COVID call-ups give former Wolverines a shot in the NBA
Roster attrition, partly due to COVID-19 protocols, has allowed for more call-ups from the G League than in the past. Derrick Walton Jr. was among those who got a chance, playing in an NBA game for the first time since March of 2020 on a 10-day contract. Foot surgery prevented him from full practice participation until November, and he’s only appeared in one NBA game, for five minutes, so far. While guys like Teske, Stauskas, et cetera are getting their shot, other ex-Wolverines are building on their NBA careers. Averaging 17.4 points per game, he’s moved to the bench with the return of Klay Thompson.mlive.com
Ex-Wolverines Duncan Robinson, Tim Hardaway Jr. agree to big deals in NBA free agency
Shortly after NBA free agency opened at 6 p.m., the 6-foot-7 forward agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract to remain with the Miami Heat. Tim Hardaway Jr. has agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN. Last year, Robinson started all 72 games, averaging 13.1 points. At Michigan from 2016-18, he started just 49 of 115 career games and averaged 9.3 points. In 544 career games, Hardaway has started 268 and averaged 13.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists.mlive.com
Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul move quickly in NBA free agency
Point guards were the immediate focus when the NBA’s free agency window opened Monday night, with Kyle Lowry headed to the Miami Heat, Lonzo Ball on his way to the Chicago Bulls while Chris Paul and Mike Conley landed lucrative deals to remain with their current teams.
Clippers beat Mavs 104-97, force Game 7 in another road win
Kawhi Leonard tied his playoff career high with 45 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-97 on Friday night, forcing a Game 7 in the first postseason series in NBA history with the road team winning the first six games.
How to Watch the Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers (5/25/21) -- NBA Playoffs (Game 2) | Channel, Stream, Time
The NBA Playoffs are underway, and one of the highlighted games over the weekend saw the Dallas Mavericks go over the Los Angeles Clippers in a back-and-forth battle in game one. Dallas was led by star guard Luka Doncic, who led the floor with a triple-double, picking up 10 rebounds, 11 assists, and led all players with 31 points. Watch the NBA Playoffs on FuboTV (7-day free trial)Also helping out in the win for the Mavs was fellow guard Tim Hardaway Jr., who earned 21 points, with Jalen Brunson coming off the bench to pick up 15 points. What: NBA Western Conference PlayoffsWho: (5) Dallas Mavericks vs. (4) Los Angeles Clippers (Mavericks lead 1-0)When: Tuesday, May 25Time: 10:30 p.m. ETWhere: STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)Channel: NBA TVStream: FuboTV (7-day free trial)mlive.com
More lessons and other takeaways from Pistons' loss to Mavericks
The Pistons ultimately fell to the Mavericks 115-105, though, as Dallas got hot in the waning seconds of the game. Overall, off of Hardaway’s strong night from three, the Mavericks shot 43.3 percent from distance. In the last three and half minutes, the Pistons committed four fouls, three of which sent the Mavericks to the line. By the end the night the Pistons had 18 turnovers which resulted in 12 Mavericks’ points. The good thing is that with an increase in developmental minutes for the team’s young core, there will likely be fewer mistakes with each progressing season.mlive.com
Mavericks snuff Pistons’ fourth-quarter rally
DETROIT -- In a fight to the finish, the Detroit Pistons fell to Dallas 115-105 Thursday at Little Caesars Arena after the Mavericks rallied in the final two minutes. The two teams traded baskets for much of the fourth quarter. Behind the strength of its high-powered bench led by Frank Jackson and Hamidou Diallo, the Pistons kept the Mavericks in their sights. Detroit had some help from rookie Isaiah Stewart, who hit two 3-pointers as the Mavericks (35-27) continued to pressure the Pistons in the fourth quarter. He made all six of his free throws in the fourth quarter, giving Dallas just enough offense to start pulling away toward the end.mlive.com
Mavs end Nets' 8-game run as Porzingis returns, Irving sits
Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots against Brooklyn Nets forward Jeff Green (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK – Luka Doncic scored 27 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 18 in his return from injury and the Dallas Mavericks snapped the Brooklyn Nets' eight-game winning streak with a 115-98 victory Saturday night. James Harden had 29 points for the Nets, but only four after halftime while playing as Brooklyn's solo superstar. Kevin Durant missed his seventh straight game with a left hamstring strain and Kyrie Irving rested his surgically repaired right shoulder. Dallas put it away with 12 straight points early in the fourth, making it 106-84 and soon after Harden was removed for good.
Doncic, Williamson hit career highs as Mavs top Pels 143-130
Doncic scored a career-high 46 points, Kristaps Porzingis added 36 and the Mavericks overcame Williamson's career-best 36 points in a 143-130 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. The Mavericks matched their season best with a fourth consecutive victory and beat the Pelicans for the fifth straight time. The Pelicans gave up a franchise-record 25 3-pointers for the second consecutive game. Mavericks: Dallas finished above 50% shooting for the third consecutive game while improving to 7-0 when scoring at least 120 points. AdMORE HISTORY FOR DONCICDoncic tied a franchise record shared by Mark Aguirre (1983-84) and Dirk Nowitzki (2005-06) with his 13th consecutive game of at least 25 points.
Mavs' Cuban relents on anthem after NBA reiterates policy
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban relented Wednesday and the national anthem will be played before home games this season after the NBA reiterated its “longstanding league policy” to include the song. “With NBA teams now in the process of welcoming fans back into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in keeping with longstanding league policy,” the league said. It's been quite a day.”The Mavericks released a statement from Cuban while acknowledging the club would return to playing the anthem. “We have no problem playing the national anthem at all,” Cuban said. “I stand for the national anthem.
