NEW ORLEANS – The Mavericks took a few blows to the face on Wednesday night before they decided to do something about it.By then, it was too late.But as has become the norm in this going, going, gone season, it was another teaching moment for the Maver…
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NEW ORLEANS – Rick Carlisle is going to make sure that his team remains professional and competitive in the final eight games of the regular season, even if he and Dirk Nowitzki and everybody else know that the season will not extend into the playoffs,…
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NEW ORLEANS – If you’re searching for hope that the Mavericks have a bright future in front of them, don’t look in the direction of the New Orleans Pelicans.Once you get past the beads, beer and bawdiness of Bourbon Street, you realize that the basketb…
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NEW ORLEANS – With coach Rick Carlisle making good on the promise that he wanted to give Jarrod Uthoff a chance to show his skills, the rookie celebrated Wednesday night with his first NBA points.For Uthoff, it was a wonderful day, which started with h…
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Follow along live as Dirk and the Mavs take on Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and the Pelicans. Box Score
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NEW ORLEANS – Jarrod Uthoff didn’t exactly exhale when he was signed for the rest of the season Wednesday morning.He’s happy, of course. But it’s just a start, he said.”I don’t know if it was a stress-out (thing),” Uthoff said. “I look at it as, my fir…
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There is some good news for the Mavericks in the midst of a challenging season. According to ESPN, the Mavs have the seventh best front office in the NBA.It shouldn’t really come across as a major surprise that the Mavs were ranked so high. After all, …
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Old is gold: Harrison Barnes says returning to his original position of small forward has been ‘a lot easier’
NEW ORLEANS — Rick Carlisle doesn’t mind taking people out of their comfort zone. In fact, he likes seeing how they respond in outside-the-box situations.That’s probably one reason he gets along so well with owner Mark Cuban.What Carlisle did early in…
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Newy Scruggs, sports anchor at NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and radio host weekly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Radio Sirius XM 213/202 and NBCSportsRadio.com, answered your questions Tuesday. Here are some highlights:Are there any positi…
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Biggest reason(s) for optimism with Mavs next season; Dallas can’t settle for project pick in lottery
Matt Mosley, contributor to SportsDayDFW.com and columnist for Texas Monthly, answered questions during a live chat Tuesday. Here are some highlights:Q: The biggest reason for optimism for the Mavericks next season is …Mosley: I think the continued d…
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NEW ORLEANS – Here’s what’s on the radar for the Mavericks’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans, which starts a season-long five-game road trip (7 p.m., Fox Sports Southwest).Not so fast, Cousins: The Pelicans have been without DeMarcus Cousins the p…
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March is the month of unreasonable hope. It’s a time when spring training magic allows the Oakland A’s to ponder World Series plans or, to localize it, a time when I dream of a Final Four pick actually reaching a thing called the Final Four.Along these…
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Mark Cuban said he’s willing to wait and see how Las Vegas turns out as a home market for the NFL’s Raiders and the NHL’s Knights.
Asked if it would be a good place to have an NFL team, Cuban said: “Not for the visiting team. It’s hard to keep track of 53 guys, plus staff.”
The Vegas lifestyle notwithstanding, Cuban said he couldn’t see the NBA expanding there. But he did say that the NFL is better off fiscally at this point than the NBA.
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The Mavericks have a poor record on the road and, at best, they have been lukewarm at home.
Things got even chillier on Monday.
The Mavericks blew a 13-point lead in the final minutes and absorbed a 92-91 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. It dropped their home record to 21-18 with two games left at American Airlines Center.
The Mavericks were up 91-78 and spit up the entire lead, getting outscored 14-0 down the stretch.
Russell Westbrook, who had his 37th triple-double of the season, knocked in a 16-foot jump shot with 7.2 seconds left for the game winner.
The Mavericks simply fell apart in the game’s last three minutes.
It ended a 1-3 home stand for the Mavericks, which pretty much summed up their year at home. They also were assured their first losing season since 1999-2000.
The Mavericks simply haven’t been good enough at home to make up for a miserable 10-24 road record.
“Bad teams generally play better at home – I think,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “If you look at the teams that are really struggling this year that are in our range, they’re winning a hell of a lot more home games than road games, I’m pretty sure.”
The Mavericks got beat by the Thunder despite clamping down on them defensively. Oklahoma City had scored 125 on Sunday at Houston. But they had to work hard to score just 10 in the second quarter and needed a late push to get into the 90s for the game.
It was the kind of game that makes you wonder why the Mavericks aren’t better at home.
“Our situation is a little different,” Carlisle said of the home record. “Once we got to January, things were different because we got healthier and got our unhealthy guys in rhythm. From Jan. 15, on is more of an indicator of what kind of team we have.
“But that’s not how the NBA is. It’s the whole season. And the first two months were crap. So here we are.”
For the record, the Mavericks are 15-6 at home since Seth Curry was inserted to the lineup in mid-January, and 21-14 overall.
Of course, as Carlisle said, the first two months of the season can’t be washed away.
Also, it was a game Monday that Curry missed, scratched because of a lingering shoulder problem.
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Follow along live with the experts below as the Mavericks host the Oklahoma City Thunder and point guard Russell Westbrook.
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Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team in a live chat Monday. Here are some highlights:Q: Do you think the Mavs played Barnes too much this year?Sefko: He’s 24 years old. S…
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Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team in a live chat Monday. Here are some highlights:Q: What’s the first move the Mavericks will make this offseason if they don’t make th…
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Wesley Matthews always says that nobody will ever know how much pain he’s in. He just doesn’t publicize that sort of thing.But when coach Rick Carlisle was asked after shootaround Monday whether Matthews is beat up at this point in a long season, he fl…
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The Mavericks find themselves in an unusual position this season — in the middle of the NBA draft lottery watch. For a team that has been competing for the playoffs for the majority of Dirk Nowitzki’s career, it’s a new situation for fans to get adjus…
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Here’s what’s on the radar for Monday’s Mavericks’ game against Oklahoma City, which will close out a four-game home stand (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Southwest).Starter problems: Keep an eye on the early portion of the game. The Mavericks have had problems…
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