Mavericks Update – May 5th
The Dallas Mavericks were unable to pull off the upset in their first-round matchup
with the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs, but that does not mean that this was not a successful season for the Mavs. Dallas came
into the season hoping to rebound from a sub-par 2012-13 season, and that is exactly what they did. The Mavs saw a great season
out of long-time star Dirk Nowitzki, who flirted with a 50-40-90 season thanks to his incredible efficiency. Dallas knew they
needed a second scoring option behind Dirk, and they found one in offseason acquisition Monta Ellis. Ellis proved to be a
great addition to the Mavs this season, as he scored often and more efficiently than in seasons past. He also provided the
team with a solid distributor, facilitating the offense when asked to play the point guard position. Dirk and Ellis were a
great one-two punch for Dallas this season, helping the team earn the final playoff spot in the competitive Western Conference.
Mavs head into the offseason with a lot of key players hitting free agency. First and foremost, the Mavs will have to re-sign
Nowitzki. While other teams would certainly have a lot of interest in the German legend, most people expect Nowitzki to return
to Dallas with little thought to other destinations. Shawn Marion will also be a free agent this offseason. Marion has been
a part of the Dallas organization for several years now, and it will likely depend heavily on whether the Mavericks think
Jae Crowder is ready for a starting role or not in deciding if they're going to re-sign Marion. Bench contributors Vince Carter
and Devin Harris will also hit the market. Both players played well for the Mavs this season, and the team will likely retain
at least one of them.
Mavericks Update – April 28th
The Dallas Mavericks had a nice bounce-back
season in 2013-14, winning enough games to earn the final playoff seed in the competitive Western Conference. The Mavs, however,
drew the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the postseason. The Spurs had the best record in the National Basketball
Association in the regular season and went to the NBA Finals last season. However, Dallas knows San Antonio well, and they
showed that in Game 1 when San Antonio narrowly edged them out for a victory. The Mavericks responded in Game 2, though, earning
the 113-92 victory and stealing home court advantage from the Spurs. Shawn Marion was fantastic in this contest, scoring 20
points on 8 of 10 shooting from the floor. Marion may not be the same player that he was during his prime in Phoenix, but
he has remained a versatile and productive veteran that has been an indispensable part of the team's success this season.
Mavs took control of the series by winning Game 3 as well, garnering some serious attention from NBA fans. This contest was
a real thriller, as Manu Ginobili hit what looked like a game-winner late in the fourth quarter only to see Vince Carter nail
a three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Mavs a huge victory. Carter has been great off the bench for Dallas all season long,
as he is still capable of putting up big games every now and then. He is not relied upon to dominate the way he was once capable
of, and that is the perfect scenario at this juncture in his career. The Spurs, though, have taken Games 4 and 5 and now have
the Mavs on the ropes. Dallas is going to have to win Game 6 at home to force a Game 7 in San Antonio.
Update – April 21st
The Dallas Mavericks are in the postseason, and they're matched up with a familiar foe, division
rival San Antonio. The Spurs were able to earn the top seed in the Western Conference by notching the best record in the National
Basketball Association, and the Mavericks nabbed the final seed in the conference playoffs. The first game of the series was
a close one, as the contest was tied heading into the fourth quarter and it looked as though Dallas might steal Game 1 in
San Antonio. However, the veteran Spurs were able to pull it out in the fourth quarter for a five-point victory. Devin Harris
played very well for the Mavs in this game, scoring 19 points off the bench. Harris has quietly been a solid contributor all
season for Dallas. The bench in general was huge for Dallas, but it was not enough. Tim Duncan led the way for the Spurs with
27 points in the contest, and Tony Parker added 21.
The Mavs bounced back in a big way in Game 2, evening the series
at one game a piece. Shawn Marion was extremely efficient in this contest, hitting eight of his 10 shot attempts from the
field on his way to 20 points. Monta Ellis was solid in the contest, scoring 21 points despite hitting less than left of his
field goal attempts. Harris again came up big off the bench, this time hitting seven on nine from the floor for 18 points
while adding five assists and four rebounds. Manu Ginobili was magnificent for San Antonio, hitting nine of his 12 shots to
the tune of 27 points. However, only two other Spurs players scored in double figures, and the Mavs were able to run away
with the game. The Mavs are looking to take Game 3 and wrestle control of the series to their side.
Update – Week of April 14th
The Dallas Mavericks did not come into the season with the loftiest of expectations,
and that may have been precisely what they needed. The Mavs flew under the radar for a good chunk of the season before the
rest of the league took notice, and by then they had some together as a unit enough to be a real contender for the playoffs.
