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RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis Named NBA Players Of The Week

Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games Monday, April 7, through Sunday, April 13.

Teague averaged 20.25 points and 5.75 as the Hawks went 3-1 in the week.

Ellis averaged 25.7 points, 4.7 assists and 51.6 percent field-goal shooting in three games, including a 37-point performance against the Phoenix Suns

Via RealGM Staff Report

Al Jefferson, Nowitzki Named NBA Players Of The Week

Al Jefferson and Dirk Nowitzki have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Jefferson averaged 24.3 points and 13.0 rebounds per game last week.

Nowitzki averaged 25.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

NBA Admits Referees Should Have Called Goaltend On Jermaine O'Neal's Late Block Of Monta Ellis On Tuesday

The NBA issued a statement Wednesday afternoon acknowledging that officials missed a goaltend call on Jermaine O'Neal's block of Monta Ellis with 16 seconds remaining in the Golden State Warriors' 122-120 overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

“Upon review at the league office, we have found that a shot taken by Dallas’ Monta Ellis with 16.0 seconds remaining in overtime was on the way down when initially contacted and ruled a block by Golden State’s Jermaine O’Neal, and should have been ruled a goaltend," Rod Thorn said in a statement regarding the no-call. "The exact trajectory of the ball when touched was impossible to ascertain with the naked eye, and the play was not reviewable.”

The loss pushed the Mavericks out of the top eight in the Western Conference playoff picture and a half-game behind the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Mavericks To Keep Samuel Dalembert Through Partially Guaranteed Second Season Of Contract

The Dallas Mavericks believe Samuel Dalembert has turned into one of the biggest bargains from last offseason's free agency, with averages of 6.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.

Donnie Nelson said the Mavericks will "absolutely" keep Dalembert next season. Dalembert has a partially guaranteed deal for 2014-15 worth $3.8 million.

“He was the last thing on the board, so he was the only bargain,’’ Nelson said on Tuesday. “Honestly, that was one of things that (last summer) we’re looking at him and he’s looking at us.

“It’s like the prom, and we’re the last two ones standing by the wall. Well, "You want to do this thing?’’

Via Dwain Price/Dallas Star-Telegram

Vince Carter Wants To Re-Sign With Mavericks

Vince Carter wants to remain with the Dallas Mavericks next season.

“I think I’ve earned the right to stick around,” Carter said.

Carter has been a good value for Dallas on his three-year, $9.3 million contract.

“My fingers are crossed,” he said. “Next year might be even better. We can attract some more people, more talent. Now I know my role, and I know the system, it’s second nature to me now. I know the city very well. I’m stepping out, going to SMU games and getting out and about. I’m very comfortable here.

“I like the guys. I like the nucleus we have here. With my role and the way I play and the way I go about things, it really helps guys here. And they like that. Hopefully, that’s enough so that they can still have trust in me enough to play significant minutes and help the other guys out.”

Via Eddie Sefko/Dallas Morning News

Mavericks Discuss Playing Harder Amid Slow Starts

Rick Carlisle has broken down film and understands the Dallas Mavericks must get off to better starts to games.

“Our activity level has not been where it needs to be,’’ Carlisle said on Friday. “I’ve just got to prepare them better.

“I guess I’ve got to take it upon myself as a responsibility.’’

The Mavericks trailed by 22 less than 14 minutes into their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.

“We’ve got to be on and we’ve got to be in a fighting mode from the very beginning of games,’’ Carlisle said. “Some nights we are pretty good that way, but then the speed of teams can be a big factor and make it look like we’re not playing hard.

“We’ve got to be playing hard. We’ve got to be playing hard and communicating and really helping each other, and do it for 48 minutes in a row.’’

Via Dwain Price/Dallas Star-Telegram

Cuban Calls Out Nowitzki For Lack Of Concentration

Mark Cuban has rarely criticized Dirk Nowitzki in public during their long owner/player relationship with the Dallas Mavericks.

Cuban told the media that he had a conversation with Nowitzki about his play.

“I think sometimes he loses concentration, and I think we’ve got to get past that,” Cuban said. “I mentioned it to him today. I asked him how his nap was during the game [Sunday at Oklahoma City]. He laughed. At least that’s while I was facing him. When I turned my back and walked away, I don’t know.”

