The Golden State Warriors were tested to the brink on last night, barely hanging on to defeat the New Orleans Pelicans to start off the road trip. Tonight, they’ll have to find a way to muster up even more energy to face a Dallas Mavericks team that will be yet another challenging opponent.
Both teams have identical records at 9-6, and both are coming off some minor scuffles. The Warriors snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory over the Pelicans on Tuesday, and the Mavericks have lost two straight, dropping both games of a home-and-home with the Nuggets. Prior to that, they had started the season 6-2.
A Familiar Face
The focus coming into this game will undoubtedly be Monta Ellis, the former Warrior who was so beloved in his seven seasons in Golden State. Ellis was dealt from the Warriors to the Bucks in March of 2012 in the highly unpopular trade that brought back Andrew Bogut.
But now, the attitude toward that trade is much different. Since then, Ellis has spent two not-so-pleasant seasons in Milwaukee, while Bogut is one of the centerpieces of a Warrior team expected to make a deep playoff run.
Ellis is now in Dallas, and when he drives to the basket tonight, Bogut will be trying to stop him, and everything will come full circle.
Tale of the Tape
- Points per game: 101.7 (10th)
- Field goal percentage: 47.4% (5th)
- 3-point percentage: 44.0% (1st)
- Points allowed per game: 97.5 (T-9th)
- Rebounds per game: 43.6 (11th)
- Points per game: 105.7 (4th)
- Field goal percentage: 47.1% (6th)
- 3-point percentage: 38.9% (7th)
- Points allowed per game: 103.7 (T-28th)
- Rebounds per game: 40.9 (T-24th)
Warriors: Jermaine O’Neal (bruised right knee/right groin strain) is day-to-day. Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.
Mavericks: Devin Harris (left foot surgery) is out; Brandan Wright (fractured left shoulder) is out.
- PG Stephen Curry
- SG Klay Thompson
- SF Harrison Barnes
- PF David Lee
- C Andrew Bogut*
- PG Jose Calderon
- SG Monta Ellis
- SF Shawn Marion
- PF Dirk Nowitzki
- C Samuel Dalembert
* Reinstated from one-game suspension served on Tuesday
Tip-off: 5:30 PM (PST)
Location: American Airlines Arena (Dallas, TX)