Poor conditioning (Dallas owner Mark Cuban says the team, as it did with Dirk Nowitzki, has considered giving Odom a few games off to get in shape) and uncertainty about his role in the offense have contributed to Odom's sluggish (8.0 points, 4.7 rebounds) start. Odom has not adjusted to Dallas's up-tempo attack after spending the last six years in Phil Jackson's triangle offense.
Utah (11--7 at week's end) is in the thick of the playoff race despite shaky play from Harris, acquired in last season's trade that sent Deron Williams to the Nets. Harris, 28, is averaging single-digit scoring (9.2 per game, down from 15.2 last year) for the first time in six seasons, and his assists are down (from 7.1 to 4.6) as well. Utah wants Harris, still one of the game's fastest players, to push the ball more, which he did effectively during his All-Star season in New Jersey in 2008--09.