Dončić danced by Gobert for dramatic game-winning three-pointer
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by Dwain Price
14h ago
As the old saying goes, it’s not the size of the man in the fight that counts, but the size of the fight in the man. That was the case Friday night in Minneapolis when the smaller man in this one-on-one battle – Dallas Mavericks 6-7, 230-pound point guard Luka Dončić – had a huge leg up on the taller man in the battle – Minnesota Timberwolves 7-1, 258-pound center Rudy Gobert. After the two players did a little cha cha dance for a few seconds, Dončić decided enough was enough and nailed a dramatic step-back three-pointer with three seconds left right over the outstretched arms of Gobert. The ..read more
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Sizzling Mavericks have a healthy chance to go up 3-0 on Wolves
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by Eddie Sefko
18h ago
Savvy sports fans know that there really are only two things you can hope for during the NBA playoffs. To be healthy and playing your best. Health for the Mavericks is a moving target. Some folks watch them and see Luka Dončić dragging around on one leg because of his sprained right knee. Others see his endless string of triple-doubles and realize that, in Luka’s universe, winning is a better cure-all than any bandage or treatment. As for playing your best, the Mavericks have nailed it. Against some of the best competition the NBA has, the Mavericks are 10-4 in the playoffs, including 2-0 agai ..read more
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Mavericks had another ‘prayer shot’ besides Luka’s to key Game 2 win
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by Eddie Sefko
1d ago
MINNEAPOLIS – Way before Luka Dončić conjured up his magic Friday night, Daniel Gafford had his own believe-it-or-not moment without which the Mavericks may not have pulled off a wild win at Target Center. The Mavericks were locked in a dramatic battle with the Minnesota Timberwolves midway through the fourth quarter when Gafford blocked a three-point try, then leaked out as Dončić got the short rebound. Luka whipped a court-length pass to the streaking Gafford, who absorbed some contact from Minnesota’s Jaden McDaniels and, as the big center was falling to the floor. He flipped up a shot a mi ..read more
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Mavs want Timberwolves to keep raining threes
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by Dwain Price
2d ago
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves attempted a franchise playoff record 49 three-pointers on Wednesday against the Mavericks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. It wouldn’t bother the Mavs one bit if the T-Wolves employed that same strategy again in Game 2 of this best-of-seven series. The run of threes worked fine for the Timberwolves in the first half of Game 1 when they were 11-of-25 from the field and led, 62-59. But in the second half, the Mavs’ defense stiffened and the shots from downtown betrayed the Timberwolves when they were just 7-of-24, and only scored 43 points and ..read more
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Lively’s free-throw mechanics could be first step to a broader skillset
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by Eddie Sefko
3d ago
MINNEAPOLIS – The free-throw routine of Dereck Lively II is as simple as it is unique. Get the ball. Line it up. Take the shot. No dribbling. No arm-touching or ball-spinning. No extraneous body movement, like shoulder wiggles. Just catch and shoot. Lively’s free-throw shooting has become a source of pride for him and an asset for the Mavericks during their playoff run, which has landed them a 1-0 lead in the Western Conference finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The spotlight turned onto Lively’s success at the stripe during the Oklahoma City series, when the Thunder resorted to intent ..read more
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Wolves’ coach made sure his team ‘got the memo’ that West finals have begun
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by Eddie Sefko
3d ago
MINNEAPOLIS – It was, in coach Chris Finch’s estimation, a “rough” film session for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday. The Mavericks had played a strong Game 1 in the Western Conference finals to take a 108-105 victory and the Wolves’ coach was not happy with his team. Or with the legality of certain things happening on the court. But more on that in a moment. The Mavericks had a game plan that stifled the Minnesota offense in the paint and forced a ridiculous 49 three-pointers by shutting down the interior. “I told the guys it’s been a long time since I’ve been this disappointed in your ..read more
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Edwards poked the bear — in this case, Irving — and lost that battle
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by Dwain Price
3d ago
MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards poked the bear, and the bear got the last laugh. Right after Minnesota rallied from a 20-point deficit in the third quarter to upset the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals this past Sunday, Edwards boldly shouted that he was going to defend Dallas guard Kyrie Irving in the conference finals. Well, that assignment didn’t go too well for Edwards on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals when the Timberwolves hosted the Mavs at the Target Center. Irving, of course, heard the noise coming from Edwar ..read more
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Mavericks’ superstars fuel Game 1 win over Wolves
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by Eddie Sefko
4d ago
MINNEAPOLIS – The Mavericks’ superstar duo stormed back with a vengeance in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. After some struggles in the previous round against Oklahoma City, Kyrie Irving and Luka Dončić were unstoppable on Wednesday night as they First Kyrie Irving kept the Mavericks afloat early, then Luka Dončić took charge in the fourth quarter to propel the Mavs to a 108-105 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-seven conference finals at the Target Center. The Mavericks stole the home-court advantage behind Luka’s 33 points and 30 more from Irving, who made it a point to set a tone ea ..read more
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Wolves’ view: Hoping Dort’s blueprint helps them defend Luka better
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by Eddie Sefko
4d ago
MINNEAPOLIS – The ghost of Lu Dort may yet haunt Luka Dončić. The Mavericks conquered Oklahoma City’s stocky, sticky defender in the second round of the playoffs, but it was by no means a breeze. It took a physical toll on Dončić. And it did something else: provided a blueprint for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western Conference semifinals against the Mavericks that starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. “Yeah, for sure,” T-Wolves’ guard Anthony Edwards said after their shootaround Wednesday morning. “I thought he (Dort) should have been on one of the (all-) defensive teams, for sure.” So what in ..read more
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Trade from Wizards to Mavs forced Gafford to cancel vacation plans
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by Dwain Price
5d ago
MINNEAPOLIS – For Daniel Gafford, his NBA career had taken on a very similar path. It consisted of 82 games. And even before those 82 games were over, Gafford had already made plans to take a vacation in the offseason. But that all changed on Feb. 8 when the Washington Wizards traded Gafford to the Dallas Mavericks. At the time, Gafford had a strong feeling he wasn’t going to be taking an early vacation to some exotic hotspot this offseason. “I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for that trade that happened in the middle of the season,” Gafford said. “I had trips and stuff planned for t ..read more
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