When Tim Duncan came back into the game with around seven minutes to play, the San Antonio Spurs would go on a huge 15-point run to cut a 10-point deficit entirely. Although it was tightly-contested game, the Dallas Mavericks blew game one to their state-rival. History has told us that if you win game one, your chances to win the series increase drastically. At the end of the day, it should be known that the Mavericks blew a huge opportunity to steal a game on the road.
Although he played in 42 minutes, Dirk Nowitzki was pretty bad. Nowitzki finished with 11 points on 4-14 shooting. Even worse, Monta Ellis also had 11 points on 4-14 shooting, but he had a +/- ratio of -23. If it weren’t for the injury to Duncan, you can make an argument that this could have been a blowout for the Spurs.
The one positive for Mavs fans is that their bench came to play. The trio of Jae Crowder, Vince Carter, and Devin Harris all did their part. In 32 minutes off the bench, Harris had 19 points and five assists. In fact, Harris was playing in crunch time rather than starter Jose Calderon. Harris’ defense was also noted as he did not let Tony Parker score in the second half until the last two minutes of the fourth quarter
The Mavericks will now head home to practice facility before going back to San Antonio for game two on Wednesday. Dallas is in so close proximity to San Antonio that the former is able to get their prepping done in their own practice facility.
For the Mavericks to win game two, Nowitzki, Ellis, and Calderon will need to have better games. It’s that simple. Samuel Dalembert and Shawn Marion also must have better games. It is simply amazing how the Mavericks were able to bring this game down to the wire, despite their two best players having horrible games. Rick Carlisle needs to find a way to get his star players better looks. The Mavericks need to steal game two before heading home to play in the American Airlines Arena.