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Posted on: June 15, 2009 1:34 am
 

emg387

Ten Acid Deez Game Plan

Line up – Minutes

G: Michael Jordan – 38 min
G: Allen Iverson – 37 min
G/F: David Thompson - 30 min
F: Ben Wallace – 35 min
C: Arvydas Sabonis – 28 min

BE: Drazen Petrovic – 28 min (10 for Jordan, 11 for Iverson, 7 as third guard*)
BE: Mark Eaton – 22 min
BE: Connie Hawkins – 18 min (11 as SF, 7 as PF)
BE: Bob McAdoo – 6 min
BE: Calvin Murphy – 0 min

OFFENSIVE STRATEGY

We are still utilizing the three-guard attack, using the dribble-drive offense, in a 4 out offensive set, looking to keep the paint available for penetration from the pg, sg & sf positions.

Offensive set up

1) Jordan sets things up from the area between the top of the key and the wing, more so toward the top of the key
2) Iverson will be deep in the corner on the same side as Jordan

  • IF Jordan sees fit he will call for Iverson to get the ball and take Iverson’s spot

3) The 3 spot (Thompson/Hawkins) will be in the same area as Jordan starts from just on the opposite side of the basket, more so toward the wing, and a little further back off the 3 pt line

4) The 4 spot (Sabonis) will be same area as Iverson sets up (deep corner) just on the opposite side of the basket

  • the 3 and 4 spots can, and will, switch at times especially when Hawkins is in, this allow Sabonis touches to use his passing abilities

5) The 5 spot (Wallace/Eaton) will take the low block, high elbow or short corner(the spot between the low block and corner) on the opposite side of the basket that Iverson and Jordan will be on.

Jordan & Iverson

Just to make it clear Jordan will be the primary ball handler. Iverson will run things when Jordan is on the bench or when Jordan sees fit.

Iverson IS NOT A VOLUME SHOOTER ON THIS TEAM!! His duty on offense is to attack the paint, find the open man when doubled or when help defense comes over, and get to the freethrow line.

Wallace and Eaton

Right away, we are going to look to keep Dwight Howard Honest. We know he loves going for the shot block, so we will not look to draw him out of the paint. Rather we are going to put Wallace/Eaton on the “short corner” a lot and bait Howard on our drives to the basket. By having them in the “short corner” it will make it so Howard can not be in the paint without defensive 3 seconds being called. WE KNOW that these 2 are seen as players not needed to be guarded but YOU CAN NOT LEAVE THEM ALONE UNDERNEATH THE BASKET. When Howard comes out to shot block Jordan and Iverson are going to look to lob it or dump it down to one of those 2 (Eaton and his famous TIPPY-TOE dunk). After a couple of easy baskets, or fouls by Howard, that should keep him at bay, making him a little hesitant to jump out so quickly.

Sabonis

The biggest asset of Sabonis’ OFFENSIVE game that we want to Utilize is his passing. He can score but that not what we need from him. He can definitely not be left open ANYWHERE on the court. At times, when he switches to the 3 spot, we are going to benefit immensely from his court vision and ability to put the ball on the floor. We’d rather he average 10 assist than 10 points, as we have plenty of scorers.

Thompson & Hawkins

No players the opposition has available can hold or slow down either of these 2. As the 3rd options their speed and athleticism will get them to the basket and get Howard & Nique in foul trouble (and POSTERIZED!).

Petrovic

Drazen Petrovic will be the lone back up guard this game. NEVER AT PG. He will have the green light to get his jump shot going.

When he is in as a 3rd Guard, this will be the lineup for 7 minutes.

G: Jordan
G: Iverson
G: Petrovic
F: Sabonis
C: Eaton

This will be Petro’s time. We will want to get him hot and see if he can get some quick points. Our plays will give him plenty of looks seeing that we have Iverson and Jordan driving the lane, Sabonis able to make the pass, and a 7’4 giant who can not be left open under the basket. So the space and opportunity will be there.

 

McAdoo Special unit (5-Out Offense)

G: Jordan
G: Iverson
F: Hawkins
F: McAdoo
C: Sabonis

1) Jordan at the top of the key, with the ball
2) Hawkins & McAdoo, will play play the corners
3) Iverson & Sabonis will take the wings

Its all about spacing all five players on the perimeter. All can not be left open. And some poor guy left alone on an Island to guard Michael Jordan, one-on-one with no help. Also a “give and go” for Jordan with either wing player, Iverson or Sabonis. If McAdoo’s or Hawkins’ man come over to help they will be open for the baseline jumper as well.

