It probably qualifies as a silly yet necessary question. As the Mavericks prepare for the regular season opener Wednesday in Cleveland, Avery Johnson was asked what he expected this season.
What are you supposed to say to that? Johnson thought about it and noted that: "I never expected us to start off 0-4 last year."
The Mavericks did, but recovered quite nicely until the playoffs, obviously. But this season, Johnson is stressing two areas -- less playing time for some of the regulars in hopes of keeping them fresh. And playing a more physical game. Thus far, he's happy.
"I expect us to play some pretty decent basketball," he said, finally answering the question. " When we get ot the point where we’re healthy and whole, I expect us to go out and compete every night and play tough minded basketball, try to win the rebound game, and just play physical."
-- Jan Hubbard