- Tip Off: 5:30 p.m. (PT)
- Television: CSN-BA
- Offensive Efficiency: 103.6 (9th in NBA)
- Defensive Efficiency: 103.0 (21st in NBA)
- Points: O.J. Mayo, 21.3 PPG
- Rebounds: Shawn Marion, 8.8 RPG
- Assists: Darren Collison, 6.5 APG
- Steals: Darren Collison, 1.1 SPG
- Blocks: Elton Brand, 1.4 BPG
- Field Goal Percentage: Brandan Wright, 65.6% FG
- 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: Jared Cunningham, 66.7% 3PT FG
Scope the Opposition: The Two-Man Game.
Preview: The Golden State Warriors will be trying to bounce back from a double-digit defeat at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight when they take on a rested Dallas Mavericks team that was victorious on the road in Cleveland last Saturday.
It stands to reason that the Mavs should be a little fresher than the Warriors in this contest and thus might wear them down during the contest. In order to counter this, Mark Jackson might have to go deep into his bench and give minutes to seldom used players to ensure that his club matches the energy level of the home team.
Granted, players that are rarely used off the bench are typically not very productive, thus it will be important that the Dubs’ coach staggers his minutes judiciously for the sake of avoiding that all his best players wind up on the bench together.
Rick Carlisle has long been known as a great head coach and there is no reason to expect that to change tonight. He has penchant for attacking the best players of other teams by keeping them involved on defense, by consistently having them defend multiple looks when his team is on offense.
This means that Klay Thompson is going to get stuck running around a plethora of screens to keep up with O.J. Mayo, while David Lee and Stephen Curry will get victimized in the pick-and-roll game.
It’s worth noting that Carlisle finds ways to do this within the flow of the game, which allows his team to concentrate on their traditional stuff without deviating from the plan.
It’s a tough matchup for the Warriors, especially on the back end of a back-to-back, but all they need to do is remain competitive long enough with the second unit to give the starters a chance to steal the ball game late.
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