Avery Johnson was not happy with the parade through the paint that both the Jazz and Cavs rode to victory in the last two games. Both teams scored practically half their points in the paint.
I asked Avery this morning if he'd gotten on his team about not putting somebody on the floor on the way to the basket and Avery asked if I had snuck into the film session this morning.
He said hard fouls was a major topic. He also said he's got to get Gana Diop back in the rotation. At 7-foot, Diop has got to be a strong presence in the paint defensively as a wall, a shot blocker and rebounder.
So keep a close watch on how the Mavs defend the dribble penetration and if Diop gets back some playing time.
-- Jeff Caplan