Dallas Mavericks – Gone Fishing

The Dallas Mavericks, winners of 67 regular games (out of 82), have been sent packing by the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors won only 42 games this season and qualified for the playoffs on the last day of the regular season. Golden State is coached by former Mavericks coach and Boston Celtic legend Don Nelson. This season, Nelson deployed his trademark wide open offense in order to create mismatches for his under-sized, but overly talented roster. The roster includes players like Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Steven Jackson and Al Harrington. These highly skilled players possess the unique ability to beat opposing defenders in two fundamental ways: by making outside shots and by attacking the middle of the defense with dribble penetration. It is this second skill which is most fundamental to the game of basketball. It is the foundation of sound offensive basketball, predicated on sapping the core strength of the opposition.

Defense in basketball, and in most sports, is played from the middle to the edge. It is vital that successful teams have the ability to protect the middle of the court or field. Consider the importance of defense in the middle of a baseball diamond. The most important defensive players on a baseball team all play in the middle of the field: the pitcher and the catcher (known as “the battery”), the shortstop, second baseman and the center fielder. In football, the defense is anchored by either a single nose tackle (for 3-4 defensive schemes) or two defensive tackles (for traditional 4-3 schemes). In basketball, the anchors of the defense are the point guard and the center.

On elite defensive teams, the point guard is capable of stopping dribble penetration on a consistent basis. When the point guard is incapable of stopping dribble penetration, it allows the opposing point guard to do two things: 1) enter the lane with the intent to pass to a) cutters from the wing b) spot up shooters on the perimeter or c) big men in the lane competing for position; or 2) enter the lane with the intent to score. All of these scenarios are bad for a defense. The worst case scenario is when the offense scores and is able to draw fouls on primary defenders (usually the center or power forward) and convert a free throw for a three point play. This type of three-point play is the Gold Standard in basketball. It gave birth the phrase And One. A great defensive point guard, then, may be undersized but they provide tremendous value for their teams. In this respect, the point guard resembles a pawn on the chess board that protects the back line.

Premier defensive point guards like Jason Kidd, Gary Payton (Version 1.0 – especially around 1996), and Baron Davis can stifle the offensive plans of the opposition by compelling them to attack along the perimeter or along the edges. The Dallas Mavericks do not have an elite defensive point guard in starter Jason Terry. He is an excellent offensive point guard, but lacks the strength to block the path of players like Warriors point guard, Baron Davis.

Jason Terry is a solid player. He is not the primary reason the Mavericks have gone fishing. The most visible culprit must be MVP candidate and starting power forward Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks star was invisible for most of the deciding game. At halftime, he made 1 of 11 shots and the Mavericks trailed by two points. In the third quarter, when the Warriors steamrolled to a 36-15 advantage, Dirk was silent. Baron Davis was roaring. He was hobbled by a hamstring injury during the game, but still managed to summon the will to attack the rim, elevate at the point of contact, and score. When players are fatigued (as they often are in Game 6 of a series), playing aggressive offense is demanding. When players are injured, aggressive offense is usually an afterthought. Players become passive shooters of long distance jump shots. Last night, even Baron’s long-distance jumpers were aggressive. On one play, he drove to the left side of the lane, drew contact and threw up a shot from behind the 3 point line. He thought he was fouled and expected a whistle. The referee never signaled a foul, but the ball went in. It was that type of night for the Dallas Mavericks and Jason Terry.

All that is left now for Dallas is to wonder what might have been for a team that dominated the league during the regular season. The team was so summarily dismissed that owner Mark Cuban will have to consider reconfiguring some elements of the team. Jason Terry’s slight build is not a liability against guards like Phoenix’s Steve Nash or San Antonio’s Tony Parker – but it is against Golden State and Utah’s emerging Deron Williams. What will the Mavericks do with Dirk Nowitzki? He would not be the first superstar to be traded “at the height of his powers.” Perhaps he does not have the essential makeup required to win an N.B.A. championship. In case anyone did not notice, Josh Howard emerged as the Mavericks best all-around player in this series. He lacks the thunderous offensive firepower of Nowitzki, but he can score the ball, rebound, pass, defend and provide a spark for his teammates. The Mavericks are a team sorely in need of on the court leadership. The franchises most visibly faces aside from the tall, blond German are Mark Cuban and head coach Avery Johnson.

For Golden State, the future is brighter. Woody Harrelson was at the game. Kate Hudson was at the game.

Kate Hudson

She had on more clothing than this – but she was there. Jessica Alba was at Game 4.

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She had on more clothing than this – but she was there.

And the Warriors success was not entirely surprising. Coach Don Nelson is as familiar with the Mavericks as his protege Avery Johnson. And the decisive advantage that the Warriors hold (in addition to their fan base) is that each of their roster players were capable of consistently beating Dallas defenders off the dribble. When you can do that, you are never out of any game – and you are awfully difficult to catch. Utah and Houston are teams with more fundamentally sound defensive principles than the Mavericks. The next will be compelling – just not as compelling as Ms. Alba at the beach.

