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The Mavericks are one step away from fiasco, their schedule and ties not in their favor



Losing to the Heat put the Mavericks in even more trouble chasing a Western playground as they stayed in 11th place. But things are looking…even worse as their schedule looks dangerous until the end of the season and the ties aren’t on their side.

Luka Doncic’s partnership with Kyrie Irving hasn’t yielded the results the Mavericks expected. Dallas was 4th in the West when they took over Irving from the Nets on February 6th. Almost two months later, after losing to the – without Bam Adebayo – Heat, Dallas are 11th(!) in the West and are struggling to get into the play-in, with the odds not being on their side.

The Mavericks have basically put their hands up and gouged out their eyes for the past few days. The back-to-back losses to the indifferent Hornets have practically turned things on their head for Doncic’s company Irving, who instead sits 10th in the West with a 39-39 record (level with Wolves, who are 9th in the West). are out of play-in and things are looking extremely bad.

To be precise, here are the rankings in the West at places 7-12:
7. New Orleans Pelicans 40-38
8. LA Lakers 39-38
9.Minnesota Timberwolves 39-39
10. Oklahoma City Thunder 38-40
11 Dallas Mavericks 37-41
12. Utah Jazz 36-41

The Mavericks are 1 game behind the Thunder, 2 behind the Wolves, 2.5 behind the Lakers and 3 behind the Pelicans, while the Jazz are a half game behind them in 12th place. With the exception of the Lakers and Jazz – who have 5 games left – the other teams battling for a play-in spot (Pelicans have realistic hopes for even 5th place) have 4 games each.

It looks difficult for Dallas. But in reality, it’s…worse, as the Mavs lag behind the teams above them in almost every tiebreak. Specifically, Dallas has:
2-2 wins over Pelicans (falling behind because New Orleans has better offense)
3-1 win over the Lakers
1-2 wins against Wolves
1-2 wins against the Thunder
3:1 wins against the Jazz

In a few words: With the exception of the Lakers, the Mavericks don’t want to be tied with any team other than the current ranks 7-10. Special:

  • In order for the Mavericks to overtake the Thunder – who are their direct competitor – they need to win two more in the four remaining games until the end of the regular season. For example, that’s 3 wins and Oklahoma City one win, or 4/4 and The Thunder up to two wins.
  • To get past the Wolves, they need to win three times more than Minnesota (3 wins against none of the Wolves or 4 wins for a Wolves win).
  • To get past the pelicans they have to go 4/4 and the pelicans 0/4
  • To get past the Lakers, all they have to do is tie.

The schedule is dangerous, but the Thunder are in…worse

With the Mavericks losing 5 of their last 6 games, including two straight losses to the Hornets, it’s clear Dallas can… lose to anyone. But even leaving their image out of the equation, a look at their schedule shows that things aren’t easy as 3 of their 4 remaining games are high stakes.

Specifically, the Mavericks will face off in their last 4 games in order:

  • Away from the Atlanta Hawks (38-39) by Trae Young and Dejude Marie who are fighting for a good position in the eastern play-in.
  • Home of the Sacramento Kings (47-30) who secured 3rd place in the west but are still chasing 2nd place from the Grizzlies.
  • Home of the Chicago Bulls (37-40) fighting for No. 10 in the West.
  • At home with the Spurs (19-58) going through the “YOLO” stage in pursuit of Victor Webanyama and maybe even giving Gregg Popovich or the guy who works the floor in the team canteen some playing time to make sure that they do get beaten.

As becomes clear, the Mavs, despite 3/4 home games – with the exception of the Spurs – meet teams hungry for victory. You can hope that Sacramento might show up without their appetizers, but as it turns out, even that might not be enough.

On a positive note for the Mavericks, their direct rival (The Thunder) has an even tougher schedule as they face the Suns (home), Warriors (away), Jazz (away), and Grizzlies (home) in HQ order. In general, making it to a win is indeed an open-ended scenario for Oklahoma City, giving the Mavericks a breather. But Dallas can’t count on the Thunder’s results, they need to win first.

Either way, it’s clear the Mavericks are in a tough spot. Right now, they certainly don’t look like the title contenders they expected when they took over Irving. Instead they look like – and are – a mediocre team with no chemistry and a Swiss cheese defense.

Will the Texans flip the switch in the last 4 games? If they don’t, the year will prove to be a fiasco, especially considering they made it to the West Finals last year. However, the worst thing is that even if they get enough wins, it may not be enough. And there’s nothing worse than not defining your NBA destiny.

Source: sport 24

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Who are the coaches with the most NBA Finals? The list of those who have fought the most for the ring



The trainers is the key to achievement ring but who are the coaches with? more finals is disputed throughout NBA history?

It’s time for a review.

Which NBA coach has played in the most Finals?

The coach who has played in the most NBA Finals is Phil Jackson.

The Lakers and Bulls legend totaled 13 rows per ring throughout his major league career.

