DALLAS -- Rick Carlisle has been part of the NBA game since 1984. And he's seen a lot of shooters come and go.
But he's never seen shooting exhibitions like the ones Golden State guards Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry often put on in recent seasons.
"I've been studying the game a long time and I don't know if I've ever seen two backcourt players in the same backcourt that shoot that as well as these two guys that's ever been on any team at any time,'' Carlisle said after Wednesday's shootaround at American Airlines Center. "These guys are unbelievable.
"We've got to find them and take out of their easy shots.''
Thompson averages 21.2 points and is shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 48 percent from three-point range. Curry averages 19.8 points and is shooting 43.9 percent from the floor and 41.4 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Carlisle will get his chance to minimize the effectiveness of Thompson and Curry when the Mavs (9-6) host the Warriors (9-6) at 7:30 tonight at the AAC. But he knows he's got a lot more to worry about tonight than just Thompson and Curry.
The Warriors lead the NBA in three-point shooting at 44 percent, and are fifth in overall shooting (47.4 percent).
"They're really good,'' Carlisle said. "You're not going to find a better shooting team on this planet than those guys.
"And they rebound and they're big and strong and they've got a lot of other guys that's got a lot of skills.''
In addition to Curry and Thompson, Harrison Barnes lead the league in three-point shooting at 57.1 percent. And Andre Iguodala is shooting 47.9 percent from the three-point line.
Then, after carving opponents up with their amazing three-point accuracy, the Warriors beat 'em down with Andrew Bogut, David Lee and Jermaine O'Neal. Together, Carlisle believes that makes the Warriors one of the NBA's best teams.
"They're a team top,'' Carlisle said. "They've got size, they've got strength, they've got athleticism.
"It's a very hard team to matchup up with anyway, but (Iguodala) makes it even harder. And the two guards are ridiculous shooting the ball, and they're a tough team to play.''
The Mavs, who have dropped their last two games, must find a way to chase the Warriors off the three-point line tonight. But it's not an easy proposition.
"It's hard because they play a random game, they've got a good feel for the game as a team, and they find each other,'' Carlisle said. "They don't run a ton of set offense, but when they do they execute well.
"It's very challenging.''
It's challenging, Carlisle believes, because of the mindset of Warriors coach Mark Jackson.
"He's completely changed the approach there,'' Carlisle said. "Once they were just a run and gun offensive team, they've re-defined who they are as an organization and as a franchise by drafitng and trading for guys that are defense-first guys that can play offense, too.
"They're known as a team that plays with playoff style, and that's undisputed. And that's a big accomplishment.''
-- Dwain Price
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