San Antonio Spurs: Elimination Game 6 Is Tonight

By Bill Simpson

2014 NBA Playoffs San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks – Game 6 Friday 7 p.m. 

Apr 30, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward

Tiago Splitter

(22) reacts against the Dallas Mavericks in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. San Antonio beat Dallas 109-103. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, the San Antonio Spurs have the opportunity to advance to the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs tonight.

Akshay Mirchandani of FanSided explains how if the Dallas Mavericks do, in fact, end up losing at home tonight, nobody expected this series to even go six games:

When the Dallas Mavericks got matched up with the San Antonio Spurs I picked the Spurs to win in five games. There was no reason not to. The Spurs had beaten the Mavs nine straight times going into the playoffs and looked like a team on a mission to avenge their loss in the Finals last year.

And yet here we are. The Spurs are up 3-2 in a series that the Mavs have had every opportunity to control. If they don’t all of a sudden become basketball stupid for the last few minutes in game one they win that one. If DeJuan Blair doesn’t get ejected in game five they win that one. If Dirk Nowtizki played like he did on Wednesday night for the whole series, who knows where we’d be. Even if the Mavs lose the series on Friday, it’s hard to consider it a disappointment.

According to Rami Michail of The Smoking Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki has finally showed up to these 2014 NBA Playoffs —but it might be too little too late. Nowitzki’s career points-per-game average for the playoffs is 25.6, an astounding number considering how many playoff games in which he’s played.

Coming into the game 5, Dirk Nowitzki was averaging just 16 points and shooting an uncharacteristic 38.5% from the field. He endured four straight sub-twentypoint games; only the second time of his career he’s had such a streak in the postseason (Previously against the Spurs, 2001).

No matter what happens in game 5. Romo is NOT allowed in the building for game 6.

— TheSmokingCuban (@thesmokingcuban) April 29, 2014

Andrew Ball of Project Spurs lays out the positives and negatives of San Antonio through Game 5. Of course, Tiago Splitter was the both the most surprising and most significant positive of Game 6, while the Spurs poor three-point defense was the primary negative.

Lastly, tune into Air Alamo’s Twitter account @AirAlamo for live tweets during Game 6 of the San Antonio SpursDallas Mavericks game starting at 7 p.m.


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