Warriors vs. Mavericks Game Preview: Third Quarter Woes

Nov 16, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Golden State Warriors shooting guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after getting a fouled called in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Warriors won 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Warriors face the Mavericks, who are surprisingly hot, despite the absence of their star player, Dirk Nowitzki. This means the Dubs will really look to go to David Lee tonight, who is playing some great basketball, despite a low shooting percentage.

The Mavericks are severely outmanned in terms of depth, but should still find themselves okay offensively because the Warriors fail to perform in the 3rd quarter. Despite the Warriors’ deep roster, they have yet to find a consistent player to help keep up with other teams in the third. Curry was supposed to do that, but fails to shoot well in the third. Since trading Monta Ellis, the Warriors are looking for a go to guy.

In trading Monta, the Warriors gave away one of the best scorers in the NBA, for an injured center. Not saying the trade is bad, but it was a bit risky. If the Bogut trade ends up working out and he returns to full strength, the Warriors could make one of the two final playoff spots. As of now, however, the third quarter remains inconsistent, and the Dubs will look to stay in the game, somehow, some way.

Who can be the primary go to guy tonight?

Harrison Barnes: Think of the way he played the last couple of games. It looks like this rookie is ready to go!

Carl Landry: With Landry’s experience, and mentality, he will be able to keep his field goal ercentage high, and help the Warriors stay in the game.

Topics: Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors

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