DALLAS -– Although OJ Mayo tallied just 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting during Sunday’s 113-108 victory over the Utah Jazz, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle likes the way his two-guard performed.
“Generally our team functions better when he plays an efficient all-around game,’’ Carlisle said. “There are nights we need him to step up his scoring, but it’s not a situation where he needs to come into each game thinking he’s got to score 20 or 25.
“When he’s in an all-around play and ball movement mode and finding people, he does a really nice job of playing it.’’
Since scoring 22 points on Mar. 8 against Detroit, Mayo has eclipsed the 14-point barrier just once over the past nine games. Carlisle, however, is more concerned with Mayo displaying his overall game instead of just showing what he can produce on the offensive end of the floor.
“He’s always going to be aggressive to score,’’ Carlisle said. “When the shots are there he takes them, when he sees both the shot opportunity and the open teammates, that’s when we’re in business.
“He’s improved his recognition of the overall game, he’s improved his recognition of pick and rolls, being able to see the shot opportunity or the teammate on the roll at the top. He works hard at it and he wants to be really good.’’
-- Dwain Price
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