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Rick Meets The Press: Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle's daily visit with the media ...
The Difference: For obvious reasons, quite an emphasis is being placed on how the Mavericks matchup with both potential Western Conference Finals foes, the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder. Both teams clearly have their strengths and weaknesses, but they both share a couple traits that the Mavs have been preparing for all week and Rick Carlisle touched on those points this afternoon.
"Taking care of the ball, transition defense, and rebounding," Carlisle said. "It's gonna be more important this series because of the ability of these two teams to force turnovers. Portland and LA were great rebounding teams and that was a huge emphasis and you never wanna turn the ball over. But, ya know, neither one of those teams forced turnovers or get as many steals as these two teams do."
"I'm Definitely Ready:" In a surprise to no one, Jason Terry is ready to find out who their next opponent is and start playing. He joins the MFFL masses that, for the first time in five years, are eagerly waiting to watch the start of a playoff series in Dallas deep into May.
Jet doesn't think the team is getting too much rest at all and personally thinks the unusual amount of extra practice time is helping the most important part of his game.
"It definitely does (keep his shot hot)," Jet said. "I hit a couple from long range (in today's scrimmage), so it felt good. It's still there and I'm lookin really forward to Game 1."
Jet's cup o' confidence runneth over.
Old Man Strength: When Jason Kidd was given a week off near the end of the regular season, he mentioned how he used that time to rest his legs and make some subtle changes to his three-point shot. We don't know if he's making any more changes this time, but the stroke certainly appears to be there:
The Tentative Schedule: Looks like this ...
Sunday: Game 1 at Dallas [if OKC-Mem ends in six games], 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
Tuesday, May 17: Game 1 or 2 at Dallas, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, May 19: Game 2 at Dallas [if OKC-Mem goes seven games], 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, May 21: Game 3 at Oklahoma City/Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, May 23: Game 4 at Oklahoma City/Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, May 25: Game 5* at Dallas, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, May 27: Game 6* at Oklahoma City/Memphis, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, May 29: Game 7* at Dallas, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Mavsellaneous: "We have to use our wisdom and our experiences," Kidd said. "(The upcoming opponents) might be younger, but also they are talented. And so, we're gonna have our hands full whoever we play. … No matter what age you are you have to make the right play at the right time, and Westbrook and Conley can do that. They wouldn't be still playing if they couldn't, and whoever is guarding them at the guard position is gonna have their hands full." We're half-joking when we say it doesn't sound like J-Kidd is especially volunteering for 40 minutes of such torture ... Rick on Kidd: He's "savant-like.'' ... How serious was the scrimmage? There were refs! ... Carlisle termed the scrimmage "good and very competitive." ... If the WCF begins Sunday, Game 1 is at the AAC with a 2:30 tipoff -- and blue shirts in every seat for another Sea-of-Blue showing ...
The Final Word: Hey, Rick you want see OKC and Memphis go to an exhausting Game 7 on Sunday before you play the survivor in the WCF's Game 1 on Tuesday in Dallas, right?
"It doesn't matter,'' says Carlisle -- knowing full well that it does but nevertheless sending a we-control-our-own-destiny message to his team.