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Mavs 112, Magic 98
#1
MAVS WIN BATTLE OF SHORT-HANDED TEAMS
HARDAWAY, BURKE ON FIRE

The Mavericks left three players in Denver, got in at five o’clock, and could not conduct a shoot around for protocol reasons. But that didn’t stop them from rolling past the Magic, behind flame-throwing performances from the Wolverines. 


GAME STORY

Orlando had a decimated roster, with Aminu, Carter-Williams, Fultz, Isaac and Okeke all out with injuries. Dallas was short-staffed itself, with KP still out and DFS, Richardson and Brunson in virus protocols. 

We got a look at a new starting lineup, featuring Luka, Josh Green, Hardaway, Maxi, and Willie. 

The Mavs went down 6 in the first few minutes, but came back strong, and finished the first quarter leading 36-27. Dallas lost the second quarter by 3, and went into halftime ahead 56-50.

Our team endured a flat stretch when they came out in the third, with the ball sticking and the Mavs not playing hard enough, per Rick. Halfway through the period, the Dallas 6-point lead had turned into a 6-point deficit, with the Mavs’ having scored only 3 points. At 5:35, the bench came in and flipped the script. The squad went on a 24-10 run to close the frame, and went into the fourth up 85-75. Hardaway went white-hot, and scored 16 of the team’s 29 points, 15 in the last six minutes, and 10 in a row to end the team’s scoring drought. After an especially dramatic long three from Tim, the camera caught Luka cheering from the bench, holding his arms in the air and grinning from ear to ear. 

The Mavericks built as much as a 16-point margin in the fourth, and ended the game with a comfortable lead. 


NOTABLE ITEMS

Numbers. There’s nothing like shotmaking to keep a team in a winning state of mind. The Mavs actually lost the possession game, but were a blistering 20-40 from deep, compared to a dismal 6-3 by the Magic. If one were going to critique our boys’ game, you would have to look at turnovers (18 for 16 points). But 20 made threes covers a multitude of sins, so who’s carping? The defense was also on point, especially in the second half, with the Magic held below 100. Ball movement spurred the spectacular shooting, with 25 of the Mavs’ 39 made baskets assisted. High scorers were Tim 36, Burke 29, Luka 20, and Johnson 12. 

Doncic. Luka had his second triple-double in three games, with 20 points, 11 boards, and 10 dimes. Rick said you practically expect triple-doubles from Luka now, and that he was impressed with his PG’s tone-setting. When Luka was told after the game that Coach had praised his especial focus and concentration, he wrinkled his brow, gave an incredulous laugh, and allowed that he is focused and concentrated in every game, not just this one, lol. 

Hardaway. What a night for Tim! He had a career-high scoring night for the second game in a week, putting up 36 points, including 8-13 threes. He had a nice mix of scoring in his team-high 40 minutes, and Rick complimented him for his rim attacks and finishes, as well as his jump shots. When McMahon referred to Tim as a “make-or-miss” player, Rick bristled, and said there was no “make or miss” about it, Tim is going to be out there, whether he’s hitting his shots or not. He elaborated, describing Tim as a great team player, a guy who gives the rest of the team energy, moves the ball, helps with team defense, and is a leader in the huddle. Really good to see a fine scoring night from Timmy, especially on a night when the team was shorthanded. 

Iwundu. Wes had 32 minutes off the bench against his former team, and came close to shutting down Terrence Ross. Rick described him as “tremendous” off the bench, regardless of his not scoring. Playing against your old team is always special, and it was great to watch Wes so effective in season-high minutes. 

Burke. Trey took on backup PG duties, and performed well, but did his main damage putting the ball in the basket. He was a flying ball of fire, pouring in 29 points in 21 minutes on 11-13 shooting, including 7-8 threes, and earning a team-high plus-minus of +25. Rich commended him as a “weapon,” a great shotmaker who is helping make up for the loss of Seth. A dazzling night, for sure!

Johnson. James had a productive evening, with a nice balance of points, rebounds, assists and steals. With only two point guards available, James performed some of the facilitating. One of my favorites was a Tinker to Evers to Chance type play, with a Luka to Johnson to Burke sequence resulting in an open three and looking like it had all been planned in advance. A good opportunity to step up, and James took advantage. 

