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Game Thread: Thunder (23-13) at Mavericks (26-8)

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Who: The Dallas Mavericks host the Oklahoma City Thunder

What: A record-breaking sixth consecutive game missed for the Big German... against arguably one of the other best scoring forwards in the league. Crap.

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

When: 7:00pm CT

How: TNT | KESN | WWLS | TSN2 (Canada)

The Story: The Makeshift Mavericks have held their own in the last two games... against teams with losing records. While the OKC Thunder may have lost 3 straight games on the road, they'll be itching for revenge against the Mavericks who beat them twice on their home court. Should be a strange night, to say the least. Continue on for links... if you dare. And plug your ears... Welcome To Loud City.

As always, GO MABS!

Thunder-Mavericks Preview
Now that the Dallas Mavericks know Caron Butler will likely miss the rest of the season, the need to have Dirk Nowitzki healthy has only increased.

Inside Report: Thunder-Mavericks preview — Quieting the Thunder, again
The Mavericks try to continue their hot play since forward Caron Butler went down, going for a season sweep of the Thunder and their third straight win overall with Dirk Nowitzki ruled out for a sixth straight game.

Dallas Mavericks Blog
When Dirk Nowitzki comes out for tonight's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder wearing a suit, it will mark a career-high sixth consecutive game missed due to injury.

Sefko: How Mavericks can carry on and prosper without Caron Butler
Eddie Sefko E-mail | Mavs blog Caron Butler is gone. He's not going to help this so-far grand season any more, at least not beyond moral support from the bench.