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    Game Thread Game Thread: New York Knicks vs Dallas Mavericks 7:30pm 12/07/2015





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    J.J. Barea - Right ankle sprain (OUT) - No injuries to report
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    The Kristaps Porzingis-Dirk Nowitzki comparison is easy to make, especially since the New York Knicks rookie grew up modeling his game after the Dallas Mavericks' superstar.

    Porzingis finally gets a chance to face his childhood idol Monday night, though Nowitzki will be trying to teach the youngster a lesson or two and help the visiting Mavericks continue their dominance in this series.

    When the Knicks selected Porzingis with the fourth pick in this year's draft, the then-teenage Latvian was compared to several European stars, but the similarities to Nowitzki are obvious. Both are 7-foot forwards with seemingly infinite shooting range.

    Porzingis has even confessed to studying video of the German-born Nowitzki as a child, and now the Knicks' rising fan favorite is anxious to meet and compete against one of his heroes for the first time.

    "You know I want to go up against Dirk, he's one of the guys I looked up to and learned the game from," Porzingis said. "It definitely won't be easy, but I'm looking forward to it."

    In terms of their first NBA seasons, Porzingis seems to be ahead of Nowitzki, who had just turned 20 when Milwaukee made him the ninth pick in 1998. Nowitzki averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 rebounds as a rookie before going on to become one of the league's great big men with 13 All-Star appearances to go with regular-season and finals MVP awards.

    Porzingis is averaging 14.0 points and 9.2 rebounds after scoring 12 with seven boards and five blocks while battling foul trouble in Saturday's 106-91 loss at Milwaukee.

    The Knicks (10-11) are looking to get back on track defensively after allowing their highest field-goal percentage (49.4) in 17 games. They've surrendered 89.0 points on 40.1 percent shooting in winning their last two at home.

    New York is seeking its longest win streak at Madison Square Garden since a four-game run from Jan. 19-Feb. 1, but has dropped 10 of the past 13 there against the Mavericks (12-9) and 22 of 27 in the series.

    Nowitzki's 25.7 scoring average at the Garden is his highest at any venue, though he's totaled 31 points while missing eight of nine from 3-point range in his last two visits. The 37-year-old is still going strong with a 17.5 average after scoring 19 in Sunday's 116-104 win at Washington.

    Wesley Matthews led the way with a career high-tying 36 points and career-best 10 3-pointers. Former Knicks guard Raymond Felton contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists with J.J. Barea (sprained knee) out and Devin Harris leaving with a rib injury.

    "The effort was terrific. You know, our whole team was due for a shotmaking night, and Wes led the way," coach Rick Carlisle told the team's official website after Dallas went 16 for 31 from 3-point range.

    Matthews averaged 21.3 points while hitting 12 of 27 (44.4 percent) from long range in his last three games against the Knicks while with Portland.

    The Mavericks look to sweep this brief trip after reaching 100 points in regulation and shooting 50.0 percent for the first time in seven games.

    Chandler Parsons, coming along slowing following offseason knee surgery, should return after resting in the second of back-to-back games.

    New York will likely monitor Carmelo Anthony's status after the star admitted his knee felt numb Saturday after receiving post-game treatment.

    (nba.com)

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    Thank for putting up the game thread Rady. The preview says Parsons will probably start after resting yesterday for a back to back. Both the Knicks and Mavs are playing better than expected so it will be an interesting game. kp6 should be defending Dirk so that's going to be fun to watch.

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    Felton started not Parsons so today must be his rest day.

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    Dirk schooling the rookie so far with almost all of the Mavs points.

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    Melo may be 6 years younger than Nowitzki... But he's half the player. Their Dirk is bigger than ours.

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    That was a charge by Rolo, Knicks got one call that went their way for 2 pts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Melo may be 6 years younger than Nowitzki... But he's half the player. Their Dirk is bigger than ours.
    I was actually thinking when he went up for his last layup where was the athleticism. Hope he's still got some.

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    The D was crap the 1st qr allowing 34 pts. They're 6/10 from deep.

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    Dwill looks like nothing special after a great start in the preseason and the first game.

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    That's what I'm talking about JC looking like the guy I remember from Toronto.

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    Galloway looks so bad I would think about pulling him from the rotation and give him time to keep his act together... Geez.

    DAL is 11-20 from downtown

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    Can't play much less effective defense than we did in the first half. Need to try to erase a 13 point deficit and get back on track ASAP.

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    Once again, we can't find a way to hit any shots and Dallas is hitting almost everything. Just like our last game, first few minutes of the 3rd quarter and a lead has stretched considerably to the point where we're risking already falling out of reach.

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    DAL is old and played a game yesterday. They're are extremely motivated.... This is all about hustle, effort, and desire. Oh, and one of NBA's best coaches vs one of NBA's worst.

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    Melo is 1-3 from 3 but his 2 misses he didn't hit the rim. In Milwaukee he took that 32ft 3 like he's a knock down shooter but he missed everything. The point is if you can't shoot 3s don't shoot 'em.

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