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  1. Sizing up the competition: OKC Thunder

    Jeff Caplan

    Fourth in a series looking at the five teams ahead of the Dallas Mavericks in our early 2012-13 Western Conference rankings and how the revamped Mavs match up. No. 2 Oklahoma City Thunder Somehow, some way, the Thunder have to be moved out of the...

    Blog | August 23, 2012
  2. Ranking the West: Lakers once again team to beat

    Jeff Caplan

    After what seemed an eternity, the Dwightmare is over. Team USA giddily won gold in London. And the Los Angeles Lakers are again the envy of the NBA. When U.S. star of stars and Lakers icon Kobe Bryant squeezed Spain foe and L.A. teammate Pau Gaso...

    Blog | August 13, 2012
  3. Positional breakdown: Breakthrough for a rookie?

    Jeff Caplan

    Third in a five-part series examining the re-tooled Dallas Mavericks, position by position. SMALL FORWARD With all of the modifications to the roster this summer, small forward remained virtually unchanged. Shawn Marion, who once fell under the...

    Blog | August 08, 2012
  4. What's it mean?: High draft picks line roster

    Jeff Caplan

    When Elton Brand sets up shop at his new Dallas Mavericks locker, he and Shawn Marion will certainly reminisce about the 1999 NBA draft, surely the way Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter have about the '98 draft. Drafts are always fun to look back on ...

    Blog | July 30, 2012
  5. Countdown: No. 2 Shawn Marion

    Jeff Caplan

    Fourteenth in a 15-part series ranking the Mavericks' 2011-12 roster in importance of bringing back next season. By garnering enough votes from the media to finish eighth for Defensive Player of the Year and enough votes from the 29 other league c...

    Blog | May 31, 2012
  6. Dirk Nowitzki lands on All-NBA third team

    Jeff Caplan

    For the 12th consecutive season -- and 12th time in his 14-year career -- Dirk Nowitzki has been selected to the All-NBA team. Nowitzki, who statistically did not have a season up to his standards, was still impressive enough to garner a spot on the ...

    Blog | May 24, 2012
  7. Would Thunder run be more impressive than Mavs'?

    Jeff Caplan

    Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle had high praise for the Oklahoma City Thunder after being swept out of the first round, and his opinion was likely only reinforced after OKC's impressive dismantling and elimination of the Los Angeles Lakers in fi...

    Blog | May 22, 2012
  8. W2W4: Have Mavs reached blow-it-up phase?

    Jeff Caplan

    DALLAS -- For years prior to winning the title last season, the debate has raged: Should Mark Cuban blow up the Mavericks? Well, that point might actually be upon the Mavs' owner as his club faces the prospects of being swept out of the first roun...

    Blog | May 05, 2012
  9. Rapid Reaction: Thunder 95, Mavs 79

    Jeff Caplan

    DALLAS -- How it happened: Oklahoma City built a 15-point lead in the first and second quarters, and the Mavericks could never keep a run going long enough to make it a game. The defending champions are truly up against it, down 3-0. To avoid a hu...

    Blog | May 03, 2012
  10. 2012 NBA playoffs -- Dallas Mavericks have taken a step back this...

    Jeff Caplan

    The Mavericks have taken a step back toward an uncertain future.

    Story | Conversation | May 03, 2012
  11. Shawn Marion's value keeps soaring

    Jeff Caplan

    DALLAS -- The Oklahoma City Thunder's ultra-dynamic All-Star duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook raised their shooting percentages this season to career highs. Durant hit for 49.6 percent; Westbrook for 45.7. In seizing a 2-0 first-round ser...

    Blog | May 03, 2012
  12. 2012 NBA playoffs - Dallas Mavericks need Shawn Marion now and in...

    Jeff Caplan

    Shawn Marion is showing against OKC how valuable he is to the Mavericks.

    Story | Conversation | May 02, 2012
  13. Is Marion an option on Russell Westbrook?

    Jeff Caplan

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has a decision to make as to how to defend Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, who has averaged 28.5 points on 52.3 percent shooting in the first two games. None of the Mavs' guards, including Delo...

    Blog | May 01, 2012
  14. Rick Carlisle invokes Ron Washington

    Jeff Caplan

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has invoked the basketball gods a time or two this season. After a second gut-punch playoff loss to the Thunder in Monday's Game 2, Carlisle channeled a friend of his in another sport. "As my good fri...

    Blog | May 01, 2012
  15. NBA playoffs -- Russell Westbrook leading the charge

    Jeff Caplan

    Russell Westbrook is growing up before our eyes, and taking the Thunder with him.

    Story | Conversation | April 30, 2012
  16. Shawn Marion tired of hearing about the shot

    Jeff Caplan

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Dallas Mavericks defensive stopper Shawn Marion is eager to tip Game 2 Monday night because he's tired of talking about Kevin Durant's dramatic game-winning shot in the series opener that Marion described as a "tough-ass shot, lucky ...

    Blog | April 30, 2012