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After nearly five years of Mavs coverage and general esoterica, The Two Man Game is closing its doors. This is not a decision made lightly, but also not one of much functional consequence; the writers you’ve enjoyed reading here ov...
After nearly five years of Mavs coverage and general esoterica, The Two Man Game is closing its doors. This is not a decision made lightly, but also not one of much functional consequence; the writers you’ve enjoyed reading here over the past year will simply be transitioning into a new space, the particulars of which are forthcoming. But I’m afraid that today concludes the use of this particular blog, and thereby marks the end of my involvement as editor-in-chief. I’ve already said my goodbyes once, so I’ll spare you the self-indulgent bit. But I’d be remiss not to thank Bryan Gutierrez, Kirk Henderson, Ian Levy, David Hopkins, Travis Wimberly, Brian Rubaie, Connor Huchton, and our cast of spot contributors for filling this blog with their writing over the past year. Additionally, I’m indebted to Henry Abbott, Kevin Arnovitz, and the many friends of the blog in the TrueHoop Network for their support, as well as to all of those around the NBA blogosphere who helped make this site what it was through their advice, links, and readership. Moreover: Thank you all for stopping by for however long and however often. It’s been a privilege to take part in covering the Mavs for five fascinating seasons, and I’m incredibly grateful that so many of you chose to spend that time with us here at The Two Man Game. More to come on the rest of the staff’s new digs, but for now we turn out the lights. All the best, Rob Mahoney
about 3 hours ago
To be honest, I only got to catch about one quarter of the Mavs first preseason game. I didn't have much to time gather many impressions. I did get to see Samuel Dalembert foul a bunch of dudes, though. And what do ya know, Rick Carlisl...
To be honest, I only got to catch about one quarter of the Mavs first preseason game. I didn't have much to time gather many impressions. I did get to see Samuel Dalembert foul a bunch of dudes, though. And what do ya know, Rick Carlisle isn't too pleased with that. From ESPNDallas: Carlisle doesn't believe Samuel Dalembert is in the shape necessary for him to be a quality starting center and told the big man as much after the Mavs' 94-92 loss Monday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. Dalembert, who signed a two-year, $7.6 million deal this summer, picked up four fouls and committed four turnovers along with four points and two rebounds in less than 11 minutes of playing time. "I just told him in front of the whole team that he's got to keep working," said Carlisle, who mentioned Dalembert's conditioning issues to the media without a question being asked about the center. "We need his minutes. They're going to be very important to us. He's a factor. When he's in shape, he's a factor as a rim protector and rebounder, and he gives you a big, active, athletic body in there." Yikes. This is after just ONE PRESEASON GAME PEOPLE. The fact that Carlisle brought it up without being asked is even more indication of how pissed Carlisle is. He obviously wanted to embarrass Dalembert in front of the media and call him out. Dalembert of course didn't do much in that preseason loss to the Hornets on Monday, with all the fouling and all. When asked, he blamed it on an injury to his back he suffered in practice last week and said he feels OK now. This is troublesome just because of Dalembert's history. Despite putting up good numbers for his career, he's never really anchored a good defensive team at center and last year, despite putting up a PER over 18 and career-highs in per-36 production, he was buried on a terrible Bucks roster. And that was even AFTER hardass Scott Skiles left the team. There's no doubt Dalembert can helps this Mavs team. Even him putting up his raw numbers he's averaged over his career will be an improvement from what the Mavs rolled out at center last season. The Mavs will need Dalembert. Carlisle apparently needs him in shape, too. What a great start to the Dalembert era, huh?
about 3 hours ago
DALLAS – On paper, the Dallas Mavericks look like a team that will be scrapping for one of the West’s last couple of playoff spots. “I don’t make predictions. You know that,” owner Mark Cuban said. “B...
DALLAS – On paper, the Dallas Mavericks look like a team that will be scrapping for one of the West’s last couple of playoff spots. “I don’t make predictions. You know that,” owner Mark Cuban said. “But if we stay healthy, I think we’ll surprise some people.” The Oklahoma City Thunder, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors look like locks to finish above the Mavs in the standings.
about 5 hours ago
DALLAS – Jose Calderon, who was signed this summer to be the Dallas Mavericks’ new starting point guard, won’t suit up with his new teammates until Oct. 16 at the earliest. Coach Rick Carlisle has described Calderon&rs...
