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What a punch in the gut that was. After the buzzer beater by Carter, the Spurs trail the series 1-2.

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After the heartbreaking loss, Manu Ginobili said that loosing the game wasn't hard because the Spurs had a 5 point lead late, but because the end of close games is usually like flipping a coin.

After playing sparingly towards the end of the game, Tony Parker was asked the all important question "Are you okay?" to which he quickly responded, "Yeah. Yeah, I'm fine. I'm fine."

Vince Carter said the plan was to get the ball in the corner the whole time in his postgame interview. He added "I had already made the shot before the play happened."

Dan McCarney writes that while Dallas spent most of the past two offseasons trying to sign Dwight Howard and Deron Williams, they lucked out and got Monta Ellis instead who looked like a "booby prize" at the tim.

ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon writes a piece on how Dirk Nowitzki has been a mere role player, albeit highly paid, this series.

Postgame Grades: Trevor Zickgraf dishes out the grades for Game 3 and writes that Tony Parker may have as deceiving of a stat line as you'll ever see.

Bleacher Report's Zach Buckley wrote a piece following Game 3 stating the Spurs problems run deeper than the Mavericks.

Mavs Moneyball's Hal Brown wrote in his recap that Game 3 was weird in that the Mavericks looked more like the regular season version of the squad than it had in the previous outings.