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Saturday, January 29, 2011
Sasha Pavlovic is living for the moment

By Jeff Caplan

DALLAS -- Sasha Pavlovic truly is taking it one game at a time. That's life when you're on a 10-day contract. And tonight, Pavlovic's second 10-day contract expires after the Dallas Mavericks play the Atlanta Hawks.

Pavlovic will likely start his sixth consecutive game in his 10th appearance with the Mavs. And after the game he will know if he will be sticking around for the remainder of the season or looking for a new team (after two 10-day contracts teams must either sign the player for the remainder of the season or waive him).

"I don’t know if they’ll let me know before the game or after the game," Pavlovic said. "And, I’m not thinking about it, believe me."

Monday's signing of Peja Stojakovic, a fellow Yugoslavian-born forward and 3-point shooter, probably didn't help Pavlovic's cause.

If the news is bad, the Mavs probably won't break it to Pavlovic until after the game to ensure maximum effort and no hurt feelings during the game. Pavlovic has drawn mostly praise from coach Rick Carlisle. He's played decently with two big games among the nine. He scored 11 points in wins over the Lakers and Rockets. His other seven games have been more non-descript.

It certainly didn't help that he broke his nose in his fourth game against Detroit and then two days later against the Lakers, Derek Fisher knocked him in the nose in the opening minute, a player Pavlovic wasn't so sure was unintentional.

At any rate, Pavlovic will suit up tonight, likely not knowing if it's the last time.

"I’m not trying to think about it; I don’t want to think about it," Pavlovic said. "I just feel like I can always do more and I always try to do more. Like the game [Thursday] night, I think I can do better. The game before that I was bad and I think I can do a lot better than that. I just always try to improve myself."