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Mavs Game Plan Shows Promise, Needs Revisions

by Ryan Wilson on May 5, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Mavericks 2013-2014 season came to a conclusion Sunday afternoon in San Antonio, and while it may not have been the type of performance we were expecting, we should still remember that many didn’t have them even getting this far. The Mavericks now head into a summer that will prove to be plenty busy for Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson. Questions that need to be immediately addressed our whether Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, or Devin Harris will return. Also, how low in salary is Dirk Nowitzki willing to sign for. These are questions that need to be answered in order to know what the overall game plan will be moving forward.

In terms of offense, the Mavericks were one of the best teams in the NBA. Defensively, they were on the other end of the spectrum. The Mavericks roster is full of players who play well on offense or defense, but not many who can do both. Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon are threats with the basketball, but in terms of being lock down defenders, they aren’t even close. Shawn Marion remains an excellent defender, even at 34 years old, but he isn’t a huge threat on offense as much these days. This is something they will need to address this off-season if they have any hope in becoming a serious threat in the dangerous Western Conference.

Something that was very clear in Sunday’s blowout loss was that the Mavericks have to find a big-time player to complement Nowitzki. Right now, Nowitzki still remains the Mavericks’ best player. While Ellis proved many of his critics wrong this season, he is just not capable oDirk and Montaf leading this team, and Dirk is only getting older. When Ellis is hitting those midrange jumpers, he is as big a threat as there is. When those shots aren’t falling, teams go underneath that screen and force him to hurt them from outside. The Spurs did that all day yesterday, and limited Ellis to only one basket in the paint, while he ended up shooting 8-21 from the field.

Look for the Mavericks to address some of these major concerns this off-season. While it is always difficult to see players go elsewhere, it’s going to have to be something the front office and the fans experience this summer. This was a team that overcome a lot of odds throughout the season, and almost delivered one of the greatest first round upsets this league has ever seen. However, in the end, this team was just not built to keep defying those odds. Cuban and Nelson will get back to the drawing board and figure out a way to give their aging superstar a couple more shots at it.

— Bryan Gutierrez (@BallinWithBryan) May 4, 2014

One thing is for sure. It will be awfully busy for the Mavericks this summer, and we will be right here to cover all of that crazy action for you!

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Wrap Up: After 4 Forgettable Quarters, Mavs Season Ends

by Greg Higgins on May 4, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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In two and a half hours, the Dallas Mavericks season came to a screeching halt Sunday afternoon. The amazing playoff ride they had found themselves in was over practically before the game began. Dallas briefly held a two-point lead at the beginning of the game and that was all she wrote as San Antonio cruised to a 119-96 game; a score which is much closer than the game itself.

How it went down:

793da6b97a7b3c11530f6a7067000cedFrom the very beginning of the game, the Spurs had the Mavs on their heels. Dallas had trouble stopping Tony Parker all night. Parker toasted the Mavs for 32 points, with 24 of them coming in the first half. The Spurs couldn’t miss a shot it seemed. They shot 68.4% in the half and scored 68 points.

More impressive, I thought, wasn’t the offensive side but the defensive. The Spurs made the Mavs work for everything. The guards had trouble getting set in the offense because Parker or Danny Green were playing suffocating defense.

The only Mavs’ player to do anything was Dirk Nowitzki who had 17 at the half. Even he needed 13 shots to get those points. Tiago Splitter was pushing him around on the block and making things extremely difficult for the big German.

The Spurs took a 29 point lead at one point in the second quarter and it just felt like it was over. Despite the ability of this team to score, it seemed like it was over. Dallas made a run towards the beginning of the third and got the lead down to 14. However, a quick timeout by Gregg Poppovich and the Spurs quickly regained their composure.

The game finished with players like Bernard James, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and Jae Crowder on the floor while Dirk, Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon were on the bench hanging their heads. The Spurs had done what most people thought they would do in games one through four. Apparently they saved the best for last.

Inside the Numbers:

This is the first time Dirk has lost a game 7 in his career.

Of the five game 7’s played this weekend, the home team won all but one of them. The Brooklyn Nets were the only road team to win.

