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Rick Carlisle

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    February 14, 2012

    A Season (Or So) After Getting Booted From Rangers' Booth, Lewin's Now a Voice of the Mets

    ​Just dialed into Josh & Elf on The Fan (or, as they're billing it this a.m., "Two Jews and the Flu") to see if there'd be any mention of this morning's news out of New York, where Josh Lewin's been named to the New York Mets' radio broadcast team. But, nope, nothing so far; Mavs head coach Ri ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    No, Really, Mavs Fans. It'll Be OK. We Think.

    That sound you just heard? That was any and all illogically bloated expectations for the Mavericks' season hitting the ground with a thud. This isn't your typical championship defense. The Mavs made it clear in the off-season that they weren't content to merely bring back all of the components of ... More >>

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    November 28, 2011

    The NBA Lockout is (Almost) Over. Here's What the Mavs Need to Do Before Christmas Day.

    Editor's note: Rob Mahoney writes about the Mavericks on his ESPN-affiliated blog The Two Man Game and about basketball for The New York Times's Off the Dribble blog. Presumably his New York Times bio will henceforth note that he now writes about the Mavericks for Unfair Park. Hark: The NBA season ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    Why We Love Sports in America: 2011

    ​Since I'm out on vacation next week let me get to this Fourth of July tradition a little early: Happy Birthday, America. Our country turns the ripe old age of 235 on Monday. Between burgers and beers and bikinis, I'll make time this weekend remembering how friggin' fortunate we are to have a ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    Whitt's End: 6.17.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Jason Terry's voice is still hoarse from all the partying and cigars, but yet we're already peeking at 2012. Problem: The Mavs aren't a team built for the future, but rather the here-'n-now ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    Don't Look Now, But Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Won a Championship the Right Way

    ​Mark Cuban was fuming. His team had just blown a 23-point lead in a Game 4 loss to Portland in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Mavericks were two losses from another early-round exit, the likely firing of head coach Rick Carlisle and yet another in a seemingly endless re-shuffling of ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    The Time Is Now For the Last, and Best, Short Film About Your Dallas Mavericks' Fab Finals

    Tyson Chandler and the Original Number 6​Here, as promised, is the final "mini-movie" from the 2011 NBA Finals, which was just posted by The Association. Near the beginning you will find Ro Blackman, one "Mavericks legend" discussing another -- the Mavericks legend now, the German Moses who led hi ... More >>

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    June 8, 2011

    Dirk's Fever > Miami's Heat

    ​Fittingly, sitting courtside at American Airlines Center last night: Emmitt Smith. What he witnessed was perhaps Dallas-Fort Worth's gutsiest individual performance since, well, his own masterpiece 17 years ago. Yep, on a night when he fought a 101-degree fever, Dirk Nowitzki will ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Final Destinations: 2

    Mavericks revenge is a dish best served with Heat.

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    May 26, 2011

    Mavericks 4, Thunder 1: A Review of My Preview

    ​After last night's Game 5 door slammer against the OKC Thunder, your Mavericks are now 12-3 in the playoffs and awaiting an opponent in the NBA Finals. Not bad for a team that about 50 percent of prognosticators picked would lose to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round. I picke ... More >>

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    May 23, 2011

    Oklahoma City: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. Regrettably, I didn't go to the Oklahoma City National Museum, but apparently Jason Kidd did. Can't believe that tragedy was 16 years ago all the sudden. 9. Stayed in a hip, happening part of OKC called "Bricktown." Think of it as Dallas' West End, with a canal running through it. Part S ... More >>

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    May 20, 2011

    2011 NBA WEST FINALS GAME 2 -- Thunder 106, Mavericks 100: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. You knew the Thunder wouldn't be content to lose another game of one-on-one with Dirk Nowitzki. They fronted him in the post. They doubled him. They held him to 29 points. Nick Collison, touche. And, you're right, that's something I thought I'd never type. 9. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle is ... More >>

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    May 19, 2011

    The Greatest Individual Playoff Performance in the History of Dallas-Fort Worth Sports. Is Dirk's Dominant?

    ​The Mavs can play better than they did in Game 1 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals. For the first time in the playoffs they allowed 100 points, 112 to be exact. The Thunder grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and, according to Mavs' coach Rick Carlisle, corralled 13 of the game's 20 loose bal ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Erykah Badu to DJ Dallas Mavericks Playoff Pep Rally at South Side Music Hall on Saturday

    Drew WilliamsDJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, aka Erykah Badu.​The Little Mavericks sure have local basketball fans in a tizzy now that they're up two games to none on the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Playoff's Western Conference Semifinals. And even one Erykah Badu is getting in on the fun -- just mome ... More >>

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    April 20, 2011

    Mavericks 101, Blazers 89: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    The Game 2 Hero: Peja​10. When the Mavs play with emotion and efficiency, they are tough to beat. Last night the intensity was there courtesy of Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler and the spunky J.J. Barea. And so was the execution, to the tune of a franchise-record low six turnovers -- including ... More >>

