Hopefully the Dallas Mavericks have righted the ship against Golden State, beating Nellie’s Warriors by a score of 112-99. Once the Mavs started to extend their lead in the 3rd quarter, Golden State quickly unraveled. Baron Davis was ejected at the end of the 3rd quarter, and Stephen Jackson was later ejected with 4:34 left in the game. Lets hope Dallas can keep it going in game 3.
Avery again made the right adjustments by starting the traditional lineup, rather than falling into the trap of playing small-ball. In game 1, Diop and Dampier played a combined 18:22. In game 2, it was 41:22. Dallas also decided that they would go ahead and run with Golden State. It worked with Dallas and Golden state each notching 38 fast break points.
On a disappointing note, Dirk was again off to a slow start. Avery actually sat him for about 7 minutes early. The result was a 23 point, 7 rebound outing. Not quite an MVP game, but better than 14 points on 4/16 shooting. I was just happy to see him play aggressive, rather than the tentativeness he had in game 1.
Josh Howard continued to be the best player for the Mavericks with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He really seems to shine at playoff time.
If the Mavs can continue to play their game, they should be able to win the series in 6. I think Dallas just needed to get the monkey off of their back, and prove to themselves that they can beat Golden State. Now it’s just a matter of whether Nellie has another rabbit he can pull out of the hat.
On a non-Mavericks note, does Reggie Miller actually speak English? Are color commentators really this bad? At one point he talked about how the Warriors play “more chippier”. I can’t even count the times that he was unable to form a sentence in subject-verb-predicate form. He mentioned that in the NCAA tourney, the #1 seed plays the #15 seed, and had numerous other errors. He also completely missed the fact that Baron Davis was the instigator of the melee that led to his first technical.