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Johnson runs Mavs hard to keep away rust

DALLAS -- With a long wait between playoff games, Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson tried keeping his team sharp by
putting them through a hard practice and a 12-minute scrimmage
Thursday.
"We haven't played a game since Monday, so we needed to get the
lungs blown out," Johnson said. "It was good. We needed to get
some work in."
The Mavericks have been off since completing a four-game sweep
of the Memphis Grizzlies. Johnson gave them a break Tuesday, then
had them back on the court Wednesday.
After Thursday's workout, he said, "Oh, boy, we've had two
really good days." He was so pleased that he's only having a film
session Friday.
"We're trying to stay sharp, but at the same time rest," sixth
man Jerry Stackhouse said. "We're trying to find that happy
medium."
Dallas will face either San Antonio or Sacramento in the second
round. The Spurs can knock out the Kings in Game 6 on Friday night
in Sacramento.
If a seventh game is needed, it would be Sunday in San Antonio,
pushing the start of the second round to at least Tuesday. Should
that happen, Johnson said he'll make the Mavs get in another good
sweat Saturday or Sunday.
"They're ready to play," Johnson said. "We've been trying to
do things to keep them upbeat. But at some point, you just get
tired of resting."
The Mavericks have no injury concerns. In fact, they're getting
injured players back.
Keith Van Horn went through some drills for the first time since
breaking his right hand March 31. He's expected to rejoin practice
early next week, with a chance to play late in the series.
"He was at least able to grab a basketball, which was a good
sign," Johnson said. "It's coming along and it's coming at the
right time."