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Then they stunk up the gym with the game on the line.
But their numbers from the fourth quarter and overtime of the 109-108 loss to the Toronto Raptors were ugly. They combined to score a grand total of five points on 2-of-14 shooting in the game’s final 17 minutes.
They both missed potential game winners. Nowitzki’s baseline fadeaway on the final possession of regulation didn’t go down. Ellis’ rushed floater at the overtime buzzer bounced off the back rim and out.
Ellis, who logged a season-high 46 minutes, left the locker room before the media entered. Nowitzki, whose 43 minutes also were his most this year, admitted he ran out of gas.
“It was a long stretch there, starting already in the third quarter,” said Nowitzki, who played the final 18 minutes, 29 seconds without a rest and missed his last six shots from the floor. “But obviously it’s a close game. You don’t want to get out of there in the fourth, not knowing that it was going to go to overtime, either.
“But it is what it is. I’ve got to make that last turnaround [in regulation].”
But it’s hard for the Mavs, who blew a 19-point lead, to pull out a close win with their two stars going ice cold down the stretch.
Ellis is a streaky shooter, so a bad spell from him can’t be considered stunning. But it’s always surprising when Nowitzki, one of the NBA’s elite closers of the last decade, fails so miserably during crunch time.
Nowitzki’s last bucket was a 3-pointer with 3:28 remaining in the fourth quarter. He missed a 19-foot jumper and a pair of baseline fadeaways in the rest of regulation, then two more fadeaways and a 3-pointer in overtime.
“If you get in somebody’s face constantly, I feel that eventually he is going to get annoyed and piss him off,” Raptors power forward Amir Johnson said. “I believe that I got him a little frustrated. I was going to get some stops down the stretch and make him take contested shots and made him shoot the fadeaway.”
The Mavs are fine with Nowitzki shooting his fadeaway, one of the best go-to moves in the league these days. Johnson is right that he got Nowitzki a little frustrated, although the big German gives an assists to the refs.
“I thought I got fouled twice on some shots when they hit my elbow, [including] that one when I shot an air ball but didn’t get the call [and] complained about it,” said Nowitzki, who only attempted one free throw all night. “But there’s nothing you can do about those. But I just didn’t finish the way I would have loved to. Still had enough chances.
“That’s a game we can’t lose.”
The Mavs won’t win often when their dynamic duo disappears down the stretch.
You get the feeling that these Dallas Mavericks can’t build a lead that’s too big to blow.
“We’ve got to be the team that loses leads quicker than any team in the league,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “We give up a 19-point lead in a couple of minutes. We’ve got to be more solid.”
It wasn’t quite a couple of minutes, but that’s not too much of an exaggeration. The Mavs had a 41-22 lead when Nowitzki took a breather with 8:13 to go in the second quarter. The lead was sliced to 10 by the time he checked back less than a few minutes later, and Toronto took the lead 57.9 seconds before halftime.
The Raptors went on a 27-6 run in a span of a little more than eight minutes. Guards Greivis Vasquez and Kyle Lowry and small forward Terrence Ross combined to score 18 of those points for Toronto.
“They seen some weak spots and they went at them and got back in the game,” said Shawn Marion, who recalled hearing the Raptors’ bench yelling to attack certain matchups. “We’ve got to collectively own this. We’ve got to take the challenge. Sometimes when people are trying to go at certain people, we’ve got to take the challenge on ourselves and look at ourselves in the mirror and buckle down and do something about it.
“Until then, we’re going to have problems like that. It sucks.”
The Mavs had chances to win at the buzzer during regulation and overtime, but it was the blown lead in the second quarter that was being lamented in the home locker room after the loss to the 10-14 Raptors.
“Really, against Toronto at home, it shouldn’t come down to the last couple of plays where we have to make shots to win,” Nowitzki said. “It just shouldn’t.”
Calderon’s big night goes for naught: Point guard Jose Calderon had an outstanding offensive night against the team he spent his first seven-plus NBA seasons playing for, lighting up the Raptors for a season-high 23 points and dishing out nine assists.
Calderon made eight of 13 shots from the floor, including 7-of-10 3-point shooting. He was especially spectacular in the fourth quarter, recording 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting and three assists to key the Mavs’ rally from eight points down in the final nine minutes of regulation.
