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Where: Game 5 – AT&T Center, San Antonio.
When: Thursday May 1, 00:00 BST
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The San Antonio Spurs are being pushed all the way by the Dallas Mavericks, and Game 5 promises to be a decisive encounter between these two rivals.
Heading into this series, Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki were pinpointed as the biggest threats on either team, yet it has been a whole host of other players that have stepped up as they struggle with inconsistency.
Boris Diaw responded to Vince Carter’s heroics in Game 3 with a long-range shot of his own to seal the win last time out which levelled the series, while Manu Ginobili and Monta Ellis currently hold the team-high points averages.
While Parker is struggling with a mild ankle sprain and is a doubt for Wednesday’s clash, he is expected to feature although coach Gregg Popovich has insisted that if he isn’t having the influence he would like, then he expects someone else to make up for it.
His opposite number, Rick Carlisle, has preached the same message to his players with Nowitzki being held to under 20 points for four straight playoff games, and it will require a team effort to take back the initiative in this closely contested series.
Prior to the post-season starting, many experts picked out the Oklahoma City Thunder as the biggest threat to the Spurs in their bid to make an immediate return to the NBA Finals, but the top two seeds are finding life difficult from the get-go with the Thunder trailing the Memphis Grizzlies.
Nevertheless, back on home court the Spurs have the opportunity to put significant pressure on Dallas if they have to win Game 6 to stay in the series, although the visitors could see this as the ideal opportunity to take a big step towards an upset.