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2016 Playoffs First Round Game 4: Thunder at Mavs

Mejri Blocks, Anderson Jams

Salah Mejri goes up for the nice block, and Justin Anderson finishes with a jam.

After sluggish start, Mavs know they must hit first in Game 4

DALLAS — Unable to work themselves out of an early hole Thursday while falling to a 1-2 deficit in their first-round playoff series following a 131-102 defeat, the Dallas Mavericks know the importance of getting off to a better start in Saturday night’s pivotal Game 4.

Responding to a 108-70 road loss to the No. 3-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the series, the Mavericks came out much more aggressively in the second outing to sneak away with an 85-84 victory. However, the Mavs couldn’t sustain that success as the series swung to Dallas for Game 3, allowing the Thunder to sprint to an early advantage in front of the American Airlines Center crowd. The Mavericks will now attempt to even the series once again, hoping to get off to a much better start before the series swings back to Oklahoma City.

“I think, when we look back on this game, we’re going to have some regrets with some of the periods where we didn’t compete the way we needed to compete,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle confessed after Game 3.

“I thought they came out hard,” he added. “I thought we played hard at times. I thought we needed to play with a lot more grit than we did. We need to adjust, and we need to get ready for Game 4.”

Surrendering 11-of-20 shooting to the Thunder in the first quarter, including 4 of 7 from three-point range, the Mavericks faced an uphill climb from the opening tipoff.

Trailing by as many as 11 in the opening period, the Mavs entered into the second quarter in a 27-21 hole. The Mavericks then saw the visiting team surge to a 19-point lead during the second stanza as former MVP Kevin Durant stayed on the attack, closing the gap to 10 at 58-48 entering the halftime intermission. And although the Mavs continued to fight in the second half, their sluggish start proved to be too much to overcome down the stretch.

“I thought we sort of kept it close there,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said of the play of his team in the first quarter. “A six-point game is doable. Yeah, they came out as expected and [Durant] set the tone there, making tough shots and making threes behind the screens. I think that settled their team down, and on the other end we couldn’t really get anything going offensively for a minute. We had to play from behind all night long, which is obviously what they want. … We couldn’t really make this a game anymore coming out of the half. We made a little push there at the end of the second quarter, and then coming out of the half it ballooned to 19. We got it back down to 10, getting the crowd back into it, and then Russell (Westbrook) hit two threes back-to-back possessions. That was it there.”

The Dallas deficit eventually peaked at 31 during the fourth quarter, leaving a sour taste in the Mavericks’ mouths as they sit on the loss for 48 hours. Meanwhile, Durant got on track after a lackluster performance in Game 2, rebounding from a 7-of-33 shooting night to score a game-high 34 points while connecting on 11 of 25 from the field. And with Durant expected to come out aggressively once again Saturday night, the Mavericks will attempt to develop a hit-first mindset before Game 4 gets underway.

“We’ve got to come out with a more hit-first mentality on both ends of the court,” Mavs swingman Wesley Matthews said after scoring a team-high 22 points during Thursday’s loss.

He added: “You know, if we’re getting hit on screens, we’ve got to hit them on screens. Obviously, there’s no love lost between these two teams, and we can’t throw second. We didn’t throw second in Game 2. We can’t throw second in Game 4.”

Note: The sixth-seeded Mavericks will now return to their home floor on Saturday night, hosting the No. 3-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4. Oklahoma City leads the series 2-1. Game 4 will air nationally on ESPN. It will also air locally on TXA 21, 103.3 FM ESPN and in Spanish on 1540 AM ESPN Deportes at 7 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

The Mavericks’ first-round playoff schedule is as follows:

Game 4 – Saturday, April 23

Oklahoma City at Dallas at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN/TXA 21

*Game 5 — Monday, April 25

Dallas at Oklahoma City 7 p.m. CT on TNT/TXA 21

*Game 6 — Thursday, April 28

Oklahoma City at Dallas TBD on TBD/TXA21

*Game 7 — Saturday, April 30

Dallas at Oklahoma City TBD on TNT/TXA21

*If necessary

All games, except those televised on ABC, are available to be televised locally.

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

Deron Williams (left abdominal strain/sports hernia) — day-to-day

Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) — out for the remainder of the season

Jeremy Evans (right shoulder surgery) — out for the remainder of the season

Mavs anticipate dogfight in Game 3 as first-round series shifts to Dallas

DALLAS — Oulasting the No. 3-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder for an 85-84 win in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series Monday night on the road, the Dallas Mavericks return home with plenty of confidence as the scene now shifts to American Airlines Center on Thursday.

Refusing to give up after falling to a 108-70 defeat last Saturday night in Game 1, the Mavericks (1-1) responded with a gritty performance in the second showdown to even the series. In the process, the Mavs became the first team to win Game 2 after losing the previous outing by 35 or more points since the Boston Celtics did so against the Orlando Magic in 1995. And with a chance to build momentum during two games on their home hardwood, the underdog Mavericks will attempt to take a 2-1 series lead with a win Thursday night.

​”We let them know we’re here to fight,” 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki said following the Game 2 win. “Obviously, with their talent, with their team and with their roster, they’re still the heavy favorites. But we let them know this is not going to be an easy walkover. That’s basically it. You know, they’re going to come out firing on Thursday from all cylinders. We’ve got to be ready for a quick start again, but our home will be rocking. The AAC will be great, our fans will be ready, and it’s two great games hopefully at home. What you try to do if you steal one is always hold the next game. You focus on Thursday’s game, watch some film, get healthy hopefully and look at what we can do better.”

