Avery Johnson believed handing over play-calling duties to Devin Harris was a significant step in the point guard’s maturation process. But as Harris slumped and the team lost six of nine games, Johnson took back control.
“I’ve still got a little bit of control,” Harris said. “I’m just trying to correlate with him what’s best to get in, to make sure we’re swinging the ball side to side and we’re attacking the paint.”
The Mavs have won both games since Johnson resumed the play-calling duties. The Mavs shot 59.7 percent against the Jazz and 53.7 percent against the Knicks, two of their three best shooting nights of the season, a good indication players are getting the ball in optimum positions.
“Right now we need it,” Harris said. “It’s working. When we swing the ball, we’re scoring at a high rate, so you can’t complain with that.”
-- Jeff Caplan