Coach Rick Carlisle indicated that the Wizards' speedy backcourt presents a lot of problems that could break down his defense and cause mayhem.
"The speed is the most dangerous weapon in the game right now,'' Carlisle said after this morning's shoot around at the AAC. "It exposes you to rim penetration, fouling problems.
"And guys that are that quick get to places and get other guys involved.''
Wall, who has blazing speed, averages 18 points and has used his speed to get teammates involved while also averaging 9.5 assists per game. The third-year veteran will be right in the mix of the Wizards' attack tonight, along with Beal, who averages a team-high 21 points per game.
"Wall and Beal are both really terrific athletes,'' Carlisle said. "Wall, I think, is probably as fast as anybody in this league.
"He's probably as fast as anybody I've ever seen in this league. Getting in front of him with a crowd of people to get him to slow down is really important.''
And how exactly will the Mavs do that? For one, they'll have to sacrifice challenging for some offensive rebounds.
"When we take a shot we've got to have three or four guys simultaneously spring back,'' Carlisle said. "And we’ve got to build a wall, or a crowd of people, so that he just can't come right through us.''
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