9-22-14: Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks made a lot of offseason moves this summer. What remains to be seen is if their bench depth remains. The Mavs lost veterans Sam Dalembert, Jose Calderon, Vince Carter, and Shawn Marion. They have since signed Jameer Nelson, Richard Jefferson, and Al-Farouq Aminu to replace the bench production from last year. Last year’s squad as an 8th seed took the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to 7 games in the first round in the playoffs last season. The question remains in a deep western conference if they can improve and make a deep run.
8-13-14: The Dallas Mavericks had a strong offseason adding Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Jameer Nelson, and Raymond Felton among others. Dallas owner Mark Cuban is pumped with his new roster believing not only has a good team but a very smart team as well. The Mavericks took the Spurs to seven games and they have surrounded their best player Dirk Nowitzki with quality ones that was the recipe for success in their 2011 championship season. However, they are in the very brutal Western Conference which is improving every year.
5-12-14: Rick Carlisle coached this 2013-14 Mavericks team to further lengths than anyone expected. Behind Monta Ellis’ game-high 29 points and DeJuan Blair’s game-high 14 rebounds, Dallas defeated the visiting San Antonio Spurs by two points in Game 6. The Mavericks had a strong start to Game 6 and shot very well in the fourth quarter. However, the Mavericks could not sustain the momentum for Game 7. The Spurs came out to a fast start, and Dallas could not catch up. Tony Parker was too much for the Mavericks to handle, and he led San Antonio to the 119-96 victory to knock Dallas out of the playoffs.
5-5-14: The Mavericks had a fantastic Game 3 in front of their home crowd. Monta Ellis scored a postseason career-high 29 points, but he was not the hero of this contest. Vince Carter made the first buzzer-beating game-winner of the 2014 playoffs. He made a 3-pointer to lift the Mavs past the San Antonio Spurs, 109-108, to take a 2-1 series lead. However, the Mavericks could not get either of the next two games. The Spurs defeated Dallas by four points in Game 4. Carter scored a game-high 28 points in Game 5, but it was not enough as the Mavs lost by six points.
4-28-14: The Mavericks played very well in San Antonio in the first two games of the series. Dallas’ postseason history with San Antonio is relatively good, especially compared to the Mavericks’ struggles in the regular season against the Spurs. Heading into the series, the Spurs had defeated the Mavericks in each of their last nine meetings. A late rally in Game 1 allowed San Antonio to extend the streak to 10 games, but Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion and Devin Harris led the charge in Game 2 as the Mavericks won, 113-92. Now, Dirk Nowitzki needs to step up if Dallas wants to win this series.
4-21-14: The Mavericks have had a lot of trouble with the San Antonio Spurs recently, so it was unfortunate when Dallas could not pull out the victory against the Memphis Grizzlies on the final night of the season. Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 30 points, but his team lost in overtime, 106-105. The Mavericks have not beaten the Spurs since March 2012. If Dallas had beaten the Grizzlies, the team would be taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round. During the 2013-14 regular season, the Mavericks won two of their three meetings with the Thunder. Now, Nowitzki and Monta Ellis have to lead their team into San Antonio and hope to get at least one win there.
4-16-14: Dallas Mavericks playoff tickets average $202 on the secondary market, which is 4th in the western conference and 8th overall. The regular season average was $80, meaning there is a 150% premium for the playoffs. The Mavs are currently the 7th seed in the West and set to face the Thunder in the Opening Round.
4-7-14: The Mavericks had a strong week against the Western Conference. They beat the Sacramento Kings by three points on Saturday behind Dirk Nowitzki’s 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Then, he stepped up his scoring against the playoff teams. Nowitzki put up game-highs in points and rebounds, but the Mavs lost to the Golden State Warriors in overtime. Dallas bounced back with Nowitzki’s third double-double in his last five games. He scored a game-high 26 points as the Mavs beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 113-107. Nowitzki will have to continue his strong stretch for the Mavs to make the playoffs.
