Controversy behind, Kings set sights on Mavs


Controversy behind, Kings set sights on Mavs

Feb. 16, 2011

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DALLAS (AP) -- With Peja Stojakovic on his game, the Dallas Mavericks should only get stronger.

The veteran swingman looks to further contribute for his new team while trying to help the Mavericks continue their recent dominance of the visiting Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.

Dallas (38-16) signed the veteran on Jan. 24, but he didn't make his debut until Feb. 7 in a win over Cleveland. After totaling 14 points over the first three games with his new club, the 33-year-old scored 22 on 8 of 12 shooting in Saturday's 106-102 win at Houston.
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A sore left knee has limited Stojakovic to those four games since Nov. 28. Toronto didn't see the three-time All-Star in its future plans, but the Mavericks hope he can help maintain their success while filling the void after Caron Butler suffered a knee injury that could sideline him the entire season.

Stojakovic hit four 3-pointers against the Rockets to pass Dale Ellis for fourth on the NBA's all-time list with 1,723.

"That's an added dimension that we've been missing, and it just makes us deeper and stronger," said teammate Jason Kidd, who is third with 1,756 3-pointers.

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Second in the Western Conference, Dallas is 7 12 games behind first-place San Antonio. Though the Mavericks might have a hard time catching the Spurs, they have a good chance to solidify the No. 2 spot if Stojakovic can continue to become a viable option.

"It is easy to play with the guys," Stojakovic said. "I get so many good looks because they draw so much attention."

Dallas has averaged 106.3 points and shot 49.0 percent while winning 10 of 11. The Mavericks are 27-2 when scoring at least 100 points in 2010-11.

The Mavericks have averaged 114.6 points on 51.7 percent shooting during a 13-game home winning streak over Sacramento (13-39) that dates to a 126-124 loss Feb. 27, 2003.

Looking to match a season high with a seventh consecutive home win, the Mavericks have put up 109.8 points per contest while winning eight straight overall against the Kings.

Stojakovic, who spent his first 7 12 seasons with the Kings, had just four points on 1 of 7 shooting in Dallas' 102-100 win at Sacramento last Wednesday. Reserve guard Jason Terry and J.J. Barea combined for 42 points on 15 of 24 shooting to pace the Mavericks.

Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki was held to 10 points while dealing with a sore wrist in that contest. However, he scored 22 against Houston and finished with 31 and 12 rebounds in a 108-100 win over the Kings in the teams' last meeting in Dallas on March 5.

Sacramento's Tyreke Evans scored 20 in that contest, and has totaled 49 points and gone 22 of 36 from the field in two career games at Dallas.

The Kings hope that success continues as Evans is expected to return after missing Tuesday's 126-96 loss at Oklahoma City with plantar fasciitis. The second-year guard has averaged 22.2 points in six games this month.

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Evans hopes to join rookie DeMarcus Cousins after he posted 21 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday in his return from a one-game suspension for fighting with teammate Donte Greene following Saturday's home loss to the Thunder.

Cousins scored 19 with 15 boards against the Mavericks last week.

Sacramento has lost six of seven.

Report: Cavs, Celtics engaged in trade talks for Kyrie Irving


Report: Cavs, Celtics engaged in trade talks for Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving to the Celtics?

Boston and Cleveland are engaged in active trade discussions, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.

Kyrie requested a trade back in early July.

He has two more years on his contract -- $18,868,625 next season and $20,099,188 in 2018-19 -- with a $21,329,750 player option in 2019-20.

Thomas will make about $6.26 million next year and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The Celtics were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season, and the Cavs were the No. 2 seed.

Cleveland dispatched Boston in five games in the East Finals.

Thomas was sidelined for Games 3, 4 and 5 because of a hip injury.

The two teams face off on Opening Night on Oct. 17...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Report: Former No. 3 overall pick works out for 49ers


Report: Former No. 3 overall pick works out for 49ers

The 49ers appear to have plenty of depth along their front seven, but the team brought in three defensive linemen for workouts on Tuesday, according to a source.

One of those players is reportedly Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 overall pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. The identities of the other two players were not immediately known.

Jackson has been without a team since the Falcons released him in March with two years and $8.5 million remaining on his contract. His workout with the 49ers was reported by the NFL Network. He also worked out recently with the Los Angeles Rams.

Jackson, 31, spent his first five season in Kansas City before playing three years with the Falcons. He appeared in all 16 games last season, starting seven times, and recorded 13 tackles and no sacks.

The 49ers have an abundance of defensive linemen, or players capable of rushing the passer from a position along the defensive line, such as DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Solomon Thomas, Earl Mitchell, Elvis Dumervil, Aaron Lynch, Chris Jones, Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, Ahmad Brooks, Eli Harold, Ronald Blair and D.J. Jones.