Mavericks 89, Blazers 81: My Top 10 Observer-ations

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10. After all the experts made the Mavs the sexy pick to be upset in the first round, what happens over the weekend? Every road team -- except the Blazers, that is -- either holds a 10-point lead or wins outright. Dallas' win wasn't pretty, but it sure got more attractive Sunday afternoon after Game 1 home losses by the West's 1 and 2: the Spurs (to the Grizzlies) and Lakers (to the Hornets).

9. The key to this game, of course, was Jason Kidd's season-high 24 points. He was all over the court, blocking shots, making steals and even hitting step-back jumpers off one-on-one moves. Maybe the rest coach Rick Carlisle mandated last week was genius after all. He looked like the Kidd of eight years ago who led the Nets to consecutive NBA Finals. At 38, he's the oldest player to make six triples in a playoff game. Benjamin Button, anyone?

8. Biggest, luckiest play of the night for Dallas was a bad turnover by Portland's Gerald Wallace. Leading 72-66 with 5:50 remaining, the Blazers were on a 2-on-1 fast break when Wallace fumbled the ball trying to make a pass to Andre Miller for what would have been an uncontested layup and an eight-point lead. Instead Dallas took the turnover, Kidd made a jumper at the other end and the Mavs outscored Portland the rest of the way, 23-9.

7. Psst. You didn't hear this from me but there's a way to save $25 on parking on playoff games to American Airlines Center. Park on Harwood, just to the west of the Rolex building and east of AAC. It's free. One block closer to the arena: $25 parking. You're welcome.

6. The Mavs were outscored in the paint 46-18, surrendered five lob dunks to LaMarcus Aldridge and got only five combined baskets from Jason Terry, Shawn Marion and Tyson Chandler. Still not quite sure how they won this game. Guess a free-throw edge of 19-2 in the fourth quarter makes up for a lot of ills.

5. Not to be unpatriotic, but the U.S. Navy band playing such current faves as "Mustang Sally" on Victory Plaza seemed a strange pre-game musical choice. Maybe Le Freak, Emerald City, Petty Theft and even Independent George were already booked? Speaking of Victory Plaza, the only joint that can survive that ghost town is Havana, a "social club" kept alive by Channel 8's Dale Hansen.

4. Roddy Beaubois was shooting with what looked to be no pain after Sunday's practice. Still, I expect him to be an afterthought in this series. DeShawn Stevenson played Portland's Wesley Matthews strong in Game 1. Roddy's days of starting are long gone. Caron Butler was also shooting 3s after practice but still isn't cleared for cutting, much less contact.

3. I'm not a big fan of reality TV, but I think I'd be interested in a "Kiss Cam" TV show. Saturday night two hot blondes were about to engage in a lip-lock on the big screen when one of the men in the group literally grabbed his girl by the shirt and halted the show. And, yes, he was roundly and deservedly booed.

2. Yeah, yeah. Dirk is soft and Euro and yadda and yadda and more yadda. Don't look now but he got to the free-throw line 13 times in the fourth (and made all 13 by the way) and gave Dallas the lead for good with a corner 3-pointer. His 28 points and 10 rebounds are average for him in the playoffs. Which is spectacular.

1. Up 1-0 is good great and all. But if the Mavs are counting on six 3-pointers and 24 points from Kidd to win this series, they won't. My pick -- Mavs in 7 -- looks good. For now.


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kergo
kergo

Uh oh, the redsox won agin' on a patriots day gem from dice k......go Jed, go Pedi! Looks like the Rangers and Sox are switching places-hahhahhahhahhhah! Why is everything from Massachusetts so great? BTW, I fully expecta loss tonight vsthe Angels. I take back my earlier prediction, the Redsox may have a better record than the Rangers in 6 six games not 10.

