CHICAG0 – The physical challenge the Dallas Mavericks will undoubtedly receive from the Chicago Bulls when the two teams meet Tuesday night at the United Center is what center Tyson Chandler lives for.
"I enjoy it because it’s different than what you see in the West,’’ Chandler said after Monday’s practice at Quest Multisport Complex. " "Nights like (last Friday) against Toronto, against Charlotte and against the Bulls, you know it’s going to be a grind game, especially the one we just had in Toronto.
"I look forward to this because these are the kind that you’ve got to come in mentally for. These games you know they’re going to be physical.’’
And physicality is what Chandler is all about.
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"You know it’s going to be more of a slugfest than it would be in the West,’’ he said. "It’s not going to be high tempo.
"And it’s all about who controls the game, who makes the game. It is going to be their style of game or is it going to be our style?’’
The Mavs hope to impose their will on the Bulls, who are one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. But they know it won’t be easy.
"You’ve got to keep your composure, you’ve got to keep your head and plow forward,’’ Chandler said. "That was the message in Toronto and it has to be the same message here.
"Regardless of what happens we’ve got to take it play-by-play and we’ve got to keep our head down and plow forward. No matter the scoring possession, we’ve got to play out every single possession until the shot clock goes off or we get the rebound.’’