The complete list of coaches with the most NBA Finals

pos. Coach finals
1 Phil Jackson 13
2 Red Auerbach eleven
3 Pat Riley 9
4 John Kundla, Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr and Erik Spoelstra 6
5 KC Jones 5

Phil Jackson

  • Final appearances: 13
  • championships: eleven

It couldn’t be more. Zen Master is the coach who has directed the most Finals: seven with the Los Angeles Lakers and six with the Chicago Bulls. In all those he came with the Windy City team he was a winner alongside Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, while with the purple and gold he won five and lost two (in 2004 against the Detroit Pistons and in 2008 against the Boston Celtics).

Red Auerbach

  • Final appearances: eleven
  • championships:9

An NBA story: without him you can’t understand the history of the Boston Celtics. He won eight straight titles with the clubs in one of the sport’s greatest dynasties, led by Bill Russell. He later became general manager and president, winning six more championships.

Pat Riley

  • Final appearances:9
  • championships: 5

One of only two people in the NBA to be a champion as a player, coach and executive. As a coach he promoted Larry O’Brien four times with the Lakers, with Magic Johnson on the court, while with the Miami Heat he won another title on that team that had Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O’Neal. He is currently the president of Miami and is going for his third championship as an executive.

John Kudla

  • Final appearances:6
  • championships: 5

When the Lakers were in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kudla led them from 1947 to 1959, making the Finals in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954 and 1959. All he lost was the last of the Red Auerbachs to Red Auerbach. 4-0.

Gregg Popovich

  • Final appearances:6
  • championships: 5

One of the assets on this list. The legendary coach built a dynasty with Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginóbili, winning all five franchise titles. The only time it lost in the Finals was to the Miami Heat of LeBron James, D-Wade and Chris Bosh in 2013.

Steve Kerr

  • Final appearances:6
  • championships: 4

As a player and coach it was a historic championship for this league. Kerr took over the helm of the Golden State Warriors in 2014 and has since led them to five consecutive Finals between 2015 and 2019, winning three against the Cleveland Cavaliers and losing one to the same opponent and another to the Toronto Raptors. and to this in 2022 he added one more appearance.

Erik Spölstra

  • Final appearances:6
  • championships: 2

Spoelstra has dedicated most of his life to the Miami Heat and has responded with good results. Two years after the franchise’s first championship in 2008, he took the helm and has since been the coach leading the team to two titles in 2012 and 2013 with LeBron, Wade and Bosh.

They were also defeated in 2011 by the Dallas Mavericks, in 2014 by the San Antonio Spurs and in 2020 by the Lakers. What will happen in 2023 against the Denver Nuggets?

KC Jones

  • Final appearances: 5
  • championships: 2

In his long tenure as coach of the Washington Bullets, Boston Celtics and Seattle SuperSonics, the man born in Taylor, Texas, was the monarch on Clover’s team in 1984 and 1986, defeating the Lakers and Rockets, respectively. However, he fell three more times: twice with Boston against the purple and gold, and once when he led the Washington Bullets to a 1975 loss to the Warriors.

The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the NBA or its organizations.

Source: Sporting News

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Pokuszewski broke his right hand during Thunder training




Bad news for Alexei Pokusevsky who has broken his right arm and will be sidelined for a long time.

Alexei Pokushevsky was – once again – unlucky. According to an update from Thunder, the Serbia forward suffered a fracture in the humerus (the bone that connects the shoulder to the elbow) in his right hand and will be out for four to six weeks.

The former Olympiakos player was injured during a training session at the Thunder facilities and is now back on the road to recovery. This is the Serb’s second serious injury in recent months after breaking a knee bone last December that kept him out for three months.

It now remains to be seen whether this injury will affect the young forward’s potential participation in the 2023 World Cup, where he has expressed his desire to compete.

In the 2022-23 season (his third in the NBA), Pokuszewski averaged 8.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals at 36.5% 3-pointers in 21 minutes with the Thunder Shots (34 games – 25 as a starter).

Source: sport 24

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Antebayo to the journalists: “If I talk about the shooting, will you pay the fine?”




Bam Adebayo was asked about the shooting difference (20-2 in favor of the Nuggets) in Game 1 of the NBA Finals the Heat vs Denver and responded with…a question to the reporter about paying the fine.

The Nuggets outplayed the Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, winning 104-93, albeit with the difference in shots (20-2 for Denver, with Miami’s 2 shots setting a negative record in NBA playoff history) , to make a difference impression. And led to a funny dialogue at the press conference.

Bam Adebayo and Haywood Highsmith (the only shooter in the game) represented the Heat, and a reporter asked Adebayo at the end: “I promise I’m not trying to fine you, but it was 20-2. It was quite a distance but I don’t think you would complain about the refereeing.

The following dialogue then ensued:
Antebayo: “If I say something, will you accept the fine?”
Journalist: “a part of”
Antebayo: “I don’t think we should let the protests define us. We made a lot of jump shots instead of going to the basket and missed a lot of them. We need to see the VIDEO and then we will see the problem.”

However, at the end of his statement, Adebayo joked again, saying: “Why doesn’t he pay a fine for what he said?” and everyone burst out laughing.

Look at the dialogue:

Source: sport 24

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