The Dallas Mavericks (4-1) head up to the big apple to take on the New York Knicks (3-0). Though only playing three games, the Knicks remain the league’s lone undefeated team. New York has not played a game since their victory on Monday against the Phildaelphia 76ers. The realist is saying that they will be well-rested and well-scouted for their game against the Mavericks. The optimist is saying that they will be rusty for the matchup against the Mavericks.
In an update of who is in and who is out: Elton Brand rejoined the team after not being with the team for their game with Toronto so he could be with his wife for the birth of his second child. Roddy Beaubois will once again be a gametime decision due to a sprained left ankle.
Here are some notes for the matchup against the Knicks.
The Mavericks have won 18 of the last 21 meetings with the Knicks. The two teams split the 2011-12 season series, with the home team winning both times. The Mavericks fell 104-97 in the meeting at New York on 2/19/12. It snapped a five-game road winning streak by the Mavericks against the Knicks. Dallas had won eight of nine in New York before falling to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on 2/19/12. 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 American Airlines Center on 3/13/10). Rodrigue Beaubois (personal reasons) was not with the team for the game at New York on 2/9/12, but scored 18 points off the bench against the Knicks in the win on 3/6/12.
It’s a Small World:
It’s a major reunion night with this matchup. Knicks point guard Jason Kidd was drafted by Dallas with the second overall pick in 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 (266-of-407) 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. Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle played one season for the Knicks under Rick Pitino in 1987-88. Mavericks forward 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. Mavericks guard 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. Find someone who could potentially slow down Carmelo Anthony
With Shawn Marion out of the lineup, Carmelo Anthony could have a huge night. This could be a good opportunity to see extended minutes for Dahntay Jones. He should have familiarity with Anthony’s game as they were teammates.
2.. With poise, see the 3, be the 3
It could be raining threes Friday night in the Garden. Dallas is tied for first in the league (with Miami) for 3s made with 50. Through five games, Dallas +83 over their opponents on points made via 3-pointers. That has allowed them to really light up the scoreboard. They’re one of only three teams who have scored 500+ points so far. New York has converted on 43 three-pointers through their first three games on the season. The 43 three-pointers to start the season is an NBA record. One of the many dangerous weapons the Knicks have is Steve Novak. Novak averaged 13.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in two games off the bench against Dallas last season.
3. Avoid giving the Knicks second chances
With a potent scoring attack, giving the Knicks second or third scoring opportunities in a possession will be a recipe for disaster. At this point in the season, the league average for offensive rebounds allowed is 51 or 12.8 per game. Dallas has allowed 83 offensive rebounds (16.6 per game). The Knicks are the fourth worst team in the league in terms of grabbing offensive rebounds as they only have 30 offensive rebounds (10.0 per game).
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.