You watch the games, you see the scores, but how do you really know what's going on in NBA Playoffs 2005? NBA.com has infiltrated the action with the ultimate insiders -- the players themselves. We're giving you an exclusive look at the postseason with a roster of player mailboxes.
Rookie point guard Devin Harris of Dallas ranked second in the NBA in steals per 48 minutes (3.19) this season. Send Devin a question via e-mail and we'll post his answers to the best questions at least once for each round of the Playoffs the Mavericks reach.
CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS MAILBOX
Q: What kind of drills did you do to improve your ball-handling?
-- Alise Trosper
Harris: A good drill that I use to improve my ball-handling skills is to dribble two balls at the same time.
Q: Who is your favorite NBA player of all time?
-- Edwin Garcia
Harris: Michael Jordan!
Q: Who is the funniest person on the Mavericks?
-- Johnny Micheals
Harris: Darrell Armstrong!
Q: I remember back in the days at Wisconsin your step back three to bury the opponent. I was wondering if you have been able to adapt to the NBA three-point line and utilize that same move you used in college.
-- Patrick Empey
Harris: I havenít used the step back move in the NBA yet. Iím still getting used to the NBAís three-point line. Hopefully, one day in the near future I will be able to utilize that move!
Q: Were you nervous on your first playoff game? How do you feel now that you have made it to the Conference Semifinals in you first year in NBA?
-- Doreen Cordero
Harris: Yes, I was a little nervous for my first Playoff game. I am feeling better with us being in the second round. I feel more confident when I get out there.
Q: The Mavs made history in the First Round by being down 0-2 and winning the series. Did you expect the playoffs to be that intense and how have you handled the playoff pressure?
-- Rocio Juarez
Harris: I had heard how intense the games would be, how the atmosphere is, but you canít fully understand it until you step on the court and experience it yourself.
Q: What do you think about Steve Nash being the fourth point guard named MVP? Does that give you and Terry confidence that it is not impossible?
-- Byron Jordan
Harris: It gives me a little bit of confidence to know that people are watching and appreciating the point guards some more. With Nash winning the MVP this year, it shows that you donít have to score all your teamís points to be the best player on that team.
FIRST ROUND MAILBOX
Q: I always watch your games and try to do some of the things you do to improve my game. I was wondering if you could give me a couple pointers on what I need to do to be a point guard in the NBA.
-Ė Colin Chapman
Harris: You need to be able to control the team when you are on the court. You also have to be able to adapt to team personnel and personalities. A good point guard will also know to pass first and shoot second.
-Ė Justin Pelham
Harris: My transition into the NBA has been pretty smooth. I just try to take it one day at a time. Itís been fun playing with these guys here, learning their personalities off the court and being able to utilize their skills and mine on the court.
I havenít played any pranks on any of the guys here, but they did play a prank on me the last game of the season. We usually all run out onto the court together, but this time they let me run out by myself. I ran out onto the court thinking my teammates were behind me but when I got out there I realized I was all by myself!
Q: I have always wondered if players from the NBA ever play on street courts. Have you, or perhaps any other Mavericks you know of, been known to run the streets as well as the hardwood?
-Ė James Noble
Harris: No, I donít get out onto the street courts now that I am playing pro ball. I donít know of any of the other guys doing it either. They keep us pretty busy during the season and we relax during the off season.
Q: What is your favorite pre-game meal?
-Ė Tyler Rundus
Harris: Chicken fried chicken, macaroni and broccoli.
Q: How many points per game did you average in high school?
-Ė Corey Bijou
Harris: My sophomore year I averaged 12 points per game, 15 my junior and 29 my senior year.
Q: Hey, with your first season at the Mavs, and in the NBA, what do you hope for next season?
-Ė Chad Nash
Harris: I hope to feel more comfortable on the court, get more playing time and just be more of a threat.