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Lakers Chat: Lakers vs. Mavericks

March 31, 2011 |  7:32 pm

Tweetable items from Lakers Coach Phil Jackson

On Dirk Nowitzki: "He can shoot his shot out of a wheelchair. That guy is going to play forever. He's such a great shooter, but he definitely runs with a limited gate. He's got to work at that run. You can see that when you watch him run. We like to take advantage of that when we can."

On if Dallas is better than in other seasons: "I wouldn't say that. I think Chandler brings them a really good defensive presence out there. I think that's great. Marion is a wildcard they can use. Terry is also in those situations. The team speed isn't there they used to have. They don't offensive rebound very well. There's a couple things there that they've done better in the past. That team that won 60-something games, they got eliminated and the team that went to the Finals, those two teams were very good teams and deep teams. So I wouldn't say this team is any better than that team."

Tweetable items from Theo Ratliff

--He has been cleared to play and will be in uniform Thursday against Dallas, coinciding with Derrick Caracter being sent down to the Bakersfield Jam

--He acknowledged he's felt sore after full-contact practices, but he's able to jump. "I didn't want to go out on a stretcher. It's always good to get the uniform back on, get back with the guys and see what happens."

--Ratliff said he had arthritis and "bone-on-bone" issues with his surgically repaired left knee. "There were definite setbacks. I'm not a young cat and I already had issues going on with my knee."


Theo Ratliff on return


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