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Where: Game 2 – AT&T Center, San Antonio.
When: Thursday April 24, 01:00 BST
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The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to bounce back from their loss in Game 1 against the San Antonio Spurs after the hosts rallied in the fourth quarter to take the lead in this opening round playoff series.
San Antonio were successfully able to limit danger-man Dirk Nowitzki throughout the first meeting and held him to just 11 points which was his lowest point total in the playoffs in seven years.
While others around him stepped up to provide the Western Conference top seed with a scare, ultimately it wasn’t enough as the Spurs found a way to secure the win and they believe by targeting the towering German, they have a good chance of advancing.
Despite Gregg Popovich being named the Coach of the Year, the coach along with the players are all aware that success is measured by the number of titles they win, and having shut the door in the face of Dallas who had a golden opportunity to gain early momentum, they will look to put this series to bed as soon as possible.
It was apparent that the Spurs had a gameplan and set schemes to counter the threat of the Mavericks, and although they struggled through the opening three quarters, they were able to put some distance between themselves and their rivals in the final period.
Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were instrumental, but Popovich will want to see shooting improvement, particularly from beyond the arc.
As seen around the league, Game 2 plays a pivotal role in determining how long the series is likely to last, and from a Spurs perspective, they will want to make this as short as possible.