Posts Tagged ‘Sasha Pavlovic’

Flopping Aside, New Flagrant Foul Replay Rule Could Have Bigger Impact

 

DALLAS — The NBA’s new flopping rule has captured everyone’s attention, but a rule tweak that could prove to be far more impactful this season — and especially in the playoffs — was successfully implemented in the final minute of Monday’s game between the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers.

The replay review of flagrant fouls makes all kinds of good sense.

As the Mavs were polishing off a massive fourth-quarter run to break open a close game and bury the Blazers 114-91, Dallas rookie Jae Crowder drove the lane. Sasha Pavlovic wrapped his arms around him and Crowder went crashing to the floor. At first glance, in the heat of a game gone haywire for Portland, it could have been interpreted as an unnecessary, potentially dangerous, frustration foul worthy of being ruled a flagrant.

Under the new replay rule, the officiating crew of Joey Crawford, Kane Fitzgerald and Marat Kogut went under the hood, so to speak, to take a look. Upon further review, they correctly determined that Pavlovic’s foul was not “unnecessary contact committed by a player against an opponent,” the requirement  for a Flagrant 1, the lesser of the league’s two flagrant foul penalties, so Pavlovic was charged with a routine personal foul.

Crowder was awarded two free throws. A Flagrant 1 would have resulted in two free throws and possession. In a blowout such as this, it was inconsequential from results standpoint. But in a tight game, the replay review can be significant. (more…)

Studies In Crisis Management

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – Forget the recent slides for a minute.

Take a good look at both the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks and recognize what they are right now: two teams that had lofty (and in the case of the Mavericks, championship) aspirations who are now  suddenly forced to reassess things heading into the second half of this season.

They are a study in crisis management, two very different approaches to crisis management.

The Mavericks have already begun their process, as you knew they would after Caron Butler went down with a severe knee injury and Dirk Nowitzki continues to struggle while playing with a knee injury of his own. New faces dot the roster (Sasha Pavlovic, Peja Stojakovic) and the Mavs have to figure out how to play with without Nowitzki, who is showing his mettle playing on a knee that is clearly not as close to 100 percent as he or anyone in Dallas would like (take notes Jay Cutler):

“After three weeks out, my legs are gone at the half every game,” Nowitzki said. “I feel slow. And it wasn’t like I was a beast before.”

After listening to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on the radio this morning — “we’re not done yet,” he told the guys on Mike and Mike in the Morning – it’s clear that the Mavericks aren’t ready to give up on their title hopes.

Some things, though, appear to be out of the equation for the Mavericks as the season moves forward. Chasing the Spurs for the top spot in Southwest Division, Western Conference and the entire league is no longer the top priority — or as Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News suggests, “it will have to wait until the 2011-12 season.”

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Stojakovic headed to Dallas

The Mavericks are on the verge of adding All-Star swingman help after losing Caron Butler to a season-ending knee injury. Peja Stojakovic, bought out by Toronto on Thursday, has given Dallas a verbal agreement to sign once he clears waivers Monday, a league source confirmed to NBA.com.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com first reported the agreement.

The Mavericks would open up a roster spot for Stojakovic by trading fourth-team center Alexis Ajinca in a separate deal with the Raptors, according to ESPN.com.

Stojakovic, a 13-year vet seven years removed from his third and last All-Star appearance, is one of the league’s all-time best 3-point shooters at 40.1 percent. He just wasn’t a fit in Toronto, which acquired Stojakovic in a Nov. 20 trade with New Orleans along with Jarrett Jack and Marcus Banks.

“We were clear from the beginning that our trade with New Orleans was made with the future in mind, so a buyout or trade of Peja’s contract was a likely option,” Raptors president Bryan Colangelo said. “Although he did not fit into our plan of developing our young core talent, I’m sure that Peja will add significantly to any veteran team that signs him.”

Health has been an issue in recent years, with the 33-year-old native of Serbia playing more than 62 games once in the last five seasons. Stojakovic has played just eight games this season, and only two since the trade because of a sore knee.

He’s averaging a career-low 8.4 points in a limited sample this season, but didn’t score less than 12.6 per game in the previous 11 years. He won’t be asked to fill the void left by Butler, but it’s a low-risk move that potentially helps fill it.

The Mavs also signed Sasha Pavlovic to a second 10-day contract on Thursday after the veteran small forward scored 11 in Wednesday’s win over the Lakers.