Coop in Europe: Game day for Mavericks
Still, this game is a little bit different. The game will be played primarily under NBA rules. As we saw in the Olympics, the rules differences between the NBA and FIBA -- the governing body of basketball everywhere outside the NBA -- aren’t that great. There will be three notable differences.
* There is no charge circle underneath the basket. Yet with NBA commissioner David Stern in the building for the game, will anyone really want to test the depth of the league’s commitment to their new no-flopping rules?
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* On free throws, there is no early entry into the lane on the shot. The ball has to hit the rim first.
There will be two NBA officials (Zach Zarba and Sean Wright) and one official assigned by FIBA. Both Zarba and Wright will work the game in Barcelona on Tuesday night as well.
Mavericks expected starting lineup:
SF Shawn Marion
PF Dirk Nowitzki
C Chris Kaman
SG OJ Mayo
PG Darren Collison
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