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Here are some of the highlights:

Q: From Dirk Nowitzki, to Seth Curry, to Yogi Ferrell, it seems like Harrison Barnes has been a little overshadowed this season. What would you like to bring to light about his play?

Sefko: He prefers it that way. He’s been the quietest 20 point scorer in the league. And he’s been pretty efficient. But there is a long way to go for him. He needs to work on his ballhandling and being a better rebounder. If he does those two things, he’s going to threaten All Star status in the next year or two.

Q: If the draft’s highly coveted point guards are all gone by the time Dallas picks (and it seems like there are 4 5 of those guys), what position comes next in level of importance to address/bolster?

Sefko: Somebody who can snag rebounds will help. But an athletic wing player is always in demand. Still, point guard is the No. 1 priority in the offseason. We all think highly of Yogi Ferrell, but he needs help at the position. If Seth Curry’s handles get a little better .

Q: Which college players (that the Mavs might look to draft) impressed you in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament?

Sefko: I actually thought Louisville’s [Donovan] Mitchell and Florida State’s [Jonathan] Isaac were pretty good. Both could be there when the Mavericks pick. And the big kid from Arizona [Lauri Markkanen] whose name I haven’t learned how to spell yet is interesting. I’ve seen him play some pretty average games and I’d be scared to pick him. But when he’s got the shot going, he’s very intriguing.

Q: When at full strength, these Mavericks sure have shown some fight. A lottery pick (you’d think) is on his way here, adding to the Barnes Noel Matthews Curry core (plus a year or two of Dirk), so the question: Will free agents this summer be attracted to Dallas’ basketball situation?

Sefko: That’s the question I put to Mark Cuban recently and he said it’s just a matter of finding the right guy at the right time. This franchise still is recovering from the DeAndre Jordan nightmare. But this summer, if they can connect on another solid double like Barnes or Curry or Matthews, then they are positioned to have enough Young jersey cheap talent to get the attention of star free agents. But I do agree with Cuban Wholesale NBA Jerseys
that it’s going to get tougher to get those players away from their incumbent teams because of the new collective bargaining agreement.

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The bad news for the Mavericks from the blockbuster deal that shipped DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans is that they play the Kings only one more time this season at Sacramento on April 4.

If they had three more meetings with the league’s newest worst team and that’s covering some ground they might have a fighting chance at climbing up the Western Conference standings.

It’s time to give up the pipe dream of chasing the playoffs which, by the way, Mark Cuban and his management team probably did weeks ago. Keep playing the Young jersey cheaper talent as much as you can without insulting your proud veterans, because this really has turned into “one of those seasons.”

It’s not necessarily a bad thing that the Mavericks didn’t get out of the batter’s box, much less to first base, when it came to flirtations about Cousins. As immense as his talent is, sometimes other considerations jump out.

An NBA general manager from back in the ’90s once told me that talent trumps everything in the league. If Jack the Ripper could get him 20 and 10 every night, the GM said, he’d be in uniform today.

That’s not necessarily the standard operating procedure with the Mavericks, who made inquiries about the Cousins situation over the past couple of weeks.

No tires go unkicked in this league.

“We talked to them,” owner Mark Cuban said. “When we did, they told us they weren’t trading him.”

Cousins would have been a huge gamble and let’s be frank, the Mavericks probably didn’t possess the assets the Kings would have wanted unless Harrison Barnes was involved with other Young jersey cheap players and picks.

When the Kings came through Dallas in early December and destroyed the Mavericks, Cousins had 24 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and hit both of his 3 pointers. The Kings won by 31.

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finally decided Cousins was more trouble than he’s worth. Cousins is one of the rare NBA players who has been suspended for having too many technical fouls. He’s a hothead, and his presence in the locker room would require periodic massaging.

Asked if he would like Cousins a lot better in a Mavericks’ uniform, he said: “No thanks. More trouble than he’s worth.”

That’s what the Kings finally decided.

Yes, Rick Carlisle probably could have made it work. The Mavericks don’t have any real head cases in the locker room right now. You can handle one knucklehead, as the saying goes. Any more than that and it’s like putting too many jalapeos in the recipe. And Cousins is one of the rare NBA players who has been suspended for having too many technical fouls. He’s a hothead. And his presence in the locker room would require periodic massaging.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks are lottery bound. They will see Cousins and the Pelicans on Saturday at American Airlines Center. New Orleans, one half game ahead of the Mavericks at 11th in the West, suddenly is the favorite to pick off the eighth spot. Denver, currently eighth, also will remain in the running.

The Mavericks? They are three games behind Denver. They also trail the Pelicans, Kings and Blazers. That’s too many teams to leapfrog, especially when two of them have added nice pieces (Cousins to the Pels, Mason Plumlee to the Nuggets).

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia Gavin Bayreuther is a good defenseman, and the Stars are hoping he can add to a mix of 20 something blue liners who eventually solidify the back end for years to come.

The skilled defenseman out of St. Lawrence University who signed a free agent contract with the Stars on Wednesday is a solid prospect who is worth the risk of a two year contract. And while the soon to be 23 year old still probably needs a year of AHL experience, he adds to a mix that continues to get thicker.

Bayreuther joins Dillon Heatherington (acquired in trade from Columbus) and 2014 first round draft pick Julius Honka as defensmen who are knocking on the NHL door. And when the NHL group already includes 22 year old Esa Lindell and 24 year olds John Klingberg jersey cheap, Stephen Johns and Jamie Oleksiak jersey cheap, Dallas is walking a fine line between experience and talent on defense.

