Gana Diop picked a bad time to get in Avery's doghouse. Now Avery won't say that's where Diop is, but the facts are that he's not playing much these days.
He said he doesn't feel as if his play has warranted such a decrease in playing time. Plus, this is a contract season for the 7-footer from Senegal. At this rate, he could be costing himself millions in a new deal.
He recently started a workout regime that had him running in the Mavs' practice gym and then doing quite a bit of core work and other exercises prior to the Thursday's game against the Cavs, his former team.
Perhaps Avery will use the matchup to insert Diop and see where his energy level and his passion -- oh, and his interior defense -- is at.
-- Jeff Caplan