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Monday, April 23, 2007

Dallas, you’ve got a problem

If you’re a Dallas Mavericks fan, you should be VERY concerned. The Golden State Warriors just seem to have the Mavericks’ number.

The Warriors, behind Baron Davis’ 33 points, whipped the Mavericks by 12 points (97-85) IN DALLAS on Sunday night. And the Mavericks had the best home record (36-5) in the NBA this season.

Avery Johnson’s decision to go with a smaller lineup backfired and played right into the hands of his friend and mentor, Warriors head coach Don Nelson.

The Warriors are picking up where they left off in the regular season, when they beat the Mavs three straight times. The Warriors now have a six-game winning streak against the Mavericks, dating back to last season, and there’s no end in sight to the Warriors’ dominance.

Even if the Mavericks win on Wednesday night, they’ve still got an uphill battle. Games 3 and 4 will be played in Oakland, where the Warriors had one of the NBA’s best home records (30-11) this season. And the games will be played before a packed house that will be hosting its first playoff games in 13 years.

Picture THAT atmosphere.

That being said, I still think the Mavs will prevail because I simply refuse to believe they CAN’T make the necessary adjustments.

Time, however, is not on their side. The Mavericks HAVE to come up with a lot of answers before Wednesday, or they’ll be staring at a two-game deficit as the series shifts to Oakland.

And that’s something to REALLY be concerned about.


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