Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Pregame notes: Calling the shots

Not so long ago, Mavericks coach Avery Johnson took over many of the play-calling responsibilities. Devin Harris didn’t have a problem with it. He also doesn’t have a problem overruling Johnson when necessary.

Johnson mentioned two Harris audibles during Saturday’s win at Houston.

“I see things a little differently out there on the court than he does over there standing and pointing,” Harris said Wednesday before the Suns game. “Sometimes I have to remind him we scored on certain plays a couple times in a row.”

The point guard-coach relationship has grown to the point where even if Harris knows that Johnson may be upset with a certain call, he’ll call it anyway.

“I’ll just get yelled at after,” Harris said. “We really don’t have 24 seconds to argue about it.”

Harris added: “I wouldn’t have been able to do that last year.”

Read the rest of this note and plenty more in the Mavs-Suns notebook at

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