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Western Notes: Allen, Grizzlies, McDaniels, Shaw

The Mavericks, who currently hold the sixth seed in a tight Western Conference, must improve their level of play and toughness in order to make the playoffs, opines Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.  After losing two straight, the Mavericks will face the Pelicans on Monday in a game Sefko called “urgent,” given the level of competition the Mavericks play against afterward. The Mavericks play winning teams in 10 of their next 12 games.

Here’s more from the Western Conference:

  • Ray Allen will not be joining the Grizzlies, according to Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal (via Twitter).  Late last month, Tillery reported that Memphis was still maintaining interest in the veteran guard.  Of course, at this stage, it’s not clear if Allen will sign with anyone at all.  If he does come back, he apparently won’t be suiting up for the Cavs, either.
  • K.J. McDaniels bet on himself last summer by turning down a four-year contract from Sixers GM Sam Hinkie and instead signing for a single season, as Michael Kaskey-Blomain of writes.  Over the first portion of the season in Philly, the Clemson product was getting tons of playing time and exposure.  Now with the Rockets, he’s not seeing nearly as much playing time and isn’t getting a chance to really showcase himself.
  • It sounds like the Nuggets players are still restless under head coach Brian Shaw.  In the fourth-quarter late into Denver’s 104-82 loss to the Jazz, the team broke a huddle with the phrase, “1-2-3…six weeks!,” according to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post.  Of course, there are roughly six weeks to go in the regular season.

Will Joseph contributed to this post.

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