Mavericks 1, Spurs 0

Jason Terry failed to show up, Tony Parker only flopped once, and guess what - we did NOT see Roddy Beaubois. The Mavericks only trailed once in the second half in a game where Erick Dampier struggled placing the ball in the basket, but managed to play the majority of the second half. Oh, Carlisle. Tony Parker came off the bench to score 18 points. George Hill started and missed his only two shots in about 18 minutes. Two sprained ankles for Hill towards the end of the season have slowed him down and he was ineffective tonight in Game One. Tim Duncan had 27 for San Antonio, leading the way for them, and Dirk Nowitzki was 12-14 from the field, 12-12 from the free throw line, and ended up with 36 points in a spectacular effort as he guided the Mavericks to a series-opening win. Jason Kidd has 13 points, 11 assists, and 8 rebounds. Caron Butler contributed 22 of his own. The Spurs Mr. Fix-It 2010 Richard Jefferson had 4 points. Yikes, over 32 minutes as well. Because of the NBA Playoffs protocol, the teams will wait three days before resuming the series again in Dallas on Wednesday. Game 2 is at 8:30 and on behalf of the Mavericks, good seats are still available.

3 Things To Look for in Game 2:

More Dejaun Blair: The former Panther standout played behind Matt Bonner tonight. With his physical presence and Bonner's inability to present ability, I would expect the banger, Blair to see increased PT on Wednesday.

Dirk Double Teams: San Antonio did not double team Dirk Nowitzki as much as you would expect, given the circumstances in this game. Jet Terry struggling, Dampier being himself, and only Caron Butler scoring non-German points, Dirk continued to face one-on-one coverage. Look for the Spurs to double more next game.

A Better Barea: Jose Juan Barea played nearly 15 minutes, and his only meaningful stat was 3 assists. He was 0-2 from the field but we still saw no Roddy. Expect a better performance from the Puerto Rican native in Game 2.


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