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    March 15, 2012
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    June 16, 2011

    The Mavericks Finally Fought Back, and They Have the Title to Prove It

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs shed labels and the Miami Heat on the way to their first NBA championship.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Mavs in the West Finals: We've Done This Before

    ​The Mavericks haven't lost an NBA Western Conference Finals series in five years. Of course we all know what happened Dallas advanced this far -- in the 2006 NBA Finals. The come-from-ahead loss to the Heat sent the franchise into a pyschological spiral from which it is just n ... More >>

  • News

    May 12, 2011

    Beat L.A.? The Mavs Might Replace Them on the Mountaintop.

    Sharp shooting and shoddy predictions on the Mavs' road to the NBA Finals.

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    May 9, 2011

    Mavs-Lakers: Looking Back at a Great Series ... and a Horrible Prediction

    ​Never been happier to be wrong. And I don't care that I wasn't alone -- I admit I was wrong. I'm stunned by the Mavs sweeping the Lakers, punctuated by Sunday's 122-86 epic shellacking. Matter of fact, I'm more surprised by this outcome than the Navy SEALs sweeping Osama. I gave currency to&n ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Whitt's End: 5.6.11

    Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:*Mavericks-Lakers and Rangers-Yankees in our town in the same weekend. Delicious. If you had a front-row ticket to just one, which would it be? Are there really semi-sane humans who'd choose ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011

    2011 NBA WEST SEMIS GAME 2 -- Mavs 93, Lakers 81: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. For the Mavs, a shocking 2-0 lead. For the Lakers, a Stinko de Mayo. L.A. missed its first 15 3-pointers and was booed off the court in Staples Center. As they head for Dallas and Friday night's Game 3, the Lakers are muttering things like "dispirited" and "trust issues." Surreal. 9 ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Mavs-Lakers Game 2 Preview From the Puerto Rican Point Guard and the Old Coach

    ​I asked Mavericks backup point guard J.J. Barea what he was thinking as the ball left Kobe Bryant's hand on the potential game-winning 3-pointer in Monday's Game 1 at Staples Center. "I wasn't thinking," Barea said. "I was praying." Despite playing 44 minutes of superb basketball -- the ... More >>

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    May 2, 2011

    Mavs-Lakers Preview: Lakers in 5

    Some of us have waited 23 years to "Beat L.A.!" Sorry, I don't see it happening in 2011 either. When the Lakers and Mavs begin their best-of-seven Western Conference Semifinal series tonight at 9:30 in Staples Center, there is an undeniable fact that overrides any and all X's and O's: The two ... More >>

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    April 13, 2011

    Dallas Mavericks' Playoff Position in Major Limbo After the Sorry-Ass Spurs Punk 'Em

    ​Dear San Antonio Spurs,Eff you.Sincerely,Dallas Mavericks With a chance to beat the reeling Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night and go a long way toward securing the No. 2 seed in the NBA's Western Conference Playoffs for the Mavericks, the Spurs decided to rest stars Tony Parker, Manu Gino ... More >>

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    April 7, 2011

    Crafty Mavericks Lose Again, on Verge of Avoiding Lakers in NBA Playoffs

    A playoff preview? ​Remember waaaay back when the Mavericks were salivating over somehow catching the Spurs for the best record in the NBA's Western Conference and homecourt advantage throughout the playoffs? Don't look now, but after last night's home loss, the goal is to somehow hold onto ... More >>

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    March 31, 2011

    Mavericks v. Lakers: Who's No. 2?

    If the Mavs don't win tonight, at least J.J. Barea's got this to look forward to.​The Dallas Mavericks say tonight's showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers isn't a statement game. The Dallas Mavericks are lying. Beating the Timberwolves, Warriors, Jazz, Suns and -- last night -- the Clippe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2011

    Dallas Mavericks in L.A.: Tonight the Salad; Tomorrow the Steak

    If only that guy on the left was still a part of this team ​Over the past decade the Dallas Mavericks have been the NBA's best team at winning games they were supposed to win. In building a legacy of 11 consecutive seasons with 50 wins and playoff appearances, the Mavericks rarely lose aga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Mavs Are the S-Word. Rinse and Repeat.

