HOUSTON -- It's no secret that the Dallas Mavericks lost more than their share of games last season in the waning seconds because of shoddy play by their point guards.
But forward Dirk Nowitzki said because of the offseason acquisition of Jose Calderon, that won't be the case this season.
Calderon ranked second in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio last season at 4-to-1. Nowitzki knows that type of efficiency in itself could add up to between 7-10 more victories for the Mavs, and could be the difference between Dallas making the playoffs or sitting at home wondering what happened.
“Last year we had some suspect decision-making in close games and that ended up costing us some games,’’ Nowitzki said after Sunday's practice at the University of Houston. “So (Calderon) should be the guy that handles the ball and gets the guys in the right spots and gets the guys the ball where we need it to be down the stretch, and we should be able to execute a lot better this year.’’
-- Dwain Price
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