DALLAS -– After taking Portland rookie point guard Damian Lillard to school Monday, Dallas Mavericks playmaker Darren Collison is now gearing up for a tough challenge against Toronto Raptors quarterback Kyle Lowry.
Since joining the Raptors in a trade with the Houston Rockets on July 11, Lowry has averaged 23.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 3.67 steals per game. In other words, he has completely dominated all comers.
“He’s big, he’s strong for his size and he’s real aggressive,’’ Collison said. “I think he’s gotten better in the last two years and he’s going to be looking to attack in any and every way.
“But we’ll be ready. I think my team will be ready to play against him, so we’ll be alright.’’
The Mavs entertain the Raptors Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center. And the Mavs know in order to increase their record to 4-1 before they head East to play the New York Knicks and Charlotte Bobcats, they must really contain Lowry.
“Right now the guy that’s setting the tone is Lowry,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s playing at an All-Star level
“What he’s done since the trade is he’s gone in there and kind of forged, I think, his leadership stamp on things from what I can see from afar. He comes at you with a lot of force, he comes at you with a lot of attitude.’’
The Mavs saw some of that “force’’ and “attitude’’ Monday when Lillard brought his dizzying act to the AAC. Collison, though, held the rookie to 2-of-13 shooting and just 13 points, while registering 14 points and 13 assists himself.
Collison admitted to reading all the press clippings about Lillard before the game. Then he tried to convince his listeners that the Lillard hype machine played no role in the way he dominated the first-year player.
“Regardless of it is him or any other point guard, I’m just going to continue to attack,’’ Collison said. “That’s just my game.
“He’s a real good player, but it was nothing against him. I know he had three or four good games coming this way, but I like said, against any other player I’m still going to do the same thing.’’
-- Dwain Price
Follow me on Twitter