This game started the same way the last one did, the Spurs ran out to a big lead. It didn't end the same way. The Spurs ran out to an early lead, ignited by the French Assassin, Tony Parker (38 pts, 8 asts). Parker got into the paint and finished like he was a power forward or a center. As I would have predicted, the Spurs got several home cooking calls and really blew the Mavericks out of San Antonio. Tim Duncan chipped in a modest 13 pts, 11 rebs, and 5 asts, while the Red Rocket, Matt Bonner had a great game for the Spurs with 11 pts and 7 rebs. If hustle stats were official, Bonner would have been close to a triple double.
The Mavericks big three, Terry (16 pts), Jason Kidd (14 pts) and Dirk (14 pts) had a terrible game. Dirk, at least had an excuse for his game due to a jammed left thumb and a thigh bruise from Bruce Bowen's knee. Everyone else pretty much sucked too. Josh Howard did a great disappearing act from his game 1 performance and ended the game with 7 pts. I'm glad, and I think they are glad, that they won game 1. We'll see how good the Spurs are in Dallas.
- Drew Gooden had a good night. He had 13 pts off the bench and was a spark on offense for the Spurs. With Duncan's knees causing problems, this is a welcomed sight.
- Roger Mason Jr. continues to show up for the Spurs. He'll have to take and hit a few more shots for the Spurs to get deep in the playoffs.
- Brandon Bass continues to play well off the bench for the Mavericks. He ended with a quiet 8 pts, 3 rebs, 2 asts, 1 blk and 1 stl.
Okay, it's tied at 1-1. The Spurs bounced back, albeit with some home cooking (refs). We're heading to Dallas to see if the Mavericks can rebound. I still think the Spurs are in trouble in this series. What do you think?