San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker has averaged 23.3 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in three games versus the Dallas Mavericks this past regular season.
Needless to say, the Mavs will have their hands full against Parker tomorrow afternoon and Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle is hoping to contain No. 9.
“We’ll have a lot of different guys guard him, change up coverages and make it more difficult for him,” said Carlisle. “And we’re gonna have to be fortunate and have him miss some shots he normally makes.”
Defensively, Dallas will throw Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris and Shawn Marion. All of who won’t likely stop Parker.
Calderon has never been known for defense (but is deadly offensively if he starts hitting three-pointers), Ellis is one-dimensional and is a scorer, Marion is past his prime and Parker can run all over him which leave Harris as the Mavs only viable player to slow down Parker.
Parker should be putting up great numbers in the Dallas series but ultimately, the Spurs just present too many mismatches. Dallas just doesn’t have Parker to worry about.
From Tim Duncan, the Spurs’ bench to Kawhi Leonard, Dallas might be looking at an early summer vacation.