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I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas break. I'm sure the Mavs enjoyed having a four day break. They should be very rested when they play the Jazz tonight, a team that Eddie Sefko says the Mavs players don't exactly have high opinions of.

"This is just not a team you can come out and be passive against," Stackhouse said. "They're going to hold and grab. That's what they're taught to do - play a fake physical game. We're a team that can play any style. I don't care much for them. They probably don't care much for me. That's why it's always good to get a win here, because it's hard to do."
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Jeff Caplan writes about how important Devin Harris and Erick Dampier are to the Mavs success.
"We have a stat around here," he [Avery] said. "When both of those play well, we're undefeated. When one of them plays well, we're still capable of winning. But when our fives [centers] and our ones [point guards] play well, we're a pretty good team."

Johnson didn't divulge the timeline of the unbeaten record, but for at least this season, when Devin Harris scores 15 points or more and Erick Dampier grabs at least seven rebounds in the same game, the Mavs are 5-0
Avery went on to explain what makes Dampier so important on defense.
"A lot of it doesn't really show up on the stat sheet, but Damp is our most talkative player on defense, he's the anchor of our defense, he communicates loudly, not just communicates," Johnson said. "He always takes one of the better big men night in and night out, whether it's [Dwight] Howard or [Amare] Stoudemire or [Carlos] Boozer or [Tim] Duncan.

"When I don't put him on them, he's asking me why."
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Mike Fisher's Mavs/Christmas poem

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This Day in Mavs History
1996 Traded Jason Kidd, Tony Dumas, and Loren Meyer to Phoenix for Sam Cassell, Michael Finley, A.C. Green and a 2nd round draft pick in 1997 or 1998.