Step up Mav of the Night: 

Dirk Nowitzki

It’s hard to say that someone stepped up today but Dirk did what he could to try and get his team a victory. Dirk, despite the double teams and constant pounding he took from the Spurs defense, finished with 22 points. He seemed determined to go down with a fight.

Quotes:

“I’m certainly glad it’s over. (This series) kept many of us up, night after night, trying to figure them out. We’re thrilled, and I think our best game was tonight. We played very, very well, and I think it was one our best games of the year.”  – Gregg Poppovich

 

“We got hit by a tidal wave early. They had their best game today. They’re the best of the best, and they’ve been great for a long time. They’ve got a great chance, obviously.”  – Rick Carlisle

Upcoming:

With that, the season comes to an end for the Mavericks. They came up short of their ultimate prize to win a title, but they surpassed last season by making the playoffs. Not only did they make the playoffs but they took the best team in the NBA to the brink of elimination. That’s nothing to hang your head about. The Mavs will be back and so will we at MavsFanatic.com. We hope you’ve enjoyed our game coverage this year and we would like to thank you, the fanatics, for supporting us in all that we’re trying to do.

 

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Examining Pick ‘n Roll Defense Prior to Game 6

by Terence Huie on May 1, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Last night’s Game 5 was a true test for the Dallas Mavericks in the Mavs-Spurs series. Maybe it’s me being the biased MFFL that I am, I truly thought that the Mavs could pull out a win in Game 5 in San Antonio. Game 6 on Friday night is simply the dreaded “win or go home” situation for Dallas. So I re-watched Game 5 again and one thing that really stood out was the Mavs’ Pick-N-Roll defense.

Comparing the Game 2 & 3 wins to Game 5, the Mavs were extremely lazy on defense. The Spurs were executing the pick-n-roll offense with ease, which was frustrating to watch as a Mavs fan.

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Example 1:

Here’s a Spurs possession where Tony Parker dribbles to the paint off a pick from Splitter. Marion decides to switch off of Parker late and guards Splitter, which gives Tony Parker the advantage on Dirk for an easy layup.

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Example 2:

Same exact Parker/Splitter pick-n-roll play ran on the wing about two minutes later. Ellis defends Parker but doesn’t switch to guard Splitter. This time Dirk is prepared to contest a Parker layup. Parker realizes Splitter is open on the roll and Splitter gets an easy two points.

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Example 3:

Manu Ginobili brings the ball up the court in transition. Tim Duncan sets the pick at the top of the key and rolls to the paint. Ginobili sets back behind the three-point line, which sucks in Monta Ellis and Brandan Wright to guard the perimeter. Ginobili leads a nice pass to Duncan for a layup. The help defense (Carter, Harris, and Marion) wouldn’t have had enough time to get to Duncan for a contest.

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Example 4:

The Spurs came out of the timeout and ran the two-man game with Patty Mills and Tiago Splitter. Splitter sets the pick and rolls to the basket. Dirk and Jose Calderon commit to Mills. Mills hits the “pocket pass” to Splitter for the dunk. Brandan Wright hesitated to provide help defense because he would then free up Boris Diaw.

 

The Solution:

Knowing Gregg Popovich, he’ll run a good mix of the pick-n-roll on offense since that is seemingly the Mavs’ weakness on defense. Better communication on the court has to happen in order for Dallas to get the defensive stops needed to win Game 6. With Dejuan Blair returning to the bench after his one-game suspension, his presence have an impact defensive to relieve the Mavs’ struggles in the frontcourt.


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Wrap Up: Mavs Rally, Yet Spurs Tie Series

by Greg Higgins on April 29, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks entered Monday night’s game 4 against the San Antonio Spurs with a must-win attitude. How could you not? You already took two out of three from the Spurs, including a dagger from Vince Carter in Game 3. The Spurs were also dealing with a must-win situation as they did not want to return to San Antonio down 3-1 in the series. Unfortunately for the Mavs, the series is now a best of three with the Spurs.