4-1-14: The Mavericks continued their lengthy homestand this past week, but only won two of their four contests as the team continued to alternate wins and losses. On Friday, Monta Ellis’s 26 points were a game-high as he led Dallas to the 122-106 victory over the Denver Nuggets. However, Ellis’ 32 points were not enough on Sunday. The Mavs and Brooklyn Nets went to overtime that night, but Dallas lost, 107-104. Then on Tuesday, Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs to the victory. His 32 points and 10 rebounds helped Dallas get the nine-point win in overtime. Unfortunately, Thursday did not go as well as the Mavs lost to the Los Angeles Clippers by six points.
3-24-14: The Mavericks had a successful 2-1 week this past week and now have as many wins this season than they did all of last season. On Sunday, Dallas destroyed the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder, 109-86. Then, the Mavericks swept the back-to-back set as they beat the visiting Boston Celtics on Monday. In that contest, Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 19 points. Dallas was unable to make it four consecutive wins when hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. The Mavericks and Wolves went to overtime, but Dallas fell, 123-122. Shawn Marion registered a double-double as he filled the stat sheet that evening.
3-17-14: The Mavericks put up a 3-1 record as they continue to hold onto a playoff spot. On Friday, Jose Calderon came out to a fast start as Dallas dominated the Portland Trail Blazers early on in the contest. The Mavericks held on for the 103-98 win. Then on Sunday, the Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers, 105-94, and Monta Ellis contributed 20 points and eight rebounds. After a blowout loss in Golden State on Wednesday, Dirk Nowitzki scored 31 points in the Mavericks’ 108-101 victory over the Utah Jazz. On that night, Nowitzki passed John Havlicek for 12th place on the NBA scoring list.
3-10-14: The Mavericks had a frustrating week, as their playoff position is now looking uncertain. They encountered their first three-game losing streak in more than a year. On Friday, Monta Ellis scored a game-high 20 points, but Dallas fell to the Chicago Bulls, 100-91. Then, on Sunday, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki has now lost seven straight head-to-head meetings with Tim Duncan. Even after two days of rest, the Mavericks could not win in Denver. Nowitzki put up a game-high 27 points along with seven rebounds, but the Mavericks lost, 115-110, on Wednesday.
3-3-14: Now, that was one successful week for the Mavericks. They played a road-heavy schedule and did not lose. First, Rick Carlisle’s squad went to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers. The Mavericks scored 41 points in the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way to the 124-112 victory. Then on the following night, the Mavericks traveled to Detroit and beat the Pistons, 113-102. Dallas got one day off before facing the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony scored a game-high 44 points, but was unable to stop Dirk Nowitzki’s buzzer-beater. The Mavericks won, 110-108, to move their winning streak to three games. Then on Wednesday, they made it four in a row with a blowout of the New Orleans Pelicans.
2-24-14: Dirk Nowitzki was Dallas’ lone participant in All-Star weekend. Unfortunately, he was the only player in the All-Star game to play and not score. The bad news continued for the Mavericks this past week. They hosted the Miami Heat on Tuesday, and LeBron James dominated the game en route to the 117-106 Heat victory. On the bright side, Nowitzki almost registered a triple-double with 22 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. In addition, Vince Carter matched his season-high by attempting 11 free throws in the contest. With an upcoming stretch against some Eastern Conference opponents, the Mavericks will try to get back to their winning ways.
2-18-14: The Mavericks are playing very well, as they finished with a 3-1 record in a road-heavy week. On Friday, they destroyed the Utah Jazz before going on the road for a three-game trip. On Sunday, Monta Ellis was a game-time decision, but he played 28 minutes and helped the Mavericks to a 102-91 victory over the Boston Celtics. With 20 points in that game, Dirk Nowitzki had his longest 20-point streak since 2011. Although Dallas fell by 25 points in Charlotte on Tuesday, the Mavericks bounced back to beat the Indiana Pacers the following night. Ellis put up a game-high 23 points in that victory.
