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April 26, 2015 Updates

Tyson Chandler looked up before the Dallas Mavericks' shootaround to see the 2011 championship banner that hangs at American Airlines Center. He shook his head and said that he and his teammates have one agenda - and one only - for Game 4 tonight. Nothing is more devastating for a proud player than getting swept in the playoffs. On your home court, no less. "I don't want to go down like this," Chandler said. "We got to take it one game at a time, but I'm not going out like this. It's embarrassing. That makes for a long summer. And I don't want to face that." Dallas Morning News

Smith wants the Mavs to man-up and tip their hats to what the Rockets have done to them in this series, which Houston leads 3-0. “At some point you got to stop making excuses,’’ Smith told Houston TV station KRIV. “The postseason is a very physical game. “We're just playing basketball that's all. Sometimes you have to say ‘touche’ instead of always coming up with a lot of excuses.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram

NBA commissioner Adam Silver told ESPN.com that he expects the league to have "full-throated conversations" this summer about potentially implementing rules to eliminate the Hack-a-Shaq strategy from the game. Silver acknowledged the strategy of intentionally fouling poor free throw shooters -- which originally started against retired superstar center Shaquille O'Neal -- is not enjoyable to watch. However, he expressed the need for caution when considering changing the rules of the game. "It's something that I'm on the fence about," Silver told ESPN.com minutes before tipoff of Friday night's Game 3 in the Dallas Mavericks-Houston Rockets series. ESPN.com

April 25, 2015 Updates

“We got to go out there and approach every game as an individual game and try to win,” Mavs center Tyson Chandler said after Friday night’s 130-128 loss to the Houston Rockets at the AAC. “We definitely got to try to win on our home floor. You never want to get swept. We got to come out and play hard.” Dallas Morning News

NBA Official: Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle has been fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating following 130-128 loss last night to Houston. Twitter

When Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was asked about the 3-0 series deficit, he instead talked about officiating. “My hope is that in Game 4 – the one play that’s kind of an image stuck in my mind, and I just looked at it six times on the film, is the first play of the fourth quarter,” Carlisle said. “We’re scrambling like hell defensively, and Devin Harris is going to get the ball, and Dwight Howard throws him into our bench. He takes the ball, skips it over the top and Ariza gets a wide-open three. “So, instead of us getting the ball, and a foul on Howard, it turns into essentially a 5-6 point swing. That stuff’s got to stop. The officials [have] got to get that stuff under control, because there’s too much physical stuff going on. Howard is throwing people all over the place. And that can’t happen in Game 4.” Houston Chronicle

April 24, 2015 Updates

The Knicks, often cited as another potential destination, don’t make sense for Rondo. Point guards in the triangle spend plenty of time off the ball — as Knicks coach Derek Fisher knows — and if anything has become clear about Rondo, it’s that he simply isn’t capable of playing off-guard. New York Post

“How ironic, 10 years ago, I was the starting point guard for the Dallas Mavericks against Houston in the series and now again I’m the starting point guard for the Rockets, it is ironic,” Terry said. “But it is something that I’ve always prepared myself for and I’m ready for the task at hand and good thing we got a good group around me so it ain’t just me by myself. So I’m prepared.” ESPN.com

58-year-old Rockets fan James Pierce is charged with impersonating a police officer. According to KHOU, Pierce allegedly posed as a cop to try to sneak into Tuesday’s playoff game between Houston and Dallas. An arena security guard reportedly became suspicious when Pierce flashed his badge, something real cops apparently don’t have to deal with upon entering. One wonders how long Pierce got away with this jig before he was discovered. The Big Lead

Parsons will meet with more doctors and will have more information next week. He said the knee injury – which he sustained March 29 when the Mavericks played in Indiana – has only gotten worse over the past several weeks. He said there is no tear or structural damage, but that the knee will need repair. “I have a few other appointments next week,” Parsons said. “It just never got better and it’s just so frustrating right now because I obviously want to be playing with my team. I want to be out there. It’s the playoffs. It’s the most fun time of the year and I was looking forward to this series against Houston and its all taken away from me, so it is devastating and I want to be out there but I have tried every possible thing to try to play – rehab, rest, different treatments – and nothing has worked. I have a couple of options to go over with doctors next week and make a decision next week on what I am going to do.” Houston Chronicle

April 23, 2015 Updates


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


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