The Mavericks won Game 2 by about as easy a margin and effort as I can ever remember. They have never won a Best of 7 series in 4 or 5 games, but I think we might be quickly approaching that status in this series.
Game 2 Notes:
• After the playoffs of 2005, we all wondered when exactly Dirk was going to play like he can play. In fact, I recall during the Houston series that I kept predicting that he was about to go off, simply because he had not gone off during the entire series. Well, it pretty much never happened last season. Now, Dirk has done it in Game 1 and Game 2. He had 31 more in Game 2, and could have had 50 if the game required it. He had 21 at the half, and Memphis really never even put on a run.
• 2 games into the series, and Memphis has had more turnovers than assists in both games. That, kids, will get you beat.
• Somehow, though, The Mavericks were outshot in both of the first two games, and have managed to win both of them. Stats are for losers, they say.
• I have said before and I will say it again. I am not sure I understand Pau Gasol. I really think he is everything that people say about European players. Indifferent and not really meaningful numbers.
• Better minutes from Devin Harris. Don’t underestimate his contribution to beating the Spurs.
• Loves me some DJ Mbenga. Big props to Donnie Nelson for finding Diop and Mbenga for nothing, really. Athletic big men. Interesting concept that eluded the Mavs for decades.
• Dancing Grandmas? Mark Cuban, you are a freaking genius! Wow.
• The bottom line here is the simple. The Mavericks are better. This series goes 5, and then it is time to gear up for those Spurs. I still think the Kings make things very tough at Arco for the San Antonio.