Methinks:-Nelly will have 8 homers at weeks end and 13 by the break-Ogando goes back to the dugout....one pitch doesn't fool pro's-Kinz, On the dl, by may as he trys to hit SEVERAL 500+ home runs

GO GREAT REDSOX,+ BOBBY ORR!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Good luck on that Kerg's, methinks you been saucing too much in the mornings. Oh and wtf is up with the Bruins. Losing 2 at home to those effing les blues french pricks. Booby Oar wouldnt have put up wit dat shit

kergo
kergo

Frickin' Bruins! I have no idea! You just mention Montreal and the "fear" sets in. Bobby Orr is pissed, I'm sure.....my brother see's him all the time on the Cape; and he is STILL a huge Bruins fan. Dman frenchies! I've been a wee bit saucy as of late-damn triple dip recession.

kergo
kergo

MEH! And don't look now, but the little redShoes are coming back to the pack........ya'll ain't thinkin' they are winning 120 now-huh? And here come my Sawx. I hope you enjoyed it while you could; the baseball gods always correct the wrongs. Kerg's predictions holding fast:

Rangers-85 wins, second place in AL.....maybe third if Kinz get hurt (as he always does)Redsox-95 to 101 wins, and championship-yeahhh!

Do you all think coach Big Mike in Anaheim is worried as he's eatin' a GRIZZLY Italian Hoagie, with the diced onions and oil/vinegar drizzlin' down his arm, and he can barely talk cause he's poundin' Buds at the same time? Nope.

LEGEND-thanks!

Dollar Dog
Dollar Dog

Your Sawx are a last place team with a 2 game "winning streak" that will end today against Romero. They got lucky not having to face Drabek in the Blue Jay series.

The Rangers are now a bit exposed with a center fielder that is significantly below average in on base percentage and arm strength.

Also, the Rangers need to junk one of their junk middle reliever RHPs in order to get a third catcher so that Moreland could have batted in the 8th for Napoli against Soriano.

kergo
kergo

Really, The Rangers are one KINZ hurt leg away from 60-102 dude. Sox rox. A bit exposed in center-you think?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Kinsler has a leg injury EVERY season, and last year turned out pretty decently. I think Kinsler is still hitting better than Crawford. Which pisses my off, seeing how Crawford is supposed to be a centerpiece of my sucktastic fantasy team.

kergo
kergo

you know his mantra....swing for a 5 run homer-everytime!. Hey Kinz, how about spraying the ball around and play station to station ball?

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Yeah, because Kinsler is really putting this team on his back with that whopping .170 BA he's trotting out right now.

Kris121
Kris121

Kergo, why don't you head up 35 buddy.

kergo
kergo

Actually Kris, I am thinking about heading north and going to Turner Falls or Chickasaw-thank you! BTW-if'n I hear any gruff from ya'll, I'll make sure your livin' in earthen huts again by September.

Salute'

Kerg's, The Colonial Governor

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Good win for the Mavs, It was nice to see Dirk turn his game around in the 4th after shooting terrrible early on. I just wish He would drive the lane more throughout the game like he did in the 4th. There is no reason he shouldnt shoot 15 FT's a night. a win is a win, Im sure the lakeshow and spurs would rather have the mavs record after 1 playoff game. Welp scottmerkin "the douche" is out

brett
brett

gotta save all the money you can we you host a terrible afternoon show on a failing radio station.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

He just allocates that money towards pre-ripped jeans.

brett
brett

* when, not we

Adidaswolf2
Adidaswolf2

psst - don't get used to parking on Harwood - the "rules" change frequently over there and what was legal today may not be tomorrow and all you will have to show for it - a $25 parking ticket.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

A win is a win right now. The playoffs are going to be about survival, especially in this first round. The Mavs took the Blazers first punch, and knocked them back down. I'm scratching my head on the Lakers, the Spurs will bounce back, and the Thunder/Nuggets are looking good. I have Spurs butt hurt right now. This is what it must feel like to be a Red Sox fan, eh Kergo?

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

I have Spurs butt-hurt, too. Effing Pop REFUSED to let Ginobili play, even though Manu told him he could go. I hate that Noriega-faced sumbitch! LET MANU PLAY, CRATERFACE!!!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

ah, Spurs have lost the first game 5 of the last 7 seasons. I'm not panicking yet.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Yep. Another 15 pts plus everything else he can give you more than makes up the deficit. Methinks if TD plays Randolph that he's scores 10 less points. I don't understand why they weren't going to Tim more. This is what happens when your team shoots nothing but jumpers, a la Mavericks. The Grizz came to play, but I can see the Spurs winning in 6 still.

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