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Don’t Call it Luck and Don’t Blame the Heat

The Mavericks hold their own fate

The real reason the Mavericks won Game 2

Coverage following the Maverick’s victory in Game two of the 2011 NBA Finals gives several reasons as to why the surprising Mavericks win took place. Although most of them aren’t correct in my opinion, it’s worth taking a moment to discuss them before we get to the truth.

Reason 1-4: The Heat totally fell apart in the final minutes leaving the door wide open for the Mavericks to win. Let’s go ahead and add that Chris Bosh was guarding Dirk, there was no double team, and what were the Heat thinking not to foul Dirk and make the Mavericks rethink another plan after inbounding?

Reason 5: If you don’t hear those reasons, you are sure to hear that the Heat players enraged the Mavericks bench during their “celebration” after Dwayne Wade scored what seemed like a game deflating three-pointer to give the Heat a 15 point lead with well-under half a quarter left to play. With that kind of performance from the Heat, the Mavericks coming back to win could only seem like luck.

However, if you’ve been watching the Mavericks and have seen their performances throughout the playoffs you should know they deserve more credit–especially Dirk and even the Mavericks bench which stepped up in this game. Yes, the Heat did commit what their coach must now think is the ultimate defensive meltdown, but perhaps that’s not the only explanation. The Mavericks have pulled comebacks before this season against the Lakers and the Thunder in multiple games which makes the Heat’s more excusable (these things happen). While the eventual defeats of the Heat had something to do with tremendous meltdowns, the Mavericks victory came from the mental toughness and strong desire to win. Dirk all but plainly said the Mavericks were not going to lose Game 2, even if he had to play through an injury and dominate the last few minutes of the game, which he did. Now that’s my first reason. I only need two, so now to the second.

Additionally, the Mavericks played the entire game and Dirk wasn’t out there by himself this time which is reason two. Don’t forget that Shawn Marion scored 20 points and other teammates from the bench showed up big time in ways they didn’t in the previous game. Sure the Mavericks might have been upset by the “celebration or lack of “celebration if you listen to D-Wade and Lebron, but that’s just another storyline.

The Mavericks had to score baskets that they weren’t able to make in the first game or the majority of Game 2 and block shots that the Heat were supposed to make. They had to believe they could win and play all 48 minutes: otherwise nothing else mattered and the Heat would have been right to celebrate.

Instead somewhere on that court late in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks realized they were down tremendously looking their chances of winning a Championship in the eyes before it slipped away unless they stepped up. That motivation didn’t come from any other outside factor, be it obnoxious banter from the opposing team, media who wrote them off after one game, or their star player being a trending topic on Twitter. That motivation came from within and that’s where they will have to find the rest of their momentum to win this series and the Championship.

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What This Trade Can Prove for the Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks After Their 2006 Loss

A nine game winning streak gives the Mavericks enough ammunition for now to prove that the trade with the Washington Wizards was a good idea in theory and in practice. The additions of Caron Butler and Branden Haywood have been praised by commentators, coaches, players and new teammates. The Mavs, who seek to add new dimensions to their team, hope that its new players can be part of a new formula that will yield big results and prove that this year will be different.

 For the last few seasons the Mavericks have consistently been a good, solid basketball club that can basically guarantee a place in the playoffs, but unfortunately the Mavs have also grown used to early departures from playoff contention.

Even though the Mavericks know that this year’s acquisitions and the acquisition of Jason Kidd has put them in a great position for the NBA championship quest, the Mavericks still remain very humble. The Mavericks know how it feels to create the best record in the league and get sent home in the first round, the Mavericks know that it faces some tough competition in the West from the Los Angeles Lakers (among many others), the Mavericks know that a player like Caron Butler can add some grit to a team often accused of lacking toughness, and the Mavericks also know its fans have not forgotten how close its home team came to winning it all after a catastrophic meltdown in the summer of 2006 that left them without a NBA Championship.

