While players pretty much downplayed Monday's players-only practice, Mavs coach Avery Johnson didn't shed much more light on exactly what went down.
"We came in with the intention to practice and then something changed, and when we decided to not practice, then we had some of our leaders step up, which I've always wanted, and they decided to go on the court and do something," Johnson said.
A reporter asked if Johson had walked out of practice because he was unhappy. That bit of information is unsubstantiated. It seems Johnson met with the team, canceled practice, told them they'd meet on the plane and then the players decided to hold their own practice...so when asked about walking out, Johnson replied: "I don't want to get into that."
None of it really matters. The players have to now take charge in Game 5. Johnson can't help them shoot better or get back faster to prevent the Hornets from lighting them up with transition layups.
-- Jeff Caplan