Mavericks-Warriors Preview

While the injury-plagued Golden State Warriors are hoping to

have Stephen Curry available, Jarrett Jack, David Lee and Klay

Thompson appear more than capable of carrying the load for the time


Having Andrew Bogut back should also help matters.

With Curry uncertain to suit up, Golden State tries for a sixth

win in eight games Thursday night against the visiting Dallas


Averaging team highs of 21.0 points and 6.4 assists, Curry

missed Tuesday’s 108-95 win at Cleveland after twisting his right

ankle the night before. It’s unknown how much time Curry, who

underwent surgery on that same ankle in each of the past two

offseasons, is expected to miss.

The Warriors (28-17) likely aren’t in any hurry to rush him back

after Tuesday’s win. Jack, who started in place of Curry, had 26

points and a career best-tying 12 assists while Thompson scored a

career-high 32 on 13-of-24 shooting.

“I had to channel my inner Stephen Curry,” said Jack, averaging

17.0 points and 8.9 assists over his last eight games.

Lee also came up big Tuesday with 20 points, 13 rebounds and

eight assists for Golden State, which went a season-best 11 for 16

(68.8 percent) from 3-point range.

“That’s a big-time win,” coach Mark Jackson said after watching

his team wrap up a 2-2 road trip. “That’s a statement game for us.

I’m extremely proud of my guys. It would’ve been very easy to chalk

one up (a loss) because we were short-handed, but I challenged them

– and they stepped up.”

The Warriors were also without Carl Landry (left shoulder

contusion), starting forward Harrison Barnes (knee) and Bogut on

Tuesday. While Landry and Barnes are both uncertain to return

Thursday, Bogut is expected back.

“No matter who is out there, we’re still going to play Warriors

basketball,” Lee said.

After missing 38 straight games due to a troublesome left ankle,

Bogut returned to post 12 points, eight boards and four blocks in

24 minutes during Monday’s 114-102 win at Toronto. The former No. 1

overall pick, who likely won’t play in back-to-back games until

after the All-Star break, could become a difference maker down low

for Golden State, which is averaging 37.9 points in the paint and

4.1 blocks to rank near the bottom of the league in both


“It’s been a long season for me so far, a frustrating season

both mentally and physically,” he said Monday. “Just to be out

there running up and down the court again, and especially getting a

win, was very satisfying.”

The Mavericks (19-26) surely felt just the opposite as they

opened a four-game trek with Tuesday’s last-second 106-104 loss at

Portland. Dirk Nowitzki compiled a season-high 26 points to lead

all five starters in double figures, but Dallas was outscored 12-3

over the final 1:37, including LaMarcus Aldridge’s game-winning

turnaround jumper at the buzzer.

“We make those mistakes, especially on the road, and you are

going to get bit,” Nowitzki said. “This type of loss is about as

tough as it gets in the league. We played well enough to win it. We

found a way to lose, instead of finding a way to win. That’s the

sad thing.”

The Mavericks figure to be in for another tough test against a

Warriors team that’s won 13 of 17 at home.

Golden State had dropped six straight in the series before

taking three of the last five, including a 105-101 overtime win at

Dallas on Nov. 19. Curry had 31 points in that game while Thompson

finished with seven on 2-of-14 shooting.

The Warriors are 17-2 when Thompson shoots at least 42.0 percent

from the field compared to 11-15 when he doesn’t.