2016 Playoffs: Keeping An Eye On Possible 2nd Round Opponent
By Michael Rehome
There is no question that the San Antonio Spurs will be moving into the second round of the NBA Playoffs. They have shown through the first two games that they are on a mission. That is winning their sixth title.
More from Air Alamo
- Spurs show remarkable poise against Bulls, unlike many fans
- Devin Vassell is the latest in the Spurs’ collection of silent assassins
- San Antonio Spurs: 5 Players to avoid in any LaMarcus Aldridge deal
- Is Gregg Popovich hiding Luka Samanic as a secret weapon?
- San Antonio Spurs News: More DeRozan trade talk from Chris Haynes
Many are predicting a sweep for the Spurs and that may not be far fetched as they protected home-court with two blowout wins. As the series heads into Memphis, there is no question that the Grizzlies will be a different team, behind their fans of course. They are still the team dealing with injuries to key players and struggle to find a way to get Zach Randolph involved. That is another topic at hand.
The second round is fast approaching and the Spurs are keeping an eye on their possible second round opponent, the matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks. Game three of the series is Thursday night. The Mavericks did what any team on the road has to do, try to steal one on their opponents home-court.
After a 38-point thumping by the hands of the Thunder in game one, the Mavericks behind Raymond Felton’s 21 points outscored the Thunder 26-22 in the final quarter of game two to steal a win, 85-84. Though the ending had everyone talking as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook both had good looks at the rim to win the game for Oklahoma City. Steven Adams made a tip-in after a Westbrook shot but clearly did not get it off as the red light illuminated around the back board with the ball still in his hands.
This series now shifts to Dallas for games three and four. Many eyes are on the condition of Dirk Nowitzki who joins a long list of Mavericks whom are dealing with injuries this series. Nowitzki is expected to play through a bruised right knee, as the banged-up Mavericks hope to keep putting the pressure on the Thunder.
Nowitzki fell early in an 85-84 road victory in Game 2 on Monday. His knee swelled up on him that night. The 13-time All-Star is day to day but will have had two days to recover from what is being called a bone bruise.
Many believe it will be the Thunder that will be advancing into the second round of the playoffs. Question is, did anyone think the Mavericks would of stolen one in possibly one of the best atmospheres in the NBA? Probably not.
We will surely be keeping our eye on this series. Spurs fans, who do you see advancing into the second round of the playoffs? Comment below.