The San Antonio Spurs came into the 2014 NBA Playoffs ranked as the No. 1 seed in the West, with the expectations of at least making it to the Western Conference Finals. However, the Western Conference of the NBA is far more difficult than the Eastern Conference, and the Spurs found that out first hand as they were absolutely demolished by their heated rivals, the Dallas Mavericks, in Game 2 of the opening round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
San Antonio looked lost from the opening tip; for the game they committed 22 turnovers. The Mavericks had 33 points off of turnovers, and could have won by 40 in a blowout if it wasn’t for the 27 points by Manu Ginobili. The final score was 113-92.
Now, with the series tied 1-1, the question changes from whether or not the Spurs could beat the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals, but whether or not they can make it out of the first round against Dallas. Twice the Mavericks have shown they had the capability to beat San Antonio, but in the first game the Spurs were able to stifle the comeback and win the game.
Are the Spurs a better team than Dallas? Of course. San Antonio has more talent, a better bench and a better coach. However, that doesn’t mean anything when they turn over the ball like they did in Game 2. Maybe it was just a bad game for San Antonio, or maybe Dallas is a lot better than anyone thinks.
Still, the Spurs have to be on their toes, because the Mavericks are a good team, and we still haven’t seen the inevitable takeover by Dirk Nowitzki that seems to happen once or twice in the playoffs.