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News » Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-05-11


Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-05-11


Dallas Mavericks Roster Report 2009-05-11
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, Guard Gerald Green, Forward James Singleton.

PLAYER NOTES:

--F Dirk Nowitzki promised that he'd be ready for Game 3 after a difficult week in which his girlfriend and alleged fiancee was arrested at his home and went by as many as eight aliases.

Nowitzki came through with a game-high 33 points and 16 rebounds, but it will be hard to forget a miserable fourth quarter in which he missed 4 of 5 shots, including his final four attempts, and 1 of 2 free throws.

"I think this is about as tough of a loss as I've been a part of in my 11 years in the league," Nowitzki said.

Nowitzki drained a 3-pointer with 7:17 left in the game to give the Mavs a 91-88 edge. He wouldn't hit another shot. He missed turnaround jumpers and fallaways with 1:32 left, 58.9 left and 7.9 to go. The final miss opened the door for the dramatic and controversial ending.

Again, Nowitzki didn't get a great amount of scoring help. For much of the game, he was the only Mavs player in double figures. Jason Terry was next in scoring with 17.

For much of three quarters, Nowitzki carried the Mavs and gave them their first lead of the series heading into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, for Nowitzki, a tough week ended with a devastating ending.

"It was a tough week for me and my family, but I stuck with it," Nowitzki said. "If you go through tough times in your life, basketball is always an (escape). It's what we love to do and I felt good out there. I tried to be aggressive early, made a couple of shots and had a good rhythm until the end of the game."

--F Josh Howard is having another season to forget. Dogged by ankle injuries since the third week of November and fighting through this series with two ailing ankles, Howard struggled with fouls in Game 3 and then had an unfortunate confrontation with a newspaper photographer in the wild aftermath of Denver's stunning victory.

Howard finished Saturday's game with 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting in 29 minutes. He had five fouls and never got in a rhythm. Howard's emotions got the best of him after the controversial ending.

Assistant coach Darrell Armstrong and others tried to restrain Howard from going after referee Mark Wunderlich, the photographer was in Howard's path and Howard apparently swung his right arm up, striking the bottom of the photographer's camera lens with the palm of his hand.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the photographer was not hurt and that an NBA official asked the ESPN production to show him replays of the incident. Punishment could be pending.

Howard had nothing to say later at his locker. Before bolting, he said, "I ain't speaking."

--G Jason Terry, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, wouldn't win the award in the postseason if such an award existed. The streak shooter has not produced as he did in the regular season.

He got off to another slow start in Game 3, hitting one of his first five shots. He finished the game 5 of 12 for 17 points. He averaged nearly 20 points a game during the regular season but has scored 20 or more just once in eight playoff games while shooting around 40 percent from the floor.

He thought he had put Game 3 in the win column for the Mavs when he drained a 3-pointer with 31.1 seconds to go for a 105-101 lead, but the Mavs couldn't hold it.

MEDICAL WATCH:

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

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


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 11, 2009

 

 
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