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Mavs' Nelson Takes a Break

Thursday, March 10, 2005; Page D05

Mavericks Coach Don Nelson once again is turning the team over to assistant coach Avery Johnson, this time to be with his wife while she recovers from surgery.

Nelson, the second-winningest coach in NBA history, will miss tonight's game at home against the Lakers, then a road trip to Milwaukee and Minnesota. He's expected to return for Tuesday night's home game against the Timberwolves.

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Johnson also had a 10-game stint in charge while Nelson was out following shoulder surgery, guiding the team to a 7-3 record.

BOBCATS BONUS: The Bobcats are assured of getting the Cavaliers' pick in this year's draft, thanks to Cleveland's trade with the Celtics for G Jiri Welsch.

Teams are not allowed to trade first-round picks in back-to-back seasons. Before the trade for Welsch, the Cavaliers owed Charlotte their first-rounder this year, but Cleveland would have kept the pick if it had failed to make the playoffs. In that case, the Bobcats would have gotten the pick in 2006.

But because Cleveland wanted to trade its 2007 first-rounder for Welsch, the possibility of the pick going to Charlotte in 2006 had to be removed. Thus, the Bobcats get a second first-round pick this year.

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