DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks haven’t had any problems keeping their focus as they await an opponent in the Western Conference finals.
They could know as early as tonight, depending on the outcome of Game 6 of the Oklahoma City-Hang Time Grizzlies series. The Thunder lead 3-2 and can finish things up with a win and Game 1 of the Western Conference finals would be Sunday at 3:30 ET on ABC. A Grizzlies win pushes Game 1 back to Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.
As far as Mavericks guard Jason Terry is concerned, it doesn’t matter who it is or when it is, he just wants to know. Because a week is a long time to wait to get back into the playoff mix, especially after the way Terry and the Mavericks finished off their last series (check the video above).
“I’m definitely ready. I’m anxious. I’m ready,” Terry said after the Mavericks’ full scrimmage practice Friday, which included referees. “We’re we’re interested to see what happens tonight, and whatever happens we’ll finally know when we’ll play. Not knowing is always tough. But after tonight we will know.”
Terry said the week of work was good for his team. They had a solid week of work mixed with some “good rest” from coach Rick Carlisle.
“It was welcomed,” Terry said. “It was needed, I know from [talking to] a lot of guys. And it keeps you fresh, keeps you hungry and keeps you on your toes. And that’s a good thing.”
The one thing the Mavericks didn’t do a lot of during their “off week” was waste any time thinking about what comes after the Western Conference finals.
Any thoughts of what goes on between Miami and Chicago in the Eastern Conference finals, and perhaps even the possibility of a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals against the Heat this year, is someone else’s business.
“Not at all, not for us,” Terry said. “We know this next step is key. There is no Miami or Chicago if we don’t take care of business. And it doesn’t matter for us who it is. The most important thing for us is that we’re mentally right and healthy, because we know what to do to execute and win in either one of those situations.”