Warriors Vs. Mavericks: Golden State Needs a Statement Win on Bollywood Night

Patrick HightowerContributor IMarch 16, 2011

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 04:  Dorell Wright #1 of the Golden State Warriors takes a shot as Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics defends on March 4, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Celtics defeated the Warriors 107-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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As the Warriors prepare to host the Mavericks on Oracle Arena's first-ever "Bollywood Night," Golden State must do their best to forget about Monday's blowout loss against the Sacramento Kings.  

The Warriors must, however, be concerned with the following tasks: Instead of wondering why the Warriors had trouble stopping Kings guard Marcus Thornton and center Samuel Dalembert, the Warriors must now turn their attention to stopping Mavericks offensive weapons such as Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd. 

Nowitzki, Kidd and Terry are all dangerous from the three-point line. The Warriors must make extra efforts to defend the Mavericks' perimeter shooting.

The Mavericks will be trying to avoid a three-game losing streak. Dallas is also coming off a heartbreaking loss against the Portland Trailblazers. In this loss, Dallas shot 59.7 percent, and still lost the game by a score of 104-101. 

One major reason Dallas lost that game was due to a lack of rebounding. Rebounding is a battle that the Warriors must win tonight, due to the fact that the Mavericks do not miss a lot of shots.

One thing that Warriors fans may find frustrating is that their last two games have not been close at all.

Warrior fans can only wonder which Warriors team will arrive at Oracle tonight: Will it be the team that ended Kevin Love's double-double streak or will it be the Warriors team that let Marcus Thornton score 42 points on Monday? 

If the Mavericks continue this high-percentage shooting and the Warriors are unable to win the rebounding battle tonight, this could result in a long night for the Warriors.

Tonight's game against the Dallas Mavericks begins at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time.

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