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Dirk says Jason Terry showing up is important for the Mavs to be successful.

"We need another story, a reliable scorer," Nowitzki said. "Jet has to make shots off the bench or as a starter. We needed more out of him, and I think he responded. We were joking after the game, 'Welcome to the '08-09 season, Jet.' 

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Jeff Caplan was impressed by all-around improvements from the CLE game.

This effort took on the look of what the Mavs hope to do consistently. For the first time this season they outrebounded an opponent, they held their ground defensively and when the transition game wasn’t there, crisp ball movement led to open shots, which on this night the Mavs knocked down to the tune of 53.1 percent.

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Couple of articles out there this morning on Jerry Stackhouse after his DNP on Monday and  things really don't sound that great.

Before the game he said "it’s too early," to seek a trade or release...

... "It’s tough, being who I’ve been, and to have such a short leash," Stackhouse said. 

Those don't sound like the words of a real happy guy.  He may want to stay in Dallas, but he might want playing time more.

"I don't put myself above the big picture," Stackhouse said. "Hopefully, I have a future with this organization going forward.

"I've been around a long time, and I don't think it's anything to panic about. You never know. One small thing happens, and I'm right back in.

Things did change and Stack was the first guy off the bench last night, but those quotes are pretty interesting to hear after just three games...

If Stack doesn't have a future here, Mike Fisher suggests a Stackhouse/McDyess swap.

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Gregg Popovich doesn't like Boston calling themselves "world champions".  I have to agree with Pop here, and at some point in the future I would love to see a game/series played between the NBA and EuroLeague Champions.

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Mike Fisher recaps the game.

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This Day in Mavs History

1993 Start of the 1993-94 season. Dallas would finish the season with a
record of 13-69.