Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
American Airlines Center
5:30 p.m. PST
March 13, 2015
FOX Prime Ticket/ NBATV
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1. What are the chances the Mavericks miss the playoffs?
Kirk Henderson, Mavs Moneyball, (@kirkseriousface): 20% at worst. Dallas is a garbage fire of sadness at the moment, but they’d have to lose most of their remaining games at this point for that to happen. The Mavericks have taken care of the teams they should beat and lost to better opponents. They’ve played .500 ball in 2015 and that should continue through the playoffs.
Law Murray, (@LawMurrayTheNU): 10 percent. Dallas hasn’t been all that impressive lately, splitting their last ten games. But they have a healthy five-game lead on the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are in 9th as of Friday morning. Dallas was the 8th seed last season, and they needed 49 wins to secure the spot. A .500 performance the rest of the season gets them there.
Patrick James, (@patrickmjames): 25 percent, meaning it’s significant enough to pay attention to, but it’s probably not likely. New Orleans and Oklahoma City need to make up 4.5 and 5 games, respectively, to catch Dallas. (Dallas is closer to hopping into the 6 spot than falling to 9.) Worth noting: OKC and Dallas play each other twice the rest of the way, and those games count double when you’re vying for a spot.
2. In hindsight, was the Rondo deal a mistake?
Henderson: Only in results, but based off of intentions it was the reasonable move. The Mavericks front office realized by mid-December that they were not nearly as good as their record and the blowouts to likely West playoff teams made that clear. Waiting to the deadline is hard to do when you are building a playoff roster. They jumped early and it hasn’t paid off, but it was not a mistake.
Murray: Dallas is 22-17 (9th-best in West) since the trade to acquire Rondo, and they managed to scoop Amare Stoudemire on the buyout market. I’m not a fan of small guards finding themselves after ACL surgery, and Rondo obviously isn’t the kind of guy who comes in rubbing everyone the right way. But it’s not a mistake unless they miss the postseason.
James: Usually, I’d say a portion of a season is too early to evaluate any trade, but this one started on shaky ground. There’s still time for it to work, and there are plenty of injury-related caveats to toss around here. But I thought the Mavs had something special on offense the last few years, and I haven’t seen that lately.
3. Is DeAndre for DPOY a ridiculous proposition, a no-brainer or somewhere in between?
Henderson: Somewhere in between. His rebounding gets looped in with his defensive credentials which is kind of silly. Unless he’s this amazing team defender that quarterbacks in the way Tyson Chandler did two years ago, he’s not DPOY. Then again, I don’t think any one person is carrying that torch if we are talking about a top notch shot blocker and an undersized PF in Draymond Green as potential candidates.
Murray: Somewhere in between. The Clippers aren’t as bad defensively as they’re made out to be. They aren’t at last season’s level, but they are middle-of-the-pack, and ranked sixth since Blake Griffin went down. Jordan should get some credit for that as one of the most relied upon centers in the league. But there are other candidates from better defenses – like the tough guy in Golden State.