The Mavericks expect to have a fully functional roster
tonight, apart from Caron Butler, who continues to make progress but
won’t have a shot at playing until at least the playoffs, and Dominique
Jones, who also is injured.
It’ll be interesting to see who is on the inactive
roster along with those two players.
Regardless of who is, the Mavericks have to approach this
game not like they’re playing a short-handed Timberwolves team, but like
they are playing themselves.
“This game is about how we’re playing right
now,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “We certainly want to win,
but we have to play the style of game that’s going to be best for us to
get where we want to go.
“This is part of being ready for the playoffs. This is
much more about how we’re playing than which opponent we’re
playing. We’ve got to play a style of game at a level of persistence that
gives us our best chance not only to win tonight, but to win in the playoffs
and keep winning. That’s what we’re talking about. But we got to do
it on the court.’’