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Rick Carlisle defends choice not to play Beaubois, because everyone else was so good

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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle went with what he trusted over what had worked for key stretches of game six against the Spurs, and for the series. Rodrigue Beaubois sat for five games, and when he did get meaningful minutes in game six — and played well — he still sat in the fourth quarter. It didn’t work. Dallas is fishing, or golfing, or whatever summer analogy you wish to go with.

When things go wrong, the coach gets second guessed. But let’s give the man some credit — Carlisle went on ESPN Radio in Dallas, took the criticism and defended his decisions.

Look, when you lose, there are no right decisions and that’s something that I accept with this position and being the head coach of this team.  The decision to go with Jason Terry to me was the right decision because here is a guy that has been a fourth quarter producer in a big way for this franchise for a long time.  I believe he earned the right to be out there.  In game four, he scored 13 points in the fourth quarter which kept us in the game and got us to within two.  He got in there, we played fairly well, and stayed right there.  Then when it slipped away a little bit it was late in the quarter and that’s when I went with Roddy.  Look, looking back, when you lose, it’s not gonna be the right decision and I accept that…

“He was our third point guard on the depth chart behind (Jason) Kidd and (J.J.) Barea.  Barea had been by far the most effective point guard.  Don’t forget in games three and four, Barea played at a high level.  Scored 14 points in game three and was an impact player and by the way was a guy that probably won the series for us last year against those guys.  Roddy is the third two guard behind Butler and (Jason) Terry.  You had to find the right situation to play him and I had told him ‘hey, be ready.’  If we need a spark, if we need some energy, dah dah dah dah dah dah, that’s exactly what happened.  It’s an easy argument to make, but you have some veteran guys who have carried the weight for your team and have proven they can do it in the playoffs through the years.  That’s kinda where it’s at.  There are finite number of minutes and only a certain number of players.  Now, his performance last night may well change the thinking of the club going forward, but at present the dynamics of the team and the roster are such that I’m telling you what my thinking was and making a point that it’s easier said than done.  I’m agreeing that the second guess can easily be made.

Check out the whole interview. Carlisle defends the play of Kidd, the play of Nowitzki (who doesn’t really need defending, he was the least of Dallas’ problems).

You get the feeling next year, the allotted minutes among Dallas guards will be different.

Quote of the day, Brooklyn Decker's job is safe

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“Definitely, my modeling career is going to be postponed.”

–San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili, on the broken nose he is playing though this series. (via the San Antonio Express News)

Erick Dampier, did you think David Stern was kidding about the referee criticism?

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Congratulations Erick Dampier, you’re the next contestant on the “pay $35,000 game show.”

After the Mavericks lost game three to the Spurs, he said to ESPN and anyone else that would listen:

“When we play defense we’re under a magnifying glass,” said Dampier. “But when we’re on offense, there’s no magnifying glass.”

David Stern said the crackdowns would continue, and he is nothing if not a man of his word. Today Dampier was fined $35,000 by the league for his comments.

We’re barely a week into the playoffs. Wonder who else is going to be our next contestant in the game David Stern always wins.

Would the Spurs break up the big three and trade Tony Parker?


NBA_Parker.jpgNext season, Tony Parker could be used as a $13.5 million expiring contract.

Or, you could use him as one of the best, most experienced scoring point guards in the game.

Logic might suggest the latter, Parker is part of The Big Three in San Antonio. A good team that looks very spry as of today. But people are asking the question, like Buck Harvey of the San Antonio News Express (via Ben Maller).

So here’s the decision the Spurs will face this summer: Moving Parker might make sense, because George Hill is cheaper and younger.

But can the Spurs find equal value? The Spurs could use a shotblocker, or a more versatile big man, but would he mean more than what Parker has been and is?

If you are trading Tony Parker, you are saying the window is closed. No more titles in this era. Done, time to rebuild. (Unless Isiah Thomas is given another franchise to run, in which case maybe there is a steal to be had, but that’s not very likely.)

It’s a small sample size, but based on last night they shouldn’t throw in the towel just yet. This is a team that still won 50 games despite a host of injuries and trying to work in a new key player into the rotation. This is a team that may find it hard to compete with the Lakers or Mavericks, and they are not up-and-comers like Oklahoma City or Portland. But they are not that far away from one more run at the top. It could happen.

It’s a little early to break up the Big Three and start planning for a new era. Not just yet.

NBA Playoffs: Suddenly those Spurs are back, and the Mavericks don't know what to do about it


Duncan_layup.jpgUh-oh. Those Spurs are back. The ones that have all those pretty little banners hanging up in the AT&T Center. The seemingly mistake free ones. For one night at least, those guys were back.

Tim Duncan was his cyborg-efficient self. Manu Ginobili continues to play like a man on fire. They defend but do not foul. They rebound well. They have some guy named Richard Jefferson who can drive the lane or knock down the wing jumper if you leave him open (and Dallas kept leaving him open). Their offense was simply efficient.

The Spurs were up 9-0 before anyone knew what happened. When Dallas did realize something was up, Dirk Nowitzki was on the bench with two fouls (a problem he spent much of the night battling). The Spurs could not seem to miss and pulled away to a 102-88 with that evens the series, which now heads back to San Antonio.

Nowitzki was a key part of the story (as he always is). In game one he made it look effortless and was 12 of 14 shooting, he was as hot as he can be. In game two he balanced things out by shooting worse than normal, 9 of 24. That is 24 shots to get 24 points. When your star does that — whether it be Dirk or Duncan or Kobe or Wade or… — the only way you get the win is a lot of help.

He didn’t get a lot. Caron Butler was the only other starter in double digits, but he needed 17 shots to get his 17 points. Not efficient. Jason Terry had a good game (and led the Mavs with 27 points) and hit 9 of his 19. But Jason Kidd was 1 of 7, Shawn Marion 2 of 7. None of it pretty, some of it due to good Spurs halfcourt defense.

A lot of it due to the Spurs only having 8 turnovers, limiting the easy transition buckets for the Mavericks and slowing the pace of this game way down.

Meanwhile, the Spurs were very efficient shooters — Duncan was 11 of 19, Jefferson 7 of 12, Ginobili 8 of 13, the entire team 8 of 15 from three. They were hitting the shots.

And they never let that early lead go, they kept growing it, all the way to 20 at one points. Then a 12-0 Mavs run in the fourth made it interesting for a moment, but these were those Spurs, the ones of old. They have seen a thousand of these runs, they do not get scared or flustered. They just kept hitting shots, kept doing what they do and doing it efficiently. They kept defending.

The Mavericks needed in game two — will need in San Antonio — some spark, some fire. May we recommend Rodrigue Beaubois, who sat out for a second straight game at the discretion of coach Rick Carlisle. That guy is a walking, talking ball of energy on the court. Dallas could have used that.

Coming into this series, the one thing the Mavericks showed was a professional, confident, steady locker room demeanor. They walked and talked like a team ready to make the big step forward. Now they are being tested in that belief. We know how the Spurs are going to react, they have those pretty little banners, they are the veterans of a thousand campaigns. But the Mavericks, are they only confident after beating the Clippers at the end of a long regular season? Or was that confidence real, this game being the outlier?

Tune in Friday and find out.