At Tuesday morning's shootaround, guard Jason Terry downplayed Monday's players-only practice as "no big deal."
When asked if he and the team believe they are playing for coach Avery Johnson's job, Terry said:
"That's nothing we can control. The only thing we can control is going out there and playing. If you look at it, all of our jobs are on the line. Hey, it is what it is. We have to go out and win this game win this series and advance. That's our whole focus tonight is getting down and dirty and sending this thing back to Dallas."
The Mavs have had chances to win games. They led 52-40 at halftime of Game 1 and led 30-23 after one quarter of Game 4, but huge third quarters by the Hornets led to blowout victories.
"Big emphasis on our third quarters," Terry said. "Not good. Not doing the things that got us the lead as far as moving the ball offensively and getting our defense set. That's a big key."
-- Jeff Caplan