DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki took the high road after Monday's 94-89 win over the Boston Celtics when he was told that owner Mark Cuban criticized Nowitzki's defense and rebounding, and said he took naps during recent games against Golden State and Oklahoma City.
"I've got to compete and help the guys set the tone," Nowitzki said. "Some nights that's defensively or on the rebounding, some nights it might be more scoring.
"I usually take pride in being a good all-around player. Especially in this homestand, if we want to make the playoffs we've all got to do a little more."
Before the win over the Celtics, Cuban said of Nowitzki: “I think sometimes he loses concentration and I think we’ve got to get past that. I mentioned it to him today.
“I asked him how his nap was during the game (Sunday at Oklahoma City). He laughed. At least that’s while I was facing him. When I turned my back and walked away, I don’t know.’’
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