Friday, January 4, 2008

Planning for the complete Heat

The injury report for Miami reads like this: Shaquille O’Neal (left hip bursitis), Alonzo Mourning (torn right patella & quadriceps tendon), Jason Williams (left knee inflammation) and Dorell Wright (sprained left ankle).

So do the Mavs gameplan any differently knowing the Heat aren’t at full strength?

“We always plan on everybody being in,” Avery Johnson said this morning. “I got tricked on that my first year of coaching about a guy not being in. So we’re planning for Wade, Shaq, Jason Williams. We’re planning for Dorell Wright and he didn’t even make the trip. That’s how we do it.”

Who was the culprit in that first-year lesson? Tracy McGrady.

“Then he all of the sudden played and had 30,” Johnson said.

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