The Big Game
In past years there were always lots of big games to look forward to. Shaq-Kobe and the Lakers. Malone's punkdom and the Jazz. KG's punkdom and the Twolves. And of course the Spurs. With Shaq gone, Malone gone, and the T-Pups playing like dogs, all there really is to get excited about is the 4 Spurs games. And three of the four are already gone. Kind of sad.
So far the Spurs have dominated the Mavs in the 3 games this year. Tonights game was really no different then the other two. The Mavs simply can't score against the Spurs defense. Yes, the Mavs were without 3 of their rotation players[Dampier-Howard-Daniels], however, they are mainly known for their defense. The Mavs could only muster 95 points, putting their season average against the Spurs at 88.0. You don't win many games scoring at that pace. Especially if you are the Mavs. Last year they averaged 97.8 and were able to pull off 3 wins. The problem is that they simply cannot create easy hoops against the Spurs. None. Not sure if I saw even one driving layup, pass for a layup, or fast break for a layup all night. None. If there is some good news, its that the scoring trend is up[80-89-95]. Maybe that is something to have hope about.
The game started with the atmosphere of a bad CBA game with the early 7:00 start. I think there was only 800 people in the arena at tip off. Kind of ruined the hoopla a bit. Early starts stink. Then the Duncan baseline bank shots. Chaching, chaching, chaching. Then the Spurs stifling defense. Then a last ditch run by the Mavs that came up about two feet long on a Dirk 80 footer at the buzzer. Overall an ugly night for the Mavs.
How will we create easy shots when the Spurs start playing playoff defense? Maybe somebody can beat them before we have to play them in the playoffs. The Spurs are the team to beat and seem to matchup well with the Mavericks. The Mavs have a shot against every other team.