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- The Mavericks (6-5) have won 10 of the last 11 home meetings against the Warriors (5-5), but Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said this isn’t the same old Golden State team. “They’re much more physical. They’re much more paint-oriented. They rebound better and they’re top 5 in defense,” he said. “They’re harder to score on and they’re tougher-minded. This is a different kind of game than we’re used to playing against Golden State.”
- Golden State forward Richard Jefferson left last night’s loss in Oklahoma City with a strained right calf and will not play tonight. “Unfortunately, last night he knew right away and it’s going to take some time to heal,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. The veteran is averaging 4.2 points and 15.2 minutes off the bench this season.
- Jackson said he is pleased with how his young Warriors have been pushing the tempo lately. “I’m happy, but not satisfied because I think there’s another level,” he said. “I want to continue to push the ball and force the issue off of makes and misses. I think that’s when we’re at our best.”
- For the time being, Dominique Jones has apparently supplanted Rodrigue Beaubois as the Mavericks’ backup point guard behind Darren Collison. Beaubois missed three games earlier this month with a sprained left ankle and his playing time has been inconsistent. “I’ve been really concerned about his health, to be frank about it,” Carlisle said. “We’re going to need him to play in some situations, but if he’s not playing as much, we’ve encouraged him to spend more time on rehab and strengthening, those types of things. We’re building for the long haul.”