THUNDER AT MAVERICKS, 8 P.M. ET

TV: TNT

  • After sitting out Monday night against Denver, Russell Westbrook will play tonight when the Thunder take on Dallas at the American Airlines Center. Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Westbrook will see about 30-32 minutes.
  • Jose Calderon suffered a facial injury in Sunday night’s loss to the Nets when he took an inadvertent elbow from Mason Plumlee. Calderon did not return, but will be available tonight.
  • Dallas has held Kevin Durant to 26.5 points per game and 41.7 percent shooting in the Thunder’s first two games against the Mavericks, well below his season averages of 32.1 points per game and 50.7 percent. “We’ve committed double-teams to him a lot of the time, both in pick-and-rolls and in post-up, sometimes on the perimeter,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “He’s a great, great, great scorer. I’ve never seen a guy that size be able to do the things he can do — handling it, getting it places and just getting it in the basket. He passes it better all the time too. It’s a really big challenge facing him as a scorer.”
  • Dallas enters tonight’s game tied for the eighth spot in the Western Conference standings with Phoenix, and just a half game back of Memphis for the seventh spot with just 11 games remaining. With the Grizzlies and Suns both off tonight, Dallas will finish tonight in a tie for seventh or in ninth outright.
  • The Mavericks dominated a shorthanded Oklahoma City team the last time the two clubs got together on March 16, as Dallas rolled to a 109-86 victory on the road. Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha and Kendrick Perkins all did not play. Sefolosha (left calf strain) and Perkins (left groin strain) are both out for tonight’s contest. Oklahoma City has won the last seven meetings with the Mavericks in which Westbrook has suited up.

Micah Powell

 

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