The Mavericks game is in the books, another L for the Wizards. There will be game blogs, recaps, etc. posted soon…..but until then, the guys at Dallas Dedicated, an all encompassing Dallas sports blog, agreed to be part of a Q&A session. Their answers about the Mavericks are below, I’ll update this post with a link once my answers about the Wizards are posted over there.
1) How’s the Rick Carlisle era going? Do you miss Avery Johnson? Do you think the Lil’ General would be a good fit for the Wizards?
The beginning of the season was more of an adjustment period; once the team got used to his system, the better performances came (13-4 in the last 17, including tonight). To be honest, Avery isn’t too missed. It didn’t make too much sense to us, though, that both Johnson and Devin Harris were gotten rid of. They couldn’t coexist with each other, but instead of getting rid of one and keeping the other, both were replaced. Avery would be a help to Washington, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He has an ability to relate to the players given his young age, yet still be able to coach and improve them.
2) Josh Howard, trade him or keep him?
We say keep, and we say that for two reasons. First, and more optimistically, we think Howard can still perform at an All-Star level–he needs to stay healthy. In last season’s playoffs he played poorly, which began the calls for him to be traded, but people forget that it was only an isolated time of bad play. Secondly, with all his off the court issues of late, his trade value has decreased below his value. If the Mavs wanted to trade him, they wouldn’t receive the compensation that a trading a player of his caliber deserves.
3) The Mavs are currently a 1/2 game behind Phoenix for the 8th playoff spot. Other stats from KnickerBlogger.net indicate that Dallas is a middle-of-the-pack team (ranked 10th in pace, 16th in offensive efficiency, 12th in defensive efficiency) — so what do the Mavs need to do to boost themselves to a championship contender….make a move or simply do _____ better?
The front office needs to take a step back and not make any rash decisions right now. However, the team has a couple of needs. One, the Mavs have no shooter. Terry is about the only solid long range shooter; there is no other spot up threat. Two, the Mavs could improve on interior scoring. This can be solved more internally, either by the continual improvement of Brandon Bass, or getting Eric Dampier more involved on offense.
4) Which Mavs player so far is the: biggest disappointment and biggest surprise?
Biggest disappointment: Jerry Stackhouse. After a terrible stretch at the beginning of the season, he has basically become a sitting duck on the end of the bench. He could be moving on very soon.
Biggest Surprise: JJ Barea. Essentially, this guy has come from nowhere. Last year he was a mere last resort. Over the summer, the Mavs tried to bring in a backup point guard but nothing panned out. Then, all of a sudden, Barea had four games in a row with more than 15 points, and has quickly erased the doubts that the coaching staff had in him.
5) ________ deserves more minutes.
Gerald Green and Brandon Bass
6) This will be a disappointing season if the Dallas Mavericks do not make it to ____________.
Thanks again to the guys at Dallas Dedicated.
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