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Mavericks Game Tonight

Tonight is your first chance to see your 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks in action at the AAC.The Mavericks take on the Washington Wizards in tonight's pre-season opener.

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Here are three things to watch for tonight:

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How will the center rotation play out?

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Both Haywood and Chandler have been starters in the past and now one has to play the role of the backup - presumably Chandler. How Carlisle manages the minutes between these two will be a key factor heading into the season.

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How does Dominique Jones’ game translate to the NBA?

Jones had a wonderful summer showing the toughness on defense and attack first mindset that has been lacking from the Mavericks for the longest time. Having said that, he still showed a very inconsistent jump shot and, of course, the level of play in the summer league is different from the NBA.

How does Caron Butler look?

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Much has been made about Butler’s weight loss but tonight we get to see if it actually has any effect on his game. The Butler of last year settled for way to many jump shots and looked slow on several occasions. That is not the Butler the Mavericks traded for, hopefully the weight loss can help rectify some of those problems.

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You can catch the game locally on TXA 21 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.