Game 4 was the DeJuan Blair revenge game. In only 16 minutes, Blair had accumulated 12 points and 11 rebounds against his old team. He was making game-changing plays and defending Tim Duncan to the best of his ability — and it was somewhat effective.
Then, he did something stupid.
With 3:08 left in fourth quarter, he kicked Tiago Splitter in the head while the two were tangled on the ground. The NBA believes it was intentional, thus the suspension.
I’m not so sure, but you be the judge.
Blair was given a technical foul and ejected at a very untimely moment in the game.
And because of that unintelligence, he puts coach Rick Carlisle in a very tough spot. They’re now heading back to San Antonio in a 2-2 series, with an even thinner frontcourt.
You just know that Samuel Dalembert is going to pick up two early fouls, right?
Regardless, the Mavs are going to need every possible body they can get to defend Duncan tonight, and the rest of the series for that matter. Though, Dallas can steal Game 5 and none of this will really matter.
It’s not going to be easy. And not having a possible x-factor such as Blair doesn’t help much, either. But if Dallas is going to win this series (and I don’t see why they can’t), this is the type of game that they kind of have to win.