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.
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.
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.”
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.’’
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."
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.