 

DEFENSIVE STRATEGY

Man-to-man

Jordan is the only option for guarding LeBron - ‘nuff said.

Thompson will guard Nique. Before we get all caught up in the “he’s too small” gaff lets really look at this. Thompson is definately 1 upping Nique on athleticism. Remember, at nearly 3 inches smaller he can still out leap Nique. Plus Nique will not be posting up, even in that case, that’s not Nique strength. Of course Nique will not be stopped but he will not man handle Thompson AT ALL.

Sabonis is on Bellamy and Big Ben Wallace will defend Howard. Sabonis will do fine on Bellamy, especially as Bellamy is not going to be looked toward much for offense. I also do NOT want to hear anything about Howard being too big or strong for Wallace (6’9 vs 6’10). Wallace will stay at home on Howard and not look to help a bunch. Wallace WILL force THE YOUNG Howard into a lot of turnovers.

Iverson will guard whoever else they choose to start. They all are taller but they all are perimeter players as well. So they can not take full advantage of the height discrepancy and post Iverson.

 

Special Man Zone Defense

C: Eaton
F: Wallace
G: Thompson
G: Iverson
G: Jordan

1) Jordan will stay manned up on Lebron

2) Eaton will Man whoever’s on the low block

3) Big Ben will man the middle, playing MAN zone, with the freedom to help as he sees fit

4) Iverson and Thompson will man the wings, playing MAN zone

The main objective is to catch them off guard, this “zone” will look like man-to-man defense. This is mainly designed for pick-n-rolls with LeBron &Howard, or whatever play comes down the middle, toward our great defender (Jordan, Wallace, Eaton). Secondly, this will allow Iverson and Thompson opportunities to shoot the gap and go for steals. I don’t want to see any of the crap about it being bad for Iverson to gamble. Iverson has led the league, AND is one of the ALL-TIME LEADERS IN STEALS. He accomplished this by “gambling”, more appropriately “SHOOTING THE GAPS”, and hawking on the ball. With 3 of the greatest defenders ALL-TIME (Jordan, Wallace, Eaton) on the floor, MANNING THE MIDDLE, it gives Iverson ample opportunity to PLAY TO HIS STRENGTH.


Category: Olympic Games
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:09 pm
 

dnru

About a month ago I did a thread about the top 10 pg's in the NBA After further consideration, and more games played, I have an update.

I'll start at the bottom and work my way up. This is the old foggies area - Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Mike Bibby - they are pretty cemented as being top 10 so they are the bottom 3. The order is a different thing though. Offensively we know that Kidd falls to the wayside. On the FlipSide, his defense trumps all except Chris Paul. Nash Gets a lot of assist and is efficient in his shooting (50%fg, 94%ft, & 44%3pt). Bibby is more consistant meaning that on most nights his number are not far from his averages. So basically you cant go wrong with any order you put these three in. SInce I like BIbby better and consistency then he'll be 8th.

10. Nash
9. Kidd
8. Bibby

Alright, 7,6,and 5 will be the people that no one would have prediction to be in the top 10 - Devin Harris, Mo Williams and Rajon Rondo

 

1.) Chris Paul - no duh

2.) Rajon Rondo

3.) Mike Bibby

4.) Chauncey Billups

5.) Deron Williams

6.) Tony Parker

7.) Devin Harris

8.) Jason Kidd

9.) Mo Williams

10.) Steve Nash

 

 

 

Category: SPiN
Posted on: December 15, 2008 7:00 pm
 

Milwaukee Bucks Week 6 & 7 (2-0, 1-3) (3-3)

Its hard being a Bucks Fan...

They now stand at 10-15 and are 12th in the east, only better than Charlotte, Washington and Indiana

For the 1st week of December, the Bucks caught a much needed Lazy schedule and only had to play 2 games, both at home and both against beatable teams - AND THEY WON! Well I did not expect them to lose against the Bulls and Bobcats.

Last week the Bucks took a 3 game west coast road trip and got HAMMERED, losing to the Lakers, Suns and Warriors. Against the Lakers they had a good chance to steal a game. They were comming of of 2 solid wins and could have taken that momentum into LA; But they did NOT. The Lakers played poorly as well - this game was very sloppy. The Lakers did dramatically improve their shooting after the 1st half and the Bucks continued to build a mini ball park with all those bricks the laid.

