Author: Jay Jeffers

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Jay Jeffers is a sports writer in Dallas, Texas. He covers the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Dallas professional teams - the Mavericks and the Cowboys. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and writes about philosophy, culture, and mainly, sports.

The Dallas Mavericks are going to the NBA Finals for the first time in 13 years, when they won the NBA Championship under the leadership of Dirk Nowitzki against Lebron James and the Miami Heat. The Mavs blew out the Minnesota Timberwolves 124-103 Thursday night in Minneapolis to close out the series 4-1. Only 11 of 155 teams had ever forced a Game 6 after falling behind 3-0 in the NBA playoffs: now it’s 11 of 156.             The Dallas Mavericks Return to the NBA Finals It was the second take to close the series…

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College and pro basketball fans, coaches and analysts stayed up to track who would be in or out of the 2024 NBA Draft. Almost right up to midnight Wednesday, May 29 was the deadline for draft entries to exit the field in order to be eligible to play college basketball in the 2024-25 season. The names of players were filtered into one bucket or the other throughout the day – college or the NBA. Arkansas has Several Options Remaining for Final Spot in the Rotation After NBA Draft Withdrawals The transfer portal entry deadline has already come and gone, but…

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The Western Conference Finals are always intense, but this year they’re taking on an extra glow. From Luka Doncic’s trash talk to Anthony Edwards and his now viral invitation to Charles Barkley, the series is already memorable. Sunday night the Mavericks brought it one game closer to the end with a 116-107 win to go up 3-0 in the series. Dallas is Within 1 Game of Closing out Minnesota’s Season After stealing Game 1 in Minneapolis, the Mavericks won again in Game 2 on a late Luka Doncic 3-pointer thanks largely to Dallas managing to get the mismatch of Rudy…

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The Dallas Mavericks came into Minneapolis and stole Game One of the Western Conference Finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-105. The game was tight throughout, with Dallas going on an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter. Kyrie Irving hit two free throws to seal the deal with only seconds remaining. Dallas Steals Home Court Advantage from Timberwolves The hoopla was high going into the game. The final series to make the NBA finals, Luka Doncic was announced as first team All-NBA for the fifth time, and Anthony Edwards issued his blunt but apt invitation to Charles Barkley. Irving even donned…

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The buzz surrounding the hire of John Calipari has barely begun to quiet down in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It started with his hire in early April, when he saw that virtually all the players had transferred or declared for the NBA draft, he noted, “I met with the team. There is no team,” now through to today with 7 players signed for the Hogs for 2024-25. Normally, a roster number like that would indicate a lot more recruiting work ahead to reach the scholarship limit of 13, but Calipari has stated he wants a roster of only “either or nine” scholarship…

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The Dallas Mavericks have been broken, beaten, and battered in the playoffs this year. The Mavs looked to be on the ropes several times, only to get up and land the final punch. It happened again Saturday night in the American Airlines Center in Dallas, where the Mavericks landed the final blow in the conference semi-finals 4-2. Dallas and Minnesota are No Strangers as Opponents It’s now time for the Mavs to face the scorching Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves and Anthony Edwards defeated the defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets in convincing fashion in the 7th game of the series Sunday…

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Arkansas Razorbacks Alumni Isaiah Joe, Jaylin Williams and Daniel Gafford will play in the Western Conference Semi-Finals beginning Tuesday night, May 7th in Oklahoma City. The series is do or die and features some of the greatest basketball talent on the planet. Two MVP nominated stars will square off in Luka Doncic and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but the Arkansas angle will feature two Arkansas natives, former Razorbacks, and current NBA post players going toe-to-toe in Williams of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Gafford of the Dallas Mavericks. Arkansas Alumnus Jaylin Williams Meshes with OKC Stars NBA playoff games often make for…

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Dallas Mavericks fans are excited about basketball again this NBA playoff season. The city’s fans have endured mediocrity from the Cowboys for decades and have channeled their excitement into the promising early career of superstar Luka Doncic, the addition of Kyrie Irving, and the always notable presence of owner Marc Cuban. Interest is also piqued because the Mavericks are in the playoffs again after missing the post-season altogether last season. This playoff season, it’s a team member without the star power of a Doncic or an Irving that is taking a heavy burden. Dereck Lively II, a rookie for the…

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Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting heated up by securing its first singee of the John Calipari era in Kentucky transfer center Zvonimir Ivisic. The 7’2″ Croation played for Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats in the 2023-24 season and averaged five points, three rebounds, and one block in 15 minutes a game in what was a shortened freshman year spent mostly waiting on approval from the NCAA. SEC play had already begun by the time Ivisic was ruled eligible, in a match-up against Georgia. He wasted no time showcasing his unique blend of skills, his first collegiate game, blocking three shots, making slick passes, earning…

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John Calipari to Arkansas is official. He is now the Head Hog, capping a whirlwind of developments stretching back to the initial rumblings of discontent in the relationship between Eric Musselman and the Arkansas athletic administration. The improbable hire of Kentucky’s 15-year patriarch of the hardwood made weeks of uncertainty and despair worth it to Razorback fans. All eyes are on a big future in Arkansas, but here’s a look back at the dominos that fell and led to Calipari’s surprise move.                  John Calipari Is Introduced to Arkansas Sports Media Eric Musselman…

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