The Western Conference has been extremely competitive this season, and the Mavs were able to win enough games to land the
final seed in the playoffs. The team saw a bounce back season from star player Dirk Nowitzki, who had a bit of a down year
in 2012-13. Nowitzki had an incredibly efficient season for Dallas, and he got some great help from offseason acquisition
Monta Ellis. Ellis took less money to sign with the Mavs, and it has paid off for both parties. With other solid players having
good seasons, the Mavs are hoping to pull off a huge upset in the playoffs.
Dallas will get the San Antonio Spurs in
the first round of the playoffs, a team they have faced many times. The Spurs had the best record in the National Basketball
Association during the regular season, and will not be easy to take down. The Spurs have one of the best players to every
step on the court in Tim Duncan. While Duncan is well past his prime, he is still a very good big man that could very well
elevate his game in the postseason. The Mavs will also have to try to slow down speedy point guard Tony Parker, who is a blur
on the court. San Antonio is one of the best-coaches teams in the league thanks to head coach Greg Popovich. Dallas certainly
has their work cut out for them if they want to advance to the second round.
Mavericks Update – Week of
The Dallas Mavericks are fighting for one of the final spots in the Western Conference playoffs, and they
entered this week in the seventh seed in the conference standings. The Mavericks have been putting together a nice rebound
season in 2013-14, thanks largely in part to a comeback year from star forward Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk has looked like the Dirk
of old this season, always ready to shoot. But the German has not done it all on his own. One player that has proved to be
a huge addition to the Dallas lineup is Monta Ellis. Ellis gives the Mavs another solid scoring option next to Dirk, and he
has played some of the more selfless ball of his career in Big D. The Mavs will need Dirk and Ellis to play well down the
stretch to earn enough wins to earn a spot in the playoffs.
The Mavs played well last week against the Los Angeles Clippers,
one of the better teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers had a hold of the third-best record in the conference coming
into this contest, but the Mavs showed that they're capable of beating a team of that caliber. Dirk had himself a huge game
in this one, dropping 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds, Nowitzki's rebounding has slipped a bit over the last couple of
years, but he's still capable of crashing the boards in a big way when needed to. Vince Carter chipped in 16 points off the
bench in this one, as the veteran two-guard has been a big weapon for Dallas off the pine this season. The Mavs could end
up playing the Clippers in the postseason, so this win could prove to be even bigger than it already looks.
Update – Week of March 31st
The Dallas Mavericks are fighting for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs right
now, and it looks like it's going to come right down to the wire, so every game means a heck of a lot for a team like Dallas
right now. The Mavericks got a huge victory against one of the top teams in the conference last week when they took down the
Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime. Dallas dominated OKC in the extra period of play, winning the overtime by a score of 17-9.
Dirk Nowitzki had a fantastic game against the Thunder, tallying 32 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Dirk
has been experiencing a resurgent 2013-14 season after a bit of a tough year in 2012-13. Jose Calderon also had a big game
against the Thunder, chipping in 22 points and eight assists. Kevin Durant dropping 43 for Oklahoma City, but it was not enough
to take down the Mavs.
The Mavs looked to be in position later in the week to get another huge win, this time against
the Los Angeles Clippers, another top teams in the conference. The Mavs had a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter against
Los Angeles, but the Clippers came storming back behind Chris Paul and were able to tame the Mavs. Paul put up 31 points and
nine assists in this game, and he is undoubtedly one of the best players in the National Basketball Association. The Mavs
got a big game off the bench in this one form Vince Carter, as Carter dropped 23 points on 9 of 13 shooting off the pine.
Dirk also had a nice game, but the late surge from LA was too much to fend off. The Mavs have some huge games coming down
the stretch, and they could make or break the year for Dallas.
Mavericks Update – Week of March 24th
Dallas Mavericks finished last week with a slight hold on the final spot in the Western Conference playoff picture after splitting
their four games last week. The Mavs got their first win of the week against the Boston Celtics, who are admittedly rebuilding
their roster right now. However, every win counts for the Mavericks right now, no matter the opponent. While he struggled
from the floor, Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki was able to lead the team with 19 points on the night, and Monta Ellis added 17 of
his own. This pair has been crucial to the success of the Mavericks this season, providing the team with a nice inside-outside
threat on offense. Boston got 19 points from Jerryd Bayless, who got the start against Dallas, and the team saw rookie Kelly
Olynyk drop 16 and nine off the bench. Olynyk has had a solid rookie season after being selected in the first round by the
Celtics, but he could not do enough to outdo the Mavs in this one.
