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Bob Sturm took a good look at Josh Howard's fourth quarter production.  We all know Josh gets off to hot starts, but it was interesting to see that Josh not only scores less as the game goes on but shoots less as well -- and he's been consistent about that for four years.

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Mike Fisher's postgame thoughts.

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All of the game recaps are running with Dirk's postgame quotes about the team not trying.

“If you don’t compete hard, it’s not about X’s and O’s. You can run whatever play you want. You can have all the schemes you want defensively. We’ve just got to push ourselves to play harder,” Nowitzki said. “I don’t know what it is. I don’t know what’s going on. We don’t leave it all out there and that’s what you’ve got to do, especially in the tough Western Conference.

Dirk continued with that theme when talking about the Lakers game.

"We’ve got to get back to playing tough at home and really getting our confidence at home with the fans behind us," Dirk Nowitzki said. "We can’t give them another effort like we did against Cleveland, where everything was a step slow and they started booing in the first quarter or the first half. We’ve got to leave it all out there."

"The fans pay a lot of money for their ticket and they want to see us play hard and leave it all on the floor," Nowitzki said. "You know, you can lose tough games when you fight. They see you left it all out there. Then, they can’t boo. If we fall short, we fall short. But it can’t be because of effort."

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The 1-4 Spurs are expecting Tony Parker to miss four weeks.