San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks: Round Table Preview!

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks Round Table Discussion

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Finally, the battleground that is the Western Conference has set it’s seeds, and we have a old-fashioned Texas Tussle in the first round. The San Antonio Spurs take on the Dallas Mavericks for a best-of-seven slugfest, and while we don’t know who will win (okay maybe we do…), it’s still going to be exciting.

To preview this match up, I have, together with the writers from The Smoking Cuban (FanSided’s Dallas Mavericks page), to do a roundtable on the series. You can check out the first half of this Round Table right here.

Though I’m sure we’ll all have differing views on the two historic teams, theres one thing we can all agree on:

Timmy > Dirk

Lets get started!

1. What do the Mavericks do that will give the Spurs trouble?

Rami Michail (@RamiMichail): They can score and force turnovers. They’ll need be on point in those two categories to have a chance.

Rhys T-J (@areteejay789): Stretch 4′s. The only Spurs big man who is a capable perimeter defender is Boris Diaw. Tim Duncan simply doesn’t have the knees to stay with someone out on the perimeter, and Tiago Splitter doesn’t have the foot speed to contest and recover. Unfortunately for them, Dallas has one of the best stretch 4′s in NBA history. It will be interesting to see how Coach Gregg Popovich adjusts his rotation to handle Dirk Nowitzki.

Ace Feltman (@MFFeLtman): LOL

Brian Gosset (@Gosset41): I believe both teams spread the floor well which gives the other team trouble. Both can stretch the floor and cause fits for players like Dalembert and Splitter. I think the Spurs do it a little better. I like when the Mavs play zone, and that’ll cause problems too for the Spurs.

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