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From Dwain Prices game recap: Avery Johnson wasn't all that happy with the all the three point attempts, but it sounds like the Mavs percentage and good D made him forgive.

"He felt that we should get to the basket on them a little more, because we had shot 15 threes in the [first] half," Jerry Stackhouse said of coach Avery Johnson. "So we responded by coming out and shooting 19 more.

"But when they go in, it's all good."

Johnson joined the fun during his postseason news conference.

"[Assistant coach] Joe Prunty was laughing because we shot better from the 3-point line than we did from the two," Johnson said. "We know that will not work all season, but we had a stretch there where we made quite a few of them."

John Mitchell of the Washington Times:
A matchup pairing the Washington Wizards and the Dallas Mavericks means a scoring battle between two of the league's best, the Wizards' Gilbert Arenas and the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki.

Determining the outcome is a matter of which player's supporting cast shows up. And last night at American Airlines Arena, Nowitzki's teammates gave him a sizable advantage as the Mavericks handed the Wizards a 107-80 defeat -- their worst of the season.
I don't know if he was trying to say that Dallas is a one man team, but if he is, he is way off base.


Couple things of note in Sefko's article today. Josh Howard and Devean George are both expected back this weekend. Josh Howard said Monday he would be back to practice today and I'll be very surprised if he doesn't play Friday against San Antonio. I feel that way despite this from Art Garcia's article today.
Josh Howard probably won't be back in the Mavericks' lineup until Monday's game against Minnesota.

Avery Johnson plans to exercise caution with Howard because he doesn't want the fourth-year forward having a setback from the left ankle he sprained Nov. 6 against the Golden State Warriors.

"I'd like to bring him out and not have to play him [only] 10 minutes," Johnson said. "I'd like to bring him back and have him in good enough shape where he can play 24-26 minutes, or maybe close to 30."

And Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who debuted last night, is expected to be sent to the D-League very soon. The Fort Worth Flyers season begins on Saturday.