Cuban said he’s called out Nowitzki before.

“Like ’08, ’09, when we lost to Oklahoma City when they sat everybody, I called out Dirk and the whole team,” Cuban said. “And I think the championship year, I called him out because I thought he let up when Caron [Butler] got hurt and then Dirk got hurt."

Via Dwain Price/Star Telegram

Mavericks Recall Larkin From Legends, Assign Mekel

The Dallas Mavericks have assigned Gal Mekel to the Texas Legends while recalling Shane Larkin.

In four games with the Legends this season, Larkin has averaged 15.3 points, 8.3 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in 35.8 minutes. He has played in 42 games for the Mavericks and is averaging 2.9 points and 1.6 assists in 11.1 minutes per contest.

Mekel has played in three Legends games and has averages of 9.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 27.7 minutes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Dallas Mavericks Archives

Cuban In Favor Of Expanding Rounds In NBA Draft

Mark Cuban is in favor of the NBA expanding its draft beyond the current two rounds.

Vince Carter Believes He'll Play Two More Seasons

Vince Carter is unsure about playing until he is 40.

Mavericks Assign Gal Mekel To D-League

Gal Mekel is averaging 2.4 points, 2.1 assists and 9.6 minutes in 30 games this season.

Nowitzki Plans On Playing Several More Seasons

Dirk Nowitzki will turn 36 on June 19, less than two weeks before he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Sources: Danny Granger To Decide Between Heat, Clippers, Bulls, Mavs If Bought Out

Danny Granger and the 76ers have been in discussions on a contract buyout and sources tells RealGM that management has given their complete cooperation.

Mavericks, Pistons, Pacers Discuss Luol Deng Trade With Cavaliers

Luol Deng is determined to test free agency before making a decision on whether to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

Nets, Suns, Mavericks Interested In Jordan Hill

The cost of acquiring Jordan Hill would be approximately $17 million to the Nets.

Lakers, Mavericks Seek Unlikely Trade For Kevin Love Ahead Of Deadline

The Wolves have given no indication they have interest in moving Kevin Love ahead of Thursday's deadline.

Mavericks Not Searching For Roster Changes

The Mavericks currently have 15 guaranteed contracts.

Mavericks Assign Ricky Ledo To D-League

Ricky Ledo has seen action in nine games for the Mavericks and holds averages of 1.9 points and 3.3 minutes per game.

Mark Cuban Fined $100,000 By NBA For Confronting Refs

Mark Cuban has received a fine of $100,000 by the NBA for confronting officials after the Mavericks' loss on Wednesday against the Clippers.

Gal Mekel Out Indefinitely With Knee Surgery For Torn Meniscus

No timetable has been set for Gal Mekel's return.

Legends To Claim P.J. Hairston

P.J. Hairston led the Tar Heels in scoring last season as a sophomore with 14.6 points a game and made 89 3-pointers.

NBA Admits Referees Missed Late Call In Mavericks-Pelicans Game

The NBA admitted officials a missed foul call late in the fourth quarter of the Mavericks' 110-107 win over the Pelicans on Saturday.

NBA Acknowledges Officials Missed Late Call In Mavericks-Timberwolves

The NBA acknowledged the officiating crew should have called a foul on Shawn Marion to put Kevin Love at the free throw line near the end of regulation in the Mavericks' win over the Timberwolves.

Nowitzki Credits Don Nelson For Development As 'Stretch Four'

Teams now often look for big men with the ability to stretch the floor to create space.

Devin Harris To Begin Practice During Second Week Of January

Devin Harris has yet to play after undergoing surgery on a toe on his left foot this past summer.

Sources: Luol Deng Receiving Interest From Cavaliers, Mavericks, Lakers, Raptors, Spurs, Grizzlies, Nets

Luol Deng is already receiving interest from the Cavaliers, Mavericks, Lakers, Raptors, Spurs, Grizzlies and Nets among others, according to sources.

Gersson Rosas Returns To Rockets' Front Office

Gersson Rosas parted ways with the Mavericks after becoming uncomfortable in his role under Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson

Brandon Jennings Not Surprised By His Success, Nor Monta's In Leaving Bucks

The pairing of Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis was ill-fitted.
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