Mavs making most of doses of zone 'D'

November, 17, 2010
11/17/10
2:50
PM CT
NEW ORLEANS -- The Dallas Mavericks utilized their zone defense quite a bit Monday night in the first of a home-and-home games against the New Orleans Hornets. Don't be surprised to see the Mavs continue to go zone in doses during tonight's rematch.

"It’s something that has been one of our strengths this year," coach Rick Carlisle said, "and we have to continue to work on it."

It makes sense against a team like the Hornets with virtually unguardable point guard Chris Paul. The Mavs are not terrific on-ball perimeter defenders when Jason Kidd and Jason Terry are on the floor together. But, with their frontcourt length with Shawn Marion, Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler or Brendan Haywood, the zone can be an effective tool to shut off penetration into the paint.

"Zone can be effective in certain doses," Carlisle said. "You’re vulnerable in some areas with the zone and stronger in others. A guy like Chris Paul is going to adjust to any defense if you stay in it long enough and a good team will too. But, you’ve got to be able to change things up."

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
20.9 4.5 1.7 34.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.9
AssistsR. Rondo 9.3
StealsR. Rondo 2.0
BlocksT. Chandler 1.4