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Game Thread: Mavericks (1-1) at Thunder (1-1): GAME THREE

Cheer up, big guy.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Cheer up, big guy. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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WHO: The Oklahoma City Thunder host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: Western Conference Finals, Game Three

WHERE: Ford Center, Oklahoma City, OK

WHEN: 8:00pm CT


THE STORY: Have a nice slice of humble pie, boys. You lost that game fair and square.

Tonight the task is to return to the very thing that got the Mavericks this far- their defensive mindset. Our bench should have a fire lit under their behinds after having been beat for the first time since Roy went off on them. We shouldn't be concerned about the fact that this is a road game- we beat the Thunder twice on their own court. What we SHOULD be concerned about is that these young fellas now have a taste for winning. Let's not let them get used to it, mmk? Drop by Welcome To Loud City to say hello (nicely) and check out the links after the jump.

Mavericks-Thunder Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
Take a sweep of the Lakers, a nine-day layoff and a dominant outing by Dirk Nowitzki in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, and it's understandable why the Dallas Mavericks may have started thinking too highly of themselves. Losing Game 2 at home to a team that played four subs nearly the entire fourth quarter should be a strong dose of humility.

Dallas Mavericks' Rick Carlisle: Oklahoma City Thunder 'better than the Los Angeles Lakers' - ESPN Dallas
Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler called out his teammates after Game 2, saying they took the Oklahoma City Thunder lightly, and point guard Jason Kidd said they relaxed. Coach Rick Carlisle, unamused, said his team of ring-less veterans better focus on the force before them in this tied Western Conference finals with pivotal Game 3 inside deafening Oklahoma City Arena at 8 p.m. CT Saturday night.

Haywood calls out defense, Peja and more | Dallas Mavericks Blog
Brendan Haywood summoned up his inner Charles Barkley Saturday morning and started matter of factly breaking down the Mavericks' defense, which at the moment is broken down. "If we don't get them under 100,'' Haywood said, "we won't survive this series.'' That's the 100-point mark, just to be clear.

Game 3 Shootaround Report: No. 3 Mavericks (1-1) at No. 4 Thunder (1-1)
Although much has been made of Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks’ decision to sit starting point guard Russell Westbrook for the entire fourth quarter of a 106-100 road win in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, his counterpart on the Dallas sideline understood the move completely.