The Knicks beat the Mavericks on Feb. 20 on the strength of a standout performance from Jeremy Lin. The second-year guard had 28 points and a career-high 14 assists in the win at the Garden.
But Lin and the Knicks have lost three of five since, including an overtime road defeat against the Celtics on Sunday. Lin had a tough day against Rajon Rondo at TD Garden, scoring 14 points on 6-for-16 shooting and turning the ball over six times.
How does he bounce back against the defending champs? That's one thing we'll be looking at on Tuesday night.
Here are a couple more:
CARMELO & LIN: The Knicks are 2-3 since Carmelo Anthony returned to the lineup and started sharing the floor with Lin. They'd been 6-1 with him sidelined. No doubt, the quality of opponent has contributed to the Knicks' recent record. Two of the Knicks' three losses came against Boston and Miami (the third was against New Jersey).
But Anthony's statistics reveal that he's performed unevenly with Lin. He's averaging 18.4 points -- three below his average -- on 41.7 percent shooting since he's taken the floor with Lin.
He's averaged 23 points on 44 percent shooting in 25 career games against Dallas.
TYSON GETS HIS RING: Tyson Chandler will get his championship ring on Wednesday. But what about his wrist?
Chandler told reporters in Dallas that he had an MRI on left his wrist Friday and the injury would take several weeks to heal. Chandler has vowed to play through the pain, but the injury affects his ability to grip the ball -- both on rebounds and passes to the interior. He wore a protective pad on the court Sunday against Boston, something he'll probably have to do for the foreseeable future.
DALLAS DOMINANCE: The Mavs have won 17 of the last 20 against the Knicks, winning by an average margin of 12 points and shooting nearly 49 percent over that span.