Apr 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki (41) shoots the ball over San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw (33) in game two during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. The Mavericks won 113-92. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Three Point Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks Game 3

San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks Game 3 Preview

Somehow, someway, the Dallas Mavericks managed to steal a game in San Antonio. The Mavs now have homecourt over the top seeded San Antonio Spurs. This really happened.

However, none of that matters if the Mavs fail to take care of business on their own homecourt, which is going to be a littler easier said than done.

Enter Game 3.

The Spurs have a better record on the road (30-11) than the Mavs had at home (26-15) this season. Yea, so…about that.

In any case, here are a few key points to keep an eye out for as the Mavs continue their attempt at slaying the Western Conference giants:

1. Don’t get carried away with the way the Mavs have “controlled” this series so far

Technically, the Mavs have pretty much controlled this series. They led by 10 with seven minutes left in Game 1, and blew the Spurs out in Game 2. If this pattern continues, the Mavs should shutout the Spurs in Game 3. OK, not really but you get my point. Dallas has played well in this series, but the Spurs have really not. Once, and if, they figure it, watch out.

2. Offensive diversity is awesome

Even though Dirk Nowitzki is clearly the Mavs headlining superstar, Dallas is one of the most offensive diverse teams in the NBA Playoffs. And that appears to be bothering the San Antonio Spurs. Usually, a great defensive team can center its philosophy around one specific player, however, with the Mavs you can’t do that. Dirk hasn’t really been dominant in this series (13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds), and still Dallas has been.

3. Patience is the key for Dirk

Sooner or later, you’d think, Dirk is going to have a breakout game. He’s going to have one of his 30-plus point insane games where we think he’s never going to miss again. As the Spurs begin to make defensive changes (probably lessen its focus off Dirk and more on the rest of the team), Dirk is going to get his moments, his chances. But until then, he needs to remain patient, like he’s done so well two games into this series. He needs to continue to utilize his teammates and, in a way, ride them to success. Sooner or later, Dirk’s shots will begin to drop. It has to. Progression to the mean.



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