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Mark Cuban backs up Jason Terry for his defense on LeBron James

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban yells at a

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban yells at a referee during the first half of a game against the New Orleans Hornets in Dallas. (Jan. 5, 2013) Credit: AP

DALLAS - Mark Cuban doesn't get it.

Jason Terry has been a human pinata for the better part of the last three days, subjected to ridicule for getting posterized by LeBron James in the Heat's win over the Celtics in Boston Sunday. Many observers believe Terry -- just like when the Pistons' Brandon Knight got dunked on by the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan -- simply should have gotten out of the way as James was about to catch the alley-oop.

Cuban vehemently disagrees with that assertion.

"More credit for Jet. I'm of the opposite category," the Mavs owner said last night. It's the gutless who worry about what they look like in a poster and it's the real guys, the real players who have no problem playing the game. "Like I said before, I give credit to Brandon Knight, I give credit to Jet. You do your job and not care about the posters or the tweets. Those are the kind of guys teams wants."

Battle of the benches

The Nets and Mavs have productive benches and Dallas' has been a real key during the Mavericks' resurgence. That's why interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, knowing how important it was going to be for the Nets to match the Mavericks, went to the Brook Lopez-Andre Blatche combo in the second quarter.

"Their bench is exceptional," Carlesimo said. "Dray has been the guy that has been really solid for us all year. That's one of the reasons we keep looking for matchups where we can get him and Brook something more than 48 minutes combined because he's been so effective, but it's difficult."


The Nets came into their matchup with the Mavs having already won 17 road games, the most since the 2006-07 season. They're closing in on topping the franchise mark of 20 set in 2005-06.

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