Talk of the small lineup has been replaced by talk about Dirk today.
Sefko says he knows what Dirk needs to do.
2. Make strong moves to the basket. He usually gets to the foul line a lot, but he only went eight times in Game 1. When he shoots just 16 times from the floor, he needs more free throws. "
Sefko also has a mini article saying Avery won't win coach of the year because he won last season. He's right. Sam Mitchell will win the award today.
Marcus Thompson writes that the Warriors need to watch out for Josh Howard, saying that a hot Howard might also open things up for Dirk.
Meanwhile, a perennial producer, one of the league's future stars, is lurking in the shadows. Mavericks forward Josh Howard is hoping he gets overlooked.
"Whatever we can do to make the game easier for him," Howard said after the Mavericks' practice Monday. "I know what I've got to do night in and night out. I've got something for you, but I've got to play within my game. When it's time for me to shine, I'll shine."
"Josh is a very special player," Warriors swingman Mickael Pietrus said after practice at American Airlines Center. "Everyone looks at the first option, which is Dirk. You just need to make sure you keep an eye on Josh Howard. Because when he's on, he's hard to stop because he's slashing and rebounding and making shots and passing and (playing) defense."
I knew the Mavs missed a lot of layups, but I didn't think it was in the double digits.
"That would have been 22 points," Josh Howard said. "We'd have covered the spread then."
Geoff Lepper reminds us of the last time Avery might have over thought things to star a playoff series.
The Rockets took advantage of the change to win the first two games on Dallas' home floor, and appeared poised to send theMavericks to a second consecutive first-round postseason knockout.
Except Johnson took corrective action, tweaked his previous game plan and Dallas took four of the next five games to eliminate the Rockets.
Don Nelson has said he expects Dirk to have a big game tomorrow because he never has two bad games in a row. Mercedes Mayer agrees.
In Game 1 of the Finals against Miami, Nowitzki scored 16 points and shot 4-of-14, but the next game he made 8 of 16 shots for 26 points.
So expect the Warriors to keep throwing everything they have defensively at Nowitzki.
Jason Terry didn't like what he saw when he watched the game tape.
David Moore has a Don Nelson/Mark Cuban article.
Impossible to tell from this quote what lineup Avery intends to start for game two.
"No, early in the first quarter, I would say the first six or eight minutes when we started the game, I think the game was tied, 13-13," Johnson said. "I thought when we started subbing, then our intensity went down.
"No matter what lineup we had out there, we just had poor execution and had some breakdowns defensively."
Tim MacMahon thinks the Warriors might be the best 8 seed ever. That's about like being the hottest girl in the worst sorority on campus, but I see what he's saying.
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