This game looked good on paper back in November, but it's hard to get crazy excited about it now. But it's still the Spurs and Mavs, and it the game got special treatment in today's ESPN Daily Dime. It also got Tim Legler talking crazy about what would happen if the Spurs and Mavs meet in the postseason.
The ability of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to score in the paint will force the Mavs to play against San Antonio's half-court defense, which is the best in the NBA.
The best team in the NBA is Dallas, but the Spurs are playing the best and will be the underdog which will take some pressure off them, allowing their role players to contribute and be consistent.
2) Dallas plays at the third slowest pace in the NBA. They're pretty comfortable with their half-court offense.
3)I'm pretty sure Legler just said San Antonio will win because they aren't as good. No really, that's what he wrote -- read it again.
Avery Johnson plans to have everyone in uniform for the game today besides the injured Erick Dampier and unnamed bench player -- so really not everyone at all. Avery also says todays game will be a good one though there are no stakes.
As for Dampier, he's expected to practice tomorrow.
Art Garcia has a very good article on perception vs. reality. It touches on a lot of things so I won't try and summarize.
Brian Davis breaks down all the streaks in the NBA this season.
Devin Harris has another entry in his Star-Telegram diary.
I can't wait to get another shot. One more week and it all starts again.
David Moore hands out his individual awards for the season.
This Day in Mavs History