Mavs Preview: Parsons OUT For W's

DALLAS - The Mavs would like to notch their first victory against a top-eight team in the West. But in today's matinee, they'll have to do it against the league-leading Warriors and they will have to do it without the ailing Chandler Parsons.



The Dallas Mavericks are dealing with some oddities today. They are playing a 1 p.m. game at the AAC. Odd. They are playing a Warriors team that is 19-2 -- the best in the business. Odd. And they are doing it without Chandler Parsons, nursing a bad back while become pivotal to Dallas' recent success.

OK, that last one isn't "odd''' it was the plan all along, and in CP's last three games he's been good for 26 points per on 64-percent shooting and 59 percent from three. So they could've used him ...

“Parsons is going to be listed as questionable,'' predicted coach Rick Carlisle on Friday, and indeed, he's out for today. Point guard Jameer Nelson is also ailing. And Monta Ellis, who has taken over as clutch-time Batman in the last couple of weeks, is playing through a sore elbow.

While the 17-7 Mavs are ailing, Golden State comes in a bit wobbly as well. They figure to be without bigs David Lee (hamstring) and Andrew Bogut (knee), but despite their woes, this is a team that has won 14 straight games to climb to 19-2 on the strength of the play of MVP candidate Stephen Curry -- exactly the sort of perimeter-and-penetrate player that gives Dallas fits.

Dallas may be the NBA's best team offensively, but the Warriors are right there, ranking third in scoring at 106.8 points per game. Meanwhile, coach Steve Kerr's group allows just 95.6 points per, good for fifth-best in the league.

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"The challenge is that they’re good, and they’re really better than good,'' Carlisle said. "If you look at the stats, they’re the best team in the league. If you look at them on video, they’re the best team in the league. I mean, they’re playing that well.''






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