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News » Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2008-04-30

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2008-04-30

Dallas Mavericks Getting Inside 2008-04-30
The Mavericks begin another long summer after a second consecutive first-round playoff exit. New Orleans advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by eliminating Dallas 4-1 Tuesday.

"Our offseason has started," Avery Johnson said after his fourth playoff run as coach. "We will evaluate everybody and every situation from the coaching staff and the players.

"(Team owner Mark Cuban) and I have great communication, and we'll sit down and talk about it, and see what we need to do to go from here."

The team has its exit interviews scheduled for Wednesday at American Airlines Center. With his hair still dripping from the shower, Dirk Nowitzki acknowledged changes are in the works for a franchise with eight potential free agents and coming off an abbreviated playoff run. But it wasn't a topic he wanted to address.

"It's a little too early for that question: What's going to happen this summer?" he said. "Right now we're all just disappointed. We were better than we showed in this series."

HORNETS 99, MAVERICKS 94: After being virtually uncompetitive during the three previous losses, including the first two games in New Orleans, the Mavs slugged it out with the Southwest Division champs for the full 48 minutes Tuesday. Dirk Nowitzki should know. He was out there for all 48. The last seven minutes witnessed a furious rally from 17 down that made it a one-possession game with 33.2 seconds left.

The Mavs got the stop they needed with the score 97-94, but Tyson Chandler poked Chris Paul's miss back into the Hornets' hands. The Mavs were forced to foul, Peja Stojakovic nailed two free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining. The five-point deficit turned into a five-month break.

The man whom Avery Johnson congratulated as a "young Nate Archibald" and could follow Nowitzki as MVP proved too tough once again. Paul darted for 24 points, while also setting the table for everyone else with 15 assists. Nowitzki finished his 10th season with 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in the finale.

Though several Mavs left it all on the floor, the production wasn't always there. Many of the same issues came to light in Game 5. Josh Howard finished out his most disappointing playoff run since becoming a starter by sitting most of the fourth quarter. Jason Terry and Jason Kidd battled, but each expected to do more.

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