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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Dallas: Not Using Its Best Backcourt

Tim McMahon of the Dallas Morning News Mavericks blog writes:

The Mavs are trying not to use their small backcourt (Devin Harris and Jason Terry) too much this season. So I was a bit surprised to see that Harris and Jet are most effective when they're on the floor together.

Stats geek site has the proof in their pairs plus-minus stats. The pair of Harris and Jet is plus-14 per 48 minutes. Harris is Jet's best plus-minus partner; Jet is tied with Dirk for Harris' best.

"It doesn't surprise me," Avery said when I ran the stats by him. "That is a pretty lethal combination. I think what happens though is, if that combination is on the floor for long minutes every game, then that combination or that plus-minus starts to change around mid-March."

Is that because Avery thinks the guards will get worn down?

"I don't think they'll get worn down," Avery said. "I have some pretty reliable information -- some past history."

Very interesting for a few reasons: