MAVERICKS VS. WARRIORS, 10:30 P.M. ET

TV: TNT

  • The Warriors will welcome back forwards Harrison Barnes (sore left knee) and Carl Landry (left shoulder contusion) and center Andrew Bogut (sitting out a back-to-back finale), but point guard Stephen Curry will sit for a second straight game with his sprained right ankle. Coach Mark Jackson said Curry would have played, were this a “must-win” or playoff contest, but “we’re going to give him some more time to get to 100 percent.” Jackson said it was “realistic” to expect Curry could be available Saturday, when the Warriors host Phoenix. Jarrett Jack, coming off a 26-point, 12-assist night in Golden State’s shorthanded 108-95 victory at Cleveland on Tuesday, will start in place of Curry.
  • The Mavericks have major injury news of their own: Dirk Nowitzki is out due to a right adductor strain. It will be his first game lost to injury since coming back from knee surgery on Dec. 23.
  • Jackson said he hasn’t studied what Memphis’ trade of Rudy Gay might mean for the Warriors’ postseason hopes; Golden State entered tonight 1 1/2 games behind the Grizzlies in the race for fourth place in the West. “If they didn’t make a trade, I’m still thinking the exact same thing: We’re a very good basketball team that people are going to have to deal with,” Jackson said.
  • At 7-7 in January, Dallas needs a win to avoid a third straight losing month to start the season.

– Geoff Lepper

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