How It Went Down:

Dallas came out of the gates with guns blazing in the first quarter. Dallas jumped out to an early 12-2 lead before the Spurs really knew what happened. The Spurs would claw there way back into the game, though as they cut the lead down to five at the end of the first quarter. Both teams shot in the mid-to-upper 30′s for the quarter.

The second quarter, however, was a totally different story. Dallas couldn’t buy a basket to save their life. San Antonio outscored Dallas 32-13 in the second quarter. While the Spurs shot 68.4% in the quarter, the Mavs shot a dismal 21.1%. Dallas and San Antonio both shot 19 field goals during the quarter. While the Spurs hit 13 of them, the Mavs only made four of theirs. For the half, Dallas shot 29.3% and only scored 36 points.

The third quarter started off much like the second ended. San Antonio took their lead up to 20 points during the quarter and it looked like it was going to be a blowout win for the Spurs. Dallas proceeded to end the quarter on a 27-15 run to cut the deficit to eight. The crowd and the momentum was on Dallas’ side.

The fourth quarter saw the Mavs fight back as they outscored the Spurs 12-4 to tie the game at 77 with half a quarter to play. The game seesawed back and forth for the next several minutes until all the momentum shifted.

With 3:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, DeJuan Blair was called for a foul as he was going for a loose ball. Whether inadvertently or not, Blair kicked Tiago Splitter in the head as they were both on the ground. After looking at the replay, the official’s determined it was a hostile act and he was ejected from the game. This was huge for the Mavs because he had provided the energy they needed off the bench. Blair finished the game with 12 points and 11 rebounds in only 16 minutes of action.

The momentum seemed to have changed and the Mavs were now chasing again. Even though, they still had a chance to tie the game at the end. Down by two, Monta Ellis had a drive and a layup with less then 10 seconds left. The attempt fell just short, however and the Spurs held on for the win.

With the loss,it’s now a best of three series with San Antonio reclaiming home-court advantage. Dallas has proven in the series that they can defeat the Spurs down there and now they’re going to have to do it again in order to advance in these playoffs.

Inside the Numbers:

For the 1st half, Dallas only shot 29.3%.

Dallas shot 38.1% from the floor, including 29.2% from three-point range. They missed 10 free throws and still had a chance to win the game.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

DeJuan Blair

Take away the mishap with his foot and Blair was the reason the Mavs were in this game to begin with in the fourth quarter. Of Blair’s 11 rebounds, five of them were on the offensive glass.

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On Deck:

The Mavs and Spurs will play Game 5 of their best-of-seven series Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. CT. Every first round game can be seen locally on TXA 21 and will be nationally televised on TNT.

Series Schedule/Results:


Game 1: Final – Mavs 85, Spurs 90

Game 2: Final – Mavs 113, Spurs 92

Game 3: Final – Spurs 108, Mavs 109

Game 4: Final – Spurs 93, Mavs 89

Game 5: Wednesday April 30 @ 6:00 CT in San Antonio

Game 6: Friday May 2 @TBD in Dallas

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images; Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Game Night: Mavs Look To Head Back To River Walk In Control

by Marc Cashion on April 28, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks take on the San Antonio Spurs tonight in Game 4 of the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs.  With Vince Carter’s unbelievable shot to capture Game 3 the #8 seeded Mavs have the lead 2-1.

The Game at Hand:

Game 4 will be huge tonight to decide who moves on.  With the Spurs having the overall home court advantage, the different between a 2-2 series and a 3-1 series in incredible.  The Mavs are not even close to satisfied but they have already proven all but one of the 20 ESPN “experts” wrong in winning 2 games.  They’ve played some of the best basketball that they have played all year even with Dirk not scoring over 20 so far in the series. Like I alluded to this game is huge.  The Mavs have already shocked the NBA world being up 2-1, if there’s one thing we have learned about this team it’s that they play with 100% the entire game and will almost always keep it close with their high powered offense. After giving up the lead in Game 1, winning Game 2 pretty easily and winning Game 3 on a buzzer beater the Mavs definitely go into Game 4 with the momentum.

