Apr 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich (center) receives the Coach of the Year award before the game against the Dallas Mavericks during the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

San Antonio Spurs: The Black and White, NBA Playoffs

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San Antonio Spurs: The Black and White, NBA Playoffs – Sunday, April 27, 2014

NBA Playoffs: The No. 1-seeded San Antonio Spurs lost a nail biter in Game Three against the No. 8-seeded Dallas Mavericks

First thing’s first: Though Gregg Popovich may have won Coach of the Year, Rick Carlisle is one hell of a head coach in this league.

The Mavericks are currently winning the series, 2-1.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker went off in the first quarter but were quiet in the following three quarters, while Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis guided the Mavericks to an improbable win at home in Dallas. Via NBA.com:

TURNING POINT: After holding a nine-point lead with three minutes remaining in the first half, the Spurs allowed the Mavericks to go on a 28-14 run, which gave Dallas a five-point lead at the break and momentum into the second half.

Vince Carter has been shooting the three ball terribly throughout the 2013-14 season—except for one spot in the left corner pocket where he’s been shooting 47 percent.

Where did he release his game-winning shot to stun San Antonio in yesterday’s game? You guessed it.

Jose De Leon of TheSmokingCuban.com explains how huge of a game Monta Ellis had for the Mavs in Game Three:

After a quiet game one, tallying only 11 points, Ellis has averaged 25 points on 47.6% shooting, 3 assists, 1.5 steals, and showing that he actually does “Have It All.”

Trisity Miller of FanSided reminds us of the aging superstar we once dubbed Half-Man, Half-Amazing, and how he showed a glimpse of his old self in Game Three of these NBA Playoffs.

Finally, here at Air Alamo, Assistant Editor Rhys T-J looks beyond the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, though the Dallas Mavericks are certainly giving us a scare right now.  It’ll be a battle between the Houston Rockets and the Portland Trail Blazers to reach the Conference Semi-Finals, and the winner will be matched up against the San Antonio Spurs winner of the Spurs-Mavericks series.

Game Four begins Monday, 9:30 p.m. ET in Dallas.

#GoSpursGo!

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