Blazers 97, Mavericks 92: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. As we suspected, Portland's team is pretty salty. But their fans suck. Booing Mark Cuban is cool. Throwing shit at him is lame.

9. The Mavs are the NBA's best road team the last two regular seasons, but they're now 2-14 in their last 16 playoffs games away from the American Airlines Center. Go figure.

8. I witnessed Dennis Rodman shoot consecutive air balls from the foul line at Reunion Arena and Three J's Era center Lorenzo Williams was atrocious, but I think Brendan Haywood is the worst free-throw shooter in Mavs history. Two of 6 last night actually improved his series percentage, his shot has the touch of a bowling ball, and doesn't he always seem to miss way right?

7. Critics who claim the Mavs are going nowhere fast because they're too soft got more ammunition at a key point last night. Trailing 87-77 with 7:30 to play, the Mavs took a Blazers turnover and headed on a 3-on-1 fast break. That needs to be a finish at the rim, preferably an and-one dunk. Instead, Dirk Nowitzki wound up taking and missing an 8-foot banker. At the other end, Tyson Chandler fouled out of the game scrambling on defense. Without him, no chance. I'll repeat: The thing that I most fear in this series is foul trouble for Chandler. Last night he was a non-factor in 15 minutes.

6. Don't have this confirmed, but I heard that before Game 2, The Who's Pete Townshend actually contacted Cuban about the use of "Eminence Front" as part of the Mavs' long-standing pre-game introductions. I think Townshend wanted money. The song played as scheduled. Developing? UPDATE: Cuban tells me via email it never happened. "I don't know what idiot invented that story but it's not true." Dangit.

5. Not blaming the refs for last night, but there is something to the fact that after shooting a combined 30 free throws in Games 1 and 2, Dirk Nowitzki only attempted seven in Game 3. Just sayin'.

4. Jason Kidd: 5 turnovers, 3 baskets. Knew his resurrection was too good to be true. If Dallas was counting on him, it was asking for trouble.

3. Shawn Marion, please stop hitting "snooze." The series has started. And you are very late.

2. Not sure how the refs missed -- even after a review? -- how Kidd's toe was behind the line on his 3-pointer-turned-deuce with 12 seconds remaining. Didn't change anything really, as the Mavs still would've fouled and Andre Miller made both free throws. It especially isn't an excuse. Dallas was done in by 10 missed free throws, five in the fourth quarter of a five-point loss.

1. Game 4 tomorrow at 4 p.m. Guaranteed Game 5 Monday night at AAC at 7:30.


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kergo
kergo

I "cain't" wait untilthis team moves to Sacremento or Seattle-meh?

Joey O'Hearn
Joey O'Hearn

Glad to see that you are not blaming the refs for this loss... Idk why the NBA only gives the officials like 3 angles to look at. And of those 3 angles, why was the most obvious one not an option. That being said, if you let the refs dictate the game you are bound to lose anyway. The Mavs did this to themselves last night, 13-23 from the free throw line in the game and "The Smartest Man In The Room" made the decision to keep J.J. Barrea in the entire fourth quarter. How do you expect to lock teams down on defense when you have Kidd Terry JJ and Dirk in the game the entire quarter??? Where was DeShawn at? Where was Marion? Let Dirk take over just like he had the previous 2 games and the other guys can shut Portland down on the other end. Portland was playing in a must win game last night and gave them everything they had and still it was the Mavs game to win. My panic meter is only at a 2 right now, but a game 4 loss will defiantly have it at a 7 or 8

Joey O'Hearn
Joey O'Hearn

Glad to see that you are not blaming the refs for this loss... Idk why the NBA only gives the officials like 3 angles to look at. And of those 3 angles, why was the most obvious one not an option. That being said, if you let the refs dictate the game you are bound to lose anyway. The Mavs did this to themselves last night, 13-23 from the free throw line in the game and "The Smartest Man In The Room" made the decision to keep J.J. Barrea in the entire fourth quarter. How do you expect to lock teams down on defense when you have Kidd Terry JJ and Dirk in the game the entire quarter??? Where was DeShawn at? Where was Marion? Let Dirk take over just like he had the previous 2 games and the other guys can shut Portland down on the other end. Portland was playing in a must win game last night and gave them everything they had and still it was the Mavs game to win. My panic meter is only at a 2 right now, but a game 4 loss will defiantly have it at a 7 or 8

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

#2 - It was close. If you were watching the local coverage, you would've heard Followill say that the refs don't have the luxury of seeing the play from all camera angles. But Followill is pals with The Ticket, so you and your ego probably watched TNT.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Ah, I wouldn't worry about the officiating. It's really bad in the playoffs for some reason. Even the #1 seeds seem to be getting a lot of bad calls. Doesn't make sense to me, but it strangely looks like the NBA is trying to make things competitive.

I don't understand the NBA at all. How else can you explain the fact that the Mavs will have played 4 games before the Spurs start their third? And why aren't the #1 seeds on national tv, they're playing more compelling basketball than the 2 and 4 seed series.

Nachoman
Nachoman

WTF does #6 have to do with the game last night?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Evan Grant just absolutely schooled you.

Back to our regularly scheduled program.

Just Me
Just Me

Probably because the league and the networks think that LA and Miami will get better ratings than San Antonio and Chicago. Follow the money.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

You new around here? If so, you'll soon see that most of his Observations have one or two points that have nothing to do with whatever he was watching.

Fake Jeff Francoeur
Fake Jeff Francoeur

Evan Grant needs to post a blog about how me and my American Leading 16 RBIs are coming into town to kick some Red Shoe'd Arse.

Gee, for 2.5m JD could have a productive outfielder with twice the arm of Julio's.

McDoom
McDoom

Jeff, as the great Craig Calcaterra pointed out this week, you had the near the same exact stats thru the first couple weeks of the season last year. Your stats will normalize soon enough. $2.5M for the Chris Davis of the OF? Thank goodness JD has a brain

Fake Jeff Francoeur
Fake Jeff Francoeur

JD's brain ain't holding any runners at third after a one hop liner to left center.

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