What can we expect tonight out of the Mavericks in game 2 in their first round match up vs. the San Antonio Spurs? This is a question that is pretty simple to answer. Going by history, it is fair to say that Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis will not both go 4-14 with 11 points again. Dirk Nowitzki is a 12 time all-star, an MVP, and a Finals MVP. Throughout his career, Dallas has been able to rely on Dirk to get the job done when the Mavs need him most. Monta Ellis is a slashing scorer who loves proving people wrong. The 2007 Dallas Mavericks were a victim of Monta Ellis when Ellis was a member of the Golden State Warriors during the infamous 2007 1st round matchup between the 1 seeded Mavericks and the 8 seeded Warriors which resulted in the Warriors upsetting the Mavs in 6 games.
The Mavericks do not want to go down 2 games to the Spurs. Even though the Mavs will be returning to the American Airlines Center for game 3, the Spurs have now won 10 straight games against the Mavericks, had the best record in the NBA’s Regular Season which included the league’s best road record. Since they have a number of veterans who have been in this situation before, they are not worried about “home court advantage.”
In Game 2, the Mavericks must find a way to have some type of control over Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. Parker and Duncan combined, scorched Dallas in game 1 with 48 points off of 21-36 shooting. Dallas did do a better job against Parker in the 2nd half but in the 1st half, Parker was getting to the rim at ease, just running past the Dallas defense.
The bench was a plus for the Mavericks in game 1. Led by Devin Harris with 19 points, Brandon Wright and Vince Carter followed with 11 points and 10 points to help Harris off the bench. The Mavericks did a good job in game 1 containing the number one bench in the league during the regular season. The Mavs held the Spurs bench to 23 points, 17 of them coming from Manu Ginobili.
In Game 2, Dirk and Monta must come alive. The bench must continue to play well, and the defense has to create stops against the Spurs big 3 of Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili. If Dallas does that, they may be in position to take control of the series.