Jason Terry said there was no need to apologize for his actions during Friday's win over the Clippers. Terry got into a shouting match with teammate J.J. Barea and with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, and was benched for all but eight minutes of the game.
Dallas' sixth man said the outburst was a product of the frustration he and the rest of the team was feeling. And that's a good thing, he thinks.
"It's playoff time," Terry said. "Emotions are going to be high at this time of the season. The last couple of years we've kind of been real lax and kind of went through the motions.
But this year is totally different. As you can see these games are intense. Positively or negatively, something's going to spark off and happen."
Terry has been involved in several questionable incidents lately, including a flagrant foul ejection and late-game technical in crucial games. He did admit that the shouting match was a negative.
"Going forward, it's just not going to be that. It's going to be all positive, but we're going to channel our energies in the right direction. But as you know, again, these times now are very intense and it's going to be like that for the next two or three months."
Dallas (55-25) has won two straight and has two games left in the regular season, traveling to Houston on Monday and finishing at home Wednesday with New Orleans.
MAVERICKS 115, SUNS 90: Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was able to empty to the bench Sunday night against Phoenix, which has already thrown in the towel in a non-playoff season. The Mavs were up more than 20 early in the second quarter and swept the season series from the Suns 4-0. Five Dallas players scored at least 15, led by Dirk Nowitzki with 19.
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