Today we could be talking about other things besides the Dallas Mavericks tying up the series at one game a piece. Let’s face it, the Spurs are lucky to be where they are at, given their play the first two games of the series.
They are not playing the type of basketball that earned them the overall number one seed. San Antonio has not looked like a team that had the best record in the league.
If it were not for a 14-0 run in the fourth quarter of game one, we would be talking about them being down 0-2 going into Dallas for the next two games.
We knew both teams were going to come out in game two with a better game plan, both did. It was apparent as Project Spurs’ own Jesse Blanchard identified the Spurs were using a bevy of screens to throw off the Mavericks defensive schemes.
What is most alarming, turnovers. In a time where everyone needs to be on the same page, where your passes need to be crisp and on point, the Spurs in game two Wednesday night turned the ball over 24 times.
“It’s 24 turnovers. It’s been something we’ve had trouble with all year long,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich admitted. ”When we’ve had games like that we’ve been unsuccessful. That’s been a weak link for us throughout the year when we’ve lost a game, and it came back to hurt us tonight.”
When everyone is talking about their organization and what they do so well, turnovers are the Achilles heel to this team.
With their 113-92 win, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle still sees San Antonio as a big threat. After Game 2 win, he spoke on his team’s play.
“I am not content with anything. They are such a dangerous team and they have such great players. We are mixing things up a lot and doing things we don’t really want to do but we have to because they are such a potent team and they have such great players.”
Taking a 1-1 split on the road would be something most teams would be pretty relieved with. Carlisle talked about how the team can’t be satisfied with the split.
“We aren’t in it just to get a split and be happy. We can’t do that. We cannot let up. Going back home this is where we have to avoid any kind of let up going back to our building.”
Game 3 will be an early start on Saturday.