2011 NBA Playoffs: Dallas Mavericks vs Portland Trail Blazers Game 3 Live Blog

Aaron MContributor IIIApril 21, 2011

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 19:  Guard Jose Juan Barea #11 of the Dallas Mavericks takes a shot against LaMarcus Aldridge #12 of the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 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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Welcome all to Game 3 between the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trail Blazers. The Mavericks have a commanding 2-0 series lead and the Trail Blazers will want to turn things around on their home court.

While the Trail Blazers have executed an effective fast-break, they have yet to limit Dirk Nowitski. He has been getting to the line consistently and has simply dominated at times, taking control of the game.

Jason Kidd has also had a significant impact on the first two games of the series. He has taken the big shot when needed and he finds himself in all areas of the court working hard and hustling for loose balls.

The Trail Blazers will want a big game from LaMarcus Aldridge, who found his scoring touch in Game 2, contributing 28 points in 18 shooting attempts. The Blazers will also need their bench to contribute if they intend on getting back in the series.

The Blazers bench scoring a combined 11 points in Game 2 while the Mavericks bench poured in 39 points, led by Peja Stojakovic's 21 points, and five three pointers.

The Blazers also committed six more turnovers than the Mavericks and will want to take better care of the ball as the Mavericks are known to capitalize in transition.

Join me shortly as the game is just minutes from tip-off, my name is Aaron and I'll be live-blogging on this lovely night.