2-10-14: This past week was a big one for the Mavericks. They beat each of their three opponents and moved to a 29-21 record. On Friday, even without Shawn Marion available, they continued their home dominance over the Sacramento Kings. Dirk Nowitzki scored a team-high 34 points and the Mavericks had a season-low four turnovers in their four-point victory. Although Marion remained out on Monday, Jose Calderon posted double-digit assists for just the second time this season en route to the Mavericks’ 17-point win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Then on Wednesday, Marion returned and the winning streak continued with an important 110-96 win at Memphis.
2-4-14: The Mavericks are going to have to put up a real fight in order to make it to the 2014 playoffs. After going 8-5 in December, they have eight losses in January. Although Dirk Nowitzki returned from a one-game absence on Friday at Brooklyn, his 18 points were not enough to beat the Nets. Then, Nowitzki stepped it up in the next two games. He scored 28 points on Sunday to help the Mavericks get past the Detroit Pistons, 116-106. The Mavericks got two days of rest before hosting the Rockets on Wednesday, but Nowitzki’s 38 points and season-high 17 rebounds could not beat Houston.
1-27-14: The Mavericks had another four-game week, but they had three road contests this time around. After Jose Calderon suffers a knee contusion on Friday at Phoenix, Shane Larkin filled in admirably as he scored a career-high 18 points in Dallas’ win over the Suns. Calderon stayed in the starting lineup the following night as the Mavericks hosted the Portland Trail Blazers, but the point guard struggled. Although five of his teammates scored more than 10 points that evening, Dallas fell by 16 points. On Monday, the Mavericks defeated the Cavaliers by five points in Cleveland. However, Dallas decided to rest Dirk Nowitzki on Wednesday, and the team lost in Toronto.
1-20-14: The Mavericks had a balanced schedule over the last couple of weeks, but they did not beat a team above .500 in that span. Dallas had a difficult start to 2014 – although the Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Lakers by 13 points, they dropped games to the Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs. Dallas then bounced back to win three consecutive games, including a home-and-home set against the New Orleans Pelicans. Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks in scoring in each of those games, including a season-high 40 points in the second contest. After blowing out the Orlando Magic, they traveled to the Staples Center and lost a large lead to the Clippers in Shawn Marion’s return to the court after missing four games.
1-7-14: The Mavericks had a terrific week, as they won all three games on their road swing. They first traveled to Chicago and blew out the Bulls. Monta Ellis scored a game-high 22 points, and Shawn Marion led all players in that contest with 13 rebounds. Then on Monday, Marion put up 32 points, his highest-scoring game since 2009. Dallas dominated the first half that night in Minnesota and was able to withstand the Timberwolves’ comeback attempt to get the victory. On Wednesday, there was another strong performance by Ellis, as he scored 23 points. With their record now at 19-13, this has been a great season for the Mavericks thus far.
12-30-13: The Mavericks were bound to have a difficult week after starting the season 15-10. They dropped three of their four contests this past week. It unfortunately started with an overtime loss at home to the Toronto Raptors. Then, the Mavericks had to travel to Phoenix to take on the surging Suns the next night. Dallas ended up falling by 15 points in that game. However, Monday was a great night for Mavericks fans. They watched as their team went into Houston and defeated the Rockets, 111-104. In addition, Dirk Nowitzki passed Alex English for 13th place on the all-time scoring list. The week did not end so well though as the Mavericks lost to the San Antonio Spurs by nine at home on Thursday.
12-22-13: The Mavericks only played two games in the last week, but they won them by a combined 27 points. On Saturday, they defeated the Milwaukee Bucks without Dirk Nowitzki, who was sick that night. Brandan Wright made the most out of his season debut as he scored a game-high 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting in 19 minutes off the bench. Nowitzki then returned to the lineup on Wednesday to lead all scorers with 20 points to go along with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block. Now standing at 15-10, the Mavericks are ready to fight for a high playoff spot in the Western Conference.
