The Mavs got a bit of revenge on one of their newest nemises in game 5 of the season with a 120-115 win in Golden State. It didn't quite make up for losing in the playoffs against the Warriors, but it did give the Mavs a little confidence boost that they could go into the Warriors home and get a win. Now, they'll be back on their home court to try and prove it was a fluke. However, the Warriors are a little different since the Mavs last met them...
Action Jackson returns
The most intimidating force for the Warriors in the playoffs, and some say the biggest difference maker in that series, returns to face the team he helped best last season. You can rest assured he will be hassling Dirk all night and being as aggressive as the Mavs allow him to. He can score from all over and is playing the best ball of his career. He scores a lot, but shoots a low percentage. The Mavs need to force him into contested jump shots if they want to contain him.
Slow start, strong since
After losing their first six games of the year, the Warriors have gone 18-7. They are 10-7 on the road for the season, so it isn't like they are much weaker on the road. The Mavs saw the Warriors take two games out of four at the ACC last season, and they'll look to get another one with their brash style of play.
No defense, but you knew that
Everyone knows by now, the Warriors can't stop anyone from scoring and will try to outscore you to win. They are dead last in scoring defense and second in scoring offense. They are also the league leaders in field-goals attempted, three-pointers attempted and three-pointers made. They are also near the top in steals, which will lead to a lot of frustrating fast breaks and exasperated-looking timeouts from Avery Johnson throughout the game. The Mavs are going to need to watch their passing lanes and watch out for the trailer on the fast break who will be looking to take a wide-open three pointer very often.
- Baron Davis workin' on his taco meat.
- These commercial spots are great.
- Monta Ellis making Leandro Barbosa look bad last season.
Random useless fact
Stephen Jackson used to be next-door neighbors with Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.
-Scooter Hendon, Hoops Nerd