Keys to the Game:

Samuel Dalembert, Tim Duncan1. Samuel Dalembert: While not getting a ton of glory in Game 3, Sammy D was absolutely huge.  Having 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks the impact Dalembert had in the game was game changing.  Dalembert did what the Mavs brought him to Dallas to do, he was that inside the force that the Mavs have been searching for since not resigning Tyson Chandler.  If Dalembert can keep up this production Tiago Splitter and Tim Duncan the Mavs will greatly benefit.

2. Once Again Perimeter DefenseAs in the entire Mavs season the main key for a Mavs victory is their rotation and defense on the perimeter.  Tony Parker came out the gate in Game 3 destroying the Mavericks driving the lane and hitting mid-range jump shots.  Then for some unbelievable reason didn’t log a lot of minutes or make that big of a factor in the second half.  On top of this they only shot 6-18 from three and only got 12 points from Manu Ginobli.  Whether it was the Mavs defense that shut down Parker or maybe a possible injury if we can contain him like we did in the second half it will be huge.  Letting this team get on fire from three could be detrimental.

Matchup of the Night:

Tony Parker vs. Monta Ellis

While Dirk and Duncan are still both great players as Barkley said in the pregame Tony Parker and Monta Ellis are the best players on their respected teams.  Monta won the battle in Game 3 and was absolutely huge.  Monta had a huge fourth quarter scoring and three pointer and an and one three point play in the final 3 minutes with a total of 29 points. Again, Parker was great in the first half but virtually disappeared in the second half.  It will be critical for each team for whoever of these two players puts their finger prints on this game the most.

Quotes:

“We as an eighth seed going up 2-1, that can’t mean anything to us. We have a huge game tomorrow.” - Dirk Nowitzki 

When and Where:

The game takes place today April 28th and will begin at 8:30 PM CST.  It will be televised on TNT.

Extra! Extra!

For your viewing pleasure……

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Wrap Up: Vince, Ellis Deliver in Huge Game 3 Victory

by Greg Higgins on April 26, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Coming into the series with the San Antonio Spurs, very few people gave the Dallas Mavericks a chance at winning the series. Many people didn’t even know if they could win a game as a matter of fact. So, you can imagine the surprise after Game 3 as the Mavericks have taken a 2-1 lead in the series after knocking off the Spurs 109-108.

How It Went Down:

This game was one of the better playoff games you will see. Both teams were on their game offensively. Dallas shot 51.2% while the Spurs finished with 54.3% shooting. Neither team held a double-digit lead throughout the game. There were 18 lead changes and 18 ties during the game. As far as numbers go, this game was about as evenly matched as possible.

Inside the American Airlines Center, the MFFL faithful showed up in full force as they kept the noise at a deafening level the whole game. You could tell the Mavs fed off their energy too. Players like Jose Calderon and Sam Dalembert had monstrous games for Dallas. Sam finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. He also added four blocked shots. He was aggressive all night as he was diving for loose balls and disrupting things down low.

Calderon came out firing. Jose finished 7-of-10 from the field with 16 points along with nine assists. The game, however, belonged to two people. Monta Ellis did exactly what he has done all season long, and that’s score in the fourth quarter. Monta scored 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter. He was perfect from the floor.

Vince Carter finished with 11 points for Dallas but seven came in the final frame. It wasn’t his seven points that set him apart though. With 2:11 left the Mavs were down by five at 100-95. Dallas would fight back to even the score at 104. Boris Diaw and Ellis traded baskets, setting the stage for an unbelievable finish.

With the ball and about 24 seconds left in the game, Manu Ginobli let the clock dribble down as far as he could. Eventually he would drive and make a basket with 1.7 seconds left. After a timeout, Dallas would get the ball in the front court. Rick Carlisle is possibly the best coach at designing inbound plays. The Spurs guarded Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki very well but the Mavs were able to get the ball to Vince.

Carter caught the ball in the corner, turned, pump-faked and let it fly. Replay would show he released the ball with approximately .3 on the clock. The whole arena gasped and waited for what seemed like an eternity. From the press box, the shot looked off target. It looked like it might hit the backboard. It didn’t, though. The ball swished through the net and the AAC erupted.