“Because I was so bad in the first half,” Calderon said when asked for an explanation of his fourth-quarter excellence.
“He looked really aggressive from the get-go,” Nowitzki said. “It kind of showed me this was a game he really wanted to have. It’s too bad we couldn’t win this one for him. That’s disappointing. He kept making big shots for us.”
Different toe hurting Harris: Guard Devin Harris has no choice but to be patient. After a setback with his left foot, he’s again limited to low-impact conditioning work, such as running on the underwater treadmill.
The good news: The toe that’s bothering Harris isn’t the one he had surgically repaired this summer. He’s dealing with inflammation around the third metatarsal of his left foot, not the second metatarsal that was operated on in July.
Harris had hoped to be ready to make his season debut by Christmas, but the best-case scenario is that he’ll be cleared to play at some point in January.
“Right now, we’re kind of in the wait-and-see department,” Harris said. “We’ll see when that calms down and that’s when I’ll resume activities.”
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks blew a 19-point lead and missed potential winners at the buzzer in regulation and overtime before losing 109-108 to the Toronto Raptors.
How it happened: After a 19-point Dallas lead disappeared before halftime, Dirk Nowitzki’s touch disappeared down the stretch.
Nowitzki missed his final six shots from the floor, including a midrange fadeaway on the final possession of regulation. The Mavs gave Monta Ellis a chance to win it on a mismatch isolation play at the end of overtime, but his floater at the buzzer bounced off the back rim and out.
Point guard Jose Calderon’s best performance in a Mavericks uniform went to waste. Against his former team he scored a season-high 23 points and had nine assists -- highlighted by an 11-point, three-assist flurry in the final nine minutes of the fourth quarter after the Raptors went up by eight.
Nowitzki had 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, but one of the NBA’s elite closers of this generation went ice cold down the stretch. So did Ellis, who had his third double-double of the season, with 22 points and 11 assists, but only two points and one dime in the fourth quarter and overtime combined.
The Raptors had six scorers in double figures, led by point guard Kyle Lowry’s 20 points. DeMar DeRozan (15 points) had the Raptors’ two biggest buckets of the game -- hitting an off-the-dribble baseline fadeaway to tie it up with 16.5 seconds remaining in regulation, then giving Toronto the lead for good on a double-pump pull-up with 1:10 to go in overtime.
What it means: The Mavs failed to finish off the sweep in their three-game homestand. Dallas dropped to 15-11 entering Saturday night’s road game against the Phoenix Suns, who are just a half-game back in the West standings. The Raptors, who have won three of their past four games, improved to 10-14.
Play of the game: DeRozan dribbled from the left wing to a foot behind the free throw line, got Shawn Marion to bite on a pump fake and hit a prayer of a jumper after drawing contact. He missed the free throw, but the bucket gave the Raptors the lead for good with 1:10 remaining.
Stat of the night: The Mavs this season have lost games in which they led by 17, 18 and 19 points.
Vince Carter: The 36-year-old sixth man has had his two best all-around games of the season on this homestand. He followed up a 15-point, nine-assist, six-rebound outing in the blowout of the Milwaukee Bucks by putting up 14 points, six assists and four rebounds in the win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Carter, whose season shooting percentage (38.8) is at a career-low level, was 9-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-7 from 3-point range in the wins. The Mavs have outscored their opponents by 29 during Carter’s 56 minutes this week.
Gal Mekel: Shane Larkin has taken a clear lead in the battle to be the backup point guard, leaving Mekel to play primarily garbage-time minutes. After a DNP-CD in the road-trip finale against Golden State, Mekel played a total of only nine minutes in the first two games of this homestand. When Devin Harris is healthy enough to play, Mekel is likely to be dispatched to the D-League, where he would have the opportunity to run the show for the Texas Legends.
Jae Crowder’s goal is to be the second.
“That’s what I’m working on trying to be,” said Crowder, who has guarded every position but center at times this season. “It just takes time, and it takes me getting put into the fire each and every night and stepping up to the task.”
The numbers indicate that Crowder has done a terrific job stepping up to the task this season. His defensive rating (94.0 points allowed per 100 possessions when he’s on the floor) is drastically lower than any other player on the roster.