Dallas got another win last week when they bested
the Denver Nuggets. Denver is not the same team they were last season, but with some real talent they can be tough to beat
on any given night. Ellis was the man on this one, notching 26 points, four rebounds and seven assists. Ellis was extremely
efficient from the field, hitting 11 of his 14 shot attempts. While Ellis has been a volume shooter throughout much of his
career, he has reined in his game well this season, giving the Mavs a reliable scoring option next to Dirk that is not too
ball dominant. Ellis left money on the table to sign with Dallas this season, and it has worked out well for both parties.
Mavericks Update – Week of March 17th
The Dallas Mavericks are hoping to earn one of the final spots in
the Western Conference playoffs, and the Mavs helped their cause last week by emerging victorious from two of their three
contests. The Mavericks were able to take down the Utah Jazz on March 12th. While the Jazz are not one of the better teams
in the Western Conference, they do have a plethora of young talent that seems to be getting better and better as a unit. Mavericks
star Dirk Nowitzki was incredible in this contest, scoring 31 points on an amazing 12 of 14 from the floor, which included
the German hitting all four of his three-point attempts. Monta Ellis had a nice game as well, scoring 16 points to go with
seven rebounds and 11 assists. Jazz rookie point guard Trey Burke had himself a good game, notching 20 points and six assists.
The Michigan rookie had a bit of a slump around mid-season, but he has been a much better performer since the All-Star break.
However, his performance was not enough for the Jazz to saddle the Mavericks with a loss.
Later in the week the Mavericks
were able to take another win, this time from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are one of the top teams in the Western
Conference this season, but they proved to be no match for the Mavs in this contest. Kevin Durant did everything he could
to stave off a Dallas win, dropping 30 points in the game, but he did not receive much help on the offensive end of the court
with Russell Westbrook on the sidelines. Five Mavericks players scored in double figures in this contest as they cruised to
a victory in a nice all-around effort.
Mavericks Update – Week of March 10
The Dallas Mavericks
are coming off a solid week in which they notched a pair of quality wins. The Mavericks got a nice victory against the Portland
Trail Blazers on March 5th, outdoing a team that looks like they've got a good chance of reaching the postseason. The Blazers
did not go down easily, getting 30 points and 17 boards from forward LaMarcus Aldridge and 26 points from Wesley Matthews,
but is was not enough to defeat Dallas. Dirk Nowitzki played well in this contest, notching 22 points, five rebounds and six
assists. Dirk is certainly having a bounce back season in 2013-14 after struggling to find his rhythm for much of last year.
Jose Calderon and Monta Ellis both had nice scoring nights, and Vince Carter continued his solid contribution off the pine.
The biggest success for the Mavs in this one was shutting down Portland point guard Damian Lillard, who is following up his
Rookie of the Year campaign with a fantastic sophomore season.
The Mavs got an even bigger win later in the week when
they took down the Indiana Pacers. Devin Harris, back with his original team, played very well in this contest, coming off
the bench to score 20 points on an efficient six of nine shooting from the field. Ellis dropped 20 points of his own, while
Dirk struggled from the field (3 of 14). Three Indiana Pacers starters scored at least 20 points, but it was not enough to
outdo a Mavs team that is fighting hard for a spot in the playoffs. The Pacers have seen some tough games lately, but they
remain one of the top teams in the National Basketball Association. Any way you slice it, this was a great win for a Dallas
team that is playing with loads of confidence.
Mavericks Update – Week of March 3rd
The Dallas Mavericks
split their four games last week, but their two losses to came at the hands of quality teams in the Chicago Bulls and the
San Antonio Spurs. The Mavericks kicked off the week with a victory over the woeful New York Knicks. The Knicks were the second
seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs last season, but this year has been a much different story. Outside of Carmelo Anthony,
Tyson Chandler and rookie Tim Hardaway, there have been few bright spots in New York in 2013-14. However, with a player like
Anthony on the opposing team, a club always has to be careful about him lighting it up offensively. Anthony did some serious
damage to the Mavericks, totaling 44 points in the contest. However, no other Knicks players was able to score more than 15
points in the contest. Dallas got a fantastic game out of point guard Jose Calderon, who notched 20 points to go along with
six dimes. Monta Ellis scored 22 points, and Vince Carter chipped in 23 off the bench. Carter has been playing very as of
late, and his scoring ability adds a significant dimension to this Dallas club.
The Mavericks got their other win last
week against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans are a talented, young team, but they were no match for Dallas in this
one. The Pelicans actually led after the first quarter, but the Mavericks ran away with the game soon thereafter. Monta Ellis
led the team in scoring with 23 points as he continues his resurgent season. Ellis has been a great pickup for Dallas, giving
them a reliable scoring option to complement Dirk Nowitzki. Carter had himself another fine game off the pine in this one,
notching 17 points on an efficient six of nine shooting.
