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Mercedes Mayer has a short article praising Stackhouse for his very good game two.

Stackhouse played big minutes while guard Devin Harris was in foul trouble in Game 2, and he ended up going to the line 13 times (making 11), scoring 17 points and adding eight rebounds and four assists.

"He was terrific in all phases of the game," assistant coach Del Harris said. "His energy led us... Stack was as important a factor as any single thing in the game."
his game tow was way overlooked. Two other things that got buried by ejection talk -- Josh Howard's defense on Baron Davis in the first half and DeSagana Diop's defense on Al Harrington.

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Brian Davis writes that the series will probably get more intense now that it's going to California. He's totally right here. That arena is going to be nuts -- Warriors fans were louder during the second to last game of the season when Dallas tanked than Mavs fans were at game one.

Golden State was 30-11 at home this season, and even though Dallas was 31-10 on the road it will be tough place to win.

They've got a decade of yelling stored up, but Devean George thinks that could help the Mavs too.
"It's funny that it doesn't always play to the home team when the crowd is up," Devean George said. "That's a good basketball atmosphere whether you're home or away. So it could be to our advantage to pull together and fight and get us jacked up as well when their crowd is going."
Randy Galloway writes about those disappointing crowds at the AAC.
Dick Stockton, veteran national broadcaster that he is, repeatedly informed his TNT audience Wednesday night that this collection of Mavs' fandom was about as docile as he'd ever observed for an NBA playoff contest. And the quietness made even a louder impact considering it was a vital contest for the home team.

Then again, what should come first -- the fans getting the players emotionally charged, or vice versa? The Mavericks were more workmanlike in Game 2, as opposed to being geeked to the gills. Whatever, it was a very poor home crowd.
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Sefko writes about the Mavs composure in game two and the no suspension rule Avery Johnson made.

Speaking of composure, Stephen Jackson is "under investigation" by the NBA for his ejection and what happened afterward.
Included in the inquiry is a verbal altercation between Jackson and Mavericks president Terdema Ussery in the midcourt tunnel at American Airlines Center.

"We're investigating on the court and what transpired after he left the game," NBA spokesman Brian McIntrye said Thursday.

The exchange between Jackson and Ussery spilled into the back hallway leading to the Golden State locker room, according to several witnesses. Ussery normally watches the game from the tunnel.

"I didn't know who he was, but I really don't care. I still don't care," Jackson told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He was probably trying to help calm me down, but at that point, I knew that I had the people that were with the Warriors with me, and I didn't know who he was."
David Moore writes today that Golden State will lose if they can't get control themselves. Don Nelson agrees; he fined Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson an undisclosed amount yesterday.

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Tim Cowlishaw writes about how an 8 seed has never beaten a 1 seed since first round went to a best of seven. He also that history won't help the Mavs.
The Mavericks won 67 games, but they are a 60-win team that overachieved, never lost focus and played every night as if avenging the Miami Heat series. And they were never hit hard by injuries.

The Warriors won 42 games, but this is really a 50-win team that Dallas is battling. Jason Richardson and Baron Davis missed a combined 50 games. The team made a major trade with Indiana that reshaped the roster, and it took time to adjust.