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    April 18, 2011

    Mavericks 89, Blazers 81: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. After all the experts made the Mavs the sexy pick to be upset in the first round, what happens over the weekend? Every road team -- except the Blazers, that is -- either holds a 10-point lead or wins outright. Dallas' win wasn't pretty, but it sure got more attractive Sunday afterno ... More >>

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    March 18, 2011

    Whitt's End: 3.18.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Couple weeks ago I circled tonight's Mavs-Spurs game at American Airlines Center in anticipation. Now? No biggie. After dropping games it should've won to Memphis, New Orleans and Portland, ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    Sans Dirk Nowitzki and an Effective Jason Terry, Mavs Lose 99-93 to Spurs

    Sure, no Dirk hurt. But Terry's 3-for-16 shooting hurt much worse last night.​Two minutes and 13 seconds. That's all it took for the San Antonio Spurs to turn a two-point lead against the Dallas Mavericks into a 16-point lead with nearly nine minutes remaining in the second half. After Georg ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    No Carlisle, No Dirk, No Problem: Mavs Stay Hot With 103-93 Win Against Thunder

    Caron Butler hasn't been as productive as he was in Washington, but he's getting there.​Without their head coach and best player for most of the game, the Dallas Mavericks improved to 17-1 since November 20 with a 103-93 victory last night in Oklahoma City. Six Mavs chipped in with double-digit po ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Think I'm Nuts For Calling Mavs the NBA's Best? I've Got Your Power Rankings Right Here.

    ​After the Dallas Mavericks disposed of the Miami Heat for the second time last week, I boldly said they were the NBA's best team at the time. My opinion stood firm as they overcame 26 points and 23 rebounds from Dwight Howard to beat the Orlando Magic before taking a five-day break. One of the c ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Dirk Screws Up, Mavericks Lose

    Dirk vs. David? Ugh.​Love me some Dirk Nowitzki, the most underrated, under-appreciated athlete in the history of Dallas/Fort Worth sports. Behind him and his finesse game of around 25 points and 10 rebounds this season, the Mavs will win 50-55 games and make the NBA's Western Conferen ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Dallas Mavericks Pick a Really Bad Night to Start the 2010-11 Season

    ​Poor Mark Cuban. With his billions and success, seems weird to type that. But think of his plight: In August he came this close to buying the Texas Rangers. Now not only are those same Rangers on the verge of winning the World Series, they're taking a big steamy, stinky one on his Dallas Ma ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    The Mavericks Need to Sign Dirk Nowitzki and ...

    Joe Johnson​The Dallas Mavericks will re-sign Dirk Nowitzki. General manager Donnie Nelson is flying to Germany as we speak to make sure of it, with a plan to be on Dirk's doorstep at 11:01 tonight when NBA free agency commences. But a couple of developments have me thinking that might be ... More >>

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    April 27, 2010

    Mavs-Spurs: Irrationally Optimistic Game 5 Preview

    ​Thank you Jason Terry for acknowledging what a lot of us have been yelling out our TV screens the last two games: To play better, the Dallas Mavericks must play faster. Here's hoping head coach Rick Carlisle and point guard Jason Kidd get the message. Before it's too late. Down 3-1 in t ... More >>

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    March 26, 2010

    Whitt's End: 3.26.10

    ​Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *While Donovan McNabb is dangled by the Philadelphia Eagles and Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers conveniently avoids talking to the police about possible rape charges, isn't it nice th ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Ron Washington Still Has His Job. I Know, I Can't Believe it Either.

    ​Take a bow Wade Phillips, Rick Carlisle and Marc Crawford, for you toil away at your head-coaching job ... without the use of cocaine. Amazingly, the same cannot be said for Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington. Let me get this out of the way right up front: Washington should have ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Gentlemen, Start Your ... 7-10 Splits?

    ​For those of you - both of you - not consumed by Cowboys-Eagles this weekend, NASCAR comes to town in the form of the Dickie's 500 Sunday at.Texas Motor Speedway. Driving. Racing. Wreckin'. Watching. Drinking. Eating. Bowling? It's the events surrounding the race that actually make NASC ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    The Best 12 Minutes Ever By a Dallas Maverick. Take a Bow, Dirk Nowitzki.

    ​I remember watching Mark Aguirre go off on the Denver Nuggets in March of 1984. In scoring 24 points in a quarter, the ball just seem to magically, directly commute from hand to hoop. He launched a wing jumper and you knew it was going in. Measured. Smooth. Beautiful. Nothing, in other words ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Happy Basketball! Do You Believe in These Dallas Mavericks?

