Game 7 Links: Mavericks @ Spurs

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The Spurs took Game 7 and are moving on to the Western Conference Semis to face the Portland Trailblazers. Here are your game links from the final game of the first round series.

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In summing it up, Dan McCarney writes that this game was a "far cry" from Game 1 of the series when Dallas was switching on defense.

Postgame Grades: In a game where most players gave "A" level performances, Trevor Zickgraf sticks with his guns in giving Belinelli a "D," quoting Matthew Tynan, "Has Belinelli become the human victory cigar?"

ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon posted a piece on how Dirk Nowitzki finally is able to understand what a Game 7 loss feels like.

On "The Dime", ESPN's Dave McMenamin writes that this first round series was exactly what the Spurs needed to get themselves up for the playoffs, and should thank the Mavericks.

Ex-Spur Bruce Bowen breaks down the Game 7 win and looks ahead to the series with Portland.

CBS Sports' Zach Harper writes about how it's hard to argue or not expect this type of success from the Spurs when we consider the franchise's "process".

SI.com's Rob Mahoney seems a little disappointed that such a great and competitive series ended with the type of blowout the Spurs handed the Mavs.

NBA.com's Rob Caplan is betting that Portland's coach, Terry Stotts, and Rick Carlisle might be spending quite of bit of time on the phone together in the next few days.

Let's enjoy this win, but also keep in mind that there's a well rested group from Portland already in the Spurs' backyard, just waiting for Tuesday night...

The battle rages on.

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