Mavericks Take 2-1 Series Lead Over the Thunder
Most people would say that the best offense is a great defense. This is very apparent in the game of basketball, although it applies to football as well. Blocking shot or picking up steals can lead to many transition/fast break baskets, while grabbing an INT or a fumble can lead to a return TD, or at least good field position. Because of this, many NBA and NFL coaches stress the importance of defensive teamwork and execution.
In Game 2, it seemed the Mavericks weren’t ready to combat the speed and quickness of the Thunder. They couldn’t drive to the basket, and were forced to take difficult jumpshots. Dirk said they would work out the kicks so that on Saturday they would be ready to take on the Thunder. As I was watching the pre-game show, I wondered, “Would the Mavs play better team defense to combat the Thunder’s, or would they get beat down the court every time the Thunder drove to the hoop?” I was hoping for an exciting, back and forth battle between two different animals, each unique in their own special way. Let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed.
Dirk (coming off his 48-point and 29-point performances in Games 1 & 2) was terrible. Absolutely terrible (for his caliber at least). He scored 18 points on 7-21 shooting (33%) and 1 out of 6 3-pointers. Jason Kidd scored 13 on 4-10 shooting, while dishing 8 dimes and collecting a startling 4 steals. Kevin Durant (OKC) scored 24 points, while PG Russell Westbrook mustered out a team-high 30 points. Many people questioned his talent after he was benched for the whole 4th quarter in Game 2.
The real surprise of the game was Shawn Marion, who scored 18 points on 9-13 shooting (69%), grabbed 4 rebounds, collected 2 steals, and blocked 4 shots. The final score: Mavs on top 93-87. Game 4 is scheduled for Monday at Oklahoma City Arena.
Posted on May 22, 2011, in Pro Basketball and tagged Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Kevin Durant, NBA, Oklahoma City Arena, Oklahoma City Thunder, Pro Basketball, Russell Westbrook, Shawn Marion, Sports. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.