The Spurs have won the last two games of the series, come within a Vince Carter miracle of winning three consecutive and are huge favorites to outlast the Mavericks.
The chances of the Mavs winning the final two games of this series against the NBA’s best team are about as slim as it raining for six weeks straight in Texas to fill up our lakes and end this drought.
But if Dallas can find a way to win Game 6 Friday night in American Airlines Center, their history suggests they’ll have a great chance to win a Game 7 Sunday afternoon in San Antonio.
The Mavs are 4-1 all-time in Game 7s, including a win in San Antonio in 2006. Matter of fact, the Dirk-era Mavs are 4-0 in Game 7s, beating the Blazers and Kings and in ’03, Rockets in ’05 and Spurs in ’06 on Nowitzki’s overtime-forcing three-point play over Manu Ginobli in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Dallas’ only Game 7 loss in franchise history: ’88 Western Conference Finals against Magic Johnson’s Showtime Lakers in a game in which Mark Aguirre left early in the fourth quarter with a finger injury.
Dirk showed signs of life in Game 5 with 26 points. And he knows how to win Game 7s.
There is hope. Only a glimmer, but there is hope.
Bring on Sunday.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.