Interesting thoughts from acting Denver coach Adrian Dantley, who firmly believes the Nuggets are beginning to realize after nearly a month just how much Kenyon Martin means to them.
"Well, usually when you have your star player, or your best defensive player [out], you might get away with it for a little while,'' Dantley said. "But as the game goes on you can see it takes its toll. But that's part of the NBA. You have injuries."
Dantley added that Martin is particularly missed because when the Nuggets play Dallas because of the way he plays Dirk Nowitzki, although Nowitzki averaged 34.4 points in the playoffs last season against the Nuggets and he shot more than 53 percent.
"We know every time we come against him it's going to be a tough matchup,'' Dantley said. "When Kenyon is not on him he has a lot of freedom, and he took advantage of that (Monday)."
The Mavericks are doing the right thing by downplaying their win. It came against a beaten-down Denver team. But it still clinched the season series and put the Mavericks in the driver's seat for the No. 2 overall seed.
As they say in golf, there's no room for sentences on the scorecard and there's no room for explanations in the won-loss standings.