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April 16, 2015 Updates

Either way, the Rockets are just focusing on beating them and moving on to round two. “He’s the enemy,” Dwight Howard said of Parsons. “We’re still going to be friends and we’re still going to kick it in the summer, but right now, him and his team are trying to end our season. And that’s our mentality – we’re not going to let anybody end our season, so we’ve got to go out there and dominate from the first game and send a message.” “It’s not about Chandler,” James Harden said. “It’s about trying to win. The last couple of years I’ve been here, I’ve been (knocked) out the first round, so it’s bigger than one person.” CBS Local

April 15, 2015 Updates

Q: Some people don’t realize you actually work for the organization now – what do you do for the team? Michael Finley: I’ve been working with the team for, I think, two years now. And, I’m pretty much ‘Mark’s assistant’ – Cuban, that is. He’s not big on titles. So, he said if I wanted a title, if anybody happens to ask, just tell them you’re ‘Mark’s assistant.’ So, I accepted that title with open arms. But, my duty really is just trying to learn as much as I can from both Mark and Donny Nelson. And I’m kind of like the liaison between the players, management, and ownership. Try to give Mark a player’s perspective of what’s going on…just trying to make the team a better ‘team’, and make the organization be one of the best in the NBA. Dallas Morning News

Did you realize that you were among active players the guy who had played in the most regular-season games without a playoff appearance? Yes, I was aware of that. I try not to think about it, try to forget about it, but I knew it existed. Yeah, it was frustrating, for sure, every year preparing and having faith. Then that year’s going to be over and same result, same result, same result, year after another. Ten years, you know? It took me 10 years to finally get there. How sweet is it to finally break that drought? It feels good. It feels good. The stormy days are past me. I’m glad the drought is over. It’s going to be behind me, and hopefully I can play for another 10 years and make the playoffs in those 10 years. [Laughs.] ESPN.com

If the playoffs started now, Parsons said he couldn't play. This isn't about precaution. Parsons' knee is a problem for the Mavs, who desperately need their $46 million small forward in peak form for the playoffs. "Am I concerned? Yeah, I'm concerned," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We'll see where we are. We're not going to take any risks with it. He desperately wants to play, and he's played hurt a lot this year. When he came back from his foot thing, he was out there a lot earlier than a lot of guys would have been. We've just got to make sure we're smart about the whole thing." ESPN.com

April 14, 2015 Updates

"It was a weird relationship,'' Pierce conceded. "We were all good friends on the court, but Ray always did his own thing. That's just the way Ray was. Even when we were playing together, we'd be having a team dinner and Ray wouldn't show up. We'd go to his charity events but Ray wouldn't show up to somebody else's. I called him on it. I said, 'Man, Ray, we support all your stuff but when we ask you, you don't come to ours.' I remember when Rondo re-signed with Boston, we had a little dinner at a restaurant and Ray didn't show up. I know Ray probably didn't like Rondo that much, but it wasn't a fact of not liking somebody. You don't have to like everybody you play with -- it's a matter of showing support. Rondo probably didn't like Ray either, but he came to Ray's functions to show, 'Hey, we're together in this.' It's not a bad thing with Ray. We had a great relationship on the court. But even the year we won it, after a game we'd say, 'Let's go have something to eat and have a night with the older guys.' We'd get there and it would be me, Kevin and Sam (Cassell), but no Ray. In a lot of ways, me, Sam and Kevin were our Big Three. It just got to the point where it was, 'That's Ray.' No hard feelings. Everyone made such a big deal of us not talking after we left, but there really wasn't much there.'' ESPN.com

Dirk Nowitzki on if those droughts make him think he’s done after 17 years: Nowitzki: “You know, all the work I put in last summer, I felt amazing in November, so when I went through these droughts here, starting in December and then I couldn’t really turn the corner again, there’s doubt creeping in. But in my head I was saying, ‘I felt amazing in November, I played amazing, I felt amazing, I moved great, I shot great. Just hopefully eventually get over everything in my body and feel good again and then I still think you can play at a high level.’ That’s what I was referring to, my start of the season when I was playing really well, really just being my efficient self. I was hopeing eventully all the hard work I put in is going to pay off again and I was going to start feeling better and playing better again and that’s what happened. To me, it obviously couldn’t have happened at a better time. Usually I’m a big fan of springtime, it gets warmer out, the feel of it and the playoffs around the corner is usually my time so I’m glad it happened around the right time.” Dallas Morning News

April 13, 2015 Updates

But if Bryant wants Rondo to join the Lakers so much once he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, why is the Lakers’ star standing up his friend? “I don’t know,” Rondo said. “I called and left a couple of voice mails. But he didn’t respond.” Rondo said the comments with a half-joking manner, making it hard to know if this actually took place or if the Mavericks guard is just staying coy. But Rondo kept a straight face on whether Bryant’s apparent flakiness will prompt him to answer his phone if the Lakers’ star calls during free agency. “No,” Rondo said. “There’s two missed calls.” Los Angeles Daily News

Owner Mark Cuban thought enough of the scene Monta Ellis caused at the end of the double-overtime win at Denver to reach out to the Mavericks' shooting guard. Cuban said he could understand how fans and media members felt when they saw Ellis sitting away from the team huddle and staying disengaged in the game that ended with every other teammate up on the bench applauding the play of Raymond Felton. "We texted about it," Cuban said. "He was just feeling funky and it happens sometimes. There's never been a guy that played a lot of minutes that didn't have one game where he was off to his own thoughts. I don't think it's any big deal. Whatever he was thinking about he was thinking about and we move on." Dallas Morning News

April 12, 2015 Updates


Five players from the championship team join No. 1 Dirk Nowitzki in the illustrious list.


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