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Cross words puzzle Mavs owner confronts mom of Nuggets' Martin after Game 3

Cross words puzzle Mavs owner confronts mom of Nuggets' Martin after Game 3
Mark Cuban spent the hours before Game 4 differentiating between a shove, a push and a love-tap, as well as maintaining he said nothing untoward to the mother of Kenyon Martin.

For his part, Martin was having none of it.

Cuban confirmed before the game that after Game 3 he told Lydia Moore, the mother of the Nuggets' power forward, "that includes your son." He apparently was referencing what other fans were saying to Martin's mother - that her son was a thug, in the Basketball sense of the word only.

Martin only knew that his mother had exchanged words with Cuban. And he didn't like it, saying that he was "going to take care of it."

"That's just like saying something to my kids," Martin said at the Nuggets' morning practice. "If you got something to say, say it to me. But I'm going to take care of it. I'm not going to do the whole media thing, back and forth. That's his thing. I'm more of a personal, face-to-face type of dude."

Asked if he would confront Cuban, Martin said: "I will. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, then I will address it. But we got a game to go win. At some point I will, but I got a game to go win first and foremost. That's my focus and concentration right now."

The Cuban confrontation with Mrs. Moore occurred at the portal where Cuban enters and leaves the arena floor. Martin's mother had moved into seats provided by the Mavericks for the second half of the game. She was seated there again for Game 4 Monday. The seats are not near Cuban's courtside seats.

"I'm happy to let her sit next to me," Cuban said while working on the stair-stepping machine before the game. "I've got no problem with [her]."

Asked if he thought Cuban was trying to divert attention away from the fact that the Mavericks were down 3-0 going into Monday's game, Martin said:

"That's what he's trying to do, but it ain't going to work. We're going to focus on what we need to do as a team. That's what I'm here to do."

Martin added that "I don't back away from nobody, except the law."

The NBA said it was still reviewing the matter, but had taken no action against Cuban or any players or team personnel for the post-game scene.

For Monday's game, the Mavericks hired six extra police officers to man positions near the Nuggets bench, near Martin's mother and around the Mavericks bench. That's not unusual, however, for a potential series-ending playoff game.

The issue was replayed Monday night as Kenyon Martin challenged Mavericks fans and his mother again was a magnet for controversy.

Martin had plenty of time to survey what was happening in the stands behind the Nuggets bench after a flagrant foul was called on Antoine Wright early in the second quarter. During a lengthy delay, as referees reviewed the call, Martin walked a few feet down from the Nuggets bench toward midcourt. His mother, Lydia Moore, was seated four rows up in the stands.

Martin repeatedly challenged a fan or fans, yelling at them and using several obscenities.

Martin's mother did not appear to be causing any sort of scene in the stands. She was seated next to Carmelo Anthony's girlfriend, but the rest of the fans around her were virtually all Maverick fans.

Cuban staying home: No matter what happened in Game 4, Mark Cuban announced before tipoff that he would not be in Denver for a Game 5.

He committed six weeks ago, he said, to receiving a Clio Award in Las Vegas for innovative advertising in the field of technology.

He didn't want people in Denver thinking that he wouldn't show up for a game just because of the Nuggets' domination of the Mavericks in the series.

Westphal to interview: Mavericks executive vice president of Basketball operations Paul Westphal will interview for the open Sacramento head coaching job this week.

Westphal, who had hip replacement surgery earlier this year, has been assisting president of Basketball operations Donnie Nelson this season.

The Kings also plan to interview former Washington coach Eddie Jordan.

Westphal was an assistant coach in 2007-08 before Avery Johnson was fired. He was retained in his current duties and has spent most of the season in the Los Angeles area, his permanent home.

The Kings had an NBA-worst 17-65 record last season.

Scrutiny for cameramen? Cuban said before the game that he will propose to the league office devising guidelines that limit how close cameramen can get to players, coaches and team officials during and after games.

Cuban had a run-in with a cameraman after Game 3, pushing the TV worker's arm out of the way as he passed.

Did the Mavericks send the series back to Denver? For results of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series between the Mavericks and Nuggets, log onto

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