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Defending Tony Parker ... Mavericks need more Shawn Marions; or is Devin Harris the answer?

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 11:21 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014

SAN ANTONIO — Shawn Marion has gone from guarding point guard Tony Parker to center/forward Tim Duncan — and back again — many times.

That doesn’t mean it gets easier with time.

But Marion said Tuesday he feels he can make things difficult on Parker, who diced the Mavericks’ defense in Game 1 for 21 points, along with six assists.

The problem with that is there aren’t two Marions. His defense on Parker means he can’t tend to Kawhi Leonard or Duncan. At least not on the same possession.

“I do a good job of containing him,” Marion said of Parker. “But when he’s coming off those screens and stuff, it’s a matter of how we help and recover and get straight up back on him.

“You want him, whenever you can, to stay out of the paint. If you make him take contested jump shots and he’s making them, more power to him.

“The thing is, he gets really tired when he’s trying to break down people. If we can wear him out doing that, that’s fine. Ain’t nobody else getting going. And he can get burned out doing that, we can take advantage of that on the other end of the floor.”

That’s a decent plan in theory. But executing it remains the dicey part.

One X-factor is Devin Harris, who believes he has the speed and know-how to make things tougher on Parker.

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