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- It’s a homecoming for Portland head coach Terry Stotts, who was an assistant coach with the Mavericks for four seasons from 2008-12, including the NBA championship run in 2011. He says he took a lot away from his time with Rick Carlisle — including some X’s and O’s. “It’s going to be like an intrasquad scrimmage because it’s a little like two teams playing the same game,” he said. “We have a lot of the same plays, but I had to change the calls. Can’t call them the same thing.”
- Carlisle said he expects Stotts to be very successful with the Trail Blazers. “He was always known as an offensive coach, but he has a very good feel for defense and a very good understanding of defense, and that’s shown with their present team,” he said. “I always thought he was a guy who had a lot of strengths and few, if any, weaknesses.”
- With star forward Dirk Nowitzki recovering from knee surgery, shooting guard O.J. Mayo has shown the ability to take over the scoring load for Dallas. He had 30 points and drilled a career-high seven 3-pointers in Saturday’s win against Charlotte. “O.J. is a scorer. That’s his mentality,” Carlisle said. “We just need him to play his game, but we also need him to fill his role within our system defensively and on the boards and all that kind of stuff, too.”
- Backup point guard Rodrigue Beaubois says he will miss his second straight game for the Mavericks with a sprained left ankle. He is day-to-day. Rookie forward Victor Claver is inactive tonight for the Trail Blazers.
– Dave Ivey