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Link: 2011 Finals, Hollinger on Carlisle

In 2011 NBA Playoffs on June 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Excellent article by John Hollinger on Rick Carlisle’s superb coaching performance in the 2011 NBA Finals.

The Dallas Mavericks won their first-ever championship for a lot of different reasons, most of which rhyme with the word “Birk.” But in a playoffs in which the difference between winning and losing was razor-thin, at the margin a key difference was that their brain trust was consistently a step ahead of the competition.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle’s shift to J.J. Barea as a starter for Game 4 is the most obvious example — the Mavs won the final three games with the diminutive speedster in the lineup, an achievement that hardly seemed preordained given that he was shooting 5-for-23 at the time. But on countless other subtle moves — from rest to zones to his use of role players — Carlisle was pitch perfect.

Well worth reading in full.

Edit: Another excellent article on Rick Carlisle’s game four adjustments – link

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Mavs = Masters Of Clutch In 2011 Playoffs

In 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 14, 2011 at 6:36 am

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports

Mavs Clutch Play

Consider the Mavs the kings of crunch time during these NBA playoffs.

Just check their numbers in the moments widely considered clutch, which is when the score is within five points with five minutes or less remaining. The Mavs have outscored their playoff foes by 29 points in 19 such minutes.

The Mavs performing well in clutch situations is certainly nothing new. They’re 29-12 in games decided by three points or less under coach Rick Carlisle. But they’ve taken it to a totally different level during the playoffs.

According to NBA.com’s Stats Cube, the Mavs’ clutch net rating (points per 100 possessions) in the playoffs is plus 73.91. That dwarfs their outstanding regular season clutch net rating of plus 25.12. Read the rest of this entry »

Artest Suspended

In 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

ESPN notes

Lakers forward Ron Artest was suspended one game without pay for his foul on Mavericks guard Jose Juan Barea in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals series against Dallas.

With 24.4 seconds left in the Mavericks’ 93-81 win over the Lakers, Artest reached out with his right hand and grabbed Barea by the face and essentially clotheslined him. Artest was immediately ejected after picking up his second technical foul. Read the rest of this entry »

2011 Playoffs: Miami’s Lineups vs Boston

In 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm
Miami’s substitution pattern so far

  • Q1 – first six minutes – starting lineup – Bibby, Wade, LeBron, Bosh and Big Z
  • Q1 – 6 minute to 9 minute mark – Miami bring in Chalmers and J.Anthony for Bibby and Big Z respectively
  • Q1 – 9 mins to 12 mins – Miami switch to a small ball lineup. They have J.Anthony as their sole big man alongside J.Jones, M.Chalmers and Wade/LeBron.
  • Q2 – first 7/8 minutes – Bosh and Joel Anthony start teh second quarter. They begin alongside three bench players; Chalmers, M.Miller and J.Jones. Then Miami brings back in Wade or LeBron. A few moments later, they bring the other one back.
  • Q2 – final 4 minutes – A few different lineups being used here. They came back with Bibby to finish the first half but kept Chalmers in the game during the second half. Big Z has remained on the bench. Then they decide whether to use (1) J.Anthony in a two big man lineup (2) or whether to go small with J.Jones with only one big (3) or whether to go big on the perimeter and use a non-PG lineup. I think this was the period in game one where they tried that (edit: it was the 6-9 minute mark of second quarter in game one). Read the rest of this entry »

Beaubois Benched

In 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 15, 2011 at 6:06 am

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reports

Rick Carlisle could stick with the kid only so long.

At some point, Rodrigue Beaubois had to earn his starting job. That didn’t happen during his abbreviated sophomore season. Read the rest of this entry »

First Round: Western Conference

In 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 14, 2011 at 6:38 pm

The field is set

The playoff match-ups in the East are now complete set and as follows:

– San Antonio (1) vs. Memphis (8)
– LA Lakers (2) vs. New Orleans (7)
– Dallas (3) vs. Portland (6)
– Oklahoma (4) vs. Denver (5)

The two top seeds should have little difficulty in dispatching their opponents. Memphis and New Orleans are both battling without key injured stars Rudy Gay and David West respectively. The Spurs and Lakers should win quickly in four or five games. Read the rest of this entry »

First Round: Eastern Conference

In 2011 NBA Playoffs, General NBA on April 13, 2011 at 8:57 am

The field is set (via RealGM)

The playoff match-ups in the East are now complete set and as follows:

– Chicago (1) vs. Indiana (8)
– Miami (2) vs. Philadelphia (7)
– Boston (3) vs. New York (6)
– Orlando (4) vs. Atlanta (5)

The top three seeds are vastly superior to their competition. I expect all three teams to win comfortably and quickly in four to five games. Read the rest of this entry »

Caron Butler Out For Playoffs?

In 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

ESPN reports

Caron Butler, who ruptured the patellar tendon in his right knee a little more than three months ago, is “extremely unlikely” to play for the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the NBA playoffs, coach Rick Carlisle said Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »