The Dallas Mavericks let a golden opportunity slip through their finger tips in Game 1. They led the Spurs by 10 with a little more than seven minutes left in the game. Over the course of those final seven minutes, the mighty Spurs reemerged to outscore Dallas 17-1 and that was that.
San Antonio won Game 1, and perhaps ended the only chance the Mavs had at stealing a game in San Antone. Regardless, I’m under the assumption that they’ll still be a Game 2.
Seriously, though, here is the Mavs-Spurs preview for one of the first swing games of this series.
Without Dirk playing a great Game 2, there’s probably no way the Mavs can win. Sure, Dirk only scored 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting in Game 1, but the Spurs also didn’t play their best ball. You can’t rely on two back-to-back subpar games from a Gregg Popovich coached team. Not saying that it won’t happen, just that it’s not smart to bank on it. Dirk needs to shoot better than 28 percent from the field and he needs to score more than 11 points. And he will.
PICK A POISON, ANYONE
The Mavericks need to pick a poison. Either choose Tony Parker or Tim Duncan. You can’t let them both beat you. In Game 1, the duo combined for 48 points. That can’t be good if you’re Dallas. The Mavs need to find a way to keep either Duncan or Parker in check. I know it’s easier said than done, but if they want a chance to win in San Antonio, it needs to be done.
KEEP THE BRAKES ON POP
The lone bright spot for the Mavs in Game 1, apart from nearly pulling off the upset, was the fact that they kept the Spurs under 100 points. San Antonio won 90-85. Dallas did a great job defensively in keeping the Spurs offense from really getting off. If they can keep the Spurs under 100 points in Game 2 again, I like their chances. The Mavs have (statistically) a better offense than the Spurs, but a much worse defense. Somehow, someway, Dallas’ D messed with the Spurs O. However, it’s only a matter of time until San Antonio adjusts. If you’re Dallas, you just have to hope that your D can hold for one more game — and just maybe the Mavs will find themselves with a tied series heading back to Dallas.