As reporters filed into the visitors locker room at TD Garden after the Boston Celtics claimed a 114-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki was sitting alone on a trainer's table with his 40-year-old feet stuck in a bucket of ice, his hands clasped and his head down. It had been only a few minutes earlier that Nowitzki, playing at TD Garden for the 18th and likely final time, had been serenaded with cheers by the opposing fans throughout the final minutes of Boston's blowout victory, hoping he would give them one final moment -- and, in doing so, pass Kobe Bryant for the most points scored in this building by a Western Conference opponent.
The Mavericks acquired the draft rights to Luka Doncic after the Hawks selected the European star with the third overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft in New York. In return, the Hawks acquired the draft rights to Trae Young, who was selected by the Mavs at No. 5 overall. "I've been talking to a lot of teams, but especially Dallas, they've been talking to me, they were so nice to me, and I'm glad you know ... I'm just happy to be in the NBA. I'm just happy to be a part of that," Doncic told ESPN after learning he would be sent to Dallas.
The Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki have agreed to a two-year, $40 million deal that will keep the veteran big man in Dallas, sources told ESPN.
After being on the wrong end of a 38-point rout by OKC, the resilient Mavs rebounded by scrapping out a one-point win in Game 2 to even the series.
Dallas begins a three-game homestand Monday night hoping to avoid a three-game losing streak while the Clippers need a win to dodge consecutive losses for the first time since before Christmas.
Fantasy basketball news looks good for Wesley Matthews. A new member of the Dallas Mavericks, Matthews plans to play for the Mavs on opening night of the 2015-16 NBA season. What makes this noteworthy, is that Matthews is still trying to rehab a ruptured Achilles from back in March. A report from CBS Sports has the veteran shoot guard already stating that he will be ready to start on opening night.
Dallas swingman Wesley Matthews is just doing shooting and Wesley Matthews is an optimistic guy, and it's been working out for him. Before free agency began, the swingman said he wanted a $15 million contract. It seemed a little outlandish given that he had ruptured his Achilles in March, but he ended up getting more than that from the Dallas Mavericks. Now, with about two months to go until the start of the regular season, he told SB Nation's Tim Cato that he expects to be in the lineup on opening night dribbling at the moment.
Dirk Nowitzki forced overtime with a game-tying 3 and led his team to a crazy win on Saturday.
As usual, Mark Cuban has a solution for the NBA’s schedule, which in his opinion is broken.