The schedule always has a weird ways about it. It's like every time teams make a trade they play each other right away. Philly and Utah swapped Kyle Korver for Gordan Giricek the other day and now the teams meet in Utah tonight.
So here's another crazy deal. This week the schedule makers bring Golden State (tonight) and Miami (Friday) to Dallas. As you might remember, the Warriors and Heat are the last two teams to upset the Mavs in unfathomable ways.
"Again, that's something that we've got to deal with, but right now we're in 2008," Mavs coach Avery Johnson said after Wednesday morning's shootaround. "Any of that stuff that happened was in '07 or '06, and we're a different team in a lot of ways and we're the same team in some ways with some of the guys that we have here. So we just have to go out and defend and rebound and play good transition defense and move the ball on offense and play our game. When we play at the top of our game we're pretty hard to beat."
-- Jeff Caplan