The Mavericks went through a lengthy practice on Christmas
Eve, breaking up in mid-afternoon. They will get Christmas off, then practice
on Sunday before flying to Oklahoma City for Monday’s game.
The hot topics at practice were the San Antonio Spurs’
loss to Orlando on Thursday and Roddy Beaubois’ situation.
On the latter front, there’s no change. Beaubois still
is a long time away from being ready to get on the court.
“We’re a long way from that
conversation,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said when asked if he’d thought
yet about how he will work Beaubois back into the rotation.
“There’s no timetable. We’re going to be very cautious about
this. We’re a long way from a conversation about him playing.
There’s no announcement.’’
Carlisle and most of the players were glad that the Spurs,
who won 25 of their first 28 games, finally lost.
“The West is tough,’’ Carlisle said.
“This division is back to being one of the toughest in all of sports. The
Spurs are having a great year and they’re going to continue to be good
and look, this is a long year. We’re about a third of the way through and
there’s a lot to be decided. And I’ll be saying that when
there’s four days left in the season. That’s the way it is every
season. A lot can change in the last four or five days in terms of seeding and
things like that.’’
The Mavericks have won 16 of their last 17 games and they
had picked up only one game in the loss column on the Spurs until Thursday.
“We haven’t made much headway,’’
Jason Kidd said.
Added former Spurs Ian Mahinmi: “They finally lost. I
was kind of hoping they wouldn’t lose so we could be the ones to beat
them first (on Thursday).’’
And then there’s Jason Terry’s analysis of the
Mavericks, who still trail the Spurs by a game and a half in the Southwest
“I think personally we’re better than every team
in the league,’’ Terry said, “and that’s no disrespect
to the Spurs or anybody.’’