DALLAS – Darren Collison knows during the course of a long 82-game season that what happened to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers happens to every team in the NBA about seven times a year.
But that still doesn’t make it easy for the Mavs’ point guard to swallow that horrific 115-89 whipping the Lakers put on Dallas.
“Every team has their (bad) nights, but I don’t want to let it go in the past,’’ Collison said after Sunday’s practice at American Airlines Center. “I want to learn from it.’’
Collison wanted to learn so much from that debacle to the Lakers that he watched the entire game twice.
“The first five minutes is always key to a ballgame,’’ Collison said. “Any time you give a team four and five layups – uncontested layups at that – you know you’re in for a long night.
“We want to make a stand and protect the paint, and that’s something we didn’t do the first five minutes.’’
In the game against the Lakers, Collison was only 1-of-10 from the field, scored just two points, distributed four assists and turned the ball over four times in 24 minutes.
-- Dwain Price
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