Against the Suns, Shaq, once again, dominated? Yeah, his disdain for Scott Skiles takes 10 years off of his age. Shaq beat the drum known as the Milwaukee Bucks to the tune of: 35 points, on 14 of 19 shooting, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks all in 34 minutes.

Then the Bucks played the Warriors and got winded. I guess thats becoming a trend for theses back-to-back road games. In the Forth quarter the Warriors just poured it on and the Bucks enjoyed the oncourt seats.

So after getting a 2 day break, the Bucks were able to take care of business at home against the Pacers. Actually, the Bucks stuck their foot up the Pacers @$$. Four players scored 20+ for Milwaukee - Michael Redd lead with 27 pts, Charlie Villanueva dropped 26 pts, off the bench, Richard Jefferson had 20 pts and Andrew Bogut had 20 pts to go along with his 20 reb - yeah a dbl-dbl.

Tonight the Bucks are down in Miami to take on the Heat, who just got thumped by the Grizzlies yesterday. I can say with CONFIDENCE: the Bucks are a solid bet on taking out the Heat. I'm thinking 35 from Redd and 20 from Chuck V, Jefferson will get like 17 and Bogut will have like 17 rebounds... 101-95 Bucks.. ANY TAKERS?

I am thinking the Bucks will be a good sleeper team to Pick, the toughness of their schedule thus far is going unnoticed. Since last Sunday, against the Lakers, until Friday, against the Knicks, the Bucks are on a stretch where they will play 6 of 7 games on the road - with the one home game being against the Pacers last Saturday - which will give them 18 road games out of their first 28 this season! Therefore, if the can hang in there, they can make a late season push - they play 19 of their last 30 games at home.

Here's some Fun Facts

  • the Bucks are the LEAST valuable franchise at $278 Million
  • Only LeBron James and Shaq have scored over 30 points on the Bucks this season
  • the Bucks are 8-1 against teams at or below .500
  • The Bucks STILL lead the league in fouls per game with 25.64
Posted on: December 3, 2008 6:10 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2008 6:14 pm
 

Milwaukee Bucks: Week 5 (0-4)

(sigh) Winless for the week... 7-12 for the season... Last place in the division... only better than the Wizards and Bobcats in the east.... (Sigh)

I can Hardly beleive the Bucks were not able to eek out at least 1 win. I will not beat up on my team though because, the truth is, there is a lot of upside to this Bucks team. We can not deny the impact of the injury to Michael Redd(who returned saturday against the Cavs); the adjusting to a new system under a new coach, Scott Skiles; and the 3 games Andrew Bogut has missed last week, hopefully he will return tonight against the Bulls). All this is compounded with the rather ruthless schedule thus far like: 4 game weeks all of November, playing 10 of 17 games on the road, and a 4 game road trip that ended with a back-to-back with later being a home game against the LeBrons Cavaliers. Excuses, excuses, excuses... Well the schedule will get a tad bit lighter and at least the Bucks will get to play consecutive games at home.

Mil @ Orl
Man this was a heart breaker. I was impressed with Andrew Bogut taking it to Dwight Howard scoring 16 point in the 1st half of play. I was thinking the rest of the crew would step up for the 2nd half but then Bogut went down as well as the Bucks chances for winning this game. Howard went on to pour on 20 second-half points, took over the boards and controled the paint for the duration of the game. Howard played free safety on Ramon Sessions and got to him every time he drove the paint in the second half - thus, 7 points on 3-14 shooting, but seesions did contribute 8 assist, 6 rebounds and 2 steals to circumvent his lack of scoring. We can through in that we already had not Luke Ridnour and no Michael Redd for the game too.

So we lost

Final 108-101

Mil @ ATL
Another possible win. Another attribute to the value of a 7-footer playing solid defense and rebounding the ball. No way does Al Horford go for 21 points,  9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals, if Bogut plays; But the the Hawks took advantage and fed the ball to the post heavily. Joe Johnson ran decoy all game atempting only 12 shots but dishing out 9 assist by handling the ball and drawing double teams. Mike Bibby hung around the 3 point line all game and when his defender went to help he knocked the shots down - 18 points, hitting four 3 pointers. Marvin WIlliams did the same except he was in the paint and was able to get to the free throw line 10 times and only miss once. Ronald "Flip" Murray ran around, like a chicken withhis head cut off, and put in 16 points.

