Dallas Mavericks

Mavs concerned about Thursday’s game against the Kings

OAKLAND – The only problem with extending the Golden State Warriors down to the waning moments Wednesday night at Oracle Arena is that the Dallas Mavericks have a game Thursday night in Sacramento.

That means there might be a whole lot of players tired and heavy-footed when the Mavs face the Kings at 9 p.m. at Sleep Train Arena.

Monta Ellis played 39 minutes against the Warriors, Chandler Parsons played 38, Tyson Chandler 34, Dirk Nowitzki 30 and J.J.Barea 28. It could make for a tired and cranky bunch of Mavs against the Kings.

Rick Carlisle and his staff are always gauging what levels of fatigue his players have endured. This situation is definitely no different.

"We’ll see how they’re doing tomorrow,’’ Carlisle said. "It’s a tough stretch.

"You think about fatigue from top to bottom, not just for your best guys. But we’ll see where we are tomorrow and go from there.’’

Steph Curry’s 51-point explosion helped the Warriors erase a 22-point deficit and beat the Mavs, 128-114. Now the Mavs (33-18) must regroup and prepare for a feisty group of Kings.

And no, Nowitzki isn’t thinking about whether he’ll be asked to sit out the game against the Kings so he can get some much-needed rest. He knows that’s not going to happen after the Mavs had their modest three-game winning streak snapped.

Nowitzki said: "This is a very, very big game for us.’’

Center Tyson Chandler, who contributed 21 points and 17 rebounds, is totally concerned about the game against the Kings.

"It’s going to be a tough one,’’ Chandler said. "We’re taking a bus up there and all the travel and stuff that we got to go through.

"But we’ve got tot do what it takes to muster up energy to get that win.’’

In this situation, it becomes a case of mind over matter for the Mavs, who will be playing their seventh game in 10 days by the time they face the Kings. That includes three sets of back-to-backs.

"Every team at this point is a little dinged up, a little tired,’’ Nowitzki said. "You’ve got to push through it through the (All-Star) break.

"After this back-to-back we’ve got at least a day in between until the break, and then we get away a little bit and re-charge.’’

After Thursday’s game at Sacramento, the Mavs have a three-game game home stand which starts Saturday against Portland. The home stand continues with a Monday game against the Los Angeles Clippers and a game next Wednesday against the Utah Jazz before the Mavs pause for the All-Star break.

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