The Mavs mobbed Carter. The Spurs were in disbelief. Both teams waited In hopes that the ball left his hand a little late. Replay would confirm what 20,000 already knew. It was a moment in Mavericks history that you will always remember where you were when it happened. Much like the championship moment in 2011 or Dirk’s finger roll in 2006 over the Spurs, this will be a time when everyone will know where they were.

 

Inside the Numbers:

 

Per ESPN Stats & Info, there have been five games with two go-ahead shots in the final five seconds in the last 15 postseasons. Mavs or Spurs have been involved in four of them.

 

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Vince Carter

Several players could have been considered for the Step-up Mav but Vince truly did step-up. You can’t get any more clutch than what Vince was tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Deck:

The Mavs and Spurs will play Game 4 of their best-of-seven series Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. CT. Every first round game can be seen locally on TXA 21 and will be nationally televised on TNT.
Game 1: Final – Mavs 85, Spurs 90

Game 2: Final – Mavs 113, Spurs 92

Game 3: Final – Spurs 108, Mavs 109

Game 4: Monday April 28 @ 8:30 in Dallas

Game 5: Wednesday April 30 @TBD in San Antonio

Game 6: Friday May 2 @TBD in Dallas

Photo Credit: AP Photo/LM Otero; Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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G3 Preview: Mavs Seek Series Advantage in Dallas

by Marc Cashion on April 25, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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With the Dallas Mavericks beating the Spurs in San Antonio Wednesday night the series now heads to Dallas tied 1-1. The Mavs have to be feeling great beating the Spurs in every quarter in Game 2 resulting in a 113-92 victory.

The Game at Hand:

With Game 3 headed to Dallas the Mavs soar in with the momentum. After giving up Game 1, they won Game 2 pretty easily outscoring the Spurs in every quarter. Devin Harris continued his outstanding playoff series scoring 18 while Shawn Marion was vintage “Matrix” scoring 20 points shooting only 10 shots. The Mavs will need production once again from both of these players as the Spurs will more than likely not turn the ball over 24 times again.

While the role players have played great the production of Dirk Nowitzki has not been there scoring 16 in Game 2 and 11 in Game 1. This could seem like bad news, but I view it as a positive. The Mavs gave away Game 1 and dominated in Game 2 with Dirk not being the leading scoring. Expect to see the Dirk we all know on Saturday in front of our home crowd. We have shown the ability to beat the Spurs without Dirk being at his best; if Dirk turns it on we can take control of the series.

Keys to the Game:

1. Continue Guarding the Perimeter: 

One of the Spurs best offensive weapons is their three point shot. Despite struggling in Game 1 shooting 3-of-17 from deep, in Game 2 they turned it on shooting 10-for-20. Although the results of both games don’t reflect based on their three point shooting I don’t look for that trend to continue. If they get hot from behind the arc the Mavs could be in trouble. Good rotations and contesting open three point shots from Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Manu Ginobli will be key to jumping ahead of the Spurs two games to one in the series.

2. Mavs Stars and Spurs Stars:

The second key to the game is the production each team gets from their two stars. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker both had really off games Wednesday which really helped the Mavs grab the lopsided victory, I don’t look for this trend to continue. At the same time, as stated before, Dirk Nowitzki has had a bit of an off series so far and I also don’t look for that trend to continue. Monta Ellis needs to continue to be aggressive putting pressure in the paint while Dirk needs to simply be Dirk for the Mavs to capture Game 3.

Matchup of the Night:

Benches

My matchup of the night is going to the team’s respected bench. It is no secret that the Mavs X factor of the series has been Devin Harris. Harris scored 19 in Game 1 and 18 in Game 2.

 

Not only Harris but positive production from Brandan Wright, Vince Carter and Jae Crowder will also be needed Saturday. On the other side of the ball the Mavs will need to contain Manu Ginobli who has had a solid series so far while continuing to limit Patty Mills, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli who all have not been much of a factor so far.

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When and Where:

Tip-off is in Dallas, Texas at American Airlines Center and will start at 3:30 PM CST. It will be nationally televised on TNT, locally on TXA 21.

