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Game Thread: Mavericks (1-0) at Lakers (0-1), GAME TWO

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It's ok guys, it didn't go in that time. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
It's ok guys, it didn't go in that time. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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WHO: The Los Angeles Lakers host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: Round Two, Game Two

WHERE: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA

WHEN: 9:30pm CT

HOW: TNT

THE STORY: Whether you're of the opinion that the Mavericks stole game one or the Lakers gave it away, the situation is still the same- Dallas has the opportunity to go up two games to none before even setting foot on their home court. The possibility is positively mouth watering. But let's be realistic- these are the defending champs. Twice defending champs. So if you thought tonight's game was going to be easy, I imagine you haven't watched a lot of basketball this season. Take a look at some of the links... it's weird seeing all this national coverage of our oft-ignored team. And I haven't heard a peep from Silver Screen and Roll, which I hope means you haven't bothered anyone :)

Said it before and I'll say it again... GO MABS GO!!!!

Mavericks-Lakers Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki were born just two months apart in 1978, and they've both been NBA superstars for over a decade. They've won one league MVP award apiece, and Bryant has only a slight edge in career scoring averages and All-Star appearances. Nobody would ever compare Nowitzki with Bryant in the metrics that matter most, however.

Why The Mavericks Can Beat The Lakers
The Mavericks became the second straight team this year to defeat the Lakers in Los Angeles in the first game of a series. The Lakers found themselves down 1-0 to the Hornets in Round 1, but came back to win the series 4-2. However, in the highly anticipated conference semis matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, a Game 1 victory for the road team is much more significant.

Game 2 preview: Carlisle wants Mavericks to use the force | Dallas Mavericks Blog
Everybody's heard it a hundred times. When you start a playoff series on the road, the goal is always to get one of the first two games in the opponent's gym. What the Mavericks have facing them tonight is the chance to get two at the Staples Center before the Western Conference semifinals goes to American Airlines Center.

NBA Playoffs: Dirk Nowitzki on Kobe Bryant - ESPN
It's a frequent but little-known staple of Dirk Nowitzki's German-engineered game night routine. When the Dallas Mavericks play at home and Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers are playing in their usual time zone, Nowitzki tries to make sure he's back at the house and in front of his big screen in time to watch the Lakers in crunch time.

Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki: Different kind of rivalry - ESPN
In this, his first season with the Dallas Mavericks, Tyson Chandler noticed something different in his games against Kobe Bryant. This wasn't the same version of Bryant that Chandler saw when he was with the Bulls, Hornets and Bobcats.

Game 2 Shootaround Report: Mavericks (1-0) at Lakers (0-1) - Mavs Fast Break
When is a 1-0 playoff series lead not safe? When it’s against the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. The Dallas Mavericks watched from afar as the Lakers battled back from a 0-1 first-round deficit against the New Orleans Hornets before taking the series in six games.