Mike Conley has won the NBA's Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.
Conley received 77 first-place votes out of a possible 334 and finished just ahead of Jeff Green and Channing Frye. The award is voted on by the players and is given to the player who reflects the ideals of sportsmanship, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. Despite the fact that he's locked into a playoff battle with the Thunder right now, this award comes as a nice personal reward for Conley as it was voted on by his peers.
Jose Calderon scored all 12 of his points in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 2 win over San Antonio.
Calderon played 28 minutes Wednesday night after seeing only 16 during the Mavericks' Game 1 loss. "Listen, Calderon has been great for us all year," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "We need him. ... He's played in a lot of big games. He knows what this is all about. My message to him has been, `Hey, you stay aggressive and keep doing what you do. That's what we need you to do.'" Devin Harris had another strong game with 18 points in 24 minutes, but Calderon may have held onto his starting spot for Game 3 with his performance Wednesday night.
Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle was pleased with DeJuan Blair's play Wednesday night.
Blair provided an energy boost with eight points and eight boards in fifteen minutes during Dallas' Game 2 victory Wednesday night and Rick Carlisle was a big fan of his play, ""He had a physical impact," Carlisle said. "He gave us a huge lift. He was on the boards, he got deflections. The only way we win a series against a team like this is to have guys play at full capacity, and he did that." Blair's playing time is certain to fluctuate going forward as the Mavs try to work in Brandan Wright and Samuel Dalembert, but he should serve as a good energy player against his former team for the rest of the series.