Archive for May, 2006

Mavs Thoughts Before Game 4

Tonight the Mavericks need to take the hope away from the Suns by winning Game 4 in Phoenix.

The Mavs lead the series 2-1. If the Mavericks go up 3 games to 1 the series is over.

The Suns have lost Raja Bell for tonight’s game (calf injury) and I just think this is the time for Dallas to step on the Suns and take their will away.

Look for Josh Howard to get 20 points. When he scores over 20 points, the Mavericks have won every game this season.

Newy Scruggs
www.newdawg.com

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Jason Terry….Not Smart

Jason Terry better hope his teammates can bail him out tonight in Game 6 against the Spurs.

Bottom line, you can’t punch a guy. Terry nailed former Maverick, Michael Finley, in the man spot at the end of regulation in Game 5. The NBA suspended Terry without pay.

The Mavericks wanted a fine for Terry, but not a suspension. Sorry, a punch is a punch, so Terry has to sit.

What a shame. All series long the Spurs have had trouble defending the Mavs quick guards, now Terry is down for Game 6 in Dallas. JET let his boys down. The Spurs are going to feel very confident tonight.

If the Spurs win Game 6 and force Game 7 in San Antonio, Terry will be blamed. He lost his cool. You can’t do that.

The Suns bailed out Raja Bell after he got suspended for a closeline on Kobe Bryant. But as David Moore wrote in the Morning News, the Spurs ain’t the Lakers.

Terry is a good guy. He just did a dumb thing. He wasted a punch on a benchwarmer. Nailing Finley wasn’t worth not playing tonight.

Here’s the guy who has to step up: Josh Howard. He was great in Game 2 with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Howard is quick and the Mavs have to find a way to get him back into the flow.

JET better hope there’s not a Game 7 back in the Alamo City. After all, the Mavericks haven’t lost at home this year in the playoffs.

Newy Scruggs
www.newdawg.com

Chatting with the Playmaker

I went to Keyshawn Johnson’s VIP party for his golf tournament last night and got spend some quality time with the Playmaker, Michael Irvin.

He’s a big T.O. guy and I picked his brain on the newest Cowboys wide receiver. Here’s some quotes from that interview:

Michael Irvin:

“I am a big T.O. fan. People ask me, why do you stick up for T.O.? I love his ability. He’s a bigger, faster, stronger, Michael Irvin.”

“What he brings is just…he brings instant offense. See, it’s not just what I do..numbers wise. It’s how much time you have to spend preparing for me. Preparing for T.O. The more time you spend on T.O., less time you spend in stopping the running game, more time you spend on T.O., less time you spend on stopping Terry Glenn and Jason Witten.”

Irvin also told me he thinks Bill Parcells is the perfect coach for T.O. The Playmaker said he told T.O. to just enjoy the process of being in Dallas and dealing with the media.

Newy Scruggs
www.newdawg.com

That’s Why He’s Coach of the Year

Avery Johnson did it again. He put Devin Harris into the starting lineup and the 2nd year guard ran the Spurs ragged.

The Mavericks took the Spurs behind woodshed and won game two of their series 113-91.

Harris had 20 points and zero turnovers. Josh Howard was the player of the game with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Howard was 11 for 11 from the free throw line.

This all goes back to the Coach of the Year, Avery Johnson. He made his boys pick up the pace and made this a running game. The Spurs didn’t have the healthy horses to compete.

It’s just one game. Devin Harris is not the next Steve Nash after one win. Just give Johnson credit for making the right moves and putting his guys in position to win. He took the blame for the game 1 loss. Give him props for the win in game 2.

It just shows us the Mavericks are not going to be pushovers, like they used to be in the past. This team will fight hard. Now they must win games 3 and 4 in Dallas. If they Mavericks can go up 3-1, I like their chances to win the series.

Is it just me, or is former Maverick leader, Michael Finley looking worse? His dribbling is horrible. 7 points on 3 of 7 shooting in 26:41 goes to show you the Mavs were right in buying him out. He’s not a better player than Jerry Stackhouse, Howard, or Jason Terry.

Newy Scruggs
www.newdawg.com

Earl Woods Dies

I’m feel sorry for Tiger Woods. His dad died today from cancer, he was 74.

Earl Woods served two tours in Vietnam and called his son Elderick Woods “Tiger” for one of his combat buddies.

Tiger has won 10 major golf titles. His dad started him in golf at the age of 2.

Next month will be very hard for Tiger. That first father’s day without his pops will hurt.

If you have it in you, say a prayer for the Woods family.

Newy Scruggs
www.newdawg.com

Avery Got The Mavericks Into Round 2

The Mavericks just chewed up Memphis in four games. Please give the credit to the NBA’s coach of the year, Avery Johnson.

This is not the same team that struggled to beat Houston in seven games last year and then got sent home real quick by the Suns.

They are the first team to win it’s 2006 playoff series. The Mavs will get rest and if the Spurs survive the Kings, which they should, I truly believe the Mavericks can win in a seven games series.

I know, I’m drinking the Kool Aid, but the club is playing like they understand what playoff basketball is all about. This club could win the West if the Suns go down to the the Lakers and if they can’t care of business against the winner of the Spurs/Kings series.

Credit Avery for bringing some defensive play to the Mavericks. Defense is why Memphis is gone after four games.

Newy Scruggs
www.newdawg.com

Grading the Cowboys Draft

Last year the Cowboys draft got them an A grade.

The 2006 draft is far from and A. It’s not really a B, I’ll have to say it’s a C+.

In 2005 the Cowboys had 5 players start games from their draft class:

DeMarcus Ware, Marcus Spears, Rob Petitti, Marion Barber, and Chris Canty.

Right now, only 1st rounder, LB Bobby Carpenter and 2nd rounder, TE Anthony Fasano look like starters. The rest of this draft class will have to show us what they can do come training camp.

Here is the 2006 Cowboys draft class:

Round Pick (Overall)
1 18 (18) Bobby Carpenter OLB OHIO STATE
2 21 (53) Anthony Fasano TE NOTRE DAME
3 28 (92) Jason Hatcher DE GRAMBLING
4 28 (125) Skyler Green WR LSU
5 5 (138) Patrick Watkins DS FLORIDA STATE
6 13 (182) Montavious Stanley DT LOUISVILLE
7 3 (211) Pat McQuistan OG WEBER STATE
7 16 (224) EJ Whitley OT TEXAS TECH

I wish they would have snagged California tackle, Ryan O’Callaghan in the 5th round, but New England jumped on him before the Cowboys could so they addressed a need at safety in Patrick Watkins.

Skyler Green fills the need at the punt returner. We’ll just have to see what he can do in training camp and preseason games. Sometimes kids like that get a case of the dropsies and fumbles.

Newy Scruggs
www.newdawg.com