DALLAS – Jose Calderon, who was signed this summer to be the Dallas Mavericks’ new starting point guard, won’t suit up with his new teammates until Oct. 16 at the earliest. Coach Rick Carlisle has described Calderon’s hamstring strain suffered in an Oct. 2 practice as minor, but the Mavs' plan to exercise caution with the 32-year-old point guard includes sitting him out of at least the first three preseason games. “Then we’ll evaluate where he is as far as game action,” Carlisle said.
about 23 hours ago
1.) I know there was a game last night, but this over at the Baller Ball analyzing how Dirk Nowitzki is majorly influential on... well you'll see. Can't be spoiling the surprise. 2.) Our friends over at Ridiculous Upside wonder whether ...
1.) I know there was a game last night, but this over at the Baller Ball analyzing how Dirk Nowitzki is majorly influential on... well you'll see. Can't be spoiling the surprise. 2.) Our friends over at Ridiculous Upside wonder whether Delonte West will ever play in the NBA again. 3.) Over at Real GM our own Jonathan Tjarks calls Wayne Ellington one of his veteran bargains of the off season. 4.) Carlisle calls out Samuel Dalembert on his conditioning. This is off to a good start, no? 5.) I went on a podcast with Knick's fan/blogger Taylor Armosino to talk politics and hoops. Skip to about the 30 minute mark if you only want the hoops (I recommend skipping to the 30 minute mark haha). 6.) Grantland's Zach Lowe tiers the NBA. He believes in Dallas on the offensive end, but wonders if they'll be able to defend anyone. More from Mavs Moneyball: Support LJ & the animals! Donate to iWalk! Pelicans steal opener from Mavericks, win 94-92 Jose Calderon unlikely to play in preseason opener due to hamstring NBA Previews: Atlantic and Pacific Division links Dallas Mavericks Player Previews: Weekend update, 10/6
1 day ago
DALLAS -- Ready or not, rookie point guard Gal Mekel got thrown right into the starting lineup. It’s not like coach Rick Carlisle had much choice than to go with the Israeli import. Starter Jose Calderon is nursing a tight hamstri...
DALLAS -- Ready or not, rookie point guard Gal Mekel got thrown right into the starting lineup. It’s not like coach Rick Carlisle had much choice than to go with the Israeli import. Starter Jose Calderon is nursing a tight hamstring that will keep him out of at least one more preseason game. Backup Devin Harris, who is recovering from toe surgery, isn’t expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. First-round pick Shane Larkin is still recovering from ankle surgery and might not be able to play any in the preseason.
1 day ago
Hi everyone! Remember me? No, probably not. It's been, what, a few months? Anyway I used to run this joint, so listen up. In these last few months, I've taken the best job ever and I work for an amazing organization that is in need of...
Hi everyone! Remember me? No, probably not. It's been, what, a few months? Anyway I used to run this joint, so listen up. In these last few months, I've taken the best job ever and I work for an amazing organization that is in need of your help. The Houston SPCA, where I am the Animal Behavior Coordinator, is a wonderful non-profit animal shelter in the city of Houston. We are a high-volume, open admission shelter that adopts out around 1,000 animals a month. But as with any such organization, we can't do anything we do without generous donations from the animal-loving public. To help put things in perspective, each dog and cat (or small animal or farm animal) that gets adopted out of the shelter receives an exam, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, a microchip, is spayed or neutered and tested for heartworm. The adopter receives a complementary exam at a VCA hospital as well as a bag of food from Hill's Science Diet. Each one of these packages is worth well over $400, and the most any animal costs to adopt is $195. As you can see, there's quite a disparity there. Which brings me to the point of my post. Every year, the Houston SPCA does a fundraiser called iWalk for Animals. It's a virtual "walk where you are" event to raise money to help care for the animals in our shelter. Rather than organize a physical event (which costs a lot of money) we do this virtual fundraiser so that most of what we raise goes straight to the animals and not to overhead event costs. If you feel so compelled (and why shouldn't you, really?), click on this link to my donation page and help support my efforts to raise money for the SPCA. That's me in the picture, working with a sweet dalmatian who was surrendered to us and subsequently adopted out to a loving home. SAVE THE ANIMALS, y'all!
1 day ago
The Dallas Mavericks defeated New Orleans handily to end the regular season six months ago. They lost the preseason opener tonight to New Orleans, 94-92, a team that came into the American Airlines Center with a new name and some new fa...
