Avery Johnson said that when he was a rookie head coach, the Rockets sent word that Tracy McGrady would not be playing in the Houston-Dallas game, so Johnson did not spend practice time focusing on McGrady.
"Then he played and got 30," Johnson said.
So despite Shaquille O'Neal missing the last two games with hip problems, Johnson said the Mavericks would be ready for him tonight.
"We always plan for everybody being there," Johnson said. "I got tricked on that my first year in coaching, about a guy not being in. So we are planning for [Dwyane] Wade, Shaq, Jason Williams, we're planning for Dorell Wright and he didn't even make the trip."
-- Jan Hubbard