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Pacers’ Wesley Matthews on facing Mavericks: ‘I’m going to try to take all their heads off’

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DALLAS, TEXAS - JANUARY 16: Wesley Matthews #23 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after being called for a foul against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Center on January 16, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Wesley Matthews got traded by the Mavericks to the Knicks then bought out by New York. He signed with the Pacers, who visit Dallas tonight.

Matthews, via Eddie Sefko of

“They got to do what they got to do, but I’m still going to try to kill ‘em,” Matthews said. “I’m going to try to take all their heads off.

“And if that ball bounces too close to Rick (Carlisle), I’ll go for that, too. Same with (Mark) Cuban, if that ball bounces too close to the sideline and I can save it, he better have his hands ready.”

I don’t think Matthews is actually mad at the Mavericks. He’s a competitor who wants to show up the people who – even justifiably – dealt him. This about finding an edge.

Matthews’ passion is part of what attracted the Mavericks to him. They’ll just be on the receiving end of it now.

Which they might not mind as they head toward increasing the odds of keeping their top-five-protected first-round pick this year.