SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Mavs have two major challenges tonight: Playing a night after a rugged win in Portland and containing Rookie of the Year frontrunner Tyreke Evans.
Jason Kidd has it especially tough.
The 37-year-old Kidd, like Dirk Nowitzki, played 42 minutes in the win over the Trail Blazers. And he'll spend at least part of his Saturday night defending the 6-6, 220-pound Evans, who is about to join Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and LeBron James as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20 points, five assists and five rebounds.
"He's a great young player," coach Rick Carlisle said. "There will be a lot of different guys guarding him before the night's over. You've got to keep a body on him.
"He's physical; he wears on you with his strength. He's a terrific transition player. He posts up. His outside shot's gotten better. It's a challenge, but it's not a one-man thing. We've got to have five guys tuned into what he's doing."
Shawn Marion won't be one of the Mavs who takes a turn on Tyreke. He'll rest again tonight and isn't expected to play on this road trip due to his strained left oblique.
Carlisle will try to help Kidd, Dirk and the other heavy lifters by subbing early and often, hoping to keep the Mavs as fresh as possible after last night's fight in Portland.