The Dallas Mavericks defeated New Orleans handily to end the regular season six months ago. They lost the preseason opener tonight to New Orleans, 94-92, a team that came into the American Airlines Center with a new name and some new faces. Obviously, this being an exhibition game, there were plenty of faces absent from the proceedings, on both sides, and the second half featured a cast of characters more likely to be seen in D-League action this year. Still, a close game provided some exciting moments and some reasons for optimism going forward. As reported on Mavs Moneyball earlier today, Jose Calderon would sit this one out, nursing a bad hamstring. With Devin Harris and Shane Larkin also out, it meant rookie Gal Mekel would get the nod as starting point guard. That...didn't go quite as well as one might have hoped, as Mekel had a fairly unspectacular debut, but Dallas received a big lift from their biggest free agent acquisition(at least in notoriety), Monta Ellis. The first points of the game came on a Monta Ellis-Dirk Nowitzki pick and pop, with Ellis setting up Dirk for an open 18-footer: a layup for the Big German. It was about as perfect a scenario as one could envision to start the preseason, and I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping we see this play a lot in the coming months. Ellis, known primarily for his scoring exploits, put on a show with his passing tonight, setting up teammates for open looks at the rim, behind the three point line, and just about everywhere in between. His teammates didn't always convert these looks, of course. In fact, the first two Dallas possessions ended with an awful Mekel three point miss and a Dalembert fumble down low. However, the chances were there all game long, thanks to Ellis' speed in beating his man either in isolation or off a screen, and a terrific feel for passing in traffic. Both teams looked a bit rusty at the start, which should come as no surprise. It took a little over two minutes for the game's first points, and almost halfway through the first quarter the score stood tied at 7 apiece. Dallas would finish the first with 9 field goals and 9 turnovers, and a slim 21-20 deficit thanks to poor Pelican shooting(a funny phrase to write). Dallas would start to find a groove in the second, building a 7 point lead on the strength of bench aces Brandan Wright and Vince Carter, but New Orleans had the answer, rattling off 7 quick points to tie the game. A Jrue Holiday three would tie it at 30. Brandan Wright would respond with back to back buckets, both on assists(and to this point Dallas would have 12 assist on 16 field goals), and Dallas appeared to have momentum going into the half, though Anthony Davis would score the final basket for his 17th point to make it a 42-39 advantage for Dallas. In the second half, Dallas would come out aggressive, attacking the basket with back to back layups from Gal Mekel(who scored his first points on the one shot he definitely can make: a free-throw lane floater) and Monta Ellis, and again built a lead that threatened double-digits, but the theme of the night was that the Pelicans had answers at every turn. Another Jrue Holiday three and one of far too many easy Davis layups tied the game at 40, and New Orleans would take the lead on back-to-back threes from former Maverick Anthony Morrow. At this point, Rick Carlisle made mass substitutions, taking out his starters for good and putting in -- among others -- Jae Crowder and D.J. Kennedy, who had yet to play to this point but would finish out the game. All things considered, the scrubs would do a pretty good job of making a game of it, as back to back threes from Crowder and Wayne Ellington to end the third quarter gave Dallas a five point cushion entering the final frame. In the fourth, Rick Carlisle would reach deeper still into his bench, going to Ricky Ledo, Mickey McConnell, Bernard James and Renaldo Balkman. Keep in mind, at this point
1 day ago
DALLAS -- It took one preseason game for the Dallas Mavericks’ new starting center to feel the wrath of coach Rick Carlisle. Carlisle doesn’t believe Samuel Dalembert is in the shape necessary for him to be a quality startin...
DALLAS -- It took one preseason game for the Dallas Mavericks’ new starting center to feel the wrath of coach Rick Carlisle. Carlisle doesn’t believe Samuel Dalembert is in the shape necessary for him to be a quality starting center and told the big man as much after the Mavs’ 94-92 loss Monday night to the New Orleans Pelicans. Dalembert, who signed a two-year, $7.6 million deal this summer, picked up four fouls and committed four turnovers along with four points and two rebounds in less than 11 minutes of playing time.
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DALLAS – There are many reasons the franchise’s decision-makers believe Monta Ellis can be a difference-maker for the Dallas Mavericks. Perhaps as important as any: They’re confidence that his motivation is pure. &ldq...
DALLAS – There are many reasons the franchise’s decision-makers believe Monta Ellis can be a difference-maker for the Dallas Mavericks. Perhaps as important as any: They’re confidence that his motivation is pure. “What people don’t realize is I don’t think Monta is coming in to prove he can score,” Mark Cuban said. “I think Monta is coming in to prove he can win. There’s a big difference there.
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