The San Antonio Spurs will play the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs.
And, boy, is this going to be a good one.
Tim Duncan vs Dirk Nowitzki.
Gregg Popovich vs
Jim Carrey Rick Carlisle.
Two Texas rivals going at it, just like in the years before the turn of the decade when both teams ruled the league.
Now, only one still remains a championship threat.
Paul Garcia of Project Spurs previews the first-round matchup against the Mavericks. San Antonio finished the season with a spectacular 62-20 overall record, a 32-9 home record, went 28-14 in the Western Conference and 24-5 since the All-Star break; a telling sign that not only has Popovich’s team been hot as of recent (obviously), but also their home court advantage will significantly help, as seen by their home record.
Spurs.com released the game schedule for the first-round series:
|Game 1||Sunday, April 20||Spurs vs. Mavericks||Noon||FSSW|
|Game 2||Wednesday, April 23||Spurs vs. Mavericks||7 PM||FSSW|
|Game 3||Saturday, April 26||Spurs at Mavericks||3:30 PM||FSSW|
|Game 4||Monday, April 28||Spurs at Mavericks||8:30 PM||FSSW|
|Game 5*||Wednesday, April 30||Spurs vs. Mavericks||TBD||FSSW|
|Game 6*||Friday, May 2||Spurs at Mavericks||TBD||FSSW|
|Game 7*||Sunday, May 4||Spurs vs. Mavericks||TBD||TBD|
- All Times Central *If necessary
Brian Gosset of The Smoking Cuban, FanSided‘s own Dallas Mavericks web page, recaps the Mavs last game of the season against the Memphis Grizzlies: a loss that forced them to play the Spurs, rather than the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Especially in the Western Conference, these 2014 NBA Playoffs are going to be as exciting as ever. A first-round matchup against the Dallas Mavericks brings a deep rivalry that we surely know the Spurs haven’t forgotten.
Let’s get this done in five games.