Mavs Take Game 1 Vs. Spurs

Dedrick HendrixCorrespondent IApril 19, 2010

DALLAS - APRIL 18:  Forward Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during play against the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center on April 18, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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How long is it going to take for the Spurs to guard Dirk? All-through the game, Dirk was left uncovered and let him take wide open shots. Don't get me wrong, it was a great game. But, let's face it. The Spurs will not even win one game if they continue to not guard Dirk.

Nowitzki made 12 of 14 shots and all 12 of his free throws, coming up with 36 points to carry the Dallas Mavericks to a 100-94 victory over the rival Spurs on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round series.

The Spurs slowed Nowitzki in the first round last year by swarming him with two and sometimes three defenders. He was expecting it again this series and practically begged them to bring it on with the way he attacked whoever was covering him.

“Sometimes,” Nowitzki said, “you have one of those nights where the basket is big.”

Come on Spurs you've gotta get it together.

My analysis on Game 1 Mavs vs. Spurs