No other Dallas player who has logged at least 50 minutes this season has a double-digit defensive rating. Crowder, who shed 15 pounds over the summer to prepare to chase guards, has trimmed 8.4 points off of his defensive rating from his rookie year.
“That’s pretty good,” Crowder said, smiling, when informed about his defensive rating, a stat he had only vague knowledge of.
That's a pretty pleasant response to being called "a pain in the ass when I had him" and "little selfish bastard" by the man who coached him for four seasons with the Golden State Warriors.
"That's Nellie being Nellie," Ellis told ESPNDallas.com, chuckling. "I mean, at that time, I was, but it is what it is."
Nelson has never been one to bite his tongue, as folks in Dallas fondly recall from his eight-year tenure as the Mavericks coach. His comments on Ellis were one entertaining nugget in a story about Nelson's retirement in Hawaii, where he watches basketball on a regular basis when he isn't busy playing poker with neighbors Willie Nelson, Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson.
"I said, 'You know, Monta, this is what I want you to do in practice today. I don't want you to take a shot. I think you have the ability to create and make plays. If you could ever be a point guard, the way you can score, you could really be a special player,'" Nelson told Sports Illustrated, recalling a conversation he had with Ellis during their time together with the Warriors. "So he did. He found people in practice. And I said, 'Monta, why don't you focus on being a great point guard? They have the most fun of anybody. They're the man, they control everything.'"
At this point, Nelson paused.
"He said, 'Coach, I just want to play. I just want to play,'" Nelson continued. "He wouldn't consider that. Now, as he's matured, he's started making plays. To his credit, he's a pretty good player right now. When I had him, all he wanted to do, little selfish bastard, was to shoot every time. And never pass."
Ellis, who started playing for Nelson as a 21-year-old in his second NBA season, confirmed that they had that conversation. Ellis isn't any more concerned about Nelson's opinion now than he was then.
"That's him," said Ellis, who averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game in his final season playing for Nelson. "There really ain't nothing negative I can take from him. I give my career start to Nellie. It's going to stay that way, but he was saying that when I was there. It's nothing new to me.
"He did come to me about that, but like he said, I told him I was a guard. I just play basketball. I mean, I've had success with my career doing what I've been doing my whole career. Like I said, that's Nellie. Ain't nothing you can do about it but just laugh it off. That's it."
DALLAS -- A week off might not be the worst thing in the world for a 16-year veteran.
All that time off wasn't by design for Dirk Nowitzki, but he certainly looked like a guy with fresh legs during Wednesday night's 105-91 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
"It was obviously not what I planned on Saturday," Nowitzki said. "The good thing was I didn't feel great on Monday in practice -- I was still weak -- but we didn't have another game for two more days. By Tuesday, I was a lot better, and today, I felt fine like nothing happened. I used the break, I guess, to get healthy."
This was a stretch of schedule that Nowitzki and the Mavs had been looking forward to for several weeks. After finishing their four-game trip at Golden State, the Mavs had only two home games over an eight-day period.
Nowitzki would have preferred to avoid the 24-hour stomach bug that hit him Saturday, but there could be a long-term benefit to his 35-year-old legs logging only 27 minutes over eight days, especially after such a hectic November schedule.
One sure way to tell if Nowitzki feels fresh is his effectiveness putting the ball on the floor. That often means just one quick dribble after a pump fake before going up for his shot, a move he used successfully a few times against the Grizzlies.
"I was watching from the bench tonight, and I was like, 'He makes everything look so easy,'" point guard Jose Calderon said. "I was amazed how the guys guarding him kept jumping, and he just waited and knocked down the shot."
The team-wide benefit to the light stretch of schedule is that the Mavs had plenty of practice time, none of which Nowitzki missed. That's especially valuable for a team with so many new faces.
The poor quality of competition was a factor, but it's probably not a coincidence that the Mavs have had two strong defensive performances this week. The Bucks and Grizzlies combined to average 92 points on 42 percent shooting in losses to the fresh-legged Mavs, who focused much of their practice time over the past week on defensive rotations and pick-and-roll coverages.
"Hopefully, we'll use this time off to our advantage," Nowitzki said, "and use those fresh legs and go out and get some wins."
