The prolific rivalry usually overlooked outside the state of Texas resumes tonight.
Right now the Dallas Mavericks have limited bragging rights over the San Antonio Spurs. They can still smile in the fact they’re the last of the two teams to win a title, but the Spurs in turn can flash four rings.
Let’s focus solely on this season though, that’s the matter at hand. Tonight’s nationally televised game with conclude the season series already won by the Spurs.
All three games between the squads were decisively won by the Spurs, the third meeting showing a closer final than the entire game would have indicated. The Mavs have lost by an average of 23 points in the those contests.
After the losing a hat-trick of games a couple weeks ago, the Mavs have won five of their last six games and four in a row. Dallas will attempt to make if five consecutive wins for the first time this year.
The Spurs remain the West’s best team and one of the main reasons for their Maverick domination – the 3-ball. In the three games, the Spurs have shot 51.4% (37-for-72) on triples.
One would believe the Mavs place this game at a higher importance, but they’re letting it be know all games are equal and just want to win regardless of the opponent.
“We’re going to let it all hang out,” said Rick Carlisle. “We’re going to throw the kitchen sink at everybody, and we’re just going to hit every arena with guns blazing. That’s just how it’s got to be.”
With the Spurs coming off a bad loss in Minnesota, we have to expect they’ll be ready to rebound with a much improved effort. Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard expect to suit up tonight which will certainly help since they continue to miss Tony Parker (ankle).
Mavs’ forward Shawn Marion will miss his fourth straight game with a sore calf. Rookie Jae Crowder will continue starting while Matrix is out. Crowder had 14 points and eight rebounds in 36 minutes Tuesday night.
Playoff Picture Update:
MAVERICKS - 10th seed in West; 2.5 GB of the Los Angeles Lakers for final playoff spot.
SPURS - 1st seed in Wast; 1 GA of Oklahoma City Thunder.
MAVERICKS – Mavs officially signed Iowa Energy and former Georgetown Hoya point guard Chris Wright Wednesday. He will be with team in San Antonio.
SPURS – Tony Parker has missed five games with the ankle and Cory Joseph has filled in well according to Gregg Popovich.
Asked to assess Ricky Rubio’s first pro triple double, Stephen Jackson said: “He’s alright.” Then he said some more. More Jackson on Rubio: “He’s got some upside, I’ll say that.”
Mavs at Spurs tip at 7:00 p.m. CT and will air on TNT
All season I’ve been in a battle with my thoughts on whether it’s best for the Mavs to land the best lottery pick or make the playoffs as the 8th seed and likely get booted early. l talk plenty with friends and family concerning this matter and it’s obvious my choice will be all in for a playoff push. Dirk and the team are NOT at all thinking about what mid-first round rookie can help them NEXT YEAR!
Let’s Go Mavs! Make it 13 straight Postseasons!!