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  1. Rick Carlisle defends choice not to play Beaubois, because everyone else was so good

    May 3, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle went with what he trusted over what had worked for key stretches of game six against the Spurs, and for the series. Rodrigue Beaubois sat for five games, and when he did get meaningful minutes in game six — and played well — he still sat in the fourth quarter. It…

  2. Ou est Rodrigue Beaubois?

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    One of the things that Pete Carroll did to return USC to the college football elite was open up the competition — the best player plays. Seniority be damned. Doesn’t matter if you’re a senior, if the freshman is better, he gets your spot. Seems logical, but it is shockingly rare in sports, as coaches…

  3. Nowitzki isn't rethinking Dallas, he's just frustrated

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki is a frustrated man. Frustrated at losing. Frustrated again at having a team that excels in the regular season then falls short early in the playoffs. Frustrated to keep answering the same questions about losing out year after year. You’d be frustrated if you were him too. And you can’t take what a…

  4. DeJuan Blair in car accident on way to game six

    Apr 30, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    A freak accident Thursday night on the way to the arena almost forced DeJuan Blair to miss the game — and he’s lucky because it could have been a lot worse. The accident left him with a damaged car but did not keep him from playing, Blair told the San Antonio News Express: It was…

  5. Mark Cuban: "I'm not so proud of the NBA."

    Apr 30, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Memo to Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy, Phil Jackson, Matt Barnes, Rasheed Wallace and anyone else trying not to get fined while criticizing the referees: Follow Mark Cuban’s lead. The Dallas Mavericks owner went with the use of code words rather than just come out and say the officiating sucked. Here, from the ESPNDallas: “I’m…

  6. Quote of the day, Brooklyn Decker's job is safe

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    “Definitely, my modeling career is going to be postponed.” –San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili, on the broken nose he is playing though this series. (via the San Antonio Express News)

  7. Erick Dampier, did you think David Stern was kidding about the referee criticism?

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Congratulations Erick Dampier, you’re the next contestant on the “pay $35,000 game show.” After the Mavericks lost game three to the Spurs, he said to ESPN and anyone else that would listen: “When we play defense we’re under a magnifying glass,” said Dampier. “But when we’re on offense, there’s no magnifying glass.” David Stern said…

  8. Quote of the day, where the double negative proves our point

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    “I don’t see no fat lady.” –Dallas forward Shawn Marion, after his team fell behind San Antonio 3-1 in their best-of-seven series. Most of the rest of us, however, see her in the wings ready to take center stage.

  9. Another early exit, another roster shakeup for Dallas? It's not that easy.

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Well, that didn’t work. Jason Kidd as the veteran leader, Shawn Marion as the explosive guy, Caron Butler as the steady wingman, Brendan Haywood as a steadier Erick Dampier, all focused around Dirk Nowitzki. Looked good on paper. That paper is about to be ousted in the first round by the well aged San Antonio…

  10. Manu Ginobili breaks nose, keeps right on playing, like he's a hockey player

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki’s elbows, which earlier this year helped provide Carl Landry a painful reminder about the importance of regular trips to the dentist, now are helping Manu Ginobili get a nose job. Early in the third quarter of game three Friday night, an inadvertent Nowitzki elbow caught Ginobili on the nose and broke it. But…

  11. Gregg Popovich finds delicious, barbecued love in Mark Cuban's hate

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    Though Mavs and Spurs fans may hate each other, I’ve honestly never had the impression that the Mavs and the Spurs themselves hate each other. Manu Ginobili can get under anyone’s skin and Jason Terry’s in-game yapping and posturing is sure to drive some opponents batty, but Mavs-Spurs seems predicated more on mutual respect than…

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