Samuel Dalembert, fresh off his first DNP-CD of the season, didn’t get off the bench until midway through the third quarter in Wednesday night’s win over the Memphis Grizzlies. But the big man made his presence felt once he finally got in the game.
Dalembert, who was demoted from the starting lineup during the Mavs’ recent road trip, had eight points, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 13 minutes against the Grizzlies. He played with the kind of energy the Mavs’ coaches demand of him and did an outstanding job defensively against Memphis’ post-up monster Zach Randolph.
“Sammy D’s back!” a Mavs staffer said with a smile in the locker room.
Coach Rick Carlisle, who went to Dalembert during a Grizzlies’ run, credited the center for playing Randolph straight up after Memphis took advantage of some Dallas double-teams. Dirk Nowitzki and Vince Carter praised Dalembert’s professionalism despite his personal disappointment after not playing in Saturday’s win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
“It was a test for me personally,” Dalembert said. “I stay ready and never know when exactly they’re going to call. It was a challenge for me. I embrace it.”
Carter the creator: Sixth man Vince Carter led the Mavs in assists for the second consecutive game, following up his nine-dime performance Saturday night with six assists.
“There’s a lot of guys open,” Carter said. “There’s a lot of options there. We’re just trying to take advantage of it and keep rolling.”
Carter, who slumped last month, has also had a couple of strong shooting nights in a row. He has a total of 29 points on 9-of-16 shooting in the last two games.
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks cruised to a 105-91 win over a Memphis Grizzlies team missing three starters.
How it happened: There was really never much doubt. The Mavs led by double digits most of the game and responded when Memphis made a run to slice the lead to four in the third quarter.
Dirk Nowitzki had a quietly dominant performance in his return after missing Saturday's win over the Milwaukee Bucks because of illness. He scored 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 5 assists and had a plus-minus of plus-23. He also had the luxury of watching from the bench down the stretch after having played only 27 minutes.
Nowitzki was one of five Mavs to score in double figures as Dallas shot 54.8 percent from the field.
Monta Ellis scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half. Vince Carter had his second consecutive impressive all-around performance off the bench with 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting, 6 assists and 4 rebounds.
Without center Marc Gasol, point guard Mike Conley and small forward Tayshaun Prince, the Grizzlies had a miserable shooting night, hitting only 39.8 percent of their shots from the field.
What it means: The Mavs improved to 15-10 and have won the first two games of this three-game homestand against sub-.500 teams. The Mavs are 11-2 at home, including a couple of wins against the Grizzlies (10-15), giving Dallas a good chance to get the tiebreaker against a team that could fight its way into the playoff mix if it can get healthy.
Play of the game: Ellis threw a beautiful, on-the-run, one-handed, 60-foot pass that hit Shawn Marion in stride for a dunk in the first quarter. Ellis was pushing the ball up the left side of the floor when he found Marion streaking down the center of the court with a defender trailing him by a step. Marion caught the ball and went up to finish with two hands in one motion.
Stat of the night: Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen grabbed 10 offensive rebounds, the most by any player in a game this season. The Grizzlies' 22 offensive rebounds were one shy of the most by a team this season.
A prolific 3-point shooter in his younger years, Marion had all but eliminated that aspect of his game during his tenure in Dallas. With his coach’s encouragement, Marion has morphed into a 3-point threat again.
By comparison, Marion has made a total of only 72 3-pointers since joining the Mavs in the summer of 2009. He’s 21-of-62 this season, only two shy of his Dallas high for 3s made and 11 off his high here for long-range attempts, hitting a respectable 33.9 percent.
“Because I’m really shooting them now,” said Marion, who attempted a total of only 52 3s during his first two seasons in Dallas. “When you shoot one every 12 or 15 games, it don’t matter. You can’t have a great percentage unless you’re really shooting it consistently.
“I had to adjust my game here in order to win the championship, and I did that. Now I can go back to doing a lot of things that I’m capable of doing.”
The Mavs need Marion to be a 3-point threat to maximize the potential of their new backcourt. If defenders want to sag off of him to clog up the penetration lanes for Monta Ellis, in particular, Marion has to be able to make them pay.
