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Preview: Warriors won’t have Curry, Livingston against Doncic’s Mavs

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Withe several players out, the Warriors face the Mavericks in a contender versus rebuilder matchup.

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Golden State Warriors v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Game Details

WHO: Dallas Mavericks vs Golden State Warriors

WHEN: Saturday, March 23rd; 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Oracle Arena

WATCH: NBCSBA

LISTEN: 95.7 The Game

Blog Buddy: Mavs Moneyball

The Golden State Warriors are in a two-way race for the #1 seed with the Denver Nuggets, with the tantalizing prize of home court advantage going to the victor. That’s one reason the champs upcoming game against the Dallas Mavericks is must see TV.

Another reason this game is crucial is because Luka Doncic is putting the finishing touches on a likely rookie of the year campaign (apologies to the HawksTrae Young). Doncic knows a big performance against the Golden Empire would cement his clout with the NBA Twitterati.

Additionally, the other three times that these teams played this season were thrillers that went down to the final seconds.

Nov 17, 2018

Dallas wins 112-109 after Doncic finished the Dubs off with a late shot. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green missed that game with injuries, while Kevin Durant scored 32 in the losing effort. Excerpt from ESPN’s recap:

The 19-year-old from Slovenia arrived in the NBA having led Real Madrid to the 2018 Euro League title. On Saturday, he hit a 10-footer in the lane with 1:10 left to put Dallas up 109-108, then sealed the game with two free throws with seven seconds remaining.

”I’ve been doing this when I was in Madrid, too,” Doncic said. “I love the last-minute shot. (But) of course it’s different. It’s the NBA. It’s the best league in the world.”

Dec 22, 2018

The Warriors returned the favor in Oracle Arena, knocking off the Mavs 120-116 in a back-and-forth shootout. Doncic took a spill into the crowd and was knocked out of the game after a hot start.

Durant had 29 points including a key 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, and added 12 rebounds and eight assists, and the Warriors held off a fourth-quarter rally.

”They made tough shots at the end. I don’t want to get discouraged because of the last three minutes,” Durant said. “... I thought the whole basketball game we played pretty solid.”

Jan 13, 2019

The third matchup was another barn-burner in Dallas, as the Warriors prevailed 119-114 behind a whopping 48 points from Curry. Per USA Today:

Curry’s 11 3s were the most ever by a Mavericks opponent. The last one was his most important, snapping a 114-all tie with 42 seconds to play. Both Curry and Warriors coach Steve Kerr credited Kevin Durant for switching play calls to get Curry shots rather than taking shots of his own.

”That was just (Durant) taking the initiative, knowing that I had a hot hand going,” Curry said. “Call it a decoy in terms of him being in the action, but allowing me to work. The way they were defending us, it just made sense tonight.”

OH WAIT THIS JUST IN!

Ruh roh, how’s this one gonna shake out?