Mavericks shoot down shootaround for change of pace

Posted Tuesday, Jan. 07, 2014  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

The Dallas Mavericks switched up their routine before Tuesday’s game hoping for a positive result.

They decided not to have a shootaround practice during their normal scheduled time. Because the Mavs went into the Lakers game with four consecutive home losses, coach Rick Carlisle wanted to mix things up.

“We went through the Laker stuff hard [Monday] in practice, so we just decided to change stuff up [Tuesday],” Carlisle said.

“Sometimes it’s good to change things around a little bit.”

Forward Shawn Marion didn’t have any problems with the decision.

“A lot of guys still came in,” said Marion, who didn’t play in the second half Tuesday after suffering a right should contusion. “It’s almost like a regular routine now.

“I came in and got some treatment [on his ankle and Achilles’] and some more guys got some other work done.”

Tuesday’s game opened a stretch of four games in five days, so the rest could benefit the team.

“Anything helps,” Marion said. “We’ve got to take whatever it takes. Sometimes we need to just get away from each other for a little while.”

Shoelace warning

According to ESPNNewYork.com, the NBA warned Knicks guard J.R. Smith for untying Marion’s shoelaces during Sunday’s game.

The incident occurred just before Dirk Nowitzki attempted a second free throw with 2:08 remaining in the second quarter. Smith reached down and untied the laces on Marion’s left sneaker.

“It’s nothing,” Marion said. “He just wanted to have some fun, that’s all. It was just a joyful play.”

Told that some folks thought Smith should have been fined for the schoolyard prank, Marion said: “Wow! Y’all just take everything out of proportion.

“They made it more bigger than what it was. He was just playing, that’s all.”

Smith was at it again Tuesday, trying to untie Pistons center Greg Monroe’s shoelaces, but to no avail.

Spurs big challenge

Jae Crowder knows it won’t be an easy proposition trying to beat the Southwest Division-leading San Antonio Spurs, who defeated the Mavs in Dallas, 116-107, on Dec. 26.

“They’re a great ballclub,” Crowder said. “We’ve got to come to play, point blank.

“We know they’re going to come to play and we know we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot like we did the first time we met up with those guys.

“We just have to play basketball the way we know how to play and take care of the ball.”

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Wednesday, October 01Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Week 5Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Minnesota 8:25 PM ET
Green Bay TV: CBS/NFL Network
Sunday
Chicago 1:00 PM ET
Carolina TV: FOX
Houston 1:00 PM ET
Dallas TV: CBS
Buffalo 1:00 PM ET
Detroit TV: FOX
Baltimore 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: CBS
Pittsburgh 1:00 PM ET
Jacksonville TV: CBS
Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET
New Orleans TV: FOX
Atlanta 1:00 PM ET
NY Giants TV: FOX
St. Louis 1:00 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: FOX
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Tennessee TV: CBS
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Denver TV: FOX
NY Jets 4:25 PM ET
San Diego TV: CBS
Kansas City 4:25 PM ET
San Francisco TV: CBS
Cincinnati 8:30 PM ET
New England TV: NBC
Monday
Seattle 8:30 PM ET
Washington TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Wednesday, October 01Full Scoreboard
Carolina12nd Prd 8:36 | Box
Columbus1
Washington02nd Prd 11:11 | Box
Buffalo4TV: MSG-BUF
Pittsburgh02nd Prd | Box
Detroit0TV: ROOT-PIT, FSN-DET, NHLN
Montreal 10/1 8:30 PM ET
Chicago TV: RDS, CSN-CHI
Arizona 10/1 9:00 PM ET
Edmonton 
Full Scoreboard