Don't look now, but Dirk Nowitzki is the Mavs' leading scorer again. Will that be the case at the end of the season for the 14th straight year?
Gutierrez: Michael Finley averaged 22.6 points per game while Nowitzki averaged 17.5 in 1999-00. I certainly don't see the margin being that wide between Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. Nowitzki is flirting with joining the 50-40-90 (shooting percentages) club for the second time in his career. An efficient Nowitzki will lead to plenty of points. It will be close, but I think Nowitzki maintains his leading scorer title for the Mavericks.
Taylor: When the season ends, Ellis will be the leading scorer because Dirk will allow the offense to flow through. Ellis has shown he can be a playmaker, especially in the pick-and-roll. As the season goes on, we should expect the 35-year-old star to slow down just a little because of the NBA grind while Ellis will probably maintain his performance. The key for the Mavs was to get a legit sidekick for Dirk, and that's just what they have.
MacMahon: This will be a neck-to-neck race, although they're really not competing against each other. I'll go with Dirk for a couple of reasons. I figure November, when he averaged 20.4 points per game, will be perhaps his toughest month of the season because of a schedule pace that he called "brutal." Nowitzki will also be a much more consistent scorer over the duration of the season than Ellis, a streaky shooter who will mix in the occasional single-digit dud like Saturday night.
What are reasonable expectations for Brandan Wright?
Taylor: Wright is a lively body who should average double figures because he can run the court and he has a nice jumper. If the Mavs can get him to 6-7 rebounds a game, they would really be excited. He's a good player. The question is whether he can make the jump to really good player, which will happen if he can get his rebounding numbers in line.
MacMahon: I love Wright referring to his late-season production as a minimum expectation. It should be. He returned to Dallas stronger and with a little more range on his jumper, not to mention much richer after signing a two-year, $10 million deal this summer. The next time Rick Carlisle asks for my advice, I'll tell him to start Wright at center to pair him with Nowitzki as often as possible. That's a tremendously effective offensive tandem. Whether that happens or not, don't be surprised if Wright is the Mavs' third-leading scorer.
Fast-forwarding to the summer, who is the free agent not named LeBron you'd most like to see land in Dallas?
Gutierrez: Shawn Marion will be a free agent, thus creating a hole there. Luol Deng makes sense, but I'm not sure he's worth the perceived price tag. Dallas will need to continue working on its center position as well. This will probably be an underwhelming selection, but put me down for seeing Marcin Gortat as the free agent I'd like to see land in Dallas. The Mavericks were close to getting him in the summer of 2009 as a restricted free agent. As an outright free agent, they'll have just as good of a shot as anyone else to land him.
Taylor: The Mavs, for the most part, have been looking for a center forever. They might be able to get a solid wide body in free agency. Gortat would be a good choice because he's big enough to bang and has a solid offensive game. Spencer Hawes might also be intriguing because of his ability to hit the jumper and spread the court. I just don't want to hear Mark Cuban tell me how they're going to get LeBron James signed.
MacMahon: I'll go out of the box a bit and say Eric Bledsoe. He's a restricted free agent, so this might be a pipe dream, but he's a blossoming star. So what if the Mavs signed Jose Calderon and Ellis last summer? Bring Calderon off the bench and keep his minutes in the mid-20s as he gets into his mid-30s. Bledsoe and Ellis would be a phenomenally fun, explosive backcourt. Bledsoe would solve a bunch of problems defensively, and he's averaging 19.5 points and 6.4 assists for the Suns this season. He would be worth an eight-figure annual investment over four years.
OK, so it’s not quite as sexy as a blockbuster trade, but Wright sure looked like a guy who could give the Mavs a big boost while debuting with 19 points on 90-percent shooting in 19 minutes in the blowout of the Milwaukee Bucks.
So, naturally, Wright is the subject of a couple of questions in this week’s mailbag. Let’s get to them ...
Parker (Dallas): Can the Mavs expect the kind of production they got from Brandan Wright in his season debut? Love the energy he brings to the team.
Oh, I think a point per minute and 90-percent shooting is a bit lofty, but I like Wright referring to his strong finish last season as setting the baseline for expectations this year.
