What the Sacramento Kings saidand the
after Rodrigue entered the Game.
Yes, they actually played that in the Arena.
Coach Rick Carlisle
(Ontopic) "Roddy was the flashes of brilliance but never any consistency player last year. Rodrigue is the new guy. I think he has matured. He got a lot of experience last year. He played over 700 minutes, which is a lot for a rookie to play. And he started 20 some-odd games, which is significant. And he got some playoff experience, which is a different animal and he had some success there. That gets you hungrier for more. This kid, I really think he wants to be more. I really think he’s not just a guy with natural ability. I think he really wants to be a special player, and he’s learned about what it takes in terms of work to get there. When he first got to this team, he'd hit the floor once or twice in practice, and it looked like you'd have to come over with a forklift to pick him up and put him on a stretcher. But he toughened up. That kind of stuff, veteran players get on you about it and you start to realize that, 'hey, if I'm going to be a player in this league, I can't have the opponent seeing me go down in a heap all the time. So he's come light years. And he's only been playing basketball six or seven years.''
(Yoda wants to know, why the Hype?) "I think one of the things that is so intriguing about this guy is that you don't know what to expect. He could jump in there and do some great things. He's certainly capable of that. But if you start expecting those things, then you get yourself in trouble. This is a time to be excited. I'm excited. But we're beginning a phase here. We want to make sure we're doing everything to help him do well.''
(On Rodrigue Beaubois) "I thought it was, all things considered, pretty solid. Predictably, there were some ups and downs, but the important thing was he was able to get involved. 21 minutes is good minutes for his first time back, and we were able to stagger it over three or four stretches of the game. A lot of positives."
(On Jason Kidd) "Kidd was great. Look, we got a bad start to the third quarter, they went on an 18-7 run or something like that, and he was the one that brought us back to life with his three-point shooting. He got the momentum back, and it sent the game back in our direction, so that was really important."
(On Beaubois' Impact on Kidd) "Jason will probably have fewer assists now if he's going to play with Roddy more, because it allows him to play off the ball, which allows him to be a different kind of playmaker, which is a positive for us."
(On the team's reaction to Beaubois' return) "I think everyone is excited about it. We’re playing a depleted opponent, too, which adds to that somewhat, but it was the right situation to bring him back, and it’s the beginning."
(On almost everyone contributing) "This team is built on a lot of pieces, a lot of important, valuable pieces. And the reality is most nights we’ll go nine deep, but we have the ability to go 12 deep. I don’t know if I envisioned eight guys in double-figures, but we wanted to win the game, but it’s always good when you can keep the minutes reasonable heading into a back-to-back, so those were positives."
(On the Woodchopper) "Haywood gave us a real lift offensively. LOL"
(On the return to the court) "It felt great. Just to be back with the team, because it’s been a long time. So, it’s a great feeling. Because it was the first one, I just wanted to be out there with the guys and enjoy it. I didn't have any expectations - just to enjoy it because I've been waiting for it for a long time. I think I'm ready to go."
(On his skills) "I need to use my energy, my speed. I need to use my speed to get in the paint and finish or find different guys. I need to keep working on it, but for sure I need to bring that to the game."
(On getting a standing ovation at entering the game) "That made me feel good, for sure. The fans showed me some love, and that’s always good. And I just want to keep working to show them that I appreciate it."
(On his foot) "The foot is good. I have to get my legs into it. The cardio is kind of tough."
(On his game) "I have to find my rhythm. I turned the ball over a couple of times. It’s normal when it’s been a long time. I need to find my rhythm back, for sure."
"Let me get off the Rim, i need to sit down and watch this Frenchy!"
(On Beaubois) "He did exactly what I thought he would do. He changed the tempo of the game with that young energy from the guard standpoint. It makes a big difference. It also made a big difference in why we were able to contain that big lead. It's that young energy that you just can't teach."
"Jason, with a G. Actually, 3G."
(On his 3Pointer barrage in the 3rd Quarter) "I just got lucky. Roddy and Dirk and those guys found me in my new position, so I just got lucky and made some shots tonight. I wanted to get the ball to Roddy to get him comfortable. The more he has the ball the sooner he can maybe get more minutes and get him a little bit more comfortable. I'm not going to beat him down the court, so get him going towards the basket and trail and spot up and stretch the defense. If I can do what I did tonight, hopefully that just makes it easier for him to get to the basket and then also for others guys to do what they do best. You see J.J. finding guys. It just makes the game so much fun and easy for everybody."
