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I'm not saying that was the real Croshere and the Mavs can bank on him to do that again, but just the fact that he CAN do it and is one of the last players on the Mavs bench says a lot about the team's depth.

Dwain Price had a pretty nice stat about Croshere's night in his game recap.

Croshere came in averaging just 2.9 points per game. But his points-to-minute ratio Tuesday was the second-best in Mavs history behind the 36 points Mark Aguirre scored in 23 minutes against Denver on Jan. 29, 1987.

Obviously the whole team was pretty excited for him after the game.
His eruption was so special that he was the toast of a postgame locker room that coach Avery Johnson entered while wearing one of Croshere's No. 44 jerseys.

"I just laughed when I saw it," Jason Terry said. "First of all, the jersey was like a dress on him. We knew he was up to something back there."

At any rate, his teammates could not have been happier for Croshere, who puts in as much time in the gym as anybody on the team with the possible exception of Nowitzki.

"Nobody deserves it more than him," Jerry Stackhouse said. "It's just another reason why we have the best locker room in basketball."

And Croshere definitely caught Seattle off guard.
"As far as I know, nobody said anything about Austin Croshere," Wilcox said.

"We knew he [Croshere] was a shooter, but he just hasn't been playing so he really wasn't in our game plan," Wilcox said. "He came out and hit big shots. Tonight was his night. It's as simple as that."

Art Garcia reports that J.J. Barea will be called up from Fort Worth after their game against Bakersfield tonight.
"We wanted him to go down there and stand out," Johnson said. "I didn't know he would have two games with 40. When you go down in a situation like that, you've got to make a name for yourself."

Barea completes his first stint in the NBA Development League tonight, when the Flyers host Bakersfield. Barea has averaged 27.6 points, 7.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds in seven games, including games of 43 and 41 points.
Maurice Ager will be sent back down in his place.


And Sefko has a short article about who the Mavs think is the most dangerous shooter in the league - Ray Allen was on pretty much everyone's list.


Eddie Jones was cut by Memphis and will sign with Miami, but accoding to the Commercial-Appeal in Memphis, Dallas was in on Eddie Jones as well.
Jones chose his former team over the Dallas Mavericks, who visit FedExForum tonight to face the Griz.

He came close to signing with the Mavericks -- arguably giving Jones his best shot at winning a championship. Despite strong interest from Mavs management, coach Avery Johnson wouldn't make Jones promises about playing time.
I think the only way the Dallas papers could miss this is that the source for this information was Eddie Jones. If that's the case, it seems reasonable to think he might be inflating things a bit.


Around the NBA: Boston lost their twelfth game in a row.

The Cavs blew out Golden State without 'The Chosen One'.