Tip: 8PM Court: TD Garden Watch it: CSN, ESPN Hear it: WEEI
Referees: Joe Crawford, Derrick Collins and Mark Lindsay
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The Mavericks swept the season series, 2-0. In the loss at the Garden, Dirk Nowitzki blew past KG for the game-winning lay-in. The Mavs punched out the Celtics a month later in Dallas. Rajon Rondo missed that game due to a suspension. The Mavs have won four straight over Boston.
Get it to: Rajon Rondo
Derek Fisher is the starting point guard for the Mavericks. I repeat, 38-year old Derek Fisher is the starting point guard for the Mavericks.
Gotta stop: OJ Mayo
The man who once took a Tony Allen punch to the face in a card game dispute is off to a red hot start. Mayo is shooting a career best 47% FG and 53% from three. Mayo lives on the perimeter; nearly 10 of his 15 FGA per game come from 16 feet and deeper.
The Wild Card: Jason Terry
I’m expecting a little extra jet fuel in Terry’s game as he meets his old team for the first time tonight. Dallas let Terry walk away this summer without ever making an offer. You think he’s carrying a grudge? On the injury front,
Shawn Marion is a game-time decision. He’s missed the last two games with a strained groin. If Marion can’t go, Vince Carter will log major minutes guarding Paul Pierce. Advantage, Boston.
Update: Marion is playing
How we see it goin’ down
Like the Celtics, the Mavericks are experiencing a bit of an identity crisis so far this season. The normally defensive-minded Mavs are in the bottom half in defensive efficiency and opponents ppg. They like to push the tempo (2nd in pace) and shoot the three (20 attempts per game).
The Celtics have cranked up the defense over the past six games; opponents are shooting 40%. The formula for victory is simple: if the Celtics defend the perimeter they will win.