2 games to go in Avery Johnson’s Mavericks coaching career, by my estimate. Too harsh? Do you have any faith that they can win? Surprise me, Mavs. A few questions/observations for Avery (potential future employers, pay attention):
1. Why on earth has Jerry Stackhouse started the first two games of this series? This is the same Jerry Stackhouse who missed 9 of the last 10 regular season games, returning only to play a bit role as the Mavs blew out the Hornets in the season finale? He’s rusty, he’s old…why, Avery? Ol’ Jer responded by torching the Hornets for 14 points on 32% shooting during those two games. He’s wearing that twine out! Why not start Jason Terry, who’s been starting, who scored 30 in the finale, and with whom the team had some moments over the last several games where things finally ‘clicked’? Or for heaven’s sake, Eddie Jones, who showed some signs of life down the stretch? What could you possibly have been thinking? Instead, Stack has sucked, Terry apparently has been thrown off his rhythm, and…do we have any other guards? Because they’re sure as hell not playing much. This just in: Tyronn Lue wasn’t even active tonight so that J.J. Barea could dress? Lue, who shot over 50% from 3-pt land since becoming a Mav? It’s like you’re trying to get fired, man.
2. What is your rotation, Avery? Do you even have a clue?
3. Stand around for 20 seconds, throw up a jumper – people have figured out the offense. What else have you got?
4. Josh Howard is not a stopper. Get over it. He is, however, a drug addict. Aside: Way to drag out an old story and drive down Howard’s value right before the Mavs try to trade him, DMN. Dillholes. Really, though, I shouldn’t be bitter – Howard is ruining his reputation anyway by turning himself into a passive jumpshooter at age 28.
In other news, the Rangers are now down 7-2 and on their way to a 7-14 record. Ron Washington’s public statements bear not even the faintest resemblance to the reality of the team. Daniels has already summoned him for a come-to-Jesus meeting. He’s on the hot seat for the second time in his two-year managerial career. Will he make it to June? Or should we be debating which team hires him as its third-base coach next year?
Be cheered by the success of our local minor-league franchise…the Stars, if you don’t follow.