The Dallas Mavericks (6-5) take on the Golden State Warriors (5-5) to start a three-game homestand over the holiday week. The Mavericks will face all of their opponents this week (Warriors, Knicks and Lakers) as they come into town on the second night of a back-to-back. Golden State comes into town after suffering a 119-109 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City on Sunday night.
Despite trailing by as much as 22 in the second half, Golden State cut the Thunder lead to as little as eight in the fourth quarter, but Oklahoma City would close out the game en route to the win over Golden State. The Warriors finished with five players in double figures while outscoring the Thunder 58-32 in the paint with the Warriors’ bench scoring 47 points. If anyone can play defense on Monday night, it appears they’ll have a good chance to win.
Here are notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Warriors.
The Mavericks have taken eight of the last 10 regular-season meetings with the Warriors. The Mavericks have won four straight and eight of the last nine matchups in Dallas. Brandan Wright had three games with 16-plus points in 2011-12, and two of them came against the Warriors. Wright recorded 16 points to go along with a season-high-tying nine rebounds and two blocks at Golden State on 4/12/12. He also posted a season-high 17 points to go along with seven boards vs. Golden State on 4/20/12. Wright averaged 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 25.0 minutes in two games against Golden State in 2011-12. He missed the game against the Warriors on 3/10/12 due to a concussion. Vince Carter averaged 12.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 25.3 minutes in three games against the Warriors last season. Shawn Marion averaged 8.3 points, a team-high 8.7 rebounds, a team-high 2.0 steals and 25.3 minutes in three starts against Golden State in 2011-12.
It’s a Small World:
Vince Carter was a teammate of Warriors forward Richard Jefferson on the New Jersey Nets for three-and-a-half seasons from 2004-08. Carter was originally drafted by Golden State in the first round (fifth overall pick) of the 1998 NBA Draft, but had his draft rights traded with cash to Toronto in exchange for the draft rights to Antawn Jamison (the fourth overall selection in the 1998 NBA Draft). Carter played with Warriors head coach Mark Jackson in Toronto during the 2000-01 season. Jackson was also a teammate of Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle on the New York Knicks in 1987-88.
Brandan Wright played for the Warriors from 2007-10. Troy Murphy played five-and-a-half seasons with Golden State from 2001-07. Chris Kaman was a teammate of Warriors guard Jarrett Jack and Warriors forward Carl Landry on the New Orleans Hornets last season. Jared Cunningham was born in Oakland, Calif., and attended San Leandro High School in San Leandro, Calif. Warriors Director of Scouting Larry Riley was an assistant with Dallas from 2000-05.
1. Protect the basketball. Dallas had 22 turnovers against the Cleveland Cavaliers on 11/17. Cleveland turned those 22 turnovers into 30 points. Thirty points off of turnovers marks a season high for Dallas. They are averaging 15.2 turnovers/game. That is more than a full turnover worse than 2011-12 (14.0 turnovers/game).
2. Efficient Shooting. Staying efficient by protecting the ball will help get efficient shooting opportunities. If Dallas gets good looks, it’s leading to success. Dallas outshot Cleveland 51.4 percent (38-of-74) to 37.5 percent (36-of-96) from the field in the 103-95 win over the Cavaliers on 11/17. It marked the second time in their last three games that the Mavericks shot at least 50 percent from the floor (.500, 39-of-78, vs. Washington 11/14). The Mavericks improved to 4-0 on the year when they shoot 50-plus percent from the field in a game.
3. Keep the balanced attack going. O.J. Mayo (19), Chris Kaman (15), Darren Collison (14), Vince Carter (14), Shawn Marion (10) and Dominique Jones (10) all scored in double figures for the Mavericks in the win over the Cavaliers on 11/17. It marked the third time this season that Dallas had at least six players in double digits (at L.A. Lakers 10/30; vs. Charlotte 11/3). The Mavericks improved to 3-0 on the season when they have at least six players in double figures and 5-0 when they have five-plus scorers in double digits.
Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.