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GAME THREAD: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers

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A Saturday matinee.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers

WHAT: Round one of three against one of last season's crazy foes.

WHERE: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. CT

HOW: FSSW

THE STORY: The games last year against the Clippers tended to be fierce and crazy, and I don't know that I expect much less this season. The Clips, despite struggling to find some chemistry this season thus far, are still very much right in the thick of the Wild West playoff hunt. The Mavericks, despite dropping one to the red-hot Pistons, have done pretty well in adjusting to Rajon Rondo's arrival, and make no mistake, he will be sorely needed this afternoon.

For more on the game, check out Kate's preview and my Q&A. Let's hope the early start time isn't a factor today. GOOOOO MAVVVVSSSS.