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Mavs teammates plan to make Rajon Rondo’s life easier during adjustment period

Despite integrating the NBA’s leader in assists, the Dallas Mavericks don’t anticipate a change in the offensive success they’ve seen early in the season.

Wheeling and dealing with the Boston Celtics on Thursday, the Mavericks (19-8) landed four-time All-Star Rajon Rondo as the centerpiece of a five-player trade that saw backup big man Brandan Wright, third-year forward Jae Crowder, starting point guard Jameer Nelson and two future draft picks all on the move. And although the Mavericks admit that there will be an adjustment period while working Rondo into coach Rick Carlisle’s system, they don’t anticipate a dropoff to an offensive attack that ranks No. 1 in the league while posting 110.1 points per game.

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Addition of Rajon Rondo solidifies Mavs’ starting five

With the addition of four-time All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to bolster their backcourt, the Dallas Mavericks figure to feature one the most potent starting lineups in the NBA.

Thursday, the Mavericks (19-8) announced the acquisition of Rondo and center Dwight Powell from the Boston Celtics in exchange for backup big man Brandan Wright, reserve swingman Jae Crowder, starting point guard Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick. And while Powell, the 45th overall pick by Charlotte in June’s draft, will attempt to add support to the Mavs’ front line behind starting center Tyson Chandler, it’s the addition of Rondo that is expected to instantly increase Dallas’ championship odds.

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After successful road trip, Mavs turn attention to avenging season-opening loss to Spurs

Despite sprinting through their two-game road trip with victories at New York and Detroit, the Dallas Mavericks know they’ll face a far different challenge Saturday night when welcoming in the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

Making quick work of the New York Knicks en route to a 107-87 road win Tuesday, the Mavericks (19-8) would continue surging in the right direction one night later following a 117-106 victory against the Detroit Pistons. Still, while looking to avenge a season-opening 101-100 loss to the reigning titleholders back on Oct. 28, the Mavs know they’ll have to step up their level of play in order to take down the Southwest Division rival Spurs (17-9).

And with the Mavericks currently 2-5 against the other top eight teams in the Western Conference standings, including two wins over the eighth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans, Saturday’s showdown should serve as an opportunity to collect an early-season signature victory.

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Game 27: Mavs at Pistons

After blowing past the New York Knicks to a 107-87 win Tuesday night, the Dallas Mavericks looked to continue building momentum towards Saturday’s showdown against the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs.

Completing their back-to-back Wednesday in Detroit, the Mavericks attempted to sweep their two-game road trip by handing the Pistons an 11th straight home loss. The Mavs also tried to move to 8-0 on the road this season against Eastern Conference opponents.

The Mavs would prove up to the challenge for the second straight night. And despite being tested for the better part of four quarters, the Mavericks (19-8) would pass their final test before their highly-anticipated rematch against the defending champs following a 117-106 win.

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Game 26: Mavs at Knicks

After coming up short on their home floor against the team with the NBA’s best record, the Dallas Mavericks hoped to regain their stride with two games on the road.

Beginning a back-to-back that concludes Wednesday night at Detroit, the Mavericks attempted to put Saturday’s 105-98 loss to Golden State behind them. The Mavs also tried to continue the New York Knicks’ downward slide, looking to duplicate a 109-102 overtime win at home back on Nov. 26.

Meanwhile, center Tyson Chandler made his return to Madison Square Garden to face his former team as the Mavs went in search of a road win Tuesday night to try to keep pace in the ever-changing Western Conference. And after scoring 17 points and grabbing a season-high 25 rebounds in the first meeting between the two teams, Chandler would see his teammates carry him to a victory the second time around as the Mavericks (18-8) sprinted to a 107-87 runaway win.

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Tyson Chandler prepares to lead Mavs in return to New York

After serving as the defensive anchor for the Dallas Mavericks’ 2011 championship team, center Tyson Chandler may have saw the most personal success of his career during the three subsequent seasons with the New York Knicks.

Signing with the Knicks (5-21)during free agency after helping to lead that Dallas team to the title, Chandler would accomplish plenty of personal accolades during his time in the Big Apple, including the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Award and his first All-Star appearance the following season. So, after rejoining the Mavericks (17-8) this summer following a six-player trade with New York on the eve of June’s NBA Draft, it’s with bittersweet emotions that Chandler makes his return to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday as the two teams reunite on the same court.

And after seeing the Mavs fall to a 105-98 loss at home on Saturday to the league-best Golden State Warriors, Chandler will look to get his current team back on track by handing his old squad another defeat.

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Game 25: Mavs vs. Warriors

Welcoming in the best team in the NBA record-wise for a matinee matchup Saturday at American Airlines Center, the Dallas Mavericks could be without two of their five starters.

With starting point guard Jameer Nelson sitting out Wednesday’s 112-107 home win over New Orleans due to a right shoulder injury, the Mavericks (17-7) could again be handicapped in the backcourt if the veteran floor general is unable to take the court for a second straight game. Meanwhile, the Mavs could be without their prized free-agent signing and third-leading scorer, new addition Chandler Parsons, as he nurses an aching back.

And with both listed as questionable, the Mavericks may need others to step up and make up for their production against a Golden State team that has won 14 straight games to enter with the league’s best record.

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Chandler Parsons finds offensive rhythm after up-and-down start to ’14-15

After weaving his way through an up-and-down start to the 2014-15 season, Dallas Mavericks new addition Chandler Parsons seems to be finding a rhythm on offense in the last three games.

Since starting the season averaging 14.9 points per game on 41 percent shooting and 32 percent from three-point range in the first 21 outings, Parsons has hit a hot streak while upping those numbers to 26.0 points per game on 64.4 percent shooting and 59.1 percent from behind the three-point line in his last three outings. The spike in production comes from hard work, according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, who has spent extra time after practice fine-tuning Parsons’ shooting stroke.

And with Parsons meticulously working to better his form, the 26-year-old forward could continue to see success on the offensive side of the ball throughout the season.

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After another offensive explosion, Mavs stress better defensive execution

Seeing four different players post 20-plus points for a second time in the month of December, the Dallas Mavericks once again showcased their potent offensive attack Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Led by leading scorer Monta Ellis’ 26 points (13 in the fourth quarter) on 11-of-19 shooting, the Mavericks rebounded from Tuesday’s 114-105 defeat in Memphis with a hard-fought 112-107 victory 24 hours later at home over the Pelicans. And with 12-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, new addition Chandler Parsons and sixth man Devin Harris all scoring 20 points apiece, the Mavs were well supplied with offense as they claimed a second win of the young season against their Southwest Division rival.

However, as Mavs coach Rick Carlisle points out, the Dallas team will need more defensive success in order to take down early-season MVP favorite Stephen Curry and the NBA-best Golden State Warriors in a matinee matchup on Saturday.

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