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Mavs 124, Nuggets 117
#41
(01-08-2021, 11:13 PM)mavsluvr Wrote: https://twitter.com/townbrad/status/1347...53888?s=20
So wait 10 days or two negative tests 24 hours apart, but what if they wait 10 days and still test positive? Allegedly you are only contagious for five days, but do the players then carry on while still officially being ill, even if asymptomatic? I believe Paolo Dybala from Juventus tested positive for three straight months before returning a negative test.


#42
Cato had an interesting take about late game O (see below) that I thought was pretty good.  I will say that if Maxi hadn't hit that clutch shot with seconds left we'd have a lot to wring our hands over (but he did hit that shot).  Game of inches.


"They unveiled an offense in the final five minutes that looked suspiciously like the one we usually see in the first 43. I might even dare say it was the same one, not the bastardized version that moved slower with less purpose seen so often late in games last season. In overtime, Luka Doncic even iced the game with a 2-point jumper, a rare mid-range attempt that circumstantially made every bit of sense. It worked; Dallas went up five points with 33 seconds remaining and won 124-117.

It feels like a cruel calendar prank, but the season only began two-and-a-half weeks ago. After the team’s season-opening defeat to Phoenix, I wrote this:

It’s not just that the problems from last season haven’t been fixed, but that they look unchanged. There’s that same offense, which looks as modern as an astronaut in a spacesuit only for its oxygen to get cut every time the fourth-quarter clock reaches five minutes. There’s the rebounding battle being lost again, including, crucially, on a decisive defensive possession where a missed 3-pointer’s long bounce ended up in Phoenix’s hands. There’s Luka Doncic, huffing during timeouts and hanging out with the referees more than his defensive assignments, still marvelous at basketball but not necessarily showing signs of growth. We were sympathetic when he looked like this four months into last season, worn down by hard fouls and constant expectations, but now he’s had four months off. And we’re still sympathetic, of course, because this team still doesn’t have much creativity around him. This was a game where every starter looked alright, but none looked particularly good.


This game is the inverse, then: an overtime victory against a potential playoff opponent that exhibited real growth in every single area mentioned. The clutch offense? Check. The rebounding battle? Denver had three more, sure, but Dallas grabbed them when needed. Doncic? Well, he scored 38 points on 22 shots with nine rebounds and 13 assists. You tell me. The starters around him? They’ve changed to include Maxi Kleber and Willie Cauley-Stein, who both played incredibly well along with fellow starter Dorian Finney-Smith. Sure, this win came against a Nuggets team that’s down bad right now and missing Michael Porter Jr., but the Mavericks remain without Kristaps Porzingis, an even more significant absence that didn’t faze them Thursday.
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#43
(01-08-2021, 03:28 PM)KillerLeft Wrote: It's a valid question, and I can better see where you're coming from now, thanks.

I think the decision to run Boban out was based on two factors:

1) the first half offense was TERRIBLE. In theory, when the offense is disjointed to such an extreme, that's the exact scenario where the "Boban button" should get pushed. I was less than thrilled with the results last night, but this tactic has helped the team in the past, so I thought the initial decision to play him was valid.

2) I'm assuming that the reason he played AGAIN in this 3rd quarter (and a third time in the 4th????) was because Carlisle felt he had no choice. Powell and Johnson were both pretty bad in the first half themselves, I think, and someone has to go out there and play center while Willie sits. I suppose that in a sense, when Carlisle decided that getting killed by ball movement with Boban out there was preferable to getting killed inside with Powell out there, that supports your point. 

Incidentally, Powell came back in and had a good stretch to end the third (this was when the Mavs got back into the game) and Johnson gave them a nice couple of minutes in the 4th, so I'm not sure playing Boban (the 2nd time, in the 3rd quarter) was the lesser of two evils, after all.
Good thoughts, thanks.


#44
(01-09-2021, 12:24 PM)DanSchwartzman Wrote: Cato had an interesting take about late game O (see below) that I thought was pretty good.  I will say that if Maxi hadn't hit that clutch shot with seconds left we'd have a lot to wring our hands over (but he did hit that shot).  Game of inches.


"They unveiled an offense in the final five minutes that looked suspiciously like the one we usually see in the first 43. I might even dare say it was the same one, not the bastardized version that moved slower with less purpose seen so often late in games last season. In overtime, Luka Doncic even iced the game with a 2-point jumper, a rare mid-range attempt that circumstantially made every bit of sense. It worked; Dallas went up five points with 33 seconds remaining and won 124-117.

It feels like a cruel calendar prank, but the season only began two-and-a-half weeks ago. After the team’s season-opening defeat to Phoenix, I wrote this:

It’s not just that the problems from last season haven’t been fixed, but that they look unchanged. There’s that same offense, which looks as modern as an astronaut in a spacesuit only for its oxygen to get cut every time the fourth-quarter clock reaches five minutes. There’s the rebounding battle being lost again, including, crucially, on a decisive defensive possession where a missed 3-pointer’s long bounce ended up in Phoenix’s hands. There’s Luka Doncic, huffing during timeouts and hanging out with the referees more than his defensive assignments, still marvelous at basketball but not necessarily showing signs of growth. We were sympathetic when he looked like this four months into last season, worn down by hard fouls and constant expectations, but now he’s had four months off. And we’re still sympathetic, of course, because this team still doesn’t have much creativity around him. This was a game where every starter looked alright, but none looked particularly good.


This game is the inverse, then: an overtime victory against a potential playoff opponent that exhibited real growth in every single area mentioned. The clutch offense? Check. The rebounding battle? Denver had three more, sure, but Dallas grabbed them when needed. Doncic? Well, he scored 38 points on 22 shots with nine rebounds and 13 assists. You tell me. The starters around him? They’ve changed to include Maxi Kleber and Willie Cauley-Stein, who both played incredibly well along with fellow starter Dorian Finney-Smith. Sure, this win came against a Nuggets team that’s down bad right now and missing Michael Porter Jr., but the Mavericks remain without Kristaps Porzingis, an even more significant absence that didn’t faze them Thursday.
Agree that the narrative would likely change greatly if Maxi hadn't made that shot. 

Having said that, I was very encouraged by the Mavs' being able to hang in there at the end.


  


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