Pretty exciting game tonight for fairly obvious reasons. The big question seems to be, should the Mavs be trying really hard to win tonight so they reduce the chances of facing Golden State in Round One? But that question really just raises two more. Do really think Dallas doesn't care about winning tonight regardless of the opponent, and if Dallas can beat Golden State tonight can't they just them in the playoffs making the point moot?
The Mavs certainly aren't worried about it, Avery will continue to rest players tonight.
The Mavericks have lost the last four games against the Golden State Warriors. "I don't think we want to show them much [today]," Dirk Nowitzki said. "And I'm sure Nellie doesn't want to show us much either. I'm not even sure how much some of us will play. Obviously, the game means more to them than it does to us."
Yet in addition to the obvious worries about injury and fatigue engendered by that approach, there is some psychological jeopardy if the Mavericks play their hardest and get stopped by the Warriors for Golden State's first season sweep of Dallas in 10 years.
"They come in ready to play, and then we get after them and win, it could be demoralizing and have them second-guessing themselves going into the playoffs," Harrington said.
One Mav who will definitely play tonight is Erick Dampier.
News that makes me happy -- More people in Dallas watched the Mavs/Spurs game than the NASCAR race.
Jeff Caplan writes about tonight's game and has two good quotes from Jason Terry and Jerry Stackhouse.
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