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Game Thread: Mavs and Suns Play Outside

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Who: Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns

What: An outdoor preseason game at a tennis stadium... creative

Where: Indian Wells Tennis Garden, CA

When: 8:30pm CT/9:30pm ET

How: TNT

The Story:

Where to start. Coach Carlisle won't be with the team after his fainting spell at practice Friday. He's doing fine, thanks for asking. Dirk, after playing major minutes in Thursday's game against the Bulls, will take a break and cheer his team on. Marion will probably come off the bench again, which doesn't seem to bother him. And the game is going to be played outside at a tennis stadium... pretty cool.

Links after the Jump. Enjoy the game, and GO MAVS!

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