Harris didn't become a starter until Game 2 of the second round
against San Antonio. He remained in the lineup the rest of that
series and the entire Western Conference finals against Phoenix,
then was benched in favor of defensive-oriented Adrian Griffin for
"We haven't pushed it at all this series,'' Johnson said at a
shootaround Thursday afternoon. "That's been really disappointing.
We'll just keep trying to get there.''
Prior to Game 4, the Mavs also talked about needing to do a
better job rebounding to get their offense going. Dallas has been
beaten on the boards in two of the first three games after having
outrebounded foes an NBA record 17 straight playoff games coming
into the Finals.
"f you don't get the rebound, you can't run,'' Johnson said.
"That's pretty simple mathematics for us. Nothing real tricky.
(That's) the reason we've been a pretty good fast break team this
Harris is averaging 7 points and 3.3 assists this series. For
the postseason, he's averaging 9.7 points and 2.2 assists,
including a 30-point game against the Suns.
Harris also helped his cause a bit in the fourth quarter of Game
3. During the lapse that saw Dallas blow a 13-point lead over the
final 6:34, Harris made the team's only two baskets -- a jumper and
layup that tied it with 33.5 seconds left.