AT&T CENTER – The San Antonio Spurs held off a pesky Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 winning 90-85 to take a 1-0 lead in their opening series.
And though the Mavs were on the wrong end of the game, afterwards, the Mavericks looked confident heading into Game 2 knowing they may have a shot at getting a win in the series where many are counting them out.
After the game, Project Spurs spoke with Mavs’ Brandan Wright on the loss including how he feels Dallas let Game 1 slip away.
Jeff: There’s a lot of positives to take away from the loss such as holding the Spurs to under 100 points. Also the Dallas bench outshined San Antonio’s. Was that a key to the series and coming into this game?
Brandan: We had to shut down all of their guys. We played hard, we had to run them off the three-point line. They thrive on the threes. Keep their guys out of the lane. Make them tough shots.
Dirk Nowtizki didn’t have a good game.
It’s a collective loss. We own up to it. We got to pick him up when he’s not putting up 25-30 points. But we know he’s going to have these days. We’re not worried about him.
You have a good game on the offensive and defensive end.
I know I got to use my skills to my advantage. My athletic ability. We still came up short but this is a championship team (the Spurs) and they fight until the end. We got to do a better job finishing the game up. We let this (Game 1) slip away.
Wright finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes of play.