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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. One and done?: The year-to-year star search

    Jeff Caplan

    Fans will forever fall in love with players on their hometown teams. At times, the free agency era can really mess that up because players don't always stick around long enough for fans to fully invest their emotions, or they do and get disappointed....

    Blog | July 18, 2012
  4. 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
  5. 2012 NBA playoffs -- Dallas Mavericks' Rick Carlisle wants to ign...

    Jeff Caplan

    On the brink of being swept out of the playoffs, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said the beginning of what would be a historic comeback starts by eliminating distractions with the referees, starting with him.

    Story | Conversation | May 04, 2012
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Cold Vince Carter told to stay aggressive

    Jeff Caplan

    DALLAS -- Vince Carter has looked for his shot; he just hasn't made many of them. Coach Rick Carlisle told him to keep looking. "He's just got to stay aggressive," Carlisle said. "In Game 1 he drove the ball very aggressively. Game 2 he didn't ge...

    Blog | May 02, 2012
  9. Mavs must match OKC's unexpected heroes

    Jeff Caplan

    It's only two games and with a little late-game luck the Dallas Mavericks' 0-2 hole might have been a 2-0 cushion with the series shifting to Dallas for Thursday's Game 3. Late-game luck isn't the only difference in a postseason rematch with the O...

    Blog | May 02, 2012
  10. Trying to limit Serge Ibaka's free dunks

    Jeff Caplan

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Three of Kevin Durant's four assists went to Serge Ibaka for dunks. Russell Westbrook added a dish for an Ibaka dunk, too. Dribble penetrations led to the Mavericks' bigs being forced to help and leaving the 6-foot-10 Ibaka to cat...

    Blog | April 30, 2012
  11. 2012 NBA playoffs -- Scott Brooks of Oklahoma City Thunder says c...

    Jeff Caplan

    Oklahoma CIty Thunder coach Scott Brooks wasn't buying counterpart Rick Carlisle's claims after Saturday's Game 1 of their first-round series that Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki was being held and grabbed without consequence.

    Story | Conversation | April 29, 2012
  12. OKC throws double doozy at Dirk Nowitzki

    Jeff Caplan

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- Serge Ibaka has grown up in more ways than one. The chiseled specimen that is the 6-foot-10, 235-pound shot-blocking machine has also learned how to play better man-on-man defense, and he showed it to Dirk Nowitzki. A year ago Iba...

    Blog | April 29, 2012
  13. 3-pointer: Closing time bad time for Mavs

    Jeff Caplan

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The kids have learned how to close. "It's been a pattern with them," Mavericks guard Jason Terry. "They've played probably the most close games all year long whether it was with us or somebody else and so it's just their style and...

    Blog | April 29, 2012
  14. Facts and figures: Mavs vs. Thunder

    Jeff Caplan

    From the Elias Sports Bureau: * The Mavericks are appearing in the postseason for the 12th consecutive season. Only one other team has reached the playoffs in each season since 2000-01: San Antonio. * The Mavericks enter the 2012 playoffs as th...

    Blog | April 28, 2012
  15. W2W4: Keeping cool when the Thunder roll

    Jeff Caplan

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder crowd is known for going bonkers, and the noise will come with the first breakaway jam. "The thing that I know for sure is that this is going to be 150 times louder than it was in Atlanta the other night," Mavericks co...

    Blog | April 28, 2012
  16. Dallas Mavericks will have to close out games vs. Oklahoma City T...

    Jeff Caplan

    Dallas will have to close out games vs. Thunder for a shot at advancing.

    Story | Conversation | April 27, 2012