    Dirk looks excited about the season. You?​Last time we saw our Dallas Mavericks it wasn't pretty was ugly. Jason Terry was flopping (only 15 points per game), the defense was floundering (surrendering 115 per game) and owner Mark Cuban was flapping (his gums at Kenyon Martin's mom) in ... More >>

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    September 17, 2009

    Boxing's Worst Nightmare Comes to Dallas

    ​Okay, I'm sucked in. Not to the point of eating Creatine cupcakes, stocking my closet with Affliction T-shirts and putting Newy Scruggs in an arm bar, but I'm intrigued enough by the sport of Mixed Martial Arts that I'm journeying to American Airlines Center Saturday night for UFC 103. ... More >>

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    July 2, 2009
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    May 14, 2009
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    May 14, 2009

    Mavericks-Nuggets: A Requiem in 5 Predictable Parts

    No Jason Terry. No Gatorade dump. Hindsight, they say, is 20/20. Sometimes, unfortunately, so is foresight. On Friday, May 1 I picked the Denver Nuggets to eliminate the Dallas Mavericks in five games. Last night it came to pass, in the form of Nuggets 124, Mavs 110. Dirk Nowitzki was as grit ... More >>

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    May 13, 2009

    Mavs-Nuggets: Irrationally Optimistic Game 5 Preview

    Stay classy, Kenyon Martin's girlfriend. Stay classy.Let's keep this short and sweet, as I'm scurrying off to Las Vegas this morning to accept a CLIO Award. (No, check that, they're whispering in my ear that my schedule actually calls for an Observer staff meeting in Uptown.) Guess the a ... More >>

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    May 1, 2009

    Dallas v. Denver: Nuggets in 5

    I sincerely hope I'm wrong about this, but I have a feeling we're all about to get really pissed. Watching the most athletic - and by far the most animated and arrogant - team in the NBA knock the Dallas Mavericks out of the playoffs could be very painful. Get out your hate hats, Game ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    February 18, 2009

    Who Would You Trade Dirk For?

    A year ago tomorrow the Mavs pulled the trigger on their controversial blockbuster, sending Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks to the New Jersey Nets for Jason Kidd. Lookie who's in town tonight? It's those same Nets and a very different Harris, fresh off his All-Star appearance and a 41-p ... More >>

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    February 13, 2009

    Whitt's End: 2.13.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I know the Mavs have the NBA's longest sellout streak at 301 games, but the fans at American Airlines Center just don't get it. Thursday night's tense game with the Celtics was tied at 91 until Boston's P ... More >>

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    January 22, 2009

    Will Dirk Nowitzki Finish his Career as a Maverick?

    It's not exactly Calvin Watkins' expose in Dallas' Only Daily featuring five sources detailing the Cowboys' anarchy at Valley Ranch, but NBA.com's Art Garcia - formerly of your Fort Worth Star-Telegram - stirs your Mavericks' pot a bit this morning. Garcia writes that Dirk Nowitzki hasn't exactly "c ... More >>

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    January 9, 2009

    Your 2009 Dallas Mavericks: Mediocre? Morose? Magical?

    In between the few highlights of an entirely underwhelming college football championship game between what looked like two very average quarterbacks, I sneaked some peeks last night at your Dallas Mavericks. What'd I see? Another win, pushing their record to an impressive 22-13. Another un ... More >>

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    December 9, 2008

    Is Jose Juan Barea For Real?

    He just can't be. Can he? I was in the fifth row at American Airlines Center Saturday night and I still don't believe what I saw. Or heard. Either Criss Angel is playing some mind trick on me, or J.J. Barea may actually be an NBA player. Barea, all 5-foot-10ish, made slithery drive ... More >>

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    November 10, 2008

    Mav. Wrecks.

    No, no Avery. The Mavs are 2-4, not 1-4. Nice try. Wanna know how crappy the Dallas Mavericks were yesterday afternoon against the previously winless Clippers. This about sums it up: “We just couldn't get stops,” said Jason Kidd, “and we couldn't make any shots at the other end.” ... More >>

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    November 6, 2008

    All is Forgiven, Michael Finley

    Ah, the good ol' days? He played hard every night. Some nights – the 1-of-17 pratfall in Game 5 of the 2001 playoffs in San Antonio comes to mind – not too well, but always hard. And, with just a pinch of revisionist history turning all those fadeaway jumpers into aggressive drives to the ho ... More >>

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    October 31, 2008

    Take It Easy On Lupe. And: EARTHQUAKE!

    Sam Merten Still not sure what I’ll wear for Halloween, but I’ve ruled out this costume so far. The first sip: Happy Halloween -- and, speaking of, earthquakes in the DFW? Maybe Irving and Grand Prarie are going as Los Angeles this year. Me, I was thinking of dressing as Sheriff Lupe Valdez -- ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    October 14, 2008
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    August 26, 2008

    Bummer Summer

    I guess we're supposed to feel better about the Mavs because of him. Somehow, we don't. So our Dallas Mavericks officially re-signed Devean George yesterday. That goes in the positive category. I think? Two years ago the Mavs were an elite team coming off an NBA Finals appearance with the le ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    Clearance! Josh Howard Prepares to Restore his Rep

    Dude's reputation has taken a hit. Despite his horrible post-season and his humiliating pot statements, Mavericks forward Josh Howard is ready to show his face around town again. Fittingly, at a discounted rate. His stock and his image are at all-time lows. I won’t be able to attend th ... More >>

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    May 12, 2008
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