Despite all that the Bucks still kept it close. Richard Jefferson dropped 25 points - but when you take 20 shots and get to the line 10 times thats kind of expected. Ramon Sessions also was a big contributor, while playing heavy minutes for a limited Ridnour, he dropped 21 points. Charlie Villanueva 19 points were well appreciated.  What was not was his poor defense; I swear everytime Chuck took the bait on those double teams, which puzzles me because its not like he's going to block a shot. Dan Gadzuric earned some of the $6 mil that he's getting this year, and started for thte injured Bogut.

So the Bucks hung in there but did not have the muster to steal this on either...

Final 102-96

Mil @ Det
What a penalty for Allen Iverson not start against the Bucks for missing practice....

"We talkin' about Practice... Practice!, Not a game, not a game... Not a game, but PRAC-TICE"

Anyway, it wasn't like the Pistons were going to need him much. The Bucks are Andrew Bogut-less, Michael Redd-less, and starting a gimpy Luke Ridnour. So, this game was wachable, though, because Iverson did play; Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, and Tayshaun Prince played too; Richard Jefferson shot the ball a lot, got a great dunk, and Sessions drove the lane and made some sweet layups.

AND

DAN GADZURIC earned some of that $6mil he's getting this year and dropped 10 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, swatted 3 shots and was a perfect 4-4 from the freethow line in his 32 minutes of play!

too bad the Bucks lost

Final 107-97

Mil vs Cle
Coach Skiles choose the following starting lineup...

C - Gadzuric
PF - Villanueva
SF - RJ
SG - Sessions
PG - Ridnour

Charlie Bell and Andrew Bogut wer both out with injuries and Michael Redd made his return from his ankle injury. I can Imagine that Luc Richard Mbah a Moute did not start because Skile figured Redd would provide enough scoring from the bench. Thing is, Ben Wallace is going too punk Chuck V at the 4 spot (which he did) and it may have been better to bring in Chuck V against Anderson Varejao to draw some fouls and get to the line (Big Ben has never been foul prone).

The Bucks got Killed on the boards getting out rebounded 53-38. Zydrunas Ilgauskas dropped 23 points and grabbed SEVENTEEN ! (17) rebounds - another testiment to the void of having no Bogut leaves. I mean, Bogut is 6th in the league in rebounding with 10.9 per game. The Bucks never led at any point in this game. At Half time the Bucks were down by ten. Then at the end of the 3rd the got within 5 points. In the 4th they pulled within 2 point twice but anyway they lost.

Fan Story
The real sad thing about this HOME game is that they showed LeBron clips at the Bradley Center before the game started. Then when the Bucks were making a move in the forth quarter there was No cheering, No Rallying, No Chanting. IT WAS PATHETIC. It was nothing like the comeback game against the Wizards earlier this season. For that matter, its not even like what I remember from all the many many many times I went there from elementry to high school; From Terry Cummings and Alvin Robertson; to Todd Day and Eric Murdock; to Glen Robertson and Ray Allen (after that I moved from Milwaukee). I remember being there at the 2000 playoff when Reggie Miller broke out hearts and we lost game 5 at home (back when the 1st rd was only 5 game series); And next year, at game 6 of the ECF, when we pushed Allen Iverson and the 6ers to game 7.

Anyway, those teams equally sucked but we always cheered them on.

LOOKING FORWARD
Tonite we face the Bulls at Home and we need some "get back". They were able to pull one on us during te season opener but not this time. Plus they played last night and the Bucks had 3 days off - they should be able to run them out the Bradley center.The only other game this week is against the Bobcats Friday. The Bucks need these 2 badly becasue Sunday they start a 3 game West Coast Road Trip Starting with the Lakers, then the Suns  and Finihsing up with the Warriors.

Being optimistic the Bucks can use the momentum from the Bulls and Bobcats to possible steal 1 from the Lakers. If we have All our starters for this week we should get at least a 3 game winning streak going

 

Snap and Roll I'm outta control!!!!

Posted on: November 25, 2008 5:33 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2008 1:45 pm
 

Milwaukee Bucks week 4 (2-2) continued...

Since I did not get to fully complete my original post, instead of editing, I'll continue anew...

