W2W4: Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Dirk
March, 8, 2012
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com
Is it possible that this final meeting of the season between the Mavericks and Phoenix Suns will also be the last time that Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki play against one another?
No, Nash has no plans of retiring when his contract expires after the season. But might the Mavs have ideas to bring Nash back to Dallas? That's what ESPN.com' Marc Stein reported a few weeks ago; that is if Dallas strikes out first with Deron Williams and Dwight Howard.
All that's to come. Tonight, sit back and enjoy late-night Nash and Jason Kidd, former teammates themselves who combine for 76 years, 34 NBA seasons and 21,379 assists worth of Hall-of-Fame-worthy play.
Records: Mavs (23-17); Suns (17-21)
When: 9:30 p.m.
Where: US Airways Center
Radio: ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM; 1270 AM (Spanish)
What to watch: Keep an eye on Suns big man Marcin Gortat as he makes his 50th consecutive start for the Suns. The former Magic backup once coveted by the Mavs has been excellent against Dallas in a Suns uniform, averaging 19.3 points and 12.3 rebounds, better than his 16.2 and 10.6 season averages.
Key matchup: Dirk Nowitzki vs. Channing Frye
Nowitzki has not had his typically strong performances against the Suns this season. All three games were played during the cruel month of January and he missed the middle meeting when he sat out four games during his personal training camp. The last game against Phoenix on Jan. 30 was his second game back and Nowitzki managed just 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting. He had 20 on Jan. 4 on 7-of-17 shooting. The Suns have not seen this version of Dirk since last season.
Injuries: Mavs – C Brendan Haywood (sprained left ankle) is doubtful; G Delonte West (fractured right ring finger) is out; C/PF Brandan Wright (concussion) is out. Suns – None.
Up next: Mavs at Sacramento Kings, 9 p.m., Friday