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Much like the Lakers and Spurs, Dallas and San Antonio have a long, decorated rivalry.
Overall, the Spurs have remained a thorn in Dallas’ side, seen most recently in the 2010 NBA Playoffs, when the seventh-seeded San Antonio surprisingly dismantled a seemingly sturdy second-seeded Mavs squad, conquering Dallas in six games.
Dallas appeared to die a quick death this season when they lost Caron Butler for the remainder of the year, but they have since rebounded to become the second best team out West.
Dirk Nowitzki is irrefutably still hungry for a championship, and owner Mark Cuban will make any trade or transaction necessary to give him that coveted ring.
However, one has to wonder just how long the Mavericks can go without a certain, unquestionable No. 2 scorer.
It would be unfair to ask too much of Peja Stojakovic, who is not the player he once was. Jason Terry can score in bunches, but he can also go on a brick-fest from time to time.
If the Mavs and Spurs clash again, I think the Spurs will still come out victorious, despite some usual heroics from Dirk.
San Antonio just has too many guys who can light it up from three, even if Dallas’ interior defense (thanks to Tyson Chandler) may be significantly better compared to last year—it will be the kick-outs on double teams that will torch Dallas.
Spurs Grade: B