The Dallas Mavericks (6-6) host the New York Knicks (8-1) in their lone visit to the American Airlines Center this season. Dallas has lost five of their last seven games. The Mavericks haven’t dropped below-.500 record at any point this season. The game also marks the lone regular season appearances for former Mavs Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler and Steve Novak.
Here are notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Knicks.
The Mavericks have won 18 of the last 22 meetings with the Knicks, but New York took the first meeting between the teams in 2012-13 (104-94 at Madison Square Garden on 11/9/12). The two teams split the 2011-12 season series, with the home team winning both times. The Mavericks have now lost two straight on the road against the Knicks, after they won the previous five meetings (and eight of the previous nine) in New York. Dallas defeated New York 95-85 at the American Airlines Center on 3/6/12 and have now taken 13 of the last 15 matchups in Dallas. Ten of Dallas’ last 12 wins over New York have come by double-digit margins, including four by at least 28 points. Dallas recorded its largest margin of victory over the Knicks in a win at New York on 1/24/10, defeating the Knicks by 50 (128-78). The Knicks recorded their largest margin of victory (34) over the Mavericks in their most recent road win over Dallas (a 128-94 win at the American Airlines Center on 3/13/10).
Shawn Marion averaged 11.0 points, a team-high 8.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.5 blocks and 36.0 minutes against the Knicks in 2011-12. Marion (sprained left MCL) did not play in the first meeting with the Knicks this season on 11/9/12. O.J. Mayo tallied a team-high 23 points to go along with a team-high-tying seven rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes for Dallas in the loss at New York on 11/9/12. Vince Carter (15 points and 6 rebounds) and Chris Kaman (14 points and 7 rebounds) combined for 29 points and 13 boards off the Mavericks’ bench. Brandan Wright managed 11 points and four rebounds in the start for Dallas.
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Knicks point guard Jason Kidd was drafted by Dallas with the second overall pick of the 1994 NBA Draft and played two stints with the Mavericks: from 1994-96 and from 2008-12. He averaged 10.5 points, 8.4 assists and 5.5 rebounds in 500 regular-season games (all starts) with Dallas. Kidd started all 21 playoff games for Dallas in 2011 and helped the Mavericks capture their first championship in franchise history. Knicks center Tyson Chandler averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 74 regular-season games (74 starts) for the Mavericks in 2010-11. He shot 65.4 percent from the floor that year, which marked the fourth highest single season field goal percentage in NBA history (minimum 400 field goal attempts). Chandler was also named All-Defensive Second Team in 2010-11, while finishing third in Defensive Player of the Year voting. He became just the second Maverick in franchise history to earn All-Defensive Team honors (Derek Harper was named to the Second Team in 1986-87 and 1989-90). Chandler started all 21 games for the Mavericks during the 2011 postseason and was a member of Dallas’ championship team that year.
Chandler was originally drafted by the L.A. Clippers in the first round (second overall pick) of the 2001 NBA Draft, but had his draft rights traded to Chicago along with Brian Skinner in exchange for Elton Brand. Brand was born in Cortland, N.Y., and attended Peekskill High School in Peekskill, N.Y. Brand led Peekskill High School to two state championships and was selected as New York State Mr. Basketball as a senior in 1997. Rick Carlisle played one season for the Knicks under Rick Pitino in 1987-88. Shawn Marion and Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire were teammates in Phoenix from 2002-08. Stoudemire and Mavericks guard Dominique Jones both hail from Lake Wales, Fla. Knicks forward Steve Novak appeared in seven games for Dallas in 2010-11, before being waived by the team on 1/5/11. Dahntay Jones was a teammate of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Knicks guard J.R. Smith on the Denver Nuggets in 2008-09. Knicks center Marcus Camby played a season-and-a-half with Mavericks center Chris Kaman on the L.A. Clippers from 2008-10. Knicks forward Kurt Thomas attended Hillcrest High School in Dallas and played collegiately at TCU. He appeared in five games for the Mavericks in 1997-98. Mavericks Director of Basketball Development Rolando Blackman played for the Knicks from 1992-94.
1. Defend Carmelo Anthony better than the previous matchup. Carmelo Anthony tallied a game-high 31 points to go along with seven rebounds and two blocks for New York in the win. The Mavericks were without Shawn Marion in the game on 11/9. The Mavericks started Jae Crowder in place of Marion. Like most people, Crowder struggled when he tried to defend Anthony. Dahntay Jones fared better as a defender against Anthony, but the damage was already done. The Mavericks will need Marion to have a solid defensive performance.
2. Ensure J.R. Smith and Steve Novak don’t go off on you. Smith and Novak are guys who can slip through the cracks when you gameplan against the Knicks. The floodgates can really open when you allow them to hit some early jumpers. The Mavericks must make sure to protect the 3-point line.
3. REBOUND. The Mavericks are allowing a league-worst 14.2 offensive rebounds this season. If every single player on the floor does just a little bit better in terms of rebounding when they’re on the floor, that will go a long way in correcting the issues that the Mavericks have going against them in that department.
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