Saturday, March 19, 2011

Odds And Ends From Around The NBA

The Dallas Mavericks have changed their rotation since I wrote that they were a contender back in January.

At the time, the lineup was to be Jason Kidd, DeShawn Stevenson, Peja Stojakovic, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler starting with JJ Barea, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and Brendan Haywood coming off the bench.

Since that time, Rodrigue Beaubois has returned from injury and been inserted into the starting lineup by Rick Carlisle.

I can't support Dallas as a contender with Beaubois higher in the rotation than the nine players mention above without seeing them beat some legitimate competition first, which they haven't done at this point.

Stevenson doesn't give them the matchup nightmares Beaubois does, and Dallas was it its best when Stevenson was starting and getting consistent minutes along with the rotation mentioned above.

It looks like he lost his offensive rhythm by not playing regularly with Beaubois back, but he is still a good all-around player.

It sure looks like Rajon Rondo is hurt to me.

Doc Rivers denied it last night after the loss to Houston, but something isn't right.

It's not about statistics.

Rondo doesn't look as fast or as explosive as he normally does.

There is nothing more frustrating than knowing a team should do something before the team knows it should do it.

The Indiana Pacers moved Paul George and Tyler Hansbrough into the starting lineup recently.

They should have done that three months ago!

I wrote about the impact Hansbrough was having after the third game of the season.

In there, you'll see the name TJ Ford.

It has become more and more obvious that TJ Ford is the best point guard on the team. Ford has played 10 minutes in two months.

More frustration.

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