    ​While I was out last week the Dallas Mavericks blew a seven-point lead in the final minute in a flabbergasting loss in New Orleans. Afterward, head coach Rick Carlisle called his team "soft." Veteran shooting guard Jason Terry bristled at the suggestion, saying "I'm not soft, not me. I don't ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 10, 2011
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    February 10, 2011

    Mavs Win 10th Consecutive Game, Fail to Impress the Masses

    ​It's not often I stay up late to watch a duel between J.J. Barea and Samuel Dalembert, but last night's 102-100 victory by the Dallas Mavericks over the Sacramento Kings was special. It kicked off the Bob Ortegel-less era with a win. And was the Mavs' 10th consecutive victory. To which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Brendan Haywood Finds a Way to Stop Blake Griffin; Mavs Win

    ​Blake Griffin had one highlight - his NBA-leading 100th dunk of the season off an alley-oop in the first quarter. But for the most part Tuesday night at American Airlines Center, it was same ol' Clippers. And same ol' Mavericks. Which meant, of course, Dallas 112, Los Angeles 105. The Clippe ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011
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    December 29, 2010

    Ten Items Worth a Look-See: Mavs, Stars, Cowboys, Rangers and Fox News Pundit Says Michael Vick "Should Have Been Executed"

    The fans gave him a break, and even President Obama applauded Vick's return to the NFL. Tucker Carlson of Fox News? Not so much.​10. Mark Teixeira says teammate Andy Pettitte's "probably leaning toward retirement," which is good news for the Texas Rangers and everyone else aiming to win the AL pen ... More >>

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    December 16, 2010
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    June 15, 2010

    Keeping the Faith: Lakers in 7

    ​The Boston Celtics have the lead. But the Los Angeles Lakers have the advantage. Right? Boston needs just win one - tonight in Game 6 or in a Game 7 Thursday night - to clinch its record 18th NBA Championship. They won't get it. As I said before the series, Lakers in 7. How's that you a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    The Top 10 Best Character Names in Sports Movies That I Could Think of Off the Top of My Head

    Jesus saves. And shoots.​Why did the Los Angeles Lakers lose Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night? Because they turned their back on Jesus. Boston Celtics' guard Ray Allen - who played "Jesus Shuttlesworth" in Spike Lee's He Got Game - went off on L.A. He hit a Finals-record eight 3-pointe ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Whitt's End: 6.4.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Thing that jumped out at me about Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA Finals was how physical it was. The scrapping for loose balls. The intensity of picks. Just running through the lane witho ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    Lakers Over Celtics: My Top 10 Observations

    ​10. With a combined 32 championships, isn't this the all-time greatest rivalry in sports? Thought so.  9. Kobe Bryant may be one of the greatest players of all time, but don't be shocked if Boston point guard Rajon Rondo is the best player on the court. 8. The Dallas Mavericks ... More >>

  • News

    April 22, 2010
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    April 13, 2010

    Dallas Mavericks: We're (Almost) No. 2!

    ​Get ready for Mavs-Spurs. And I don't mean just in Wednesday night's regular-season finale at American Airlines Center. I mean in the playoffs. Yes, again. With a walk-in-the-park, 23-point win over the ridiculous Clippers Monday night in Los Angeles, the Mavericks clinched at least the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Mavs vs. Clippers: Dunkers and Dancers

    ​While the basketball outfit has hit a tiny pothole on its way to next month's playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks' dance team is already in its post-season routine. Today the Mavs kick off the 5th Annual NBA.com Dance Team Bracket with a first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers&n ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010
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    April 15, 2009

    Relax Mavs Fans, Dallas' First-Round Loss Won't Be to the Lakers

    While you were sleeping, the Dallas Mavericks officially succeeded in their lil' game of Avoid The Noid. Thanks to the Lakers' blowout of the Utah Jazz late last night, the Mavs won't open this weekend's NBA Playoffs as a no-way-in-hell-8th-seeded-underdog against Los Angeles. Not exa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    The Maddening Mavericks

    I give up. I admit, I expected the Dallas Mavericks to lose at Phoenix, lose at Portland, beat Golden State and get blown out by the Lakers. I went 0-4. In typically unpredictable, unsettling fashion, they went 2-2. I'll go on Channel 52 tonight at 6:30 - fingers crossed - and fake like I can a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Mavs (Virtually) Clinch a Playoff Berth

    For the first time in a long time - at least away from American Airlines Center - the Dallas Mavericks played like a team that wanted in the NBA Playoffs. And wanted to avoid a first-round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. Their reward: With only 18 games remaining in the regular season, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Cuban at the Crossroads: We Can Win the NBA Championship

    I tracked down Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban last night before his team's game against the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Center. He was on the StairMaster. Insisting his team isn't on the treadmill. "Not right now we're not," Cuban told me. "Treadmill teams are those that don't hav ... More >>

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    February 5, 2009
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    May 6, 2008

    At Least I Got Two Predictions Right

    Who knew this trade would be disastrous? Um, yours truly. I thought the Internet was a fad. I was convinced Tom Landry would never ever never get fired (or die). And I just knew Anna Kournikova was built to win at least one Grand Slam. But last winter, even this blind squirrel found two nuts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2008

    Your Daily Jason Kidd Oops Update

    On second thought, maybe Avery Johnson was right to bench Jason Kidd during crunch time. The newest Mav hideously short-armed a free throw that would’ve tied yesterday’s loss to the Lakers with 10 seconds remaining. After Kidd’s gaffe, Kobe Bryant polished off a 52-point masterpiece with two f ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 6, 2007