(On Beaubois) "He's going to get us a lot of wide-open looks. The big thing is just for him to get more minutes and to get more comfortable."
(On Phoenix next) "Now the test is to bounce back tomorrow but build on it and have an even better performance."
"Gimma that, you really wouldn't need it anyway..."
(On Kidd's third quarter) "He was on fire. I was like, ‘Is that thing wet, J-Kidd?’ He kept shooting that thing and it kept going in. So, I was like, ‘Keep shooting that thing, baby.’ He was 6-for-7 from the 3-point line and that’s tough."
(On sharing on Offense) "We’re a talented team and we just keep helping each other. And that’s basically what it boils down to, just keep sharing the wealth."
(On returning to Phoenix next) "Phoenix, they’re a talented team. They’ve got a lot of weapons on their team. They’ve changed since the last time we played them with the trades they’ve made. But we’ve got to go out and do what we need to do to get a win. It’s not about them, it’s about us. And we’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing, making the adjustments we have to and playing ball."
JJ 'What Star?' Barea
(11 Points, 10 Assists...and nobody gives a f@$!) "I just come out every game and try to play my game, try to be aggressive. Sometimes the assists are gonna be there, some nights the points are gonna be there. Today it was both. Me and Roddy have to do a good job of getting in the paint and creating for others. And I think that’s really gonna help this team."
Coach Paul Westphal
(On the Game tied at 68 and then...) "We had a couple turnovers, a couple shots that maybe weren’t the best shots, missed a couple shots, and it seemed like they hit a three every time. And all of a sudden it [the deficit] was 8 after being tied; and then the same thing happened, a couple shots that didn’t go for us, a couple more threes, and then we’re chasing them the rest of the way. And it was basically that they just put away the game at that time."
(On playing without Tyreke Evans) "Well, it’s certainly tough. We had 26 turnovers tonight and he and Beno [Udrih] are our primary ball handlers and some nights we battle turnovers, but never that bad. And it really shows what he brings to our team at both ends of the floor. When he doesn’t play teams tend to score a lot more on us and we tend to turnover the ball a lot more, and he’s a big part, obviously, of us being able to be competitive."
(On defending the Mavs) "Yeah, they’re loaded. You start talking about the guys you have to defend on the three-point line. When you talk about our team you say ‘watch out of for Casspi on threes, Garcia is out so you don’t have to worry about him, and sometimes Beno can get hot.’ You go down their team and you’ve got Dirk, and you’ve got Stojakovic, two of the greatest three-point shooters in history, Jason Terry, and don’t forget about Beaubois, he’s back, and then there’s Barea, and Cardinal is shooting 47% [from three] and, oh, by the way, Jason Kidd, he’s made 6 of 7 on us. So, you can’t slump off those guys behind the line and at the same time they’re very good at attacking the basket and they play together, they know how to use screens and dive to the basket. Their centers killed us tonight because we tried to rotate too much. You don’t have a body to put on them they can hurt you. They’re a very, very smart veteran team with great weapons and they’re very unselfish, too."
(On Dallas' Second Half Run) "Well we came back in the quarter and then they started making three’s on us. We were right there and a couple of their shots were wide open and they have good shooters and they are a good team. We played good in the third quarter, but not enough against a team like that."
(On playing shorthanded) "I mean, it is tough, but I really don’t know what to say. They were making shots. Look, they were shooting 60 percent. Of course we didn’t take care of the ball, I think we had like 26 turnovers and against a team like that, they take advantage of that and make you pay. They made the comeback form down 13 by making three’s, they got a couple of turnovers, made a run and they are a good team."
(On defending a deep team like Dallas) "They are tough. They have a lot of weapons. You focus on one guy and another guy is open and they been playing together for a while now. They know exactly how to counter how the other team plays defense. You help on somebody, you can’t leave Dirk open, then somebody else is going to be open, you know what I mean. So, they know exactly where they have open guys and it is very tough to defend them."
Jermaine Taylor (nice Game, unkown)
Hoopdata Boxscore (Ruh-Roh: DAL 23-28 atR, most notably Haywood(5-6), Beaubois(5-7) and Barea (3-3), SAC 13-23 atR.)
