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After about a two week break the Mavs will be back on the court tonight. Dallas plays Memphis for the final time this season tonight (short game preview by Sefko). But don't get too excited, they won't play again after that until Sunday(I can't read a schedule).

Dwain Price has a good article on the Mavs having "the best locker room in the NBA".

"You have a good mix of young guys and veteran guys, and everybody's fun-loving," guard Jason Terry said. "You've got your jokesters in Devean George, Greg Buckner and Anthony Johnson, and then you've got your young gullible ones like J.J. Barea and Mo Ager. Dirk [Nowitzki] is always good with the spontaneous jokes.

"We all get along. We all like each other. We spend a lot of time on the road with each other -- either going to dinner, playing pool or maybe even just watching a game -- and that's why our chemistry is the way it is."
Avery knows the winning helps.
"When you're a bad team, it's not funny," Avery Johnson said. "None of the jokes are funny when your team's bad."
It's good to hear the new guys are replacing the presence of Darrell Armstrong which many people thought the Mavs would dearly miss.

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Short Star-Telegram article about the D-League All-Star game.

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Sefko has a similar article to Price's yesterday about Avery disappointment in Diop and his recent turnaround.
"He wasn't beating around the bush," Hackett said of Johnson's message. "There were two days of practice where they kind of excluded him, like he was demoted.
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The Mavs have launched a Dirk for MVP page on MySpace.

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Without Nash, the Suns needed overtime to beat the Blazers.

Boston, in full on tank mode before the break, lost their 15th straight.

The Bulls fined Tyrus Thomas for admitting he was only doing the dunk contest for the money.
"Not really," Thomas said. "I'm just going to go out there, get my check and call it a day."

Asked if an opportunity to rub elbows with some of the game's greats could be beneficial for a rookie, Thomas kept unlacing.

"I'm just into the free money," he said. "That's it. I'll just do whatever when I get out there."