I'll start with the schedule. First game this Sunday at 8:00 PM. As usual for the playoffs, no back-to-back and two days off between games one and two.
Marc Stein says the Warriors definitely cause matchup problems for the Mavs, but isn't sure it matters.
But if you believe that there's a big difference between playoff basketball and the regular season, or if you believe that Josh Howard, Jason Terry and Jerry Stackhouse are too good not to start punishing Golden State for its Dirk obsession -- and I do on both counts -- you'll share my fear that Mavs-Warriors won't be nearly as even on the floor as it figures to be on the quote board with Nelson and Mark Cuban around.
Jerry Stackhouse throws out the B word.
I like this quote from Stack because it shows the Mavs have respect for the Warriors but are also confident.
Avery says the team is ready.
Eddie Sefko has a good article about the history of 1's vs 8's in the NBA.
Golden State of Mind appears to be having a "happy to be there" festival.
A festival that it sounds like Jason Richardson will be attending.