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W2W4: Celtics vs. Mavs (Game 3 of 82)

The Boston Celtics (1-1, 0-1 away) visit the Dallas Mavericks (2-1, 1-0 home) on Monday night at the American Airlines Center (8:30 p.m., CSN). Here's what to watch for:

Responding to adversity: As good as the Celtics looked in their opening-night win over the Nets, they looked equally bad on Saturday in Houston. The Celtics missed 21 straight 3-pointers and never quite responded when Houston took an early lead. How will Boston respond? That should tell us just how much resiliency this young team has. The Celtics' November schedule is grueling and the team must put a tough loss immediately behind it and show it can fight through adversity.

Homecoming for Smart: After practice in Dallas on Sunday, rookie Marcus Smart trekked to nearby Flower Mound to check out the house he recently bought his mother, Camellia. Smart is likely to have a lot of family and friends in the crowd for Monday's game and will be looking to bounce back from a lackluster outing in Houston. Brad Stevens admitted Smart struggled, but said he wasn't losing sleep as he expects the rookie to bounce back.

Defense the key: The Mavericks have a ton of offensive firepower and have showed it by averaging 109.7 points per game so far this season. What's more, Dallas leads the NBA with a ridiculous offensive rating of 118.8. The Mavericks have limited their turnovers and can put up points in a hurry after adding Chandler Parsons to a lineup that already included the likes of Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis. What's scary is that the Mavs are not even shooting that well beyond the 3-point arc (32 percent), but are shooting 52 percent from the floor overall.

Loose Balls: Six Mavs players are averaging double figures this season, though Dallas is exploitable on defense (a cringe-worthy defensive rating of 109.1 to start the season) .... The Mavs are near the bottom of the league in defensive rebounding percentage, which should help undersized Boston (whose leading rebounder so far has been Rajon Rondo). ... Rookie James Young had a nice little cameo at the end of the Houston game, but is it enough to help him crack the 10-man rotation that Stevens has leaned on early in the season? ...