 The nine game winning streak has done a lot to convince everyone that seeking Butler and Haywood was a good idea, but postseason wins in the future will do even more to prove that the Mavericks have found a way to rebuild and redeem themselves to become a team that can win big. In the meantime the Mavericks have gracefully and conspicuously been constructing a good campaign for the 2010 playoffs and beyond that can lay all worries to rest, for now.

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Running Out of Steam: The Release of Key NFL Running Backs

LaDainian Tomlinson’s release from the San Diego Chargers has to leave us thinking. Brian Westbrook’s release from the Philadelphia Eagles has to leave us thinking even more. At the age of 30, Tomlinson and Westbrook are considered young men but the future ahead seems uncertain for both players. ESPN reports, the number of yards posted by running backs dwindles so drastically as age increases, that by the age of 31 only 18 percent posts 1,000 or more yards in a year.

In a new football model throughout the league that calls for multiple running backs, one back (usually the older one) is constantly being replaced by a younger back. For example, in Dallas Julius Jones shared the workload with Marion Barber; Barber eventually replaced Jones. Currently in Dallas Barber shares the workload with both Felix Jones and Tashard Choice; it might be only a matter of time before Barber is replaced as well.

As far as the immediate future is concerned, Tomlinson and Westbrook are both prolific players who are nearly guaranteed the opportunity to play for another team in the 2010-2011 season. What is not as certain is what kind of success either back will have statistically.

If either back fails to have as much success as he did with his former team after being released or traded, it unfortunately will not be a new trend. Do these names ring a bell: Edgerrin James, Emmitt Smith and Shaun Alexander? All three names are as respected at the running back position as Tomlinson and Westbrook, but all three were also released by their respective teams because of declining rushing numbers, increasing salary prices, injuries and the competition from increasing talent at the running back position.

For running backs that have been the faces of their organizations, being cast aside and forced to find a new home has to be quite a sobering part of the business but at least there is consolation for those who do not get to walk out on the game like Barry Sanders did. Emmitt Smith was able to retire a Cowboy and LaDainian has been promised to retire a Charger—perhaps there is something as equally promising from other organization for other players who have given so much to their team for the majority of their careers.

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Too Soon to Talk Mavs Success Yet: Full Story Coming Soon

Mavs Trade Starts an NBA trend and the Mavs might not be done

Mavs Trade Teaser: This trade is too important to say nothing!

The Dallas Mavericks should get all of the credit for igniting what has developed into a very busy trading carousel after the All Star Break and some teams are even finished. By the time the latest trade deadline is over there will be even more major names relocating to different cities and perhaps a completely different outcome to the postseason for some teams. However, even with talented players such as Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood on the roster, that gives the Mavericks team a new dimension, it might be too soon to call the trade a success (even if it turns out to be one). There are two crucial reasons why:

1. Some contend the Mavericks have a few tricks up their sleeve before the trade deadline’s completion.

 2. A record of 1-1 with their new team in place and a tough schedule ahead that includes both teams from last year’s NBA championship means the Mavericks have  some hard work ahead and a lot to prove.

So there’s the teaser for now, but there of course will be more to come!

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All Star Weekend 2010 Means More Attention For Dallas In the Future

  

  

 

  

  

The 2010 All Star Weekend is over in Dallas, but in a city that is famously known for the Dallas Cowboys, the NBA and its All-Star festivities has left a lasting mark on the city and greatly increased its clout in the sports world. The last time the All Star Game was hosted in Dallas, the Cowboys played at Texas Stadium in Irving, the Mavericks home court was Reunion Arena and the game’s attendance was 16,573. A lot has changed since then. 
Nearly twenty-four years later the Dallas Cowboys now play at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington built by owner Jerry Jones, the Mavericks play at the American Airlines Center, the All Star game was played in a transformed football stadium and the attendance was a record breaking 108,713. Cowboys’ Stadium reinforces Dirk’s welcome exclamation prior to the All Star game that everything is bigger in Texas; bigger in a very good way.
  

