DALLAS -- Shawn Marion believes he'll still be guarding James Harden tonight when the Dallas Mavericks entertain the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Center.
During this past Sunday's 136-103 loss to the Rockets in Houston, Marion held Harden to 21 points on 5-of-10 shooting. However, Chandler Parsons tallied a career-high 32 points -- on 12-of-13 shooting -- for the Rockets, and also converted 6-of-7 three-pointers.
Thus, since Marion is the Mavs' best defender, does this mean he'll slide off Harden tonight and instead guard Parsons?
"Nope,'' Marion said after this morning's shootaround at the AAC. "With me starting on Harden it definitely gives us opportunities, but we've got to contain everybody else.
"It's almost like I'm playing shuffleboard out there -- I'm just going to jump from one player to the other. We've got to be able to just keep guys from getting easy buckets.
"You take that away and make them take contested jump shots, you have done your job, and your team is supposed to help you do other things.''
Marion said the Mavs must react better on defense tonight. The Rockets blew several holes in the Mavs' defense on Sunday by scoring 64 points in the first half and adding another 44 points in the third quarter.
"It was OK for the most part in the first half to a certain degree,'' Marion said of the Mavs' defense. "We were right there (only down three points).
"But it seemed like they turned it into another gear and we just slowed down. Every action that they did was just like too fast for us.''
-- Dwain Price
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