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- Nagging shin and ankle injuries won’t keep Atlanta guard Kyle Korver off the court in Dallas, says coach Larry Drew. Korver, who missed practice on Sunday, leads the NBA in 3-point percentage (.464) and ranks fourth in 3-pointers made (124). He has made at least one 3-pointer in 43 consecutive games, the league’s longest current streak, and will be active tonight.
- Atlanta guard DeShawn Stevenson appeared in 96 games (59 starts) for the Mavericks from 2009-11 and was a member of the 2011 title team. In case Dallas fans have forgotten, defense remains his calling card. “That’s one thing that I know that he will bring for me every single night, whether he shuts somebody down or not, I know he’s going to bring that defensive effort,” Drew said. “I know one thing for sure when I put him on the floor. I know I’m always going to get effort on the defensive end.”
- Despite the constant trade talk surrounding Hawks forward Josh Smith, the veteran has been averaging 19.6 points on nearly 50 percent shooting over his last eight games. “He has been able to keep his focus and he’s been professional about it,” Drew said.
- The Mavericks have held three of their last four opponents under 100 points, but will have their hands full against speedy point guard Jeff Teague. Teague is averaging 22.3 points and 10.0 assists over his last three games, shooting 60.5 percent overall and 7-for-10 from behind the arc. Coach Rick Carlisle sounded more concerned with his play at the other end. “Defensively, he is very good at anticipation and gets a lot of steals. When he is causing havoc defensively and getting them in transition, they go up to a higher level — and they’re a good team to start with,” Carlisle said.
– Dave Ivey