12-13-13: Monta Ellis has had a fantastic season in Dallas after falling out of favor with the Milwaukee Bucks organization last season. However, on Saturday, he faces his former team for the second time this season. Coming into that contest, he has scored double-digit points in 22 of the team’s 23 games this season. He has been a great addition to a Mavericks roster for 2013-14. Although Dallas dropped two of its three games this week, Ellis has scored at least 21 points in each of those three contests. The lone victory was a big one in which Ellis hit the buzzer-beater at Portland to give the Mavericks their 13th win of the season.
12-7-13: At the beginning of the season, it was tough to project how well Monta Ellis would play for the Mavericks, but he has been fantastic thus far. Both he and Dirk Nowitzki are averaging more than 20 points per game to put this Dallas team in the thick of things in the Western Conference. The Mavericks had two close losses to the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves, but then beat both the Charlotte Bobcats and New Orleans Pelicans. It is important for the Mavericks, a team that has struggled away from home this season, to keep up their strong play because they have to go on the road a lot during the rest of December.
11-28-13: After running off four straight wins last week, the Dallas Mavericks won just one of three this week – including two losses to the Denver Nuggets. At 10-6 on the year, Dallas continues to play well and won their last contest over the very good Golden State Warriors. The Mavs got 22 points from Dirk Nowitzki and had six players score in double figures to lead them to the win. With Wayne Ellington and rookie Shane Larkin both healthy and back in the lineup, Dallas has strong depth in the backcourt. It was also announced that Devin Harris will likely return within the next month to add even more depth (or a logjam).
11-22-13: Monta-ball is working! With Monta Ellis and Dirk playing brilliants off of each other, the Dallas Mavericks have won three straight games and five of their last six. Dallas won a big game on Wednesday night over their in-state foes, the Houston Rockets thanks to 37 points from Monta and 35 from Dirk. At 8-4 on the season and 2nd place in the Southwest Division, the Mavericks look like they might be able to stick around for another playoff appearance. Does Dirk have one final big playoff run left in him?
11-15-13: Dirk Nowitzki is no longer the main scorer in Dallas. That’s Monta Ellis’ job now. Regardless, it hasn’t negatively impacted the Mavs as a team, as they sit with a solid 5-3 record in week three after earning wins over the Bucks and Wizards heading into Friday’s NBA action. Through three weeks Dallas has clearly shown they can put points in the scoreboard and handle lesser opponents. The real test will be if they can raise their level of play on the defensive end going forward.
11-8-13: The Dallas Mavericks look like what owner Mark Cuban intended them to look like through five games: a new team. Dirk Nowitzki has looked as healthy as ever, opening the season with three straight 20+ point outings, while his supporting cast has shown enough early in a solid 3-2 start that has the Mavs thinking about a strong playoff run again. With their only losses to the talented Rockets and Thunder, there is reason to believe in an underrated roster in Dallas going forward.
11-1-13: Just before the regular season began, Mavericks general manager Gersson Rosas announced his resignation from that position. It has been a frustrating last few months for the Dallas basketball franchise. After Mark Cuban missed on Dwight Howard, he settled for a different type of roster for this season. Rick Carlisle, Dirk Nowitzki, Vince Carter and Shawn Marion remain the constants, but DeJuan Blair, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington and Monta Ellis make up a group of new players that are being incorporated into the Mavericks system. However, Nowitzki looked ready during the preseason, so this could be a very good year for him and the team.
