Mavericks’ DeJuan Blair did not get a warm welcome in San Antonio during Game 2 of the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks opening playoff series.
Since Blair parted ways with his former club, he wasn’t shy about letting the Spurs know how he really felt.
From letting the Spurs know he felt they didn’t believe in him, saying if he had played in the 2014 NBA Finals versus the Heat the Spurs would have won the title to saying the Spurs didn’t give him “anything.”
Needless to say, these verbal jabs didn’t go over well with Spurs fans and when he entered Game 2 in San Antonio, Spurs fans showered him with a cascade of boos. However, it didn’t bother the former Spurs big man at all.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Blair, who was booed when he entered Wednesday’s game. “Just the whole environment and the boos and all that was just something that was a lot of fun for me.”
Blair finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four steals to help seal the win and steal home court advantage form the Spurs heading into Game 3 in Dallas.
If Blair wanted some measure of payback against his former club, he got it with that performance and he was excited to face his former team.
“This is something that’s a dream, to always go against somebody who knows you well, just like you know them,” Blair said after Friday’s practice. “I’m just excited like everybody else.”
When the series shifts back to San Antonio Wednesday night, something tells me Spurs fans will continue to let Blair know how they feel – just like he let the Spurs know how he felt when he joined the Spurs’ Texas rival. I am sure they’ll be excited too.