Mavericks Update – Week of February 24th
Dallas Mavericks are in the hunt for the spot in the postseason, but they're going to have to play well in the competitive
Western Conference to earn one of the top eight spots in the West this season. The Mavericks had a solid week last week, winning
two of their three contests. Their first victory came against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers are not one of the best teams
in the National Basketball Association, but they have some talented young players that can catch fire and take any opponent
down on the right night. The Mavericks got yet another great game out of star player Dirk Nowitzki, who tallied 25 points
in this contest, as well as seven boards and four assists. Shawn Marion chipped in 22 points of his own on an ultra-efficient
11 of 14 shooting from the field. Jose Calderon did a nice job distributing the ball, racking up 10 assists in the game. Philadelphia
got a heck of a night out of forward Thaddeus Young, as the Georgia Tech product totaled 30 points, 13 rebounds, six assists
and an astounding seven steals. The Mavs were able to hold off the Sixers despite Young's big game, winning the contest 124-112.
in the week the Mavericks took on the Detroit Pistons, a team that has some serious talent on their roster. Dirk was ready
to shoot in this one, and the German dropped 24 points in the game. Monta Ellis played unselfish ball in this one, tallying
13 assists to go with his 12 points. Vince Carter chipped in 18 off the bench as well. The Piston got a fantastic performance
out of Josh Smith, who scored a game-high 32 points in the contest, and Greg Monroe dropped 17 and 17 on the Mavs. However,
it wasn't enough for the Pistons as Dallas prevailed.
Mavericks Update – Week of February 17th
Dallas Mavericks are fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference right now, and there are a cluster of teams competing
with them. The Mavs split their final two contests before heading into the All-Star break. They were unable to defeat the
Charlotte Bobcats, falling to a much-improved Charlotte squad by a score of 114-89 on February 11th. The Bobcats got 30 points
out of Big Al Jefferson, who has been nothing short of stellar for his new team this season. The Bobcats signed Jefferson
via free agency in the off-season, hoping that the veteran big man could fill the interior scoring void that has been present
on this Charlotte team since its inception. Jefferson has given the Bobcats a legitimate post threat and they're looking like
they could make the postseason in the Eastern Conference. The Mavericks trailed essentially the whole way against Charlotte,
seeing the Bobcats get out to a solid lead by halftime. Only Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis were able to score in double figures
for Dallas in this contest.
The Mavs rebounded the following night, though, taking a victory from the Indiana Pacers
in Indianapolis. This was a big win for the Mavericks, as the Pacers have the best record in the Eastern Conference and are
viewed by many people as a legitimate NBA Championship contender. Dallas was able to bottle up Pacers star forward Paul George,
who made just four of his 17 shot attempts in this game. No Pacers player scored more than 14 points in the contest, as Dallas
played a great defensive game. Ellis led the charge on offense for Dallas, scoring 23 points thanks to 10 free throw attempts.
Nowitzki notched 18 points of his own on 7 of 14 shooting. The Mavericks didn't play all that well on offense, but it didn't
matter thanks to a stellar defensive effort.
Mavericks Update – Week of February 10th
Mavericks are in the hunt for a spot in the postseason, and the team made a nice push last week by winning all four of their
games. Dallas kicked off the week's set of games with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have not been the
epitome of success this season, but every win is a big one when you're on the cusp of the postseason like Dallas has been
for much of the season. The Cavs got 27 points from point guard Kyrie Irving, but the Cleveland defense couldn't stop the
Dallas attack. The Mavs score 30 points or more in three different quarters, finishing with 124 points on the night. Dirk
Nowitzki continued his resurgent season with 23 points and eight rebounds in the game, and Monta Ellis backed him up with
22 points of his own. Ellis has been a spectacular addition for Dallas this season, and he and Dirk have formed a nice one-two
punch on the offensive side of the court in 2013-14.
Dallas got a quality win over a solid team two nights later when
they took down the Memphis Grizzlies on the road. Memphis has not been the team they were last season thus far in 2013-14,
but they're always a lot to handle thanks to the combination of big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Randolph had a big night
against Dallas in this one, notching 25 points and nine rebounds, but Dallas saw Nowitzki score 26 points of his own. Four
other Mavericks scored in double figures, and Dallas scored more than 100 points for the sixth consecutive time. Forward Brandon
Wright was a big spark off the bench for Dallas against Memphis, hitting six of his eight shot attempts from the floor and
finishing the game with 17 points in just 18 minutes of play. Dallas will look to continue their solid play moving forward.
