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Nowhere to Hide: Damian Lillard Defending the San Antonio Spurs

May 6, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) moves the ball against the defense of Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) in game one of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps more than anything, individual matchups are magnified in the playoffs. As rotations shorten, intensity heightens, and coaching looms more influential than ever, the exploitation of a certain player’s strengths and weaknesses can easily swing a game, and by proxy a series. Which teams win or lose a single mismatch can be the tipping point between advancing into June and being eliminated in April. Continue Reading

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The San Antonio Spurs and the Dallas Mavericks: Life, The Universe And Everything

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The Mavericks and Spurs have met in the playoffs six times over the past fifteen years. Duncan, Nowitzki, Ginobili, Popovich and Parker are constants but the rest of the cast has changed, a dozen times over. But there is something about both teams and this matchup in particular that feels timeless and indelible, vivid memories on an eternal loop. The names and faces have changed, but the basketball hasn’t. Continue Reading

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NBA Playoffs Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks

The playoffs are here and we have another Spurs and Mavericks playoff match up. How the Mavericks Got Here: The Dallas Mavericks made the playoffs by beating the teams down the stretch and playing with a sense of urgency. The Mavericks… Continue Reading