Mavericks shoot down shootaround for change of pace

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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.”

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