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Game 5 Preview: Spurs @ Mavs

How do you like me now?
How do you like me now?

Not much to add to the plethora of praise being given to Georgeous. Wayne can take pride in being the first Spurs fan on Hill's bandwagon.

This is the fifth preview that I've done for this series. I've been able to come up with some new insights for each game, but it's getting progressively harder. So if I repeat myself, just nod your head and click the links.

San Antonio Spurs @ Dallas Mavericks [Game 5]
Where: American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX
When: April 27, 2010; 8:30 PM Spurs time
Watch: NBATV


How They Stack Up
29-12 Home 28-13
21-20 Road 27-14
Offense 102.0
96.3 Defense 99.3
47.3 FG% 46.5
3-pt% 37.2
FT% 81.6
Rebounds 41.7
TOs 12.9
6-4 Last 10 8-2
Lost 1
Streak Won 5
2nd, Southwest Position 1st, Southwest

Country/Time Zone Game Time
Argentina 10:30 PM
West Coast
6:30 PM
Philippines 9:30 AM
Central Europe 3:30 AM
Palestine/Egypt 4:30 AM
East Coast 9:30 PM
7:30 PM
Perth, AUS 9:30 AM
Tokyo, JP 9:30 AM
Sydney, AUS 11:30 AM



George Hill

Point Guard

Kidd looked really old in the last game, and Carlisle is playing him way too many minutes.

Is anyone going to question my white box selection this game? I think not.

Advantage: Spurs

Jason Kidd


Manu Ginobili

Shooting Guard

Sorry Caron, but chucking 18 shots to get 17 points is not an efficient scoring night.

Even with his broken schnozz, Manu still throws himself around like a pinball. He's a wizard.

Advantage: Spurs

Caron Butler


Richard Jefferson

Small Forward

Marion had a great first half, but his skills did not suit the game, once it slowed down.

RAGE played great defense, showed great hustle, and even dunked the ball a couple times.

Advantage: Tied

Shawn Marion


Tim Duncan

Power Forward

Dirk was battered and bruised in Game 4, and the cracks in his facade are showing.

Well, Timmeh, that was not good. You still provided some defense and rebounding, but I just hope the rest of your birthday went a little better.

Advantage: Tied

Dirk Nowitzki


Antonio McDyess


Dice, you sure are rolling. Robert would be so proud, especially of your takedowns.

Haywood played pretty well. "Damp" was absolutely worthless, and got fined $35,000 for complaining about the refs.

Advantage: Spurs

Brendan Haywood


Tony Parker

Bench & Role Players

Blair was beastly, providing a huge spark off the bench and redonkulous per minute stats.

Terry and Barea provided some offense. And Haywood finally played more minutes than Ericka, resulting in some actual production from the center position for Dallas.

Advantage: Mavs

Jason Terry


Gregg Popovich


Way to go, Pop. You put some faith in your Young Guns, and they rewarded you with a huge win. Give 'em a nice bottle of wine.

Carlisle was pissed. His player rotations have been screwy, but he has no control over their heart.

Advantage: Spurs

Rick Carlisle

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Other Factors



The Spurs are the road grader. The Mavs are the dirt.

Advantage: Spurs


I'm not about to piss the mojo off now.

Advantage: Spurs


You think I'm going to change my mind now? Nope, but like Games 3 and 4, it should be close.

Keys To The Game

  • Perseverance - The Mavs will not go gentle into the offseason. When they make their offensive push (and make no mistake, they will), we need to persevere and continue playing our game.
  • Defense - Wow. That defense (especially in the 3rd quarter) made me think I had been transported back several years. Keep up the defensive intensity, so we may experience much happiness and joy.
  • Role PlayersBig Three - Who knew that we can win, even when the Big 3 lay a big, old, stinkin' egg? Well I, for one, don't want to see us try that little trick again. Birthday party is over, guys. ;-)

Strength of Schedule

Fifth game of the series, with once again, one day of rest. Again, schedule doesn't really matter in the playoffs, as there are no back-to-backs.

Last Time They Met

Relive the physical battle that was Game 4, where we pulled out a 92-89 win due to the brillian play of one Furious George.

Some Other Reading


Mavs Moneyball - The SBNation home of the Mavericks. They played nice with us last year during the playoffs, so go say hi, but please don't be trollish.
The Two Man Game - The TrueHoop blog for Dallas. 48MoH quotes and links them pretty often, so it can't be all that bad. Some good analysis can be found here.


48 Minutes of Hell: The best TrueHoop team blog is still going strong, "pounding" out some of the best analysis there is on our beloved Spurs.
Project Spurs: Check out their regular podcasts. I think they love Manu as much as we do, if that's possible.

Where to Tune In


This game will be aired nationwide on NBATV. If you have cable or satellite, you'll have to look up your individual channel. And of course, there's always League Pass for the haves. For the have nots, read on.


As always, NBA League Pass is recommended for those who are willing to pony up the cash. Most Spurs games will be broadcast there, which is especially helpful for those of us who aren't in the San Antonio area.

Please don't post links to illegal game feeds in the game thread. Links to illegal feeds are not permitted on SBNation, but you can probably find them out there on the internets if you're resourceful and desperate. In fact, nobody can stop you from googling "atdhe". You can also shoot an email to for more assistance.

NBA League Pass audio is still free this year, so check it out.


If you're in the San Antonio area and aren't near a TV, tune in to WOAI (1200 AM).