The stadium’s enormous size alone left fans and players marveling at what is believed to be the biggest indoors dome in the world. If the size wasn’t impressive enough the big screen televisions, huge crowds and the simple fact that Cowboys stadium is originally a football stadium were also reasons to be amazed by “Jerry’s World”. 
Cowboys Stadium has given Dallas, a city that has never hosted a Super Bowl despite being home to “America’s Team, and ranks far behind cities such as New Orleans and Miami, a chance to host big games that attract large crowds for the first time. The success of the All Star weekend in Dallas means there is good reason for the sports world to return to the city over and over again in the future.
With other major sporting events coming to Dallas such as the Pacquiao fight, the 2014 NCAA Final Four and the 2011 Super Bowl there will be plenty of time for Dallas to prove its staying power in championship sports. It has been a long time coming but Dallas has arrived in the sporting world with a chance to compete and make a name for itself in years to come.  

Players introduction at All Star Game

 

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The Highs and Lows of Being a Texas Sports Fan

The Highs

 

No matter what happened in Texas sports, no matter how bad it was, the Cowboys win was huge! The Cowboys win redeemed a team that had not won a playoff game in thirteen years and was living off of the legacy of a Super Bowl reign that only Cowboys fans still call to memory.

Talk of the Cowboys  to date consisted of constant jabs that the team failed to perform in December, failed to win a playoff game, failed to  have a huge performance from its quarterback and failed to have a coach who could show real leadership. Yet, with all of these alledged shortcomings the Cowboys showed up big in a win against the Eagles that was so impressive that all commentators and “Cowboys haters” alike were forced to come to terms with the idea that the Cowboys are back in the playoffs and back to claim their rightful title as America’s Team.

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The Lows

The 2009 Rose Bowl BCS National Championship game between Texas and Alabama, had very big implications for the Texas Longhorns.  The 2009 season had the potential redeem what Texas had lost a year before in a monumental BCS snub that allowed Oklahoma to play against Florida for the championship game instead of Texas.

 Yet it turned out that a Championship title was not how the Longhorns would end the decade or Colt McCoy’s incredible tenure as quarterback: the twice-nominated Heisman trophy winner Colt McCoy went down after just a few minutes of play. Right then chances for a Championship win and chances for redemption decreased, but the Longhorns still kept fighting with freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert at the helms and Colt on the sidelines. 

Even with a noble effort and a promising quarterback that shows potential to lead his team to a big game, Texas fans still have to feel cheated. Not cheated because they felt like Colt didn’t give his best or cheated because a freshman quarterback played the majority of the game, but cheated because for the second year in a row they were  left to marvel at what could have been if Colt had been able to stay on the field the entire game or if Texas had just been given a chance against Florida last year.

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Mark Cuban, It’s Not February 8

Is Mark Cuban ready to face the NFL?

“I know we’re just little pissants compared to the NFL, but seriously, the NFL is turning into the ugly American when it comes to sports leagues,” Cuban said. “They don’t give a crap about anybody but themselves.”

We all know that Mark Cuban is good at pulling publicity stunts, but his recent lashing against the NFL has to be one of his least successful. This time no one is disagreeing with Cuban’s basic premise: it’s NFL season and no one cares about the NBA until it ends. In its defense, perhaps the NFL forgot the Mavericks were playing. It is still football season and schedulers are so busy that they didn’t have time to check their calenders, but it is more likely the NFL’s decesion to broadcast the Cowboys game right before the Mavericks tip-off was intentionally unintentionally done.  The NFL believes their games should be front and center and if that means going up against the NBA so be it–at the end of the night the NFL will have the fan power and the ratings to prove it.

Yet, even if it was a little rude who is Mark Cuban to talk about the “ugly” American citizen? Mark Cuban who has been fined millions of dollars for his inability to hold his tounge and be considerate of others has the audacity to tell the NFL that it is being rude? The irony of the words of the basketball owner that is more well known for his ability to distract his team than the team’s ability to play sound like the ones of an owner missing his spotlight. Although Mark Cuban’s diversion attempt proved futile against the NFL, there is only exactly one month of football left until the Super Bowl is played on Feb. 7 in Miami. After that the NBA can get the spotlight and Mark Cuban can regain his role as the “ugly American” from the NFL.

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