they swing momentum. Those 4+ turnovers per game cost the Spurs more than just the 2 points the other team gets. They cost them the 10-2 run the Mavericks go on, because of the momentum they gain from those turnovers. Obviously, that run doesn’t always occur, but a lot of the time it does and it can be traced directly back to Parker. Continue reading “Spurs Season Over”