Mavericks Rest Top Players For Game Against The Warriors

The Dallas Mavericks are the best team in the NBA and during the game against the Golden State Warriors, they decided to rest three of their top players.

The Mavs decided to rest Dirk Nowitzki, Jerry Stackhouse and Josh Howard from the lineup. Nowitzki and Stackhouse were deactivated while Howard was not expected to dress for the game.

Center Erick Dampier was also sitting out with a strained right shoulder.

The fact that coach Avery Johnson decided to rest two of his All Stars and his top save would greatly assistance the Warriors who have already beaten the Mavericks four times this season. If the Warriors manage to win their fifth straight game against Dallas, it will help their cause for securing a playoff identify and a possible first round matchup with the Mavericks again.

Before the game against the Mavericks, the Warriors were one game ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers for final playoff identify in the Western Conference. If they manage to beat Dallas and the Clippers lose to Phoenix Suns, the Warriors will be able to make their first postseason turn up since 1994 when Avery Johnson was the starting point guard for the Warriors.

Though Johnson wants to rest his four players for the playoff run, they will be playing the season finale against Seattle. Stackhouse said that if the Mavericks were playing Seattle first and Mavericks later, the resting of players would have nevertheless taken place for the game against Seattle.

Dallas already have the home court advantage throughout the playoffs and the Mavericks do not need more practice to enhance on the six game loss last season to Miami in the NBA finals.

Only eight teams in the history of NBA have won more games that the Mavericks. Before the game against the Warriors, the Mavs had 66 wins which is a franchise best and the most in the NBA since 1999-00 when the Los Angeles Lakers won 67 games.

By resting his meaningful players, Johnson is showing that the Mavericks are not afraid of meeting the Warriors in a possible playoff. The Warriors have been one of the few clubs in NBA who have had success against the Mavs in the last few years.

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