I suppose I'll start off with the most obvious bit of news this weekend. Allen Iverson has demanded a trade and according to this the Mavericks and Celtics are the front-runners to land him. I don't buy it.
Let me first just assume the Mavs are interested, a big assumption, a trade with Philly would be nearly impossible. Philadelphia isn't going to trade the face of their franchise for just expiring contracts like Croshere - they'll want talent, they'll want youth, and they'll want a nice draft pick or two as well. The Mavs don't have the draft picks so that pretty much leaves you with Josh Howard and Devin Harris as the only trade bait.
Josh and his new contract extension are off limits and Mark Cuban emailed Yahoo! to tell them "We wouldn't trade Devin."
Say the Mavs were willing to trade Harris for AI. They would need to add over 11 million in contracts for it to be allowed by the league office. A trade of Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, and DeSagana Diop would be allowed and is about the best Dallas could put together. Never mind the fact that offer could be beat by about 10 teams in the NBA; that leaves the Mavs without their sixth man and with DJ Mbenga as the backup center. All for what -- to gamble adding a superstar to a team already good enough to win it all. What's the point of that?
Adding Allen Iverson may or may not make the team better, but there is no point in finding out. Don't you remember the Antoine Walker experiment?
I like Allen Iverson, but I have no desire to see him in Dallas and I'm not worried about it happening.
Dallas tries to recover from the Detroit game tonight against Denver. The Nuggets played in Colorado last night and that's good for the Mavs. Bad for the Mavs is that Jerry Stackhouse will probably miss the game with a groin strain. It shouldn't matter though - Dallas has no reason to lose at home to Denver.
Sefko points out a stat that I had missed. Josh Howard has outshot Dirk the last two games. It doesn't sound like Avery wants to see that continue.
Dwain Price has an article on Carmelo Anthony. In case you haven't noticed, Anthony leads the league in points per game with 31.7 and has a field goal percentage over 50.
short Nuggets game preview by Sefko
Art Garcia points out some really ugly statistics from the last three games.
The offense has also been ragged. The Mavs averaged 90.3 points the past three games -- they topped 100 seven times during the 12-game winning streak -- and failed to shoot at least 42 percent against the Wizards and Pistons.
Jerry Stackhouse is apparently an amateur movie director.
It's not available for public viewing yet, though Stackhouse hopes to have the project ready for release soon.
Sefko has a pretty good article on the Mavs record against the better teams in the league - it's not good.
And finally JJT writes about the Mavs inconsistent defense.