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Dallas Mavericks offer difficult matchup, talent gap against Detroit Pistons

Essentials

Date: Nov. 23, 2010

Time: 8:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Pistons: 5-8

Mavericks: 8-4

Probable starters

Detroit:

Mavericks:

  • Jason Kidd
  • DeShawn Stevenson
  • Caron Butler
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Tyson Chandler

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +9

Over/under: 191

Score: Mavericks win, 100-91

Three things to watch

1. Rodney Stuckey’s decision making

Jason Kidd will likely make Rodney Stuckey’s life pretty difficult tonight. Kidd is still physical enough to keep Stuckey from driving to the rim like he has been this year. What Kidd lacks in speed (and it’s not as much as you might think), he makes up for in the knowledge of where to be, giving him a head start.

The biggest question is how Stuckey reacts. If he’s 3-of-6 with nine assists, that’s a success. If he’s 5-of-18 with four assists, that’s a problem.

2. Will Austin Daye play?

Jason Maxiell will start tonight*, according to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. You know the story: in the two games Maxiell has started, Austin Daye hasn’t played at all. It’s a curious decision at best. Tonight, we’ll get another opportunity to see how committed John Kuester is to the strategy.

*I think this is a terrible idea. Dirk Nowitzki is going to hit jumpers over the shorter Maxiell with ease. Nowitzki is too talented for the Pistons to contain, regardless, but Maxiell is the worst option. In order. Charlie Villanueva, Austin Daye and Greg Monroe would do a better job.

3. Brian Cardinal still plays?!

He’s still in the league? Really? Cardinal has played 77 minutes in eight games for the Mavericks. I hope he makes an appearance tonight, just to confirm his playing time isn’t a typo on every website with Mavericks statistics.

Pregame Reading

6 Comments

  • Nov 23, 20108:27 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

    Reply

    Seriously, even if you can’t stand Kobe Bryant, that Woj piece is a must-read.

  • Nov 23, 20108:49 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    Well, Dallas starts with 11-0 run and Stuckey has to limp off the court after taking a big hit. Showing up with strong efforts early against good teams continues to be an issue.

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  • Nov 23, 20109:10 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    Q continues to make stupid moves and fails to stand up to his vets – particularly Prince. Prince wants Max in the starting lineup. I personally cannot imagine a worse matchup than 6’6″ Max against 7’0″ Dirk.

    I am almost ready to pull the plug on my Piston viewing. Q started using the kids right this season but as soon as his crybaby vets started complaining he caved in and is really ruining Austin Daye

  • Nov 23, 201011:02 pm
    by Patrick Hayes

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    @PCB:

    ” Prince wants Max in the starting lineup.”

    What’s your source on that? I’ve seen you write it a few times. I’ve never once seen it reported anywhere. I mean, it doesn’t even look like Prince particularly likes any of his teammates right now, Maxiell included. I’m not saying it isn’t true, but I’ve just never heard anyone say it but you.

  • Nov 24, 20103:22 pm
    by frankie d

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    hollinger’s take on prince is interesting, but mistaken in once crucial point, imho.
    he assumes, as most observers do, that joe d actually wants to trade tay.
    i don’t think he really wants to do so, and the only way he will trade him is if someone makes him an offer he just cannot refuse.
    i don’t think joe d has ever had a real intention of trading either tay or rip, despite what many believe.  if you review his public statements on both players and what he says about trading either or what he says about competing this year, i don’t think he has ever even implied that he wanted to trade either player.
    as best as i can recall, he has always said that he valued their presence and thought that they were still extremely important pieces for his team.

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