Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Come on down: G-State and Miami

Speaking of TV shows (previous post), the rest of the week at home sets up as This is Your Life. The two visitors this week – Golden State tonight and Miami on Friday – knocked Dallas out of the playoffs the last two summers.

“That’s something that we have to deal with, but right now we’re in 2008,” Avery Johnson said this morning. “Any of that stuff that happened was in ’07 or ’06, and we’re a different team in a lot of ways and we’re the same team in some ways with some of the guys that we have here.

“We just have to go out and defend and rebound and play good transition defense and move the ball on offense and play our game. When we play at the top of our game, we’re pretty hard to beat.”

As far as the Warriors go, is it just another game?

“It is because we’re playing Golden State,” Josh Howard said. “It’s a game. All that stuff that happened last year in the playoffs, it’s still there, but you have to grow and move on. I’m taking this as a challenge.”

So it’s more than a game?

“We have every reason to look at every game as not just a regular season game,” Johnson said. “There’s always something at stake against some team, but obviously when you play against a team that you didn’t play well against regular season or playoffs, it’s definitely something that you have in the back of your mind.”

Confused? You shouldn’t be. It all makes sense somehow.

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