Seth Curry, Yogi Ferrell has the Mavericks thinking playoffs

This season started off rough for the Dallas Mavericks. They had a record of 4-17 through the first 21 games and were without their superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki, who was battling a strained Achilles. Without Nowitzki, free agent acquisition Harrison Barnes had to step up in his place. Barnes admirably held his own, averaging 20.5 points, […]

Death with honor for Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki

The people of Dallas can be very proud the day after their Mavericks were eliminated from the NBA playoffs. The Oklahoma City Thunder put an end to the Mavs’ season in Game 5 of the first round on Monday night. It was the result everyone expected, the inevitable conclusion of a series in which one […]

Thunderstorm: OKC shows why it can’t be trusted this season

The OKC Thunder are anything but OK at the moment. The Thunder live under a black cloud, but as you’ll note in the title of this piece, their problem is particular to this season. At least, that’s the best and fairest way to view the matter in the present tense. The face of Steven Adams […]

NBA Playoffs: Monday offered a seminar on shooting and attacking

The NBA playoffs are a basketball seminar, in that they so dramatically and powerfully reveal what works and what doesn’t. There’s no hiding in — or from — the playoffs. Every possession is fiercely contested. Back-bench players no longer steal second-quarter minutes. The energy level easily eclipses anything fans witnessed during the regular season. Every […]

It’s time: The NBA must adopt the 3-0 first-round escape hatch

The first round of the NBA playoffs is only one game old, and yet you can rest assured you’ll need to go to the broom closet at least once, probably twice, and maybe three or four times. The blowouts in the Western Conference — not unexpected, but still a bit deflating — have reminded us […]

Triumph, disaster or patience: expectations for all 16 NBA playoff teams

A word about expectations is merited before the playoffs begin. A word within a word: Let’s divide expectations into two parts… at least in some instances. Fans and pundits will have their own expectations, while teams will internally carry their separate sets of standards. Naturally, everyone wants to win it all, but only one team […]

Take that, DeAndre: Rick Carlisle guides Dirk and Dallas to the playoffs

Rick Carlisle has won a world championship. He has firmly established himself as one of the NBA’s five best coaches. Yet, his 2016 season — for reasons totally beyond his control — might get lost in the tides of history. In a season defined by the supreme excellence of the Golden State Warriors and San […]

Smoke, mirrors, Barea, Carlisle — Dallas uses all of them to defeat Houston

Rick Carlisle isn’t Steve Kerr or Gregg Popovich. He isn’t wonderboy coach Brad Stevens. Not the coach of a championship contender, and not in his late 30s, Carlisle doesn’t have the present moment or the future on his side. Yet, if Wednesday night’s victory by his Dallas Mavericks over the Houston Rockets reaffirmed a single […]

The weight of pressure: Dallas sheds it, the East’s teams are feeling it

The Dallas Mavericks’ season and Jose Barea’s life have flowed into the same river this week. The Mavericks — in huge trouble after their loss to Sacramento on Sunday — had not inspired confidence that they could take care of inferior opponents. However, they were able to push through their injuries and roster limitations to […]

Five months, 75 games, no expectations: the 2015-2016 Houston Rockets

The 2015-2016 Houston Rockets will be a puzzle to basketball students five, 10, 20, 50, and 100 years from now. The team that’s not even worth figuring out is a team whose season has transcended the need for editorial commentary at this point. Merely laying out some of the twists and turns in the path […]

Dallas loses to Sacramento, the central reason the Mavs are in trouble

The Dallas Mavericks had been losing a lot lately, but who could blame them? The Mavericks faced a tough trip to Portland last Wednesday. They flew to Oakland to play the Golden State Warriors on Friday. They put up a decent fight, but the Warriors are the Warriors, and they still haven’t lost a game […]

Chandler Parsons’ injury means the smart play is to opt in with Dallas this summer

The mediocre road paved with cheap pea gravel at the bottom of the Western Conference just turn to hot coals for the Dallas Mavericks and became a little less jagged for everyone else with Tuesday’s announcement of a season ending meniscus tear for forward Chandler Parsons. Parsons was hitting the Renaissance portion of his comeback […]