Regardless of my desire to see the underdog San Antonio Spurs eliminate the overrated Dallas Mavericks in the first round, it appears as though that may be more of a dream than reality.
If the Spurs continue to rely on their three aging stars and that trio alone, they will be heading home early this postseason.
But, if San Antonio wakes up and begins to play the kind of basketball the Riverwalk City has become accustomed to then the Spurs can still easily make a series out of this Lone Star State rivalry.
Owner Mark Cuban and his Mavs are clearly a top-notch team, and they got a whole lot better when they made the trade bringing Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler to Dallas from Washington.
However, regardless of Cuban’s arrogance and his players sometimes-poor attitudes, the Spurs have the talent and the knowledge to beat this Dallas team.
Down 0-1 in the best of seven series, it’s time for the Spurs to turn things around -- beginning Wednesday in Dallas.
Looking back at game one, let’s look at five factors (and five things that must improve) that led to the Spurs falling behind in the opening round of this year’s NBA Playoffs…