It seems as if the Dallas Mavericks are riding a new found wave of confidence after knocking off the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in a thrilling 109-108 victory. Is it time for Gregg Popovich and his group of veterans to push the panic button before things get worse? No.
Yes, the Mavericks have a 2-1 series lead over the Spurs and the next game is in Dallas. Most teams could have a slight grumbling of doubt when put in this situation, but the Spurs are not most teams. Prior to this letdown, the Spurs had knocked off the Mavs in 10 consecutive games and swept the season series. Another fun fact is the Spurs’ winning total on the road eclipsing the Mavs’ win total at home. There are so many statistics that are in favor of the Spurs winning this series despite the difficulties faced so far that it is almost comical.
The fact of the matter is that statistics cannot win the game for San Antonio — they must win by their own actions. Once again, Monta Ellis carved up the Spurs’ defense for a playoff career-high 29 points. He has the highest offensive output of any player in the series with 61 points in three games. Jose Calderon was also effective in the backcourt with his 16 points. The Mavericks go as their guards go, and they are really going.
The Spurs have a championship system that is time tested and battle proven throughout many years. An uncharacteristic 24 turnovers in Game 2 and a Hail-Mary 3-pointer made by less than stellar Vince Carter should not be taken to personal by the Spurs. The 2014 NBA Coach of the Year and the No. 1 seed will once again find away where most would panic.