Orlando. The Magic put up a good fight, especially considering the key players they were missing. The only one who really went off was Vucevic, who had 30 points and 15 rebounds. Dallas did a good job of containing Aaron Gordon (16) and Terrence Ross (11). Khem Birch also had 12 off the bench. 


OBSERVATIONS

Rick was happy about a number of things in this game, particularly the attention to detail, hard play, and the lift the bench gave the team in the third. He also was pleased with his men performing so well with four key guys out and no practice time. He thought they were helped some by the Magic being on the second night of a B2B, but they had done well to take advantage. 

This was the Night of the Guards, with Luka, Tim, and Burke combining for an astronomical 85 points. I was practically dizzy from watching the ball sailing around the court and into the basket. When your team is built to make threes, any given night can be hot or cold, but when those shots are falling, it’s very, very entertaining, and we were treated to a clinic tonight. 

With this victory, the Mavs go to 5-4, rising above .500 for the first time this season. Three wins in a row!

New Orleans is next up. Go Mavs!
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#2
I can't remember the last time Luka only had 3 free throws. It seemed like the refs were daring him to complain again to get the double T

He really got beaten up out there on quite a few drives without a call
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#3
Good win against a 6-3 team, which suprised me, given the way the looked. Granted, they were shorthanded as well.

On a negative note: Powell looks next to useless right now but I understand he needs minutes to hopelfully get back to his former self.


#4
The rotation was entirely predictable last night.

Keep any two of Luka, THJ and Burke on the floor at all times.

Keep one of Green and Iwundu on at all times as your wing defender.

Keep two of your bigs on at all times.

Where would we have been without Burke if he was still sick and Terry had to take his minutes.  The off season was clearly focused on D and Depth (for just such a game as this).  But we wouldn't have been deep enough offensively if we had lost one more O-oriented player.  Most of Burke's damage came with Luka sitting.  Recall that Brunson put up a 31/7/5 night the game Luka missed.  So far in limited minutes, Brunson/Luka and Burke/Luka have been positive combo's, but Brunson/Burke has not been.  

Anyone who watches Carlisle's tendencies could have predicted the Green start (hiding him with the other starters) and Iwundu coming off the bench and getting more minutes.  For the person who told me it would be almost impossible for Carlisle to play rookies less than 20 minutes...the total rookie count was actually 15.5 minutes.

The bigs were a disappointment other than Johnson.  15 points from 68 minutes of Willie/Maxi and Powell.  I almost laughed out loud because once again someone felt the need to point out Powell's play against Vucevic.  For the record, Vuc made 9 buckets on WCS, 2 on Maxi, 2 on Powell and 1 on Johnson.  As good as Willie was against Jokic, he had no answer for Vuc. last night.

Can you have a triple double and an off night simultaneously?  If all you knew about the game was Luka hit 35% of his shots and had six turnovers, you might predict a loss.  White hot shooting from Burke and Hardaway and active D from Iwundu carried the day.  If this is what Iwundu is, he probably deserves more minutes.  But, we already have 11 people deserving minutes (plus occasional Bobi cameos) and we need developmental time for Green.  I don't see how he gets much burn unless someone is out.

I see nothing special about Gordon that makes me want to give up any value for him.  The better everyone plays the more difficult it is to find that one more piece we think we need.
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(01-10-2021, 09:05 AM)DanSchwartzman Wrote: I see nothing special about Gordon that makes me want to give up any value for him.  The better everyone plays the more difficult it is to find that one more piece we think we need.


Well, he did sort of stop Luka Smile So perhaps he could be what we want on the defensive side. Offensively, he is just terribly miscast in Orlando. He is not a number 1 or 2 option on the offensive side, trying to create for himself and others. But I agree, he would not be at the top of my shopping list.
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#6
https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status...63522?s=20

Was Maxi sick?

Must have been. He is "isolating," rather than "quarantining," and is out for at least ten days. If Shams is speaking precisely.