Mil @ Den
This has to be the worst game by the Bucks, thus far, in the season. I mean, Renaldo Balkman had 10 pts, 2 rebs, 4 blk, 2 stl, was 4-4 ft and 50% from the field in 20 minutes. No one on the Nuggets roster played over 29 minutes, no starter worth mentioning played more than 2 quarters. Good ol' Charlie Bell led the Bucks with 25 points.

I'm pretty sure that in the locker room at half time, when the Bucks wer losing 64-50, Coach Skiles said, "Ok guys, we will not hold them under 100 points, so we have no chance in hell. Charlie, Joe, Ramon this is going to be your half have fun." Then he rested RJ, Bogut, Mbah a Moute for the Jazz (which didnt help).

O yeah the Bucks Lost

Final 114-105

MIL @ UTA
SO... The first quarter the Bucks came out rusty and the Jazz too a 10 point lead after 1, 26-16. Second quarter the Bucks got their second wind and took a 2 point lead at half time, off of a 26-8 run at the end of the half. In the third quarter the Buck held on to the 2-point lead; but after 8 missed shots and 6 turnovers, Old Coach Jerry Sloan knew a winded bunch we he sees one. I guess, knowing that the previous night your opponet played in a mile high altitude help too.

The Jazz came out in the 4th running. Sloan Made frequent sustitutions and ran the Buck ragged for the last 12 minutes of the game. Utah took a 3 point lead with about 5 minutes to play and that was all she wrote. The Bucks only managed to score 8 more points, while the jazz piled on 16 points and got the "W".

Resting the player was a smart move by coach Skiles but with a shallow bench its only a band-aid on a gun shot wound.

Final 105-94

Mil vs NYK
I must say that the Bucks were happy to be playing a short-handed Knicks squad, who like to run. With only 8 players there was not much running and gunning by the Knicks. The Bucks were salivating like a volture over a dead carcass, they knew the Knicks were theirs for the devouring. Charlie Villanueva returned from a "hamstring injury" and was glad to play in his hometown, so he dropped 20 points in 13 minutes. No Buck played over 29 minutes, which means they'll were rested for the Bobcats.

 

Final  104-87

Mil @ Cha
Well, I had to turn away from this game and just kept checking every now and then. This was like watching a group of over-sized high school kids play an all-start game. Nonetheless, the Bucks did hold on for the win. Since there is nothing great, or even merely good, to talk about on this game, I'll mention some good facts.

Did you know

  • The Bucks are 1 of 2 teams that have played 16 games thus far
  • The Bucks are 5th in rebounding for (44.75)  and against (39) as a team
  • The Bucks have the 2nd hight rebound differential (5.75)
  • The Bucks are 5th in turnovers (16.56)
  • The Bucks are NUMBER 1 in fouls with 26.25 fouls per game
  • The Bucks have lost every game where the opposing team has scored over 100 points(except in OT)

Final 79-74

 

 

Posted on: November 24, 2008 2:00 pm
 

Milwaukee Bucks week 4 (2-2)

Again the Bucks have split their 4 games this week and stand at a 7-8 for the season. This week was tough with 3 of 4 games on the road and 3 of 4 teams above .500. Next week will be even tougher as the Bucks are on a 4 game road trip, that started saturday in Charlotte, followed by trips to Orlando(monday), Atlanta(wednesday) and Detroit(friday) and ends the week Saturday in Milwaukee against the Lebrons Cavs.

 

Posted on: November 18, 2008 1:10 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2008 1:11 pm
 

Milwaukee Bucks Week 3 (2-2)

This was a tough weak for the Bucks. Thtey had to face 3 of the top teams in the NBA (Cavaliers, Spurs and Celtics) along with a young upstarting Grizzlies team. SO completing the week 2-2 is pretty good. I am starting to see the strides the Bucks are making defensively. They held 3 of 4 teams under 100 pts last week and the 1 team that did get over 100 pts needed overtime. Therefore I will be letting up on Coach Skiles, players are starting to buy in his system and once Michael Redd is back, his consistant scoring will get the Bucks a nice win Streak going.

Next week is looking like it will be another 2-2 record. The Bucks face the Nuggets and Jazz on the road back-to-back, that will be tough. They finish up the week against the Knicks(at home) and Bobcats(on the road), those are two game they are likely to win. They also start a 4 game road-trip(only 2 home games the rest of this month.

These next 2 weeks the Bucks have there work cut out for them and will have to beat some very good teams if they do not want to fall more than 1 game under .500.