Mavs owner Cuban stops playing national anthem at home games
Dallas Mavericks forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) shoots as team owner Mark Cuban watches during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Dallas, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS – Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday he decided before this season began not to play the national anthem before the team's home games. Cuban didn't elaborate on his decision not to play the anthem, saying nobody had noticed. The Athletic first reported that Dallas had dropped the anthem. The pregame national anthem is a staple of American sports at both the professional and collegiate level, but is far less commonplace at pro sporting events in other countries.
Nuggets' Murray tossed after hitting Mavs' Hardaway in groin
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) leaves the court after being ejected in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS – Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray was ejected after what appeared to be an intentional shot to the groin area of Dallas' Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half of their game Monday night. Murray got up and reached between Hardaway's legs with his right arm, prompting Hardaway to double over. The initial call was a foul on Murray, and it was upgraded to a flagrant-two foul on a video review. Murray had 16 points when he was ejected, his same team-leading total from halftime.
Bulls roll past Mavs 117-101 to end 4-game losing streak
Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen (24) shoots over Dallas Mavericks center Willie Cauley-Stein (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)DALLAS – Lauri Markkanen had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Garrett Temple scored 15 of his season-high 21 points in the second quarter and the Chicago Bulls ended a four-game losing streak with a 117-101 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Markkanen, in his second game back after missing seven games because of COVID-19 protocols, was 10 of 19 from the field while recording season highs in points and rebounds. Mavericks: Dallas travel to the Raptors' temporary home in Tampa, Florida, on Monday in the second back-to-back of the season. The Mavericks lost at Chicago in the first game of their other back-to-back before winning at Houston.
Mavs destroy Clippers 124-73 to earn 1st win of season
Josh Richardson added 21 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points for the Mavs, who kept up their dominance in the second half, too. Paul George led the Kawhi Leonard-less Clippers with 15 points before sitting out the second half. Serge Ibaka added 13 points and nine rebounds over three quarters of the team's first loss. He scored as many points (13) as the Clippers in the first quarter. They swept the Mavs last season, winning all three meetings as the visiting team, including a first-round playoff victory.
Booker, Bridges lead new-look Suns past Mavericks 106-102
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives on Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX – Devin Booker scored 22 points, Mikal Bridges added 18 and the Phoenix Suns beat the Dallas Mavericks 106-102 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams. Luka Doncic cut the Suns' lead to three with a dunk but after a Booker miss, Bridges grabbed the offensive rebound and Phoenix closed out the victory. Suns: Forward Dario Saric, who missed all four of the Suns preseason games, sat out the opener with a sore right quad ... In 39 games last season with the Suns, Kaminsky averaged 9.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Michigan basketball All-Decade team: The star-studded 2010s
There were two trips to the national championship game, three straight Sweet 16 appearances, and back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles. Several of the top players left early for the NBA, making it even more difficult to judge their Michigan careers. Nik Stauskas (2012-14)The sharpshooting freshman turned into an unstoppable sophomore, giving Michigan its second straight Big Ten Player of the Year in 2014. That season, he shot 44 percent from deep on nearly six attempts per game, averaging 17.5 points per game. More Michigan basketball content:Juwan Howard laments virtual recruiting as Michigan makes cut for another 5-starHoward updates Chaundee Brown’s waiver request for Michigan basketballMichigan basketball faces tricky task of creating safe schedulemlive.com
Clippers roll past Mavericks 154-111 to take 3-2 series lead
Montrezl Harrell added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who set a franchise record for points in a playoff game. Los Angeles can clinch the series on Thursday. Leonard scored 22 points and Paul George scored 18 to help Los Angeles take a 76-52 lead at halftime. TIP-INSMavericks: Doncic was issued a technical foul in the second quarter. ... Hardaway and Los Angeles' Marcus Morris were called for double technicals in the second quarter.
Clippers hold off Doncic, Mavs after Porzingis is tossed
Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 18 points adn Porzingis finished with 14, along with Seth Curry. The Clippers knocked around Doncic, the 21-year-old superstar who led the NBA in triple-doubles, whenever they could. The Clippers swarmed Doncic from the outset, forcing him into three turnovers in the first two minutes while racing to a 10-0 lead. Morris was eager to grab the ball and ended up grabbing Doncic, who sought to push his way free. Clippers: Reserve Montrezl Harrell returned after leaving the team for his grandmother's death and had six points in 15 minutes.
Lillard pours in 61 to lift Blazers past Mavs, 134-131
Kristaps Porzingis scored 36 points and Luka Doncic had 25 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who will finish No. Lillard then drew a double-team and dished to Haasan Whiteside for a dunk to put the Blazers up by two. The game featured the two leading scorers since the NBA restart, with Doncic entering averaging 33.4 points and Lillard 33. Lillard was hot from the start, scoring 25 in the first half as the Blazers took a 66-58 lead. Mavericks: Play Suns on Thursday.
Doncic gets 17th triple-double, Mavs top Bucks 136-132 in OT
Brook Lopez scored a season-high 34 points for the Bucks, who have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Doncic's final assist was a between-the-legs pass to Maxi Kleber for a three-point play and a 133-128 lead. The foul that sent Doncic to the line was originally called as the sixth on Antetokounmpo. Middleton's three-point play with 1.9 seconds left in the half put Milwaukee up 71-62. Mavericks: Play Utah on Monday.
10 former Michigan basketball players begin season on NBA rosters
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Michigan basketball season is still a couple weeks away, but fans won't have to wait any longer to watch some of their favorites on the court. As the season begins, there are 10 former Michigan basketball players on active 15-man rosters. This will be the fifth team of Burke's young NBA career. He averaged a career-high 18.1 points per game last season, splitting time between the Knicks and Mavericks. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him break out in his fourth NBA season.