DENVER - MAY 05: Chris Andersen #11 of the Denver Nuggets battles for position with Dirk Nowitzki #41 and Ryan Hollins #1 of the Dallas Mavericks in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Pepsi Center on May 5, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Mavericks 117-105. 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 Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Hopefully you were singing the blog headline to the tune of "do you believe in magic??"
Anyway. The Mavericks have dug themselves a mighty fine hole going into game three Saturday at American Airlines Center. Most "experts" have the Mavs done. Unfortunately, I agree. What we've seen from the first two games of this series is a Denver team that plays faster, stronger, and smarter. That's not a good combination if you still hold hope of winning the series.
Denver now enjoys a six-game win streak over Dallas. The players we spoke to at today's practice believe they can hold serve at the AAC and make this a series again. I think the Mavs will win Saturday. But then the emotion magic stick will run out. Denver is just too good. For selfish reasons I hope Dallas continues to win. Realistically, I think we've gotten the most out of the '08-'09 Mavs, and it will be the off season really soon.