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I hope everyone had a better weekend than the Mavs --t wo wins that were closer than they should have been followed by two losses that should never have been. The fourth quarter of the fourth game was especially ugly (Dallas allowed 35), but maybe they scratch that one up to a busy 5 days. Four games in five days with Thanksgiving Day in the middle can't be easy.


Jerry Stackhouse didn't dress for Saturday's game, but Avery just wanted him to get some rest.

After going 1-for-6 for two points against the Bucks, Jerry Stackhouse's scoring average dipped to 8.7 points, sixth on the team, while he's shooting just 34 percent. He hasn't shot 50 percent in eight consecutive games.

Stackhouse has said his legs are giving him problems, which, in turn, is failing to give him the lift he needs on his jumper.

"He's not in the type of rhythm that I want him in now," said Johnson, who held Stackhouse out Friday at Indiana. "He hasn't played the way we want him to play and we've identified a few things."
I think occasionally resting Stackhouse throughout the season to keep him fresh is a good idea. Giving a 3 year deal to a 33 year old who needs to be rested throughout the season to keep his legs fresh might not have been, but there's nothing that can be done about that now.


Sefko has quotes from a bunch of players on the disappointing road trip.


Could Del Harris be back on the bench next season? It sounds like a very real possibility.
"I'm not retired," Harris said. "At the end of this year, I want to have a look to see what options might be available to me. I wanted to take a year away, but Mark [Cuban] said he didn't want me to be totally removed from the team. So that's where I'm at now."

Sefko's weekly statistical review.


Mike Fisher asks a pretty poignant question.
OK, maybe we’ve gone too far there. But we stand in front of the Mavs players’ lockers and we stand with them on the practice court and we hear them recite the same lines regarding how none of this current stuff really matters. And then we watch them perform against the Atlantas and the Indianas as if, well, none of that stuff really matters. We know it would be irrational of them, but we throw it out there one more time: Are the Mavs saddled with a "fear of regular-season success" because such success is now associated so closely with postseason failure?

This Day in Mavs History
1994 Came back after being down by 25 points in the 2nd quarter to win the game in Denver 124-123 in overtime, the largest comeback win in team history.