So if you are a sports fan that enjoys a trip to the American Airlines Center, than you had a hell of a night. Whether you spend your sports dollar on the Stars or the Mavs your team had a huge playoff win this evening. Both team evened up their series with the Mavericks stealing home court from the Spurs with a game two win in San Antonio and the Stars winning game 4 right here in the good old Metroplex.
I don’t pretend to be much of a hockey expert so we will save my generic Stars points for later in the post, but as for my beloved Mavs, they broke out of a 10 game losing streak against the Spurs that stretched two seasons with an absolute blowout. Dallas beat the Spurs on their home floor with a score of 113-92. No joke, Shane Larkin, Jae Crowder, and Sarge where on the floor to close out a game against the almost unbeatable San Antonio team.
Perhaps even more strange is the fact that Dallas was able to split the first two on the road, and really dominate 88 of the 96 minutes in the series so far while both Dirk and Monte Ellis are finding a hard time getting a rhythm going. Dirk had another poor shooting night going 7-19 and scoring just 16 points, and Monte had a team high 21 but on just 8 of 20. Some of that has to be what the Spurs are doing on defense and tonight the Mavs were able to capitalize. The Mavs got 40 points from their bench led by 18 in another big night for Devin Harris and inconsistent scorers Shawn Marion and the much maligned Jose Calderon combined for 32.
Calderon deserves special mention as he scored 9 of his 12 in a short period of the 3rd quarter that answered a bit of a Spurs run and began an avalanche of Dallas buckets. With all the flack he has taken from us here at Strained Hammy and from other media outlets he deserves a great deal of credit.
One would expect that the Spurs will come out with their hair on fire Saturday at the AAC, but Dirk should have an extra gear as well as the familiar rims in Dallas should get him out of his mini slump. If Dallas can survive game 3 and protect home court, it is time that I and the rest of us Mavs fans start to believe.
Some quick Stars thoughts.
How about this guy huh?
Antoine Roussel continues to be the burr in Anaheim’s saddle as the Ducks spent the last couple of minutes in the game trying to fight rather than score as they were two goals down.
Kari Lehtonen never looked comfortable but after allowing two first period goals, was able to do just enough to keep the Ducks at bay.
After tying the game at 2 with two somewhat soft goals in the second, The Stars found the magic touch scoring two goals in the span of a minute in a half in the 3rd period.
The Ducks who spent much of the off day whining about being bullied by the Stars, shoved Garbutt into Kari right before Goligoski scored the Stars 4th and then put out 5 guys looking for a fight to close the game. The poor officials blew the whistle to signal the end of the game and then had to jump into duty trying to separate fights all over the ice.
Add that to the Rangers taking over first place in the AL West with a sweep of the A’s and today is a day that should have every Strained Hammy reader smiling. Go Mavs! And Stars! And Rangers. (No exclamation points in the regular season.)