THE DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnick
Okay Mavericks fans, are you still in shock? Still shaking your head over the fact that you are halfway to the NBA title? Well, after that game 4 in Portland which the Mavs had that 23 point lead and blew it, the Dallas Mavericks are a different looking team. A much more determined bunch that has rattled off 6 playoff wins in a row. Including the 4 game sweep over the World Champion LA Lakers. Reasons for the playoff hot streak. Interior defense with Tyson Chandler,
who shut down Lakers Pau Gasol to the point where he was a non factor. And the defense slowed down Kobe Bryant, who did not dominated the action. Hot shooting with Jason Terry. In the game 4 sweep, Jason went nuts with a 32 point performance, which most of the points on 3 pointers. He had 9, that tied an NBA record for most three pointers in a game. 4 Mavs had double figures on the game 4 blowout which included Jason Terry, Peja, J.J. Barera, and Dirk Nowitzki. Speaking of Dirk, he outplayed Kpbe Bryarnt in the battle of MVP’s. And Dirk is the fourth quarter finisher, his biggest quarter is the 4th.
The Mavericks have been on a roll, and there must be some horseshoes in the Mavs locker room. With San Antoino and LA Lakers gone, the Mavs are the top seeded team in the West. They will have their hands full with either Memphis or Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals. It’s amazing how a Mavericks team can go from a playoff question mark to a serious finals ontender in a matter of weeks.