The Dallas Mavericks were in danger of not even making the playoffs and now they have pushed the No. 1 seed San Antonio Spurs to the edge of elimination. But the Game 7 showdown will prove that the Spurs earning the home-court advantage this season was not in vain.
Despite a lack of bench production and defensive breakdowns for the Spurs, the veterans have made timely plays by drawing from past experiences in the midst of their hit and miss execution. The Spurs’ “Big 3” are going to be at their even-keel best in this high-pressure situation since this is not going to be their first rodeo.
Some of their newcomers like Marco Belinelli and Patty Mills are going to need to provide the energy and effort they have produced all season and make shots that have not been going down to this point in the series. But shooting at home on familiar rims should definitely help the bench play. They have not been as effective as Gregg Popovich would like, but now is a better time than ever for them to wake up and get going in this win or go home situation.
Most observers and critics alike predicted this series was going to be six games at the maximum. Others assumed the Spurs would handedly take this series en route to a fifth championship title run. But as it stands right now, the Spurs have not been playing like the team with the best record in the regular season and the Mavs are not playing like an eighth seed intimidated by the one seed.
Whatever the reason for unnecessary Game 7, San Antonio’s home court will be the difference-maker for the struggling favorites.