The Mavs have struggled with noon games in the past so last season Avery Johnson instituted an early wake up call to get the juices flowing.
The team doesn't seem to be too fazed by the early start time today, that is other than Gana Diop not having his typical chicken and pasta before the game. He said chicken at 9 am wouldn't do the trick so he settled for the team breakfast of eggs and pancakes at the arena.
I told Jerry Stackhouse that the early start messed up my routine this morning so no doubt I can see how it would mess up theirs since athletes are totally creatures of habit.
He just laughed and said he didn't think my routine mattered a whole lot when it came to the game. I told him I still had to perform my job. He said, yeah, but who can tell the difference between a good game story and a bad one.
Obviously, Stackhouse has never seen my inbox the morning after a game.
-- Jeff Caplan