Mil @ Cle
This was a game that could have used the scoring punch of Redd. LeBron James went for 41 points on the Bucks. Despite that the game was pretty close. This is just an example that Richard Jefferson can not carry the scoring load (he had 19 points). I was surprised to see the major minutes went to Luke Ridnour, Skiles must love his defense. Bogut was a no show(only played 20 minutes) but you have to believe Coach Skiles rested him for Tim Duncan and the Spurs.

Milwaukee Lost

Final 99-93

Mil vs Sas
The Bucks showed remendous heart against a depleted Spurs team(no Tony Parker, no Manu Ginobili). Andrew Bogut clocked in 43 minutes, scored 10 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, along with, 4 assist and 3 steals. So I must say, it was a great move to rest him against the Cavs. The Bucks took this game over with 1 minute left in the 3rd, when they were trailing by 11. From there they went on a 21-2 run to take an 8 point lead. This is where the heart came in, for the remaining 4 minutes the Bucks held off the Spurs, who rode a 14 point onslaught by Tim Duncan, and got within 2 points.

Final 82-78

Mil @ Mem
This was a very odd ball game. Memphis came out firing with rookie O.J. Mayo, who had a great 1st half with 15 points. The Grizz also ended with 2 players over 20 points: Mayo with 25, Rudy Gay had 24(18 in the 4th and OT), and Marc Gasol was not far behind with 18 points. The Grizzlies could not win this game because the were bably out rebounded by the Bucks 62 to 36, who had 3 players with double digit rebounds: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute had 17, Bogut had 15 and RJ with 10.

The Grizz control the 1sy half very nicely but when the outside shots stopped falling, they had no other option. At the start of the 3rd quarter the Grizz were ahead 51-37 (14 points). Brick after brick, that was put up by the Grizz, the Bucks chipp away all quarter until it was tied at the end of the 3rd, 64 to 64. Then the Buck mount a 5 point lead with 5 minutes left in the game, only to commit 3 consecutive turnovers and need a Ramon Sessions 3 pointer, with 9 sec left, to send the game to overtime. THE BUCKS ALMOST GAVE THE GAME BACK!

Sigh... In overtime the Bucks hit 10 consecutive freethrows to seal the deal.

Final 101-96 OT

Mil vs Bos
One week after being demolished by the Cetics in Boaston the Bucks looked for revenge at the Bradley center in Milwaukee. The Bucks did jump out early in the 1st quarter but after a 12 to 11 point lead the never lead the game again in regulation. The Bucks did grind out to erase a 12 point 4th quarter deficit and send the game to overtime on a Ridnour last second layup; But in the end the Celtics were just too much, in this extremely physical game(62 total fouls, 9 techs).

Back-toback OT is never good.

Final 102-97 OT

I'll finish with some nice photos...

Category: NBA
Posted on: November 12, 2008 2:49 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2008 2:50 pm
 

Dallas: Any Other Night

   Last night the Mavericks played the Lakers and any other night, against any other team, you would have to believe they would have pulled this one off. The Mavs had 6 players in double figures. Eric Dampier had a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds, which accented Jason Kidd with his tripple-double - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assist.

So what went wrong?

     For starters, following a 60 point 1st half scoring output with a 39 point second half is eye popping. More importantly the Mav leading scorer had a horrible night, in the worst way. Most times great scorers find a way to get the ball in the bucket, or should I say, at least get to 18-20 points. Even if that not the case, the great leaders know how to take over in those closing moments of games to put opponents away, especially when they talk about their team lacking "fire".

    If your oblivious to the player I'm referring to, its Dirk Nowitzki, who put up 6th-man numbers in his 37 minutes of playing time - 14 pts on 5-17 shooting(29%), 8 reb, 1 ast, & 2 blk. Seemed like the only one who lacked "fire" last night was Dirk. The Mavs organization has been adding and subracting players around Nowitzki for 10 year now. It seems as if he may be the rotten apple in the bunch. Against the Cavaliers Dirk only scorede 8 point on 3 of 11 shooting. I think Dirk's happiness if gaged by his touches and field goal attempts. Nonetheless, there is a serious chemical imbalance on this Mavericks squad - Coach Carlisle may not be araound for long, because we all know that Dirk is Mavs owner Mark Cuban's "Cash Cow".

 
 
 
 
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