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"When you have a team like we have, filled with a lot of veterans, spearheaded by none other than the Hall of Famer Jason Kidd, that’s what allows us to concentrate on us, and us only," Terry said.
Dallas' biggest focus heading into the next round is not who its opponent is or what it'll do. The Mavericks are focused on what they themselves will do.
They will look to beat whoever they play with defense. Terry said, "It’s all about our system. Our system is defense first. With our defense, we create opportunities to score on offense."
In terms of their offense, he added, "Offensively, we like the old style of play where the ball’s moving and everybody touches it."
Dallas gets a lot of that offense from its great bench players. That is one of the team's biggest strengths.
As the leader of the second unit, Terry said, "We get overlooked a lot with what we’ve done consistently night in and night out with the performance of our bench."
He added, "I think that was the difference in the Lakers series, and it will be the difference in the upcoming series."
Another difference is the new look this team has: "It’s a different mentality. But again, this is a different ball club. The talent level of this team outdoes any of those teams that I’ve been on in years previous in Dallas."
Terry and Dirk Nowitzki are the only two players left from the Dallas team that made the NBA Finals in 2006, so it certainly is a different team. Where they have a different mentality is with Nowitzki.
Terry said, "Dirk this year has taken upon himself to become more of a vocal leader."
That change in Dirk has been evident during this postseason. He's played great, and the team is feeding off his newfound intensity.
Dallas has looked great this postseason and is actually the favorite for a change. It should beat the Thunder and advance to the NBA Finals.
"We’re happy to be where we’re at," said Terry. "We’re humble. We’re hungry. And we’re really looking forward to this next matchup in the Western Conference finals. And if we handle our business, we know what lies ahead of us."