10-18-13: The Dallas Mavericks are 2-2 in the 2013-14 preseason. The Mavs have alternated wins and losses so far losing 94-92 to New Orleans, beating Memphis 95-90, losing to Orlando 102-94 and beating the Pacers 92-85. Dirk Nowitzki led the team in points in the second and third games with 20 and 24 points, respectively, and leads the team in points per game with 15.3. Shawn Marion’s 11 rebounds against the Pacers were the most by a player so far in a Dallas preseason game. The Mavericks still have four preseason game remaining:
- Oct 19 at Charlotte
- Oct 21 at Houston
- Oct 23 vs Atlanta
- Oct 25 vs Indiana
8-23-13: While Mark Cuban and the Mavs may have struck out in the Dwight Howard derby, all is not lost in the big D. Dallas revamped their entire backcourt from top to bottom, including free agent signings of Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon and Devin Harris while drafting PG Shane Larkin out of the University of Miami. The steady shooting hand of Dirk Nowitzki is still the strength in the middle, though big man Samuel Dalembert replaces Chris Kaman at the Center position.
The Mavericks open their home schedule on Wednesday, October 30th against the Atlanta Hawks. The Houston Rockets travel north to Dallas on November 20th and once again on January 29th. The Miami Heat will visit town on Tuesday, February 18th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Atlanta Hawks
- November 5th – L.A. Lakers
- December 26th – San Antonio Spurs
- January 5th – New York Knicks
- March 25th – Oklahoma City Thunder
8-15-13: Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is going to continue to build his team around Dirk Nowitzki for as long as the All-Star forward plans to play. Cuban says he has "no idea," how long Dirk will continue to play, but he'll "talk to Dirk about it. Pretty much whatever he wants. Dirk's got a no-trade deal, so whether it's one year, three years, 20 years, it really doesn't matter. He gets to sign and re-sign as often as he wants. The length of the contract is more about how long longer Dirk wants to play more than anything else."
7-23-13: The Mavs have finalized deal with free agent F/C Brandan Wright. The deal is worth $10 million over two years with an addition 1.1 million in incentives. f
7-22-13: The Mavericks have hired 35-year-old Gersson Rosas as their new general manager. He had previously been with the Houston Rockets as their VP of basketball operations.
7-18-13: The Mavericks have agreed to sign free agent center Samuel Dalembert to a two-year, $7.5 million deal.
7-12-13: On Friday the Mavericks signed
Monte Ellis to a three-year deal. He's guaranteed at least $25 million and could make as much as $30 million.
7-7-13: Dallas will sign Jose Calderon to a four-year, $29 million deal.
Mavericks 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 18: PG Shane Larkin, Miami (from Hawks).
Round 2, Pick 13: SG Ricky Ledo, Providence (from Bucks).
6-12-13: Being a .500 team is unfamiliar for Dallas within the last decade or so, particularly, during the reign of future hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki. Sadly for Dirk he missed a large part of the season early on recovering from off season surgery. Dallas got off to a decent start and was in the playoff race for much of the season before tailing off. Defense was a struggle all year for this club, something that was a staple for them in their championship season. Dallas will select 13th overall later this month in the draft and many are wondering if the pursuit for Dwight Howard will continue.
2-19-13: The Mavericks season took a hard jolt when Dirk Nowitzki has to miss substantial time due to surgery. Despite their attempts to keep their heads above water, the Mavs currently sit in 11th place at 23-29, 4.5 games out of the 8th seed. Looking to rebuild while still competing means this position that they are in comes as no surprise to anyone, really. The Mavericks have about 2-3 weeks to make a serious push or else they will be headed toward the lottery where owner Mark Cuban will look to rebuild through free agency and the draft.
11-26-12: Mark Cuban’s group has tried to hold the fort down while their star player, Dirk Nowitzki heals from off season surgery. Hitting the road at 7-7 isn’t where they would like to be but with a brand new roster and the maturation in the game of OJ Mayo, Dallas can’t complain for two long. With games against the Sixers and Bulls this week, it will be interesting to see how they do. The Mavs gave a glimpse of their offensive potential with a win against the Knicks last week avenging their loss in New York earlier in the season.