Rather than react to Avery Johnson's decision to go small when Shaquille O'Neal is out of the game, therefore taking Alonzo Mourning almost entirely out of the game, Riley said he would stick to his strength in the middle more often.
''We talked about the small lineup,'' Riley said. ``It's not only [Keith] Van Horn and [Dirk] Nowitzki, it's when they go to [Josh] Howard and [Jerry] Stackhouse. That's the real speed lineup, when they go with [Devin] Harris and [Jason] Terry.
``It could create a problem for us. But I can't let it really take away from what Zo and Shaquille mean to us. So I'm not going to just run away from it.''
Riley kept his word in Game 2, staying with Mourning when Van Horn came into the game at center and getting productive minutes from his reserve center.