    Nash Vegas

    See the Mavs take on the Suns

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007

    Meek Message

    The Basketball Jones Baron Davis almost killed the Mavs again last night. Musta left the bullets in the fedora. That’s it? That was the Dallas Mavericks’ statement game? Needing desperately to swagger into Oakland and blow out the depleted, winless Golden State Warriors, the Mavs instead turned ... More >>

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    May 4, 2007

    Warriors In Six

    Stunning. Unfathomable. Disgusting. Embarrassing. Nauseating. Devastating. Empty. Never thought I’d see it happen -- especially in the first friggin’ round against the tricked-up Golden State Warriors -- but the Dallas Mavericks totally and utterly wilted last night in getting eliminated in Gam ... More >>

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    May 1, 2007

    May Day! May Day!

    This is a distress alert from the North Texas Sports Disaster Service. Trained spotters in Dallas have pinpointed ominous circulation and the possibility of an unprecedented and fatal occurrence of destruction in and around the American Airlines Center. A severe warning has been issued until, oh, sa ... More >>

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    April 30, 2007

    Mavs In Seven … Mavs In Seven … Echo … Echo …

    Those of you Mavs bandwagoners who hopped aboard in mid-April and blindly, boastfully predicted a sweep of the Golden State Warriors are likely not reading this, because, of course, you’ve abandoned Dallas and its 3-1 deficit. For those who actually watch basketball and believe in the power of mat ... More >>

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    April 26, 2007

    Whoa, Nellie

    It's all you, Erick Dampier. Even if you do have a man purse. It’s all about Nelson. Not this one. This one. Like some of us have said before, Don Nelson is an entertaining clown whose unorthodox coaching gimmickry sometimes makes better teams look bad. But in the end, he can’t beat our Johnson. ... More >>

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    April 20, 2007

    Mavs in Seven

    Ah, those were good times, weren't they? This weekend, it gets even better. I know, the Dallas Mavericks won 67 games and recorded one of the most amazing regular seasons in NBA history, while the Golden State Warriors barely squeaked into the playoffs with 42 wins. Should be a sweep, right? Won’t ... More >>

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    April 17, 2007

    Golden Opportunity

    For the Mavs, tonight it’s -- yawn -- game No. 81. For the Golden State Warriors, it’s the most important event in 13 years. In other words: Psst, hey, buddy, wanna buy a watch? No? OK then, how about I sell you a tip. After watching the Stars sleepwalk against the Canucks on KDFI-Channel 27 at ... More >>

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    April 2, 2007

    Check That, Mavs Win!

    The last time the Mavs won a division, the team looked a whole lot different. I know, the Mavericks played like April fools in Phoenix Sunday afternoon. But the day wasn't a total loss. In fact, it was a major win. How's that? After Dallas' ugly loss, the San Antonio Spurs went and lost to the crap ... More >>

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    January 8, 2007

    Crushing Climax

    How did the refs not call the Lakers' late-game foul committed against Jason Terry last night? Oh, well. At least he didn't fumble the ball. Rowdy West Coast fans. Banged-up home team playing without a couple starters but with a former MVP trying to lead his team back to the championship. A contro ... More >>

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    October 19, 2006

    Two of a Kind. Or UnKind.

    Mark Cuban says he wishes Don Nelson all the luck in the world. Yeah--luck, with a capital "f." I'm supposed to be all jacked up about October baseball and all fixated on tonight's Game 7 of the National League Championship Series between the Mets and Cards. But, nope, not even a little. If Mavs-Spu ... More >>

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    October 9, 2006

    Lookin' for Space in All the Right Spaces

    Come this time, oh, December, the company that books the Nokia Theatre in Grand Prairie just might be runnin' this lil' ol' South Side honky-tonk. AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. Really--that's precisely what it says on the company's Web site. And I don't ... More >>

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    August 30, 2006

    Anyone Need a Good Nelsoning?

    Don Nelson can get ya 50 wins, no sweat. Then it's off the bench and on to the beach, which is what happens when you got no defense. On Salon today, King Kaufman--a self-proclaimed "lapsed but still-sympathetic fan of the Golden State Warriors"--writes about former Dallas Mavericks head coach Don Ne ... More >>

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    July 5, 2006

    Of Nelsons Willie and Don

    The man will actually sing "Whiskey River" while changing your wiper blade and filling your tank. Willie Nelson and former Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson share more than just a thing for Hawaii; seems both are willing to bet a little bank on biodiesel fuel, damned hippies. In The New York Times t ... More >>

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    May 22, 2006

    Seventh Heaven

    As a player, Avery Johnson spurred the Mavs to win their Game 7 semifinal against the Kings in 2003. Can he do it as the team's head coach tonight? On May 17, 2003, the Dallas Mavericks were about to host the Sacramento Kings in Game 7 of the NBA's Western Conference Semifinals. In their American Ai ... More >>

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