DALLAS _ Count Dirk Nowitzki among those associated with the Dallas Mavericks’ organization who was happy Thursday’s trading deadline passed without the Mavs making a move.
The way Nowitzki sees it, forward Peja Stojakovic has only been around for six games and guard Rodrigue “Roddy B’ has only been around for six games. And both of those players are starters.
So it’s critical that the Mavs get those players on the same page with the other starters. Adding someone else into the mix this late in the season wouldn’t be prudent.
“This is what we wanted,’’ Nowitzki said. “We feel like now we’re healthy -- minus Caron (Butler).
“But other than that, Peja’s looking good, Roddy’s coming back and getting his legs back. I’m looking forward to a strong finish and hopefully a long playoff push.’’
Chemistry has been the key for the Mavs, who regularly has six or seven players a game scoring 10 or more points. They have made a habit out of spreading the offensive wealth.
“We showed it the last couple of weeks when we had enough weapons offensively, and we can score on any team,’’ Nowitzki said. “We were slacking up defensively -- we can get better there.
“But sometimes when you put the ball in the basket all the time sometimes your focus on defense gets away a little bit and you seem to rest a little bit. But we’re at our best when we get stops and push the ball and give (Jason) Kidd the ball and get shots in transition. Get easy shots, get layups, and that’s the way we’re trying to play.’’
-- Dwain Price