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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
W2W4: New Jersey will come raining 3s

By Jeff Caplan


DALLAS -- The New Jersey Nets are most dangerous when they bang home 3-pointers. Avery Johnson's club is second in the league in 3-pointers attempted (24.7 a game) and second in 3-pointers made (8.8).

Considering the Nets enter this game with a 10-25 record, the fact that they are 8-9 when having a better 3-point percentage than their opponent speaks to the need to cut off the 3.

And Dallas, as strong as it's been defensively this season, ranked 12th in opponents' 3-point percentage. Teams are shooting 33.9 percent against Dallas from beyond the arc.

Anthony Morrow leads the Nets' 3-point shooters at 40.2 percent. Deron Williams is at 37.1 percent and MarShon Brooks is shooting the long ball at 35.6 percent.

"We’ve got to keep New Jersey from making a lot of 3s," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "They’re among the teams that take the most 3s per game, they make among the most per game in the league and Williams, Morrow, Brooks, those 3 guys are lethal out there. So, we’ve got to take that away. It’s going to be a tough night."

Records: Nets (10-25); Mavs (21-13)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: American Airlines Center

TV: FSSW

Radio: ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM; 1270 AM (Spanish)

What to watch: The Mavs know they're in a tough spot Wednesday night when they play a rested Grizzlies team coming out of the All-Star break. That means Dallas will want to take care 0f business against the struggling Nets early and allow their starters, primarily Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki, to ride the pine as long as possible, especially in the fourth quarter.

Key matchup: Deron Williams vs. Shawn Marion
Here we go again? Marion would again seem the likely candidate to start out on the All-Star point guard who is averaging 22.2 points and 8.2 rebounds. Before the All-Star break, Marion remarked how difficult this stretch of covering top guards has been, but Dallas has little choice with Delonte West sidelined and Kidd and Vince Carter unable to hang with the 27-year-old Williams. Rodrigue Beaubois and Dominique Jones could also see time on the brawny, 6-foot-3 point guard from The Colony.

Injuries: Nets - F Damion James (right foot surgery) is out; C Mehmet Okur (sore lower back) is out; Shawne Williams (sprained left shoulder, sore left knee/foot) is out; G Jordan Farmar (strained right groin) is questionable. Mavs - G Delonte West (fractured right ring finger) is out; F Lamar Odom (personal reasons) is out.

Up next: Mavs at Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m., Wednesday