Game 2 Recap.
After watching game 1 get away, the Dallas Mavericks made sure to not repeat the same mistake.
The San Antonio Spurs had no answer for the Mavericks on both sides of the court, as the Mavericks evened the series 1-1, winning 113-92.
Same Plan: The Mavericks showed in game 1 that they won’t allow the Spurs shooters and role players get going; game 2 was the same story. Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Patty Mills, and Marco Belinelli combine for just 23 points on 7-24 shooting.
Turning the Corner: Scoring just 11 points in the previous loss, the Mavericks need Nowitzki to have a strong showing. Nowitzki came out ice-cold, starting 0-7 from the field. Good thing for the Mavericks is that he’d turn it around and hit 7 of his final 12 shots for 16 points.
Big 3 minus 2: The Spurs Big-3 had a big game 1, combining for 65 points. Game 2 was a different story. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker combined for only 23 points. Manu Ginobili was the older member of the trio to have a large impact, scoring a game high 27 points on 9-12 scoring, but had 6 turnovers to his name.
CalderON: Coming into the game, there was doubt if Jose Calderon would continue as the team’s starting point guard. He was scoreless in the first half, but was huge in the third quarter. He hit five straight shots in the period for 12 points.
Thank You: The Spurs turned the ball over 24 times, 14 more than the previous game. They also missed 11 free throws. The turnovers allowed the Mavericks to take 28 more shots than the Spurs.
Matrix: A quiet game 1 didn’t stop Shawn Marion from putting his stamp on the series. Marion played exceptional defense on the perimeter and post and still added 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals to his name.
Welcome Back: We all know DeJuan Blair wants to show up his old team and he did that. With Brandan Wright picking up two quick fouls, Blair was sent out to do work and that’s exactly what he did. He gave the Mavericks energy, effort, and hustle, finishing with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 steals.