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Game Thread: Nets (6-16) at Mavericks (17-4)

Who: The Dallas Mavericks host the New Jersey Nets

What: Avery Johnson's first time in the AAC as a visiting coach

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

When: 7:30pm CT

How: League Pass | YES | FSSW-DAL | KESN

The Story: It looks to be an "emotional" night as Avery Johnson returns to the Mavericks' home court as the coach of the struggling Nets. Regardless of how we may feel about the man, it's undeniable that he had a large part to play in the success of the Mavericks over the last decade. Although the Nets may be last in the East, their guard, former Mav Devin Harris, is playing well, as is Brook Lopez. This could be another trap game for the Mavs. They should win, but they wont if they let down their guard.

Some links, as always, below the jump. And stop in at Nets Daily for the latest.

Nets-Mavericks Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports

Winning streaks like the one the Dallas Mavericks are riding were common under Avery Johnson, but his inability to regularly translate that success into deep playoff runs ultimately led to his dismissal in 2008.

Inside Report: Practice Report -- Preparing for an emotional night

Earl K. Sneed reports from the Mavericks' Wednesday practice, where the team prepares to put its winning streak on the line against former coach Avery Johnson and the New Jersey Nets.

Inside Report: Nets-Mavericks preview -- An unfriendly welcome for old friends

Earl K. Sneed previews the Mavericks' Thursday night matchup against former coach Avery Johnson, former Mavs Devin Harris and Kris Humphries and the New Jersey Nets. The Mavs are going for their 11th straight win.

Avery Johnson vs. Dallas Mavericks "not just another game" - ESPN Dallas

Former Dallas coach Avery Johnson will make his first return to his old haunt as an opposing coach when the New Jersey Nets try to put an end to the Mavericks' 10-game winning streak on Thursday night.