Cowbell Kingdom (nod yet)
Two Guys with a MySynergy Account published some things about Dirk and Roddy (2 Must READs):
2MG's Ian Levy looks at where Beaubois can help the Mavs
The Mavericks, like many NBA teams, rely rather heavily on the pick-and-roll. Between the screener and ball handler, 18.2% of their offensive possessions are being used on this play. If we include the possessions classified as cuts or spot-ups that began with pick and rolls the number would be pushed even higher. Oddly though, this season the ball-handler has been far more likely to use the possession out of a pick-and-roll than the screener; given the prevalence of Dirk Nowitzki and even Tyson Chandler in the Mavs’ offense, one would assume the roll man would be a more frequently used option. Now for the bad news: a possession used by a pick-and-roll ball-handler is the second most likely outcome of an offensive possession for the team this year, and the Mavericks are scoring a paltry 0.82 points per possession in those situations.
This would seem to be an area where Beaubois could make a huge difference. 26.9% of the possessions Beaubois used last year were as the ball handler in a pick-and-roll and he scored 1.06 points per possession in these cases. Beaubois is a capable and willing passer and can use the pick-and-roll to create shots for his teammates. However, he really shines when attacking the basket and creating shots for himself.
Even the threat of Beaubois coming off a screen looking for his own shot can open things up for his teammates. Dirk Nowitzki is a terrific pick-and-pop threat, a fact even NHL fans are aware of. Without a legitimate offensive threat as the ball handler, teams are able to defend the pick and roll differently and focus on taking shots away from Nowitzki out of those sets. Jason Kidd is frequently left wide open from mid-range, though without a high likelihood of driving or making a jumper. As a result of having a non-scorer like Kidd initiate many of the Mavs’ pick-and-rolls, Dirk is scoring just 0.96 Points per Possession this season as the screener on pick-and-roll plays, shooting just 42.2% in the process. Other than going 3-of-8 on dribble hand-offs, that’s Dirk’s lowest shooting percentage and point per possessions mark of any possession type this season. With Beaubois as the ball handler in those sets opponents will have to defend in a more balanced manner.
and Sebastian Pruiti for sbnation.com shows Dirk's main
looks sources of income in points
According to Synergy Sports Technology, Dirk Nowitzki scores most of his points from three different play types, post-ups, spot-ups, and isolation. For each of these play types, the Mavericks have a few different sets that they like to run for Nowitzki.
Without Roddy this season (NBA rank):
Fastbreak Points: 13.2 (18th)
Points in the Paint: 34.3 (30th)
Steals: 4.4 (21st)
Free Throws Attempted: 22.2 (28th)
With Roddy this season (NBA rank):
Fastbreak Points: 21 (1st)
Points in the Paint: 54 (1st)
Steals: 11 (1st)
Free Throws Attempted: 6 (30th)
Haywood bricked 3 of 5 from the line, which was 100% of the Mavs' FT Misses and 83.3% of Dallas' FTA. Celebration for our third-best Center, Beaches! [nsfw]
Chandler 6-6-0, Haywood 12-10-0. Mahinmi 0-1-0. (fouling out in 7 Minutes) Bonne chance!
,-24,-14,-12,-16, +4, +0, -12, -4, -6, -4, -2, -14, -18, +6 , +6 in the last Games prior...and against the Kings, +20? OMFG!
Sein erster Oop gab ihm den Kick
Der Groschen fiel es machte *klick*
Ja in diesem Augenblick war klar wo seine Zukunft liegt
Er musste auf die Bretter die die Welt bedeuten,
wollte rocken wie die andern Baller vor ganz vielen Leuten,
Jahre ist es her, der Anfang, der ist immer schwer,
wie Schönheitschirurgie und Cher, der Ball und er, es wurden mehr
immer immer mehr die zu seinen Shows kam'n,
immer immer mehr die danach geflasht warn
er kriegt heute noch ne Gänsehaut
wenn er in die Menge schaut mit Funkeln in den Augen,
ich hab immer dran geglaubt
JKidd un' Dirk
Tyson am Brett
Roddy und Trix sind am cutten
Don't believe the hype.
Disclaimer: If you couldn't tell by now, all italic sentences are made up thoughts, not actual quotes. Also, breaking news, the Mavs remembered to tie their shoelaces backwards and are subsequently on a 2 Game Winning streak.
Finally....KneeJerk Recap (TM) Jonthefon v1.42
The Mavs (beat
/lost to) [ ]¹ tonight (thanks to/ despite) Dirk’s Awesomeness. The (cloud in the silver lining/ major culprit) once more as usualwas the lack of support from his team-mates, with the exception of / ². Especially useless was / / / Jose Barea/ / /Ian Mahinmi³ and it is (GUESS WHAT) THEY’RE ALMOST NOT ALLUSELESS!
¹ Inserted Opponent
² Only one of them, mind you.
³ Two at the minimum, up to all
six seven of them.