Big D Will It Stand For Dirk Or Dallas?

It would appear Dirk Nowitzki is doubtful for tonight vs the Raptors. He is scheduled to have an MRI on his right knee today according the Dallas Morning News. The X-Rays from last night when he left there game vs the Thunder revealed no structural damage. But given all the Dirk means to the Mavs find it hard to imagine he will play tonight. He is officially listed as questionable. Andrea Bargnani who was compared to Dirk often when he was drafted. He will not be there as well as he is not travelling with the team. As for the rest of the banged up Raps Amir did play with his bad back last night will see if he can go again tonight. Weems sat out last night and unless he had a miracle over night would expect he will be out tonight. The Raptors even with no Dirk will need to play more like the team in the first quarter last night and not like the team that showed up for the rest of the night.

The Basics: Toronto 10-20 (on 3 game losing streak) Dallas 24-5 ( 9-1 in last 10)

When Last We Saw Them: The Raptors came out with a strong start and faded away in the 2nd and never came back. Another decent night for Linas Kleiza in the starting line-up once again for injured Weems. Nothing much to be excited about at all. It was a very blah night.

Key Match Ups: Jason Kidd and Jose Calderon should be a good showdown. They have some playoff history and Kidd is not exactly blazing fast anymore. Jose was not great last night but in fairness not many were. Demar DeRozan and DeShawn Stevenson is another one to watch. Demar needs to stick with his man on D and attack the hoop on offence. He was one of many that struggled at the line last night. A general match up will be the Raptors perimeter defence vs Dallas and there many options to make 3's. If Dallas starts hitting 3's the Raptors are dead.

Other Things Of Note: Mavs have won 10 straight at home vs Raptors and are 19-9 all-time vs the Raptors.

Where is it on? Still SportsNet Uno!!! 8:30 Tip Time

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