Wright’s goal is to shoot 62.5 percent from the floor. That’s lofty but reasonable, too, considering he finished the previous two seasons at 61.8 and 59.7 percent. He should benefit from having a pass-first point guard in Jose Calderon and a shooting guard in Monta Ellis who excels at breaking down defenses and dishing to big men to finish, which is what Wright does best.
I see Wright as a guy who very well could end up being the third-leading scorer on this team.
@JonathanBlick on Twitter: Would the Mavs consider packaging Brandan Wright in a deal for Omer Asik? Would that gain the Rockets' interest?
Wait, I just went on and on about how much Wright can help the Mavs and now you want to get rid of him?!
It’s actually an interesting idea, given the Mavs’ seemingly never-ending search for a defensive stopper at center. Never say never, but it doesn’t sound like the Mavs are in the mix for Asik.
In fact, Dallas didn’t even get a mention in Marc Stein’s latest ESPN.com update on the Asik rumors.
UPDATE: As MavsOutsider.com's Kirk Henderson reminded me, Wright is actually ineligible to be traded until Jan. 15 because the Mavs used the Early Bird exemption to re-sign him.
Harris, who traveled to New York on Monday to visit the doctor who performed his summer toe surgery, will not practice for an undetermined amount of time. He had hoped to begin playing in games month, but Harris suffered a setback with pain and swelling in the toe last week.
“I think we’re putting the brakes on obviously with him a little bit,” Carlisle said. “He needs a little time to heal a little bit more and let that thing settle down. In due time, he’ll be back to the full schedule of stuff. He was doing some good things until he had the setback.”
Harris, who the Mavs hope can contribute off the bench at both guard spots this season, was limited to running on the elliptical and some light shooting during Tuesday’s practice.
The Mavs originally agreed to a three-year, $9 million deal with the 30-year-old Harris this summer, but a pre-signing physical screening revealed that he had a left big toe injury that needed to be surgically repaired. The parties soon agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, knowing that Harris would be sidelined for a long stretch to start the season.
“It’s a situation that’s not shocking,” Carlisle said. “We’ve just got to stay the course and get him right.”
“We’re going to keep working on our end-of-game stuff,” coach Rick Carlisle said, “but our best players are going to be touching it a lot.”
That means Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, a duo that combined to score the Mavs’ final 19 points in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats, final 14 points in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers and final 11 points in a loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Would the Mavs like to be more balanced late in tight games? Not really. They’re just fine with a steady diet of Dirk/Monta until the opponent forces them to do something else.
“If we weren’t, you’d be like, ‘Well, shouldn’t we go to it more? That pick-and-roll is unstoppable,’” owner Mark Cuban said. “So that’s what we do. We go to it until it’s stopped.”
The Mavs are confident they can make it hard on opponents to pick other poisons by putting a couple of perimeter threats on the floor with their two best players. For example, the New Orleans Pelicans forced the ball out of the Mavs stars’ hands, and Jose Calderon made them pay by drilling a couple of clutch 3-pointers.
“We’ll be ready if they start helping on them,” Calderon said. “But if they don’t help and they can score, I’m good for that. So hopefully they can keep on scoring, but I think having Vince [Carter] on one side and me on one side, [opponents] have to make decisions. We have to be ready to make that shot if the pass is coming, but they’re making shots.
“They’re doing really good lately, so let’s keep it that way.”
“I felt a lot better already come Sunday, until I watched the Cowboys’ game,” Nowitzki joked after Monday’s practice, according to the team website. “Then I got sick again.”
Coach Rick Carlisle and Nowitzki were both back at the American Airlines Center on Monday after missing Saturday night’s game due to an illness.
It was the first game Nowitzki, who leads the Mavs with 21.1 points per game, missed this season. Carlisle had not missed a game since a one-game absence after undergoing knee surgery in December 2010.
“The good thing is we don’t play till Wednesday, so I was a little sluggish obviously today, because I couldn’t hold any fluids in or eat anything really for two days,” said Nowitzki, who watched the Mavs’ win over the Milwaukee Bucks from home. “So my legs felt a little heavy in practice, but it was good to get a sweat in after a couple of days and we have another practice tomorrow. If I feel a lot better tomorrow, then by Wednesday hopefully I’ll be 100 percent.”
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