PORTLAND, OR - MAY 10: Tim Duncan #21 and Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs look on from the bench in the first quarter of Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Portland Trail Blazers to start during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on May 10, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. 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 Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
A week later, you feel better about the Mavs, right? You should.
If you were thrilled by Dallas pushing the Spurs to a Game 7 in the first round, you’re spirits are more encouraged by San Antonio’s dismantling of the Portland Trailblazers in the Western Conference Semifinals. While the Mavs somehow managed to beat the Spurs three times - not to mention coughing up an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 1 – the Blazers have been thoroughly embarrassed by the NBA’s best team.
After trouncing Portland by 24, 17 and 15 points in building a 3-0 lead, the Spurs go for the sweep tonight in Game 4. The games haven’t been that close. San Antonio has led at halftime by 26, 19 and 20 and turned a quarterfinal series into extended garbage time.
Moral victories ring hollow this time of year. But take solace Mavs fans. The Spurs likely won’t be pushed to seven games again en route to the championship.
So, if nothing else, the Mavs get credit for waking up the monster.
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.