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Old 04-25-2001, 08:51 PM   #1
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Two teams, one whine. It appears the Blazers and Mavericks have a psychic connection that may require finding a New Age Ascended Master to stop these once proud teams from imitating Rasheed Wallace receiving a technical on the court in their press conference and quotes after losing. The Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, once commented that he wanted to mimic the Blazers in creating Mavs back into a title contending team, unfortunately he mirrored not only the positives, but included the warts also. People have focused upon the temperamental outbursts of Rasheed Wallace, but the teams after their first round playoff losses adopted the Wallace whining and complaining mentality for their defeats. The two teams appear share one consciousness that has permeated from the star owner of the Mavs to the immature tantrums of the Blazers star forward. The teams both pouted and whined incessantly after the games in their press conferences and comments to the press. Fox might create the next reality TV based upon who can be the biggest complainer and nagging team. It would be a PayPerView event if these two teams lined up. The Lakers and Jazz players and coaches have even begun to ridicule them for the incessant complaining.

Both teams should immediately order League Pass from DirecTV and maybe hire a scout to watch opposing teams. It might also be possible the Mavs and Blazers might want to just read some fans comments on the chat boards about the teams they currently face or at least listen to the commentary from those who analyze the matchups to understand what their opponent will bring to the game.

The Blazers feel they have been battered by the bruising Shaq moving in the middle and lowering the shoulder or rendering the elbow. And the Mavs never had seen Karl Malone throw and elbow or John Stockton use such tactics during the regular season. Both the Lakers and Jazz apparently hid their normal playing styles during the season. Houdini would be proud how they managed to sneak up on these teams during the playoffs with a style they have played for years. Utah can trace its current lineage of foul play back to the Jurassic period. Shaq, Godzilla having been based on Shaq, has been lowering the shoulder and sweeping opponents out of the way since his pre-school days. Yet these teams claimed foul and surprise after the game about how physical their opponent played.

It seems possible both received the same talking points after the game, and hence the reason for such similar complaints. Every NBA fan knows the physical play that the Jazz and Lakers employ night in and night out. Shaq has always led with a shoulder or cleared out people with an elbow or sweep of his arm, while Karl Malone has inflicted more bruises and cuts upon opponents than any other player ever. If only stats were keep in these categories, these men would be all-time leaders. Yet after the game, you would have thought these teams had never played against before. Clearly the Blazers and Mavs need to re-think their scouting and game plan since the Jazz and Lakers used similar tactics during their regular season games when they played.

Many fans and pundits ridicule the antics of Cuban and Wallace, yet nothing could be worse for team morale than the coach and players whining after a game about the superior physical intimidation that occurred by their opponent. The Blazers and Mavs must believe they will receive the sympathy of the refs, fans, and their opponent will decide to play easy. Instead these tactics only provide more fodder and builds the opponents confidence in knowing their intimidating tactics have worked. Instead of responding with like physical play, the teams have resorted to whining and almost asking for David Stern to send a NBA bailout. The NBA has no FEMA for team disasters and somehow the teams must correct the problems themselves instead of seeking relief in public. After being belittled by Jazz and Lakers for their comments, you hope it motivates the teams to play a strong game instead of a whining game and post game.

Just as Wallace needs to keep his emotional outbursts off the court and Cuban needs to be glued to his seat and prevented from distracting the team with hi mouth, the Mavs and Blazers should show class after a loss instead of imitating the worse element of the team. Instead of giving the Lakers and Jazz their credit for a victory, the teams resorted to the same childish behavior that has become the norm for Cuban and Wallace. Complaining about the refs and how the other team plays basketball at a much more physical level than should be allowed. You would have thought from listening to the comments and reading the quotes that the Lakers and Jazz had actually been playing football and tackling these guys instead of playing basketball. The whimpering after the game could only be described as embarrassing for both organizations, fans and cities.

Both teams need to put away the crying towel and stop boosting the confidence of their opponent with the defeatist discussion of having been bullied. Both the Mavs and Blazers have the talent to compete and win against their opponent, but they must change their attitude toward understanding that the playoffs becomes a rougher more physical defensive game and raise their own intensity. The Blazers should know this from being an old team with players having extensive playoff experience, while the Mavs could be excused for their rookie talk after having been a bottom dweller team for such a long period and forgetting what type of intensity needs to be brought to a playoff game. If fans feel shame for the antics of Wallace and Cuban, the shame must be far worse after your team whines because of the opponents superior physical play.

The Blazers and Mavs have demonstrated a psychic kinship that extends far beyond being merely assembled in the same fashion. The teams have not only decided to mirror boorish behavior during the game, but now must whine and be sulking after the game when they lose. The teams need to lift their own playing level during the playoffs as their opponents have done, and if this means raising the physical level of play, do not merely allow the opponent to pulverize you without retaliating in kind. Instead of complaining and hoping the Jazz and Lakers will stop kicking sand in their faces, the Mavs and Blazers need to stop the bulling by flexing their muscles. The Mavs and Blazers need to stop acting as if they were 98 pound weaklings and begin to act as if they belonged in the playoffs and have not been intimidated as a team. Time to stop whining and begin to play ball at the playoff level.

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Old 04-29-2001, 10:49 PM   #2
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Call the Mavs whiners if you like, but as long as they are given a fair chance in a game (see game 3), they are as good or better than the JAZZ. Utah has gotten away with an enormous amount of flops and touch fouls this series, and they have gotten away with the same shit all season.
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Old 04-30-2001, 01:03 PM   #3
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The Mavs should have won game one and were lucky to win game 3. The Mavs suffer from a pg that fails to distribute just like the Blazers. Just as Nash dribbled and shot to much to squander the lead in game one, he was lucky to make that shot instead of putting the ball into Dirk's or Howards hands. The Mavs fail to use the weapons, and yes they should beat the Jazz but won't becuase of the PG.
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Old 04-30-2001, 03:51 PM   #4
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Personally, I think the Mavs would win a lot more games if they could keep their emotions under control, a lot like the Blazers. At least they would be a lot more productive. If the call was made, live with it and go on. Don't complain about it and let it effect your play.
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Old 05-02-2001, 01:22 AM   #5
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Okay, the Mavs need to learn to be under more control like the veteran playoff teams. (I hope nobody is using the Jazz as an example here).

The Jazz have whined much more than the Mavs, and should consider themselves lucky, after Malone was just called for a regular foul after hitting Nash from behind on a break early in the third, and coming out to the three point line and putting an elbow into Dirk's ribs without even putting his arms up on Dirks three.

Oh yeah, the Mavs need to learn to play with this playoff class the the Jazz have.
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The Mavs suffer from a pg that fails to distribute just like the Blazers.
What? I dont even have a response to something this stupid.
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Old 05-02-2001, 01:30 AM   #7
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The Mavs suffer from a pg that fails to distribute just like the Blazers.
Nash ranked 11th in assists in the regular season, with 7.3 assists, and even after two bad games in the playoffs, has 6.7 assists before tonights win. Nash is a shoot first guard, not by his own game plan, but that is what Nellie wants him to do. Thats a lot of assists for a PG that is expected to shooot first and pass later.
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Old 05-02-2001, 09:58 AM   #8
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Mavs have Finley, Dirk and Howard, all better scoring threats than Nash. End of game Nash should not be dribbling incessantly and shooting, but getting the ball three of the best offensive scorers in the NBA.

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