126 comments

  1. Congrats. Watching your team is probably the most enjoyable hoop experience I’ve had since the Magic Johnson-led Lakers. No other team since the Run-TMC/Marculionas-Sprewell era has had as many intriguing on court combinations. 5 guys that can drop 30 points on any given night is a beautiful thing. The Mavs are lucky that Ellis and Harrington never got going – or else it would have been over in 4.

    I am more intrigued by a Utah-Golden State matchup than I am by the Rockets. I think GS will run right through the Rockets – and Van Gundy might even lose back hair after watching Yao get “used and abused and served like hell.” If the Warriors get to the Finals, I think they’ll do better against Phoenix than San Antonio…could be wrong about that.

    I would love to see the Warriors and the Bulls in the Finals. That would be some serious business. Anything that keeps Jessica Alba in the mix is worth doing. Go Warriors.

  2. I definitely like the Warriors against the Suns, as opposed to the Spurs. Tim Duncan, unlike Yao, will not allow his opponent(s) to push him so far away from the basket, which is the main reason the Rockets lost to Utah. Boozer will be a problem for the Warriors, but they should play him very aggressively nonetheless. He seems slow, despite being very effective. He should be getting his shot blocked by the more athletic, quicker Warriors. I might consider some sort of box-in-one. It will be interesting to see if Baron’s hamstring prevents him from being able to stay with Williams.

  3. Duncan or Shaq have won 7 of the last 8 rings. Shaq’s out. Duncan has a “clear path.” And now with Nash’s nose bashed to hell, the path gets clearer every day.

    Utah-GS is a great matchup. Boozer will adjust his style against the Warriors – and he’ll use his power game more to play through lite in the ass guys like Harrington and Jackson. I think he’ll get his no matter what. The Warriors are going to have problems in this series. If they win, it’ll be in 6 or 7 games and it will take their best shot – there be a bunch of 1-on-1 dribble drives for layups in this series.

  4. omg this is the finest girl in the whole world and this is the kind of person i will stay by her side all the time no matter what!

  5. Aloha Jessica Alba u are the hotties of all girls I luv uuuuuuu I’m from Hawaii The island of Molokai aloha

  6. I’ve been a big fan of yours from day one……just want to say….when it comes to beautiful women….you’re tops…..no one even comes close!!!

  7. I remember when this thread was actually about basketball. That’s what I get for posting a picture like that. You guys should know, though, this isn’t Jessica’s web site and she’s not a visitor.

  8. eres la mas hermosa de todo el mundo soy tu fan numero 1 y me gustaria conocerte en persona ,soy de peru vivo en lima ,soy cantante de una orquesta cumbiambera escribeme porfavor te quiero mucho jessica

  9. I think Jessica Alba is over-rated.Sorry guys..but I think you need to realize she will never be yours and that she is already taken…its sad..but really find someone who is local .more in your area..that way it doesn’t hurt to much.

  10. I agree Over-rated! There are plenty of other good looking people. Its just sad that some people think that these so-called stars read this. Look people its time you get a life. I know banging her would be great, but afterwards there is nothing to it.She will look like raggdy-ann. So do yourselfs a favor, find a girl who you will love and spend all your life with or even your wife and appreciate her.

  11. ich liebe jessica alber ich bin ihr gröster fan so zu sagen hihihi sie ist urr fesch und urr talentiert ich mag sie weil sie einfach dei bästä ist

  12. who the hell doesn’t love or like jessica alba thats like not eating . i think what did it for me was dark angel. but i do like her as a blond more.

  13. Hey Jessica Alba

    my name is Alban

    and YOURE THE HOTTEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

    go your way and find a perfekt partner for you.(but he must be as sexy as you )

  14. holy cow, T3, what did you do here? one minute I was enjoying your basketball analysis, next I was lusting after youngun’, and then the comments….! where are these people coming from?

  15. You are simple stunning jessica. Would love to meet you. I am an astrologer and would like to see your horoscope to find out about your beauty.

  16. eres la mujer mas bella que puede existir
    si pudiera te regalaria el mundo entero y lo pondria a tus pies
    me encantaria conocerte y darme cuenta que eres unica e incomparablre. saludos y besos.

  17. You men really embarrass the male species and give us a bad name. Alba is taken. Get it through your shallow heads that you’ll never be with her. Furthermore, I really don’t find girls who pose almost nude to be attractive at all. In fact, I see it as starving for attention, insecure, and a sign of immaturity. Obviously, since all these movie stars cloth themselves innapropriately they’re not comfortable with who they are. If any girl who knows she’s beautiful wouldn’t compose herself like this. Females are also why men are such assholes. If women would stop prostituting themselves through magazines, modeling, pornography, anything of that kind, men wouldn’t be so immature and dickheads. I say this because men are naturally born to find women attractive so, women technically don’t need to emphasize it through disrespecting themselves. I’m sure if skanks would stop disrespecting themselves and degrading themselves men would learn to have a lot more respect even if it isn’t right away. Any woman who holds a beautiful soul and a beautiful heart would be the girl for me. But definitely not someone like alba or anything else guys seemed to have conformed to. Just, grow up and be a real man.

