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Common trend in all the articles in todays papers.

From Garcia's game recap.

"We're counting down the days and the games until it starts," Nowitzki admitted.

The Northwest Division champion Jazz (49-30) came in with a purpose, trying to make up ground on Houston for home-court advantage in the first round. Utah had lost five in a row.

"They came in like a hungry basketball team and really put it to us," Johnson said.
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From Calvin Watkins game recap.
"They just were a little hungrier," Mavericks guard Devean George said after scoring 11 points in 23 minutes. "They are playing for something and they wanted it a little more than we did."
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And it sounds like that attitude might continue into the Spurs game -- not that there's anything wrong with that.
So will coach Avery Johnson continue to rest starters and distribute playing time equally on Sunday against San Antonio?

"Probably not," Johnson said.

He wouldn't divulge how he'll match the Spurs, but perhaps the Mavs can finally focus on fine-tuning for the playoffs.

"I don't even know how many minutes I'll play," said Dirk Nowitzki.
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This Day in Mavs History:
2000 The NBA fined Shawn Bradley $10,000 and suspended him for 1 game for throwing a flagrant elbow at Walt Williams during Thursday's game vs Houston. Williams was also fined $5,000 and suspended for 1 game for throwing a punch in retaliation.
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Around the NBA: The Clippes and Warriors both won. The Lakers and Hornets both lost. The Hornets are pretty much out of it now, and the Lakers are just a half game above the 8th seed.

News that makes the Grizzlies happy.

That didn's last long, Dwyane Wade dunked last night.