“We are very Young jersey cheap, and the NHL isn’t a developmental league, but we think we have good players,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill. “I think you want to collect talented players with different skill sets and let them make the decisions for you. We’ll put them in the positions where we hope they succeed and where we give them the best opportunity, and then we see what happens.”

Bayreuther adds to the skilled side of the defense. The 6 1, 195 pound lefty had 111 points (35 goals, 76 assists) in 142 collegiate games and is seen as a solid power play quarterback with a good shot.

“He’s going to need some time in the American League,” Nill said. “It’s a matter of increasing his strength, getting used to the speed of the game, getting used to playing against older guys. Some guys, they do that relatively fast. Some guys, it takes a year or two. He’s one of the top college defensemen who is a very good athlete, so we think there is a lot of potential there.”

Heatherington, 21, is a bigger, more defensive defenseman at 6 4, 220. He has 110 games of AHL experience and, like Bayreuther, is expected to finish out the season with the Texas Stars and then get ready for Stars camp next fall. Honka, 21, was able to jump straight into the AHL in 2014, so he has 184 AHL games under his belt and will be called up to play eight to 10 NHL games to finish the season, Nill said.

When Honka does get the call, that could mean players like Patrik Nemeth jersey cheap and Greg Pateryn will be facing more healthy scratches. It could also mean that Oleksiak and Johns are under even more pressure to make an impression before tough decisions are made this summer.

It’s a bubbling cauldron for the Stars on defense. Klingberg, Lindell and veteran Dan Hamhuis jersey cheap look like locks for next year’s roster, but all other positions on defense seem up in the air.

“There are no guarantees with any player, but you have to trust your assessment and your development staff and do the best you can to get the most out of the players,” Nill said. Wholesale Jerseys
“You’re dealing with human beings, and you have to see how each one develops. John Klingberg jersey cheap has 200 games now, so he is at a different stage. Other players have gained a lot of experience this year. It’s a process, and it’s a fine balance between patience and winning.”

In the long run, Nill still believes patience will lead to winning. That’s why he’s adding depth to an area where he believes there will always be need.

“It sounds harsh, but there is a chance that all five or six don’t develop,” he said. “As long as there are two or three, then you can set yourself up for a long time. Give yourself the best opportunity to find the best players.”

NHL conference finals capsules

OTTAWA: The key for the Senators is simple: just get at least one puck in the net. Ottawa is 8 0 when it doesn’t get shut out in Wholesale Jerseys China
the playoffs. The Islanders blanked the Senators for their only win in the first round, and Philadelphia did it twice in the conference semis. Marian Hossa jersey cheap is leading the way, just as he did in the regular season, with five goals and 12 points. He will certainly face the defensive pressure of John Madden in this round. If Hossa is slowed, the Senators will look to captain Daniel Alfredsson jersey cheap and Martin Havlat jersey cheap, who each have four playoff goals, to pick up the slack. Both scored in the Game 6 victory over Philadelphia that ended the second round series. Patrick Lalime yielded only 10 goals to the Flyers, who were outscored 10 3 in the final two games after the teams split the first four contests. Lalime hasn’t allowed more than two goals since the Senators’ playoff opening 3 0 loss to the Islanders. The Senators have 10 power play goals and have killed 44 of 47 penalties 21 of 22 on the road. Ottawa held Philadelphia to 0 for 17 on the power play and scored two short handed goals.

NEW JERSEY: Madden leads the Devils, who always think defense first. Madden shut down Joe Thornton jersey cheap in the first round against Boston, then made Young jersey cheap Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier jersey cheap disappear in the second round. Jamie Langenbrunner picked up where he left off against Boston and scored the game winning goals in each of the first two games vs. the Lightning. But the Devils have been getting goals from all over as they roll four lines. Grant Marshall scored the series winning goal in the third overtime of Game 5. He had one goal in each of the final three games against the Lightning after scoring just nine in the regular season. All talk about the Devils in the playoffs goes back to their core players defensemen Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer, and goalie Martin Brodeur jersey cheap, who is a finalist to be the league’s MVP and top goalie. Niedermayer has eight playoff points, third most on the club, and Stevens is a plus 10. He came back after missing most of Game 3 when he was struck in the ear by a puck and scored in Game 4. Brodeur is 8 2 with a 1.51 goals against average and three shutouts in 10 games.

MINNESOTA: The Wild will certainly be tired when the series opens at home Saturday afternoon. Not only did they have to come back from 3 1 deficits in each of their first two series the first team to do that they were forced to play Games 6 and 7 on consecutive days in both. The Wild won Game 6 in Minnesota on Wednesday, then took the seventh game Thursday in Vancouver. Dwayne Roloson gave up two quick goals in the second period of Game 7, before allowing the Wild to escape with a 4 2 victory. A groin injury forced him out of some playoff games already and he was nearly injured further when he was knocked over in the crease late in the third period of Game 7. If he can’t go, Manny Fernandez will provide able coverage in goal. Fernandez is 3 2 in the playoffs with a 2.22 goals against average and .923 save percentage. The defensive minded Wild showed offensive force in their final three wins over the Canucks, outscoring them 16 5. Marian Gaborik jersey cheap leads the NHL with 17 playoff points, including nine goals.

ANAHEIM: The Mighty Ducks’ road gets easier, at least as far as seeding. They already beat the No. 1 Stars and No. 2 Red Wings, and Jean Sebastien Giguere has been why. He’s stopped 354 of 373 shots and won eight of 10 games with one shutout. Anaheim has lost just twice despite only having a 24 20 scoring edge in the playoffs. You won’t find any Anaheim players in the scoring leaders, as Paul Kariya, Steve Thomas and Mike Leclerc pace the club with just six points each. The Ducks 8 1 in one goal playoff games have gotten just enough scoring.