#7
(01-10-2021, 12:02 PM)mavsluvr Wrote: https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status...63522?s=20

Was Maxi sick?

Oh no! Is contact tracing going to knock out the whole team!


#8
(01-10-2021, 12:36 PM)fifteenth Wrote: Oh no! Is contact tracing going to knock out the whole team!

Could be. 

https://twitter.com/townbrad/status/1348...85249?s=20


#9
(01-10-2021, 09:05 AM)DanSchwartzman Wrote: I see nothing special about Gordon that makes me want to give up any value for him. 


#10
(01-10-2021, 12:02 PM)mavsluvr Wrote: https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status...63522?s=20

Was Maxi sick?

Must have been. He is "isolating," rather than "quarantining," and is out for at least ten days. If Shams is speaking precisely.

Tim MacMahon tweeted saying that Maxi is in fact positive.


#11
(01-10-2021, 12:50 PM)DrMav Wrote: Tim MacMahon tweeted saying that Maxi is in fact positive.


I didn't see this tweet, could you please post it


#12
Yep, Kleber is positive, and there's no telling who else will have to quarantine because of contact tracing. This might be really, really bad.


#13
(01-10-2021, 12:58 PM)KillerLeft Wrote: Yep, Kleber is positive, and there's no telling who else will have to quarantine because of contact tracing. This might be really, really bad.
Tim Cato tweeted that playing a game together does not constitute close contact for NBA purposes. So, full teams don't have to isolate when a player tests positive. Just people who have been in close contact with the affected individual for at least 15 minutes. According to Tim.

Of course, even if the NBA allows other team members to play, the virus can still spread to them.

https://twitter.com/tim_cato/status/1348...75495?s=20


#14
(01-10-2021, 12:36 PM)fifteenth Wrote: Oh no! Is contact tracing going to knock out the whole team!
When good team chemistry goes bad?  Big Grin

(01-10-2021, 01:04 PM)mavsluvr Wrote: Tim Cato tweeted that playing a game together does not constitute close contact for NBA purposes.
That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.
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#15
(01-10-2021, 01:04 PM)mavsluvr Wrote: Tim Cato tweeted that playing a game together does not constitute close contact for NBA purposes. So, full teams don't have to isolate when a player tests positive. Just people who have been in close contact with the affected individual for at least 15 minutes. According to Tim.

Yes, I know. But, they ARE contact tracing right now to determine if anyone else needs to be quarantined. I have a feeling there will be others out, too. 

BTW, the Mavs sure talked a big game during training camp about how important it was for them to avoid this exact eventuality...about how integral in was to their mission this season. I might be judging them too harshly, but I find it disappointing that they're one of the first teams to get hit this hard by Covid. I just sort of assumed they'd handle this part of the season the right way.


#16
(01-10-2021, 01:09 PM)KillerLeft Wrote: Yes, I know. But, they ARE contact tracing right now to determine if anyone else needs to be quarantined. I have a feeling there will be others out, too. 
I agree with you. This is really bad.


#17
ItsGoTime
Quote:Tim Cato tweeted that playing a game together does not constitute close contact for NBA purposes.
That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard.

Seems a little crazy. Supposedly, if the test is 15 minutes of close contact, game time contact "never comes close" to qualifying. 

Whether that is the case or not, the infected players were on the plane together, shared a locker room, etc. So, one would expect contact tracing to pick up some of them, and maybe the virus to spread to more of them. Yikes.


#18
Goodness gracious. We're going to see how good Luka really is - or we're going to have to forfeit games.


#19
(01-10-2021, 01:16 PM)Scott41theMavs Wrote: or we're going to have to forfeit games.


So this is what I'm not clear about. When do they get postponed, and when do they get forfeited? Does anyone know?

@mavsluvr, surely you media types were briefed about these rules, right?


#20
(01-10-2021, 12:52 PM)omahen Wrote: I didn't see this tweet, could you please post it

https://twitter.com/espn_macmahon/status...06176?s=21

I guess after a 2nd read of that tweet he doesn’t explicitly say Maxi was positive, but I don’t know how else to read that


  


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