I really wish Dirk's 44 point performance was the story this morning, but it's not -- at all. Jason Terry broke the fouth metacarpal on his left (non-shooting) hand. He's having it reexamined today, but for now there is no timetable for a return. Earlier this season, Carmelo Anthony broke the third metacarpal on his shooting hand and missed three weeks. I have no idea if the injuries are really comparable though.
I also have no idea what to expect without Terry. He never misses games. He's played every game but one since the 06/07 season. And he only missed that game because Avery was resting players before the postseason. Dallas lost the game by the way, 89-104 against Utah.
We'll definitely be seeing more JJ Barea, and we have to hope he plays like he did last night. Despite the Kidd love-fest on the Mavs postgame show, I thought Barea (20 points, 6 assists) was easily the Mavs second best player yesterday. Who else will see more minutes? Green? Carroll? George? *Gulp*, Stackhouse? I don't know. Carlisle probably doesn't know yet either.
"They're making decisions, and I'm staying with it. I could be here complaining and moaning and griping every day. I choose to still smile. I don't want to do anything to jeopardize my future. I don't want to get a bad rep, saying I have a bad attitude. That's never been me. And I've always had problems [getting to play]."
Moore has a random article looking at players whose names keep coming up in trade rumors.
Dirk had 14 points in overtime, and until Ben Gordon hit a meaningless three at the buzzer so did the entire Bulls roster.
Check out this quote about Dirk from Joakim Noah.
1996 Jason Kidd had a 20-20 with 20 points and 25 assists. It was the 12th time a Mavs player had a 20-20, the only 20-20 with assists, and the only time Kidd had a 20-20 with Dallas. 25 assists is the most in team history. It was only time a Mavs player had 20+ assists and the 7th of 17 times Kidd had 15+ assists with Dallas.