NBA Playoff Preview: Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers Game 2

Andrew PierluissiCorrespondent IIIApril 17, 2011

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 16:  Guard Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts after a three point shot against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2011 at American Airlines Center 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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Game 1 between the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers came down to the last few minutes and stars were given the chance to shine. They did.

Dirk Nowitzki, who was struggling all game with his jump shot, scored 18 points in the final period. But he wasn’t the only hero; Jason Kidd made plays at both ends of the floor to help his team. 

LaMarcus Aldridge and Andre Miller kept the Blazers in the game, but at the end of the day the Mavericks just made more plays.

Portland will be looking for better nights from Wesley Mathews, Brandon Roy, and Gerald Wallace in Game 2. Matthews, Roy, and Wallace combined for 12 points on 6-23 shooting.

Throughout the entire game, the Mavericks seemed to be in control. In the fourth quarter, Portland made a big run to lead by as many as six points. At that point, the Mavericks looked very much like they did in their two losses against Portland late in the regular season.

With only four minutes remaining, the Mavericks and Blazers were tied at 72. It was then when Dirk Nowitzki took over the game single-handedly.

Dirk Nowitzki did not take a free throw in the first three quarters of the game. In the fourth, he got to the line 13 times, making all of his attempts.

As the game came to an end, the Dallas Mavericks made sure to make their free throws to put the game away.

Game 2 is bound to be another intense dogfight. With a series of unexpected contributions and disappointing performances, this following game could turn out to be completely different.

With two full days of rest before the next meeting, expect both teams to be as ready as they can be when they hit the court.