Mavs point guard Devin Harris made a solid statement last Thursday against the Spurs' Tony Parker, matching speed for speed.
Tuesday presents another exciting point guard matchup with Toronto's T.J. Ford, the former Texas star and Houston native.
Ford is another lightning-quick point guard. He missed the entire 2004-05 season after a scary spinal cord injury when he played for Milwaukee. He's made a complete recovery and now is playing himself into the upper echelon of Eastern Conference point guards.
He's averaging 15.2 points, second on the team behind former Dallas Lincoln star Chris Bosh. Ford's 8.1 assists a game rank him sixth in the league.
"To see those guys against each other is going to be fun to watch," Avery Johnson said of the Ford-Harris matchup. "He's [Ford] playing with a lot of freedom right now. He's in a pretty good rhythm. We're going to try to have to break his rhythm some kind of way because he's really playing at the top of his game."
-- Jeff Caplan