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Thread: Henry Abbott predicts Dwane Casey will be win "Coach of the Year"

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    Well, this is an interesting piece today:

    The Mavericks defense, which after two games ranks 24th in points allowed per 100 possessions, is most to blame for the team's 0-2 start, Dirk Nowitzki said Wednesday.

    "It really starts defensively where we’re having problems just getting stops and then our offense looks bad, too, because we can’t play off of flow; we’ve got to take the ball out, we’ve got to play a slow-down game, and we weren’t good at that even last year," Nowitzki said. "We were at our best when we got stops, when we pushed the ball up, when we play in flow, when we move the ball and that’s hard to do if you take the ball out every time.

    "So, we’ve got to work on our defense, got to get sharper, got to trust each other, work on our rotations and work on our coverages, so we’ve got a lot of work to do."

    Read more: http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap...#ixzz1ht4g3CVs

    I guess Casey's impact can never be ignored. And Coach of the Year, I'm not going to rule it out. I missed tonight's game in its entirety but losing the game against the pacers but keeping it close and under a 100 is very fine with me.
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    we'll win against the mavs. I have a hunch that we'll come out of the gates strong and maintain the lead throughout. The team is too old and casey is on our side now. Expect DeRozan to drop 30 on Vince Carters head

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    I think Dwane Casey proved tonight vs the pacers that he is a legitimate coach. I do not think him as COY is as farfetched after i saw the defense we were running.

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    our defense was shut down. Our offense in the first half was the main problem, if we had scored a little more and hit our free throws this would have been a win.

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    we'll win against the mavs. I have a hunch that we'll come out of the gates strong and maintain the lead throughout. The team is too old and casey is on our side now. Expect DeRozan to drop 30 on Vince Carters head
    Dallas isn't suddenly too old about half a year after winning it all. They will get it together because they are a very good team and we are underdogs by a longshot. If they plays as bad on defense as in the first two games we might have a chance, but there is an even bigger chance that we will be behind by over 20 at some point in the game.

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    Quote Soft Euro wrote: View Post
    Dallas isn't suddenly too old about half a year after winning it all. They will get it together because they are a very good team and we are underdogs by a longshot. If they plays as bad on defense as in the first two games we might have a chance, but there is an even bigger chance that we will be behind by over 20 at some point in the game.
    No, the team is not old, but it is nowhere near last years team in personel or coaching. If you look at the matchups, the only one that is really favourable to any team is shawn marion / lamar odom at the 3. Other then that, the raptors match up well. As long as we keep them to a modest three point game, and play defence close to the way we played against Indiana, it will be a lot closer then you think. The Mavs have shown that they wont be the same team in terms of rebounding.

    Do not expect a blowout, or the underdog/favourite to play any role in this game.

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    Quote Red and White wrote: View Post
    No, the team is not old, but it is nowhere near last years team in personel or coaching. If you look at the matchups, the only one that is really favourable to any team is shawn marion / lamar odom at the 3. Other then that, the raptors match up well. As long as we keep them to a modest three point game, and play defence close to the way we played against Indiana, it will be a lot closer then you think. The Mavs have shown that they wont be the same team in terms of rebounding.

    Do not expect a blowout, or the underdog/favourite to play any role in this game.
    It's not that they suddenly won't be able to play defense without Casey or that they won't be able to rebound without Chandler. They still have Haywood who should be decent and they have Odom now who can rebound very well. Nowitzki is a terrible match-up for any team (forgot about him?), that didn't change. In my opinion some people are too quickly thinking Dallas is a suddenly no threat anymore. I don't think they will win it all, but I didn't expect that last year either. They are out of shape, maybe because of partying too much... I expect them to still win 50+ games (related to a 82 games schedule) like always, which is about 40+ games this year and be a threat to anyone in the play-offs.

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    Quote Soft Euro wrote: View Post
    It's not that they suddenly won't be able to play defense without Casey or that they won't be able to rebound without Chandler. They still have Haywood who should be decent and they have Odom now who can rebound very well. Nowitzki is a terrible match-up for any team (forgot about him?), that didn't change. In my opinion some people are too quickly thinking Dallas is a suddenly no threat anymore. I don't think they will win it all, but I didn't expect that last year either. They are out of shape, maybe because of partying too much... I expect them to still win 50+ games (related to a 82 games schedule) like always, which is about 40+ games this year and be a threat to anyone in the play-offs.
    They have had horrible defensive problems this year, and their rpg have dropped significantly. But you bring up a good point. Tons of teams that are on their hangover from a championship start off slow the following season, and with the lockout, they are probably going to wake up. Still, I believe enough has changed in personel that does not give them as big as an edge that they previously had. Saying there is a bigger chance they will win (i believe you said 20 point blow out) then a close game is just not correct to me.

    I guess we will have to see

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    I meant a bigger chance that we fall behind by 20+ than us winning.

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    we'll see, but you never know. Casey knows the Dallas offense pretty well so its kind of a favorable match up. We might be able to pull it off

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