1-on-1 with Mavericks’ Samuel Dalembert

SAN ANTONIO – The Dallas Mavericks did what they had to do – get a split in San Antonio and stole home court advantage from the Spurs in the opening round of the postseason.

Dallas pulverized the San Antonio Spurs 113-92 where San Antonio coughed the ball up 24 times which pretty much gift-wrapped Game 2 for the Mavs.

Needless to say, the Mavs were all smiles in the locker room after the game and Project Spurs caught up with center Samuel Dalembert to discuss the Dallas win.

Jeff: Heading into Game 2 versus the Spurs, was part of the game plan for Dallas was to be more physical?

Samuel: Oh yes definitely. We had given them too many opportunities in the first game. We wanted to put more pressure on them.

How do you game plan for defending a player like Tim Duncan?

I mean we know he’s going to get a lot of touches down low. You make sure he doesn’t get many touches and the shot he’s going to be taking you ty to make it difficult for him.

Dallas could have been heading back home up 2-0 in this series. How much confidence does this team have right now?

Definitely. We’re confident enough. We’re just going to play the same way, push the ball.

Dallas got a split in San Antonio. How does that feel?

Oh it feels good! But it’s not over yet. We just have to focus and get ready for Game 3. We got to do what we got to do at home.

Dirk Nowitzki looks like he shook off the shooting slump in Game 1. 

Oh yeah. We you have guys playing real good basketball, and when you have guys coming off the bench ready to play it’s really good.

Devin Harris said a key was to slow Tony Parker. Was that a key?

Oh yes. We had to come out there and do that. He was a huge key for them in the first game and I think we did a really good job.

Did you ever expect a Spurs team to turn the ball over so many times in a game?

(Laughs) No! No! But it worked for us.

Thoughts on game 3?

Just get ready!

Dalembert finished with 4 points and 7 rebounds in 16 minutes of play in Game 2.