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Mavs to face Raptors without Gooden, Thomas

 

Updated: November 6, 2009, 4:52 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon

DALLAS -- The Toronto Raptors, with their sweet-shooting, athletic big men, are the type of team the Dallas Mavericks had in mind when they signed Drew Gooden to play center.

Too bad Gooden isn't ready to play. He's nursing a rib cage injury and hopes to return Tuesday against the Houston Rockets.

The Mavericks will have to figure out a way to slow down Lincoln High product Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani without their preferred small-ball big man. Bosh and Bargnani, who combined ...

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