DALLAS — The Mavericks spent Monday in Dallas preparing for Game 2 of their first round NBA Playoffs series with the Spurs. That game will take place Wednesday night at seven o'clock in San Antonio.
Lately, Dallas has not had much success in the Alamo city.
“That place down there has been as tough a place for us to play in years,” Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said after Monday's practice. “We'll see what happens. Hopefully we'll be in that position again on Wednesday night and we'll go from there.”
One of the biggest obstacles the Mavericks face right now could well be psychological. They've lost their last 10 games in a row against San Antonio. It's still early in this series, so a win could do wonders.
“We're ready for Game 2. I mean, there is nothing we can do about that,” said Mavericks forward Vince Carter. “It is what it is. We're coming to play to win. We're not playing because we want to get rid of a 10-game losing streak... we're playing to win the series. I leave that for you all to worry about. Yes, we're not going out there to lose our 11th, we're going out there to win four games so we can move forward.”
“Really, I mean we've got to make some adjustments, I'm not going to get into what they are,” head coach Rick Carlisle said. “I like a lot of the things we did, and right now we've just got to bounce back.”
Despite the string of losses, the Mavs' performance on Sunday night renewed a feeling within the team that the gap between the two teams isn't as great as it might appear.
“If you don't believe that you can be a team, you should just stay at home,” Nowitzki said. “That's how you've got to go into a series with the mindset. You've got to go in there with a fresh mindset and be ready to go to battle and leave it all out there and see what happens at the end of the series.”
The odds are certainly not in the Mavericks' favor right now, because the winner of game one with home court advantage, wins the series 85 percent of the time.