Mavericks-Warriors: What to watch for

March 10, 2012, 4:49 pm
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The Warriors will try to avoid dropping to a season-worst seven games under .500 on Saturday night whenthey play the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena.The Warriors are coming off a disappointing 110-92 loss tothe Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night. As for the Mavericks, theyre playingtheir third game in three nights and have dropped the first two games toPhoenix and Sacramento.Here are some things to watch for during Saturdaysgame:Currys minutes: The Warriors appear tobe bringing Curry back slowly from a foot injury. He played 24 minutes in theWarriors loss to the Grizzlies and just nine minutes the game before thatagainst Washington.
In each of the past two games, Curry has come off the bench,but if he can play more than 25 minutes it seems likely Curry will be back inthe starting lineup against Dallas.If Curry does return to the starting lineup, expect DominicMcGuire to come off the bench.Wrights play: Dorell Wright is in anawful shooting slump, and hes coming off playing a season-low 10 minutesagainst Memphis. In his past nine games, Wright has made just 17-of-64 3-pointshots (26.5 percent) and Warriors coach Mark Jackson has had him on a shorterleash.Wright is an important player for the Warriors because whenhes hitting his 3-pointers it gives the team another scorer somethingtheyre desperately looking for to go along with David Lee and MontaEllis.Defend Nowitzki: Dirk Nowitzki might notbe having a great year, but hes still the No. 1 threat on Dallas. It seemsapparent Jackson will likely have McGuire on Nowitzki for at least part of thegame.Jackson has been using McGuire a defensive specialist asa starter in recent games despite the fact McGuire is extremely limited at theoffensive end.Effort early: The Warriors got down 21-4right off the bat against Memphis and had to expend too much energy gettingback into the game in the second quarter.The Mavericks, playing their third game in three nights,would seem to be vulnerable if the Warriors can bring consistent energy onSaturday. However, bringing consistent effort has been an issue this year forGolden State.

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