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

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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 Clippers led by 15 early, but the Mavs -- as they can still do in the wake of Caron Butler and before an appearance by Peja Stojakovic -- got hot in the second half. Jason Terry scores a season-high 28, Tyson Chandler a season-high 21 and J.J. Barea took over parts of the game on his way to 25 and the Mavs on their way to a season-high. And it didn't hurt that coach Rick Carlisle got into an animated shouting match with the Clippers' Baron Davis.

But the game got interesting just as the high-flying Griffin -- a combo of Shawn Kemp/Karl Malone that I can't wait to see in the All-Star Slam Dunk contest -- blew past Haywood on the baseline and ...

Never really elevated because the Mavs' backup center jerked him down by his left arm. Wasn't really a dirty play, more a smart one.

Though the crowd came to watch Griffin slam, and the Clippers usually feed off those plays' energy, Haywood's move -- which drew a technical foul and left Griffin wincing in pain in his left arm -- is the kind of "not in my house" defensive mindset the Mavs have lacked for years.

Said Haywood, "On those type of plays he has to realize, 'All right, I got fouled, just throw it at the rim and come down. Protect yourself for the next play. Every play can't be a dunk-contest dunk."

Bravo.


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13 comments
luniz
luniz

props to Haywood. Way to be, big man. Go Mavs.

sportsradio observer
sportsradio observer

i am now 100% convinced 105.3 mgmt is trying to make richie look like a fool.1st they ran a rangers playoff promo with richie saying "for the 1st time in 4 yrs" the rangers are in the world series. clearly a gaffe and he meant 40, but they ran with that audio anyway.

now they're running a promo for him with audio of him basically saying blake griffin aint all that.meanwhile, blake griffin is shredding thru the association and setting rookie records.

memo to 105.3 mgmt:for the next promo, scrap the audio of the typewriter and play the benny hill theme

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I was getting tired of the Blake Griffin lovefest on FSSW. I had to check to make sure I was on the right channel, and sure enough it was Followill and Ortegal drooling all over Griffin. I know that Big Ben got the stomach surgery, did Skin get a visit from the hair doctor????

kergo
kergo

Mav's, meh, when do pitchers and catchers report? Stars, mmmmm, ehhhh, when does Boys training camp start? Is it going to be held in that armpit called San Antone'? So many questions. Scott's wig? Ahhhhhh, Is the deep south a toilet?

Answer: Yes, fear for your life.....white, black, man, woman-just run! The deep south is indeed a toilet.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Thanks for providing a summary of last nights game. What insight this is. Did you just copy/paste this from the AP. Your blog entries are worse than ever. Also, you are not getting any better at your radio gig either. How many times do you say "Greggo" on the air? At the end of every sentence you utter basically. It's become tiresome and I'm sure the Hammer is about sick of having you as an inadequate, inept radio partner. Ughhh, Dallas Observer---please get Merten here full-time or hire someone that cares and has just a smidge of actual talent please.

McDoom
McDoom

So still nothing about the Wells trade or the Napoli trade? No need to remain butthurt this long over the Rangers taking their ratings down the dial RW

P1Steven
P1Steven

JJ took over parts of the game? JJ CARRIED the Mavs in the first half.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

On the upside for Richie: Based on their ratings, only like 30 people heard it.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What, you don't like his hipster doofus do?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Be careful. You'll soon be chided for having your lips planted firmly on the Ticket's ass.

Ray Dio
Ray Dio

another example of his radio job impeding his writing job.this blog no longer covers radio ratings and texas rangers.sad.

also, noticed that the radio job talks less rangers and when he does its insinuating josh hamilton relapsed.again, sad. very sad.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I thought it was a joke at first. I guess I need to tune in to more Mavs games.

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