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News » Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-05-07

Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-05-07

Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-05-07
ROTATION: Starters -- Point guard Jason Kidd, shooting guard Antoine Wright, Small forward Josh Howard, Power forward Dirk Nowitzki, Center Erick Dampier. Bench -- Guard Jason Terry, Guard J.J. Barea, Center Ryan Hollins, Forward Brandon Bass, Forward James Singleton, Guard Gerald Green, Guard Matt Carroll.


--F Dirk Nowitzki took quite a beating before Game 2 from TNT studio analysts Chris Webber, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley. They responded harshly to Nowitzki's comments about the success Denver's aggressive defenders had against him in Game 1.

"I think Birdman (Chris Anderson) does a good job because he's so long he can contest my shot, and K-Mart (Kenyon Martin) and Nene are stronger -- they try to body me more. Birdman is just long and when I shoot he can still jump up and contest my shot, so they have three very good defenders at the big position."

That set off the TNT guys.

"He's one of the best players in the world," Webber said. "I never heard a scorer, a true warrior, a dog say this guy can check me. I don't care. I don't care."

Added Smith: "No one can check Dirk. No one in the NBA can check Dirk. That's why I'm mad he said it."

Nowitzki has a knack for sometimes being too honest for his own good. Yet the honest truth is that Nowitzki is by far the Mavs' best player and the only one who gave the Mavs a chance to win either of the first two games, by scoring 63 points.

He scored 28 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Game 1, not a shabby performance despite the three active defenders, and he had a team-high 35 points in Game 2.

--F Josh Howard hasn't felt right since the third week of November, when he sprained his left ankle.

After he rolled his right ankle Sunday in Game 1 against the Nuggets, Howard's now dealing with two fragile ankles, not good for a player the Mavs need to be aggressive in driving to the basket.

"This is not fun," Howard said before Tuesday's Game 2. "Both ankles hurt? I've never had this before."

He didn't last long in Game 2. Howard left the game with 4:16 left in first quarter with two fouls and headed directly to the locker room with head trainer Casey Smith.

Howard, desperately needed not only for his 18 points a game but also to defend Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, never returned. He has three days to rest his two bum ankles before Game 3.

--G Jason Terry had a terrific regular season, averaging nearly 20 points a game, and was widely considered the team's MVP with Josh Howard missing so much time with injuries.

Then the playoffs started, and the streak shooter who goes by the nickname "Jet" skidded off the runway. Terry entered Game 2 averaging 13.4 points and shooting 38.1 percent from the field in six playoff games.

His performance Tuesday continued to slide early. He opened the game 1-for-5 from the field. He finished with 21 points but was hardly efficient at 7 of 18 from the floor, including 3 of 8 from the 3-point line, his specialty.

Now Terry will feel more pressure to get his shot in gear as the series shifts to Dallas with the Mavs desperate for a Game 3 victory. It's unknown if Howard will play, but even if he does it's clear he won't be close to 100 percent.

For the Mavs to have a chance, Terry must score and be efficient in doing so. The way he was in the regular season.


--G-F Jerry Stackhouse (right heel) is out indefinitely.

--G/F Devean George (right knee) is out for the rest of the season.

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Added: May 7, 2009


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