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Steve Nash leads the charge of the run n' gun Mavs, averagine 21.0 points per game in Dallas' first round sweep of the Timberwolves. He also averaged 9.0 assists in those three games, making him responsible for almost 40 points a night. He had double-doubles in Games 2 and 3, logging 25 points and 11 assists in the latter. The Mavericks now face the Kings in the second round.
After practice on Thursday, Nash took the time to answer some fan e-mail.
What is your favorite shot?
Nash: "With as many as we all shoot, I would say the 3-pointer."
Does the fact that most of the players on the Mavs are not
from the US make a difference in anything: games, trips, etc.?
Nash: "No not really. We have had show Wang Zhizhi some things because he is
still working on his English. Having teammates from other countries makes
it more interesting to learn their cultures."
I just wanted to know, are
the big pressures of the playoffs affecting the way you feel in the
Nash: "I just try to play one game at a time and take what the game and the
situation gives to me."
What's the key to beating the Kings? I love your squad. I want
to see Dallas play for the western conf. championship!
Nash: "We had some success agains the Kings this season but they were the best
team in the NBA this season. It should be a good series with perhaps a lot
of points being scored."
How many hours do you spend in the gym a day when you don't
have a game working out?
Lake Oswego, Ore.
Nash: "We usually practice between a hour and a hour and a half each day. If we
do not practice I will usaully come shoot or work out for a hour or so."