The Dallas Mavericks - Schedule in 2013-14
The Dallas Mavericks are ready to ride this season, prepared to hit
the court to take on all the best teams in the Western Conference and the rest of the National Basketball Association. The
Mavericks look like a team that can rebound from a bit of a down season in 2012-13. The Mavs finished last season with a record
of 41-41, which is certainly respectable but did not result in a playoff appearance for a team that is used to reaching the
postseason with regularity. Dirk Nowitzki seemed a bit off his game for parts of last season, but fans are expecting to see
the Dirk of old in 2013-14. The Mavericks play in the Southwest Division where they regularly take on some tough teams, but
that makes for some amazing match-ups for the fans to enjoy each season. The team will be looking for a bounce-back season
from Dirk, their best player, but also will have high hopes for free agent acquisition Monta Ellis. Ellis is a potent scorer
that can put the ball in the basket in a variety of ways, and the team hopes he can shoulder the load as the number two offensive
option behind their franchise player. If Dirk and Ellis can play up to their potential, then the Mavericks should have a real
shot at returning to the postseason this time around. That would be music to Mavs fans' ears. Regardless, the fans are sure
to show up in droves at the American Airlines Center in Dallas this season to be a part of all the hoops action they can handle.
team that the Dallas Mavericks always look forward to playing is in-state rival San Antonio. The Spurs are fresh off winning
the Southwest Division title in 2012-13, and many NBA fans think they're a good bet to repeat as division champs. The Mavs
don't want to let that happen, though, and will certainly be looking to take down the Spurs every time they visit the American
Airlines Center this season. The Mavs will have to try to contain point guard Tony Parker, one of the best players at this
position in the league and a perennial All-Star. The team will also have its hands full down low with all-time great big man
Tim Duncan, who is still playing very well despite his advanced basketball age. If the Mavs can get some real production out
of their one-two punch of Dirk and Monta in these contests, there is a good chance that the Spurs will be heading back to
San Antonio with some losses this season.
Another Texas team that could give the Mavs some tough games is the Houston
Rockets. The Rockets also call the Southwest Division home, and the Mavs know that no wins against this Houston team will
come easily in 2013-14. The Rockets made the splash of the off-season in landing center Dwight Howard. Paired with James Harden,
Howard should make a real impact on what was already a playoff team without him last season. Harden could be the real problem
for the Mavs, though, as he is one of the best scoring guards in the NBA. The Mavs will look to slow down Harden and prevent
him from getting to the free throw line at will, something he thrives on. It should be a great season of Dallas Mavericks
hoops, one filled with great games all year long.
The Dallas Mavericks are a team that plays
professional basketball as a member of the National Basketball Association. The Mavs play in the Southwest Division of the
Western Conference, where they battle it out for the division title with division rivals like the Houston Rockets, San Antonio
Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans. The Mavericks are looking for star player Dirk Nowitzki to have a bounce
back season. Dirk is looking to regain his status as an elite player in the Western Conference, and with a better roster around
him this season that should come to fruition. The team went out and got guard Monta Ellis to help shoulder some of the scoring
load this season, and his presence should make a big different in Big D on the offensive end. The team has a number of good
role players surrounding these two stars, and the Mavs should be back in the playoff hunt in 2013-14, much to the delight
of their adoring fans.
Being there in person for a National Basketball Association game
is something that basketball fans simply can't get enough of, and that's why people all around the country are always clamoring
to see their favorite pro hoops teams in person. When it comes to the Dallas Mavericks, people love heading to the American
Airlines Center to see this team in action. You'll be impressed with how good these players really are when you're there this
Dirk Nowitzki is one of the most unique players that the National Basketball Association
has ever seen with his size and versatile scoring ability. What country does the current Dallas Mavericks star hail from?
answer is Germany.
The Dallas Mavericks are a basketball team that is a part of the National
Basketball Association, a pro hoops league that is the cream of the crop on a global scope. The Mavericks franchise was founded
in 1980 as an expansion team and has been a part of the NBA ever since. The Mavericks have seen some great players don the
uniform over the years, perhaps none better than Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk led the Mavs to their first NBA Finals appearance in
2006, though the team was unable to defeat the Miami Heat for the NBA title. Nowitzki and company got their revenge in 2011
when they returned to the NBA Finals and defeated the Heat to win the organization's first NBA Championship.
The National Basketball Association is the best hoops league in the world and boasts the best basketball fans
in the world. Fans of the Dallas Mavericks are about as loyal as it gets, and you can join them in the stands to cheer on
the team this season.