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Tuesday Mavs Donuts: Trade Rumors, Guns, Pistons... |
The Pistons are in Big D tonight and they come bumbling into town. Detroit is 11-21, the club has lost nine straight, most of the losses have been to have-nots, and when they are faced with a real challenge ... like, say, a road game ... they collapse. The Pistons are 3-13 on the road.

Pistons' tough Texas trip begins vs. Mavericks | Detroit Pistons - -
"He's an All-Star performer, and we've got our hands full with him," Kuester said. "We've got to make sure we contest all of his shots and make his catches very difficult, too, and move him out of his sweet spot. He's somebody that presents a tremendous amount of problems because he's so tall and he's able to put the ball on the floor. We'll have a number of people on him." Rookie forward Jonas Jerebko, who recently moved back to power forward after starting at small forward for most of the season, is one of those players.

Dallas Mavericks learn hard lesson after bruising in LA | Eddie Sefko - DMN
"When we tend to not make shots, we used to not play any defense, either," Jason Kidd said. "And that's what happened again [against the Lakers]. We stopped playing defense. We got to get back to doing it the right way." The Mavericks' utter inactivity on defense was a big part of why the 131-96 beatdown happened.

Mark Cuban's decade as Dallas Mavericks owner has been anything but boring \ ESPN Dallas
"I'm thinking, 'Ohhhh, no! That dude!'" Nowitzki recalled a decade later. "I knew right away who it was: the guy from the front row who is always killing Steve when he was subbing in and always had words for the bench. He was like a really involved fan, so I thought, 'This is going to be an experience.'"

NBA Basketball Power Rankings | ESPN
6 (7) Mavericks 23-11 -- This Power Rankings Monday also marks the 10-year anniversary of Cuban's agreement to buy the Mavs. We're granting an anniversary wish by pretending we didn't see that uncharacteristic road no-show in L.A.

NBA Hit List power ranking, 1.5 | Dime Magazine
5. Dallas Mavericks (23-11) Last week: Lost at Houston; won at Sacramento; lost at L.A. Lakers. It wasn’t so long ago that Pistons-Spurs-Jazz-Lakers would be considered a murderously cruel stretch of schedule. It’s still tough nowadays, but not that bad. We could see the Mavs going 3-1.

Struggling Jazz could face roster shakeup | Yahoo! Sports
Discussions for a trade that would’ve exchanged Eduardo Najera(notes) for Kris Humphries(notes) and Shawne Williams(notes) are "on life support," a league source said, because the New Jersey Nets have been unable to clear a roster spot to make it happen