Mavs/Thunder Game 4 Preview

Durant and the Thunder Look to Tie Up the Series 2-2 Tonight

By now, everyone has heard the headline regarding this series: “The experienced Dallas Mavericks go up against the up-and-coming Oklahoma City Thunder.” That’s basically the main headline of this whole series; who can come up on top? Will it be the old-fart Mavs, with Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki leading the way? Or will it be the youthful and energetic Thunder, who’s 3 out of 5 starters are 22 years of age or less? So far, the Mavericks have been in control of the series, using a combo of Dirk’s shooting, Kidd’s passing, and Tyson Chandler’s rebounding prowess to take a 2-1 series lead. However, the Thunder are not down and out. Although they are an inexperienced team, at times they can play like they are an experienced team, passing the ball effectively, getting easy fast break points (big point), and rebounding.

In Game 1, fans who watched the game saw a breath-taking performance by Nowitzki, dropping 48 points on only 12 made field goals (out of 15). He basically scored half his teams points, so his team really didn’t do much.

Harden Came Up Big for the Thunder in Game 2, Scoring 23 Points

In Game 2, we saw James Harden score 23 points of the bench, leading to a 106-100 victory for the Thunder. The reason the Mavs lost Game 2: they couldn’t find a way to get to the rim and pick up fouls. As a result, they needed to take difficult jumpers to score. Shawn Marion was the surprise in Game 3, scoring 18 points and blocking 4 shots, leading to a Mavs win.

So far, the series lead is held by the Mavs, 2-1. Will that change tonight? Will the series be tied after tonight’s game? Or will the Mavs take a commanding 3-1 lead and become 1 win away from a spot in the NBA Finals? I will guarantee this: tonight’s game will be the most exciting of the series (so far, of course). Drop a comment and tell me who will win.

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