  18. hello jessica alba
    my name is mohanad
    i love you so much
    you are a successful girl
    you can married me

  19. I totaly think some has made some good points here. Alba is very pretty, but please relise, SHE IS NOT FOR YOU! and stop lusting after her, and find the RIGHT gal for u, and love only her

  20. hola Jessica soy Fran, de España, eres un solazo… Espero que vengas a España y así ir solo a verte. Muchos besos preciosa

  21. Hola Jessica soy de Chile, necesito conocerte, eres encantadora, si quieres conocer el sur de este hermoso país, con mucho gusto sere tu guía y te llevare a lugares hermosos. Escrimebe.

    Italo

  22. Realmente eres una mujer preciosa, soy tu admirador, me encanta como actúas, eres bastante buena. Te felicito por tu embarazo te deseo que Dios te bendiga a vos y tu familia y que sigas cosechando muchos éxitos y sobretodo mantente humilde esa es la clave del éxito

  23. hy jessica i am stephanie and i like you so much you are the best and you’re sooooo sseeexxxyyy i love you

  24. Hi Jessica!
    My name is Peter, I am european and I live in Portugal.
    I love to see your photos! You are very beauty!
    Congratulations, the nature give to you what there’s the better…
    To the sea …who knows, some day we can to know us..
    Bye…

  25. she’s fucking hot i would like to talk whit you so send me a email plz xox love you:P

  26. HOLA JESSICA, pues solo t qiero decir q eres muy guapa y q eres d todas la mujer mas bella, si visias mexico estare ai para guiarte

  27. u r the hottest girl i have ever seen in my life and ive seen some pretty hot girls

  28. é a melhor atriz do mundo e concerteza a mais linda tambem ela é maravilhosa é a melhor !!!!

  29. i want to cum all over her nice tight sweet pussy, after i shave it with my knife. i want her to stick her feet in my mouth while she’s eating my shit and i’m pissing all over her.

  30. i would live to come to your house and fuck u so softy u will come 5 times in a row right sexy call me 07895228886

  31. (turkısh)

    Jessica
    Sen güneş kadar yakıcı
    Ay kadar parlak
    Ceylan kadar ürkek
    Ve Su kadar berraksın.

    Sana iş hayatında sonsuz başarılar dilerim.
    Eğer bana e-mail adresini yollarsan sana fotoğrafımı yollayabilirim.
    I Love You Jessica!

  32. Jessica, you’re sexy, u r hotest girl. I like you much. I want to kiss u right now

  33. No ha habido y estoy seguro no habrá mujer más hermosa. Simplemente es un motivo de admiración.

  34. hola jessica quiero decirte que eres la mujer mas hermosa del universo ,nadie iguala tus caderas ma gustan tus labios de manjar att tuyo adios te amo

  35. hola jessi soy angel de argentina solo quiero que sepas que te admiro mucho, y por cierto sos muy bella y no ablo exactamente de tu cuerpo, yo me enamore de tu rostro.
    esos rasgos casi perfectos, esa sonrisa que se distingue por sobre todas las demas estrellas, tan clara, tan fraguil, tan hermosa, tan transparente, tan angelical, que cada ves que te veo me pierdo en tus lavios. esta declaracion no la tomes como una locura, solo es lo que siento. bueno me despido atte. angel,
    pdt. seria un placer leer tu respuesta. gracias

  36. ola que hermosa perla
    será que hablas español o quizas ingles
    tal vez un madame o el amor de una mujer
    puedo enamorarme tanto
    o quizas sea mi debil adolescente
    entonces por tu escencia
    quisiera saber quien es?.

  37. Jessica AlbaI——————————– love you….. I fuck you …. I tuch you….. I kiss you,,,,,, ———————————–I want you

  38. Misha______!!!!..
    Senin amına koyım şerefsiz yakında başına talıhsiz bir olay gelicek.
    Seni lanet olası pis dişi domuz.
    O kullandığın kelimeleri sana yutturucam ………………..!!!!!

  39. Bon les enfants ! il faut arrêter de fantasmer. Les femmes ne sont pas des putes, les hommes non plus d’ailleurs. Alors je demande que la guerre des sexes s’arrête et qu’une nouvelle ère vois le jour.

    La guerre c’est inutile et surtout cela détruit. Alors que pour construire il faut accepter que l’autre n’est pas sois.

    Et alors tout deviens possible.

    L’avez vous déjà envisagé ?

    Alors ?

    Il ne faut plus attendre.

    Il faut vivre.

  40. Hola belleza como estas me gustaria por lo menos que me mandaras una foto tuya especial para mi.

    Eres hermosa como las estrellas que miras por las noches en las que te sientes sola.

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