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At Utah tonight.

Eddie Sefko has an article about Anthony Johnson and how he feels about his playing time and the trade rumors that involve him.


Art Garcia has a funny quote from Avery about winning streaks.

"Another team will win 10 or 12 in a row, and they'll be the NBA champs," Johnson said. "In the first week of the season, when somebody wins four in a row, they're the NBA champs."

In an article about the Mavs mindset after their loss to LA, Garcia has yet another funny quote from Avery.
"You're playing against a very good basketball team at home. We've just got to stop playing these teams when their coaches are about to break records and achieve all these milestones. That's what I thought about at 4:30 in the morning."
I know Avery was joking, but I think there is some truth to it. Utah was definitely fired up when they played Dallas. Had they not won that game, Jerry Sloan would have won his 100th game on the road instead of at home. Players care about that stuff.


Sefko has an article about the Avery turning the Lakers loss into a positive.
When Devin Harris or Jason Terry find a clear path to the basket, only to have the defense smother them before they can get to the rim, that's not so much a botched play as it is a video textbook in the next day's film session.

When Dirk Nowitzki forces a jump shot instead of flipping a pass into the post where Erick Dampier has position, it's a chance to see room for growth, even for the Mavericks' best player and one of the best in the league.

"In situations like this, we got some stuff to look at," Johnson said. "Hopefully we'll learn from it and get better."

Injury Update: Jason Terry on hurting his wrist at the end of the Lakers game.
"It'll hurt for about a month, but it's nothing."
What's that supposed to mean?