Game 5 Preview: Spurs @ Mavericks
With a restounding game on Sunday the San Antonio Spurs are headed back to D-Town for game five. San Antonio with a three point victory over these Mavericks in Game Four got a huge coming out game from George Hill. Hill scored 29 points hitting key threes down the stretch and playing great defense on Jason Kidd. San Antonio also got a huge lift from Antonio McDyess and DeJuan Blair. Dyess hit key jumpers as Blair whom played just 11 minutes still pitched in with 7 points and 7 rebounds.
After the jump you can check out our preview of tonights game!
NBAPlayoffs Game 5 | Spurs Lead Series 3-1
Where: American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas
When: April 27, 2010, 8:30 PM CST
Television: NBA TV
Local Channel: Fox Sports Southwest
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74.0FREE THROW %
THE MATCHUPSSTARTING FIVE | WHO HAS THE ADVANTAGE?
George Hill | Jason Kidd
What We Say: George Hill had his coming out party in Game Fouras he torched the Mavericks scoring 29 points. J-Kidd has been playinga lot of minutes and his age is starting to show.
Manu Ginobili | Caron Butler
What We Say: Ginobili suffered a broken nose in game fourbut that did not stop him from throwing himself around andgetting inside against the Mavericks. A broken nose is notgoing to keep him away. Butler shot the ball 18 times onhis way to 17 points…..not very efficient.
Richard Jefferson | Shawn Marion
What We Say: Richard Jefferson has been playing the waythe Spurs fans have been wanting him too. Yeah so ithappens in the playoffs but that is where we would want him tolay it all out right? He played great defense and waseverywhere on the court. Marion was the guy in the firsthalf for the Mavericks. He scored all his 14 points then.Once the game slowed, so did he.
Tim Duncan | Dirk NOwitzki
What We Say: It was Timmeh’s birthday on Sunday. We didn’tneed his scoring, though that would of helped more than a threepoint win, he did though play defense and grabbed some big boardsas well as had a huge tip-in in the fourth quarter. Dirk scored17 and was hounded by Dyess at times and he seemed to be gettingfrustrated by it. He also threw a elbow at Blair that gave hima technical. Timmeh should come back with a strong offensive performanceand we all know Dirk will get his points as well.
Antonio McDyess | Erick Dampier
What We Say: Dyess is playing very well in this series. He isour unsung hero if you will. Dyess hit down some key jumpers andI like seeing that. It boosts his confidence as well as the Spurswhen they see him hitting them. His defense has been great. Gamefour we saw him guarding Dirk and he was making it hard for himto get a good look at a shot. Damp was no where to be found. Hisbiggest production was that he got fined $35,000 for criticizingthe officials.
Tony Parker | Jason Terry
What We Say: Parker and Blair were credited with the Spursbench scoring, all of them. Parker had 10 and Blair with 7. Blairwas huge for San Antonio. He grabbed seven rebounds, five of whichcame at the offensive end. His energy and effort on the courtprovided that spark for SA. Jason Terry tweaked his ankle at theend of the first half but he was the main reason the Maverickswere still in the game. He added 13 and hit some key three pointersin the fourth to pull the Mavericks close. Mavericks bench didoutscore San Antonio’s, 31 to 17.
What We Say: San Antonio has already taken one game away fromthe Mavericks in Dallas and we know they can do it again. Thatone win in Dallas during game two was a blow-out by the way. Spursdefense has stepped up and they are getting key production outof their young guys and first year players with the team. Spurswill come out the winner but like the last two games it will bea close one. Sorry Dallas but this is our year!