Photo courtesy of Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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Wrap Up: Mavs Bounce Back in a Big Way

by Greg Higgins on April 23, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Several streaks have ended after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the San Antonio Spurs in game 2 of their first round playoff matchup. After blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter in game 1, the Mavs made sure they took care of business in a 113-92 victory. With the win, Dallas snaps a 10-game losing streak to the Spurs and they also snapped a five-game playoff losing streak.

How It Went Down:

After falling behind 13-6, Dallas took advantage of a barrage of Spurs turnovers. San Antonio had 15 first half turnovers which resulted in 19 Maverick points. After weathering the storm in the beginning of the quarter, the Mavericks’ aggressiveness was able to take over the game.

Monta Ellis led the league this year in driving to the basket and in game 2 he showed why. The Mavericks sliced the Spurs defense to the tune of 44 points in the paint. Dallas also dominated the game on the offensive glass as they out rebounded the Spurs 14-9 on that end.

All-in-all it was a great game for the Mavs as they built a lead up to 24 points. It was a great bounce back win for the Mavs against a team that has dominated them recently. With the win, Dallas has stolen home court against the Spurs as they come back to the AAC for games 3 and 4.

Inside the Numbers:

Dallas finished the game with five players in double-digits, led by Monta Ellis and his 21. The Spurs only had three players in double-digits, led by Manu Ginobli and his 27.

The Spurs finished with 24 turnovers that led to 33 Mavericks’ points.

The win in Game 2 was the first win for the Mavs in the playoffs since winning the championship in game 6 in 2011 against the Miami Heat.

Impact Play of the Game:

With the Mavs holding onto a five point lead early in the third quarter, Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion hit back-to-back shots to put the lead back up by 10. The Mavericks kept it at or above that mark pretty much the rest of the game.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Shawn Marion

Marion had a great night in Game 2. Marion started the night 7-7 and 18 points before he finally missed a shot in the third quarter.

 

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On Deck:

The Mavs and Spurs will play Game 3 of their best-of-seven series Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. CT. Every first round game can be seen locally on TXA 21 and nationally televised on TNT.
Game 1: Final – Mavs 85, Spurs 90

Game 2: Final – Mavs 113, Spurs 92

Game 3: Saturday April 26 @ 3:30 in Dallas

Game 4: Monday April 28 @ 8:30 in Dallas

Game 5: Wednesday April 30 in San Antonio

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Eric Gay

 

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MGN: Mavs Have Bounce Back Opportunity in Game 2

by Terence Huie on April 23, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Coming off Game 1′s devastating 90-85 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks look to shake off the frustration and even the series with a win tonight in Game 2.

The Game at Hand:

The Spurs are feeling good after winning Game 1, despite shooting a embarrasing 17% from the 3-point line. Father Time hasn’t approached star forward Tim Duncan yet, who fininshed Game 1 with 27 points on 60% shooting (12 for 20) from the field. The Spurs always had help from 6th man Manu Ginobili. Starting guard Danny Green scored zero points in 23 minutes. Ginobili carried the load at the guard position scoring 17 points off the bench.

Dallas battled hard in Game 1 against powerhouse San Antonio. The Mavs shot 41% from the field and outscored the Spurs 46 to 23 in bench contribution. It wasn’t enough to get the victory. The inability to contain Tony Parker in the first half coupled with a severe scoring drought to end the game led to the Mavs’ downfall.

Wacky Stat: From 2001 to 2011, the Mavs had a 2-16 playoff record when Danny Crawford officiated the game.

Keys to the Game:

1. Forget Game 1; Focus on Game 2: 

It’s very hard for a team to come back down 0-2 in a playoff series. Since 2002, the Mavs have lost 5 playoffs series when the series is 0-2. The Mavericks have to not worry about what happened in Game 1, focus on just winning Game 2.

2. Start Strong; Finish Strong:

The game of basketball is all about runs and momentum. From the tipoff of Game 1, the Mavs started the game with an unacceptable first quarter. That all changed with a much better second quarter, outscoing the Spurs 32-22. After halftime, the Spurs outplayed the Mavs when it mattered. Dallas has to start off on a good note in Game 2, penetrating to the basket and not settling for jump shots. Also, the Mavs have to come out in the second half looking to finish and close out with the win.

3. Play Defense: 

Asking the Mavericks to play defense is easier said than done. But credit goes to the team for holding the Spurs under 20% shooting from behind the 3-point line. The Mavs have to carry that effort of perimeter defense in Game 2 tonight.

X-Factor:

Devin Harris

Devin Harris can really be the backbone of the Mavs’ bench. He had 19 points and 5 assists in Game 1, putting pressure on the Spurs’ defense. Harris came in the game and gave the Mavericks some life at the point guard position when Jose Calderon had a cold shooting first quarter performance. Expect Rick Carlisle to give Devin some big minutes tonight to match up with Spurs’ veteran guard Tony Parker.

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When and Where:

Tip-off is in San Antonio, Texas at AT&T Center and will start at 7:00 PM CST. It will be nationally televised on NBATV, locally on TXA 21.

Photo courtesy of EFE/EPA/ASHLEY LANDIS CORBIS OUT

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Wrap Up: Mavs Fumble Away Game 1

by Greg Higgins on April 21, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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I’m not sure if the Dallas Mavericks want to forget about Game 1 of their first round playoff match-up with the San Antonio Spurs or try to build on it. Dallas showed some of the worst basketball during the game but also showed some of their best basketball. However, after it’s all said and done Dallas is down 0-1 in their series as they fell to the Spurs 90-85.

How It Went Down:

The first quarter of the game is one of those moments the Mavericks would like to forget. Dallas only managed to score 12 points on 5-20 shooting from the field. The last five points came in the final 1:47 after Monta Ellis and Devin Harris knocked down a two-pointer and a three-pointer respectively. It was a terrible first quarter and one the Mavs will hope to soon forget.

The second quarter was quite different, though, as the Mavericks outscored San Antonio 32-22. The main spark came from Devin Harris, who scored 10 points in eight minutes of action. Devin finished the quarter 4-6, including 2-3 from the three-point line.

The second half was pretty much a back-and-forth game as the Mavericks maintained the lead for most of it. The Mavericks started taking control in the fourth quarter and took a double-digit lead when Brandan Wright knocked down a free throw at the 7:45 mark.

With the score 81-71 Dallas, and all the momentum in their favor, the Spurs did what they do best. San Antonio clamped down and played fundamental basketball the rest of the game. San Antonio finished the game on a 19-4 run to take game 1 at home.

Inside the Numbers:

With the victory, the Spurs have now won 10 straight games over the Mavericks.

San Antonio had 56 points in the paint. Dallas had 32.

Dirk and Monta both finished 4-14 for 11 points.

The Spurs didn’t have a single player average 20 or more points in a game this season. Game 1 saw Tony Parker finished with 21 and Tim Duncan had 27.

Impact Play of the Game:

After taking a 81-71 lead, the Mavericks missed their next 12 shots from the floor. The only points the Mavericks scored came on two Wright free throws and a Devin Harris layup with 0.9 seconds left in the game.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Devin Harris

Jose Calderon started the game 0-4 from the floor. Devin Harris came in off the bench and provided a spark for Dallas. Harris played just under 32 minutes and scored 19 points to lead all Mavs. He finshed 8-for-16, including 3-of-7 from three-point range. Harris also grabbed three rebounds and had five assists.

 

Quotes:

 “They got a couple of transition buckets, they hit some tough shots, they got to the free-throw line and it was a little bit of everything. But, at that point, they just executed better than we did.”

– Devin Harris,

 

On Deck:

The Mavs and Spurs will play game 2 of their best-of-seven series Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. CT. Every first round game can be seen locally on TXA 21 and nationally televised on NBATV.
Game 1: Final – Mavs 85, Spurs 90

Game 2: Wednesday April 23 @ 7:00 in San Antonio

Game 3: Saturday April 26 @ 3:30 in Dallas

Game 4: Monday April 28 @ 8:30 in Dallas

Photo Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

 

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