While the Mavs will try to make corrections in time for Game 3, they’ll also attempt to duplicate their defensive success against former MVP Kevin Durant during Monday’s win.

Durant led three Thunder scorers in double figures with 21 points while adding nine rebounds, but he finished the game hitting just 7 of 33 from the field. The defensive intensity on Durant allowed the Mavericks to outshoot the Thunder (1-1) for the game, 42.7 percent to 33.7 percent, overcoming a 54-45 rebounding disadvantage while scoring 17 points off Oklahoma City’s 15 turnovers. And after Durant tied Michael Jordan for the most misses in a postseason game since 1997, the Dallas defense will again attempt to contain the league’s No. 3 scorer this season.

“I thought he missed some shots he normally makes, but I also thought we made a tremendous team effort to make it hard on him,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said while addressing the defensive success on Durant in Game 2. “We’re going to have to continue to do that, ’cause he’s not going to keep missing.”

With Durant expected to come out aggressively in Game 3, the Mavericks will certainly have their hands full. Meanwhile, the injury-riddled Mavs could continue to play short-handed after gutting out a win without a few of their top contributors.

Already playing minus versatile small forward Chandler Parsons following his season-ending right knee arthroscopic surgery, the Mavericks took Game 2 without veteran guard J.J. Barea (right groin strain) and big man David Lee (right plantar fascia injury) in the lineup. Meanwhile, three-time All-Star Deron Williams continued to play through a left abdominal strain, but he was limited in the second half of Monday’s victory. Nowitzki also suffered a bone bruise in his right knee during the win. That said, Carlisle admits that his team will have to dig deep in order to take control of the series while overcoming the piling injuries.

“We know from a manpower standpoint we’re at a pretty big disadvantage with our injuries, and we know we’re not going to outrun or outjump or out-skill these guys,” Carlisle confessed. “We’ve got to play a working man’s grinding and highly-intelligent game to hang with them, and (Monday night) we found a way to hang in there and gave ourselves a chance at the end. We made a couple of big plays and got out of there alive, but they’re a great team. If you look at Durant, (Russell) Westbrook and (Serge) Ibaka, those guys are stars. Durant and Westbrook are superstars, and it’s a tough group to hang with. But we’ve got to do it with grit and guts.”

Note: The sixth-seeded Mavericks will now return to their home floor on Thursday, hosting the No. 3-seeded Thunder in Game 3. The series is tied at 1-1. Game 3 will air nationally on TNT. It will also air locally on TXA 21, 103.3 FM ESPN and in Spanish on 1540 AM ESPN Deportes at 6 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

The Mavericks’ first-round playoff schedule is as follows:

Game 3 – Thursday,  April 21

Oklahoma City at Dallas at 6 p.m. CT  on TNT/TXA 21

Game 4 – Saturday,  April 23

Oklahoma City at Dallas at 7 p.m. CT  on ESPN/TXA 21

*Game 5 — Monday,  April 25

Dallas at Oklahoma City  7 p.m. CT on TNT/TXA 21

*Game 6 — Thursday,  April 28

Oklahoma City at Dallas TBD on TBD/TXA21

*Game 7 — Saturday,  April 30

Dallas at Oklahoma City  TBD on TNT/TXA21

*If necessary

All games, except those televised on ABC, are available to be televised locally.

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Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

J.J. Barea (right groin strain) — day-to-day

David Lee (right plantar fascia injury) — day-to-day

Deron Williams (left abdominal strain) — day-to-day

Dirk Nowitzki (right knee bone bruise) — day-to-day

Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) — out for the remainder of the season

Jeremy Evans (right shoulder surgery) — out for the remainder of the season

Mavs showed plenty of pride, fight in gritty Game 2 win

DALLAS — Rallying together in response to one of the franchise’s most disappointing displays in the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks scratched and clawed their way to an 85-84 win Monday night in Game 2 to return home with their first-round series knotted at 1-1.

Falling to a 108-70 Game 1 loss Saturday night to the No. 3-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder in the lowest-scoring postseason game in franchise history, the sixth-seeded Mavericks (1-1) didn’t wallow in their own self-pity. Instead, the Mavs turned their attention to the pivotal second showdown, hoping to atone for their lackluster performance with a better effort two nights later. The Mavericks then overcame their fair share of injuries and adversity to edge out the Thunder (1-1) on its home floor, benefitting from an overturned call in the final seconds to negate Steven Adams’ tip-in at the buzzer while securing the win.

And after seeing his cast of veterans come together, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle praised the grittiness his players displayed to come back and even the series.

“I’m very proud of our guys for the way they responded after one of the most disappointing games in franchise history,” Carlisle confessed after the win. “It’s a group with a lot of pride and obviously a lot of resilience. … It’s a great opponent and we’re a very humble team, so we’re very resilient and very proud. We’re very proud to win this game, but we know that now it’s on.”

Led by veteran guard Raymond Felton’s 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting and 11 rebounds to record a double-double in the second showdown, the Mavericks eventually outlasted the Thunder in a back-and-forth affair. The Mavs also sprinted to an early advantage after playing from behind most of the night in Game 1.

Connecting on just 5-of-24 shooting during the opening period of Game 1, the Mavericks found themselves in a 26-11 hole after 12 minutes of play. The Mavs then fell behind 59-33 to finish the first half, shooting only 26.2 percent from the field through two quarters before trailing by as many as 44 late. That wasn’t the case two nights later as the Mavericks turned a 24-20 edge after the first period into a 45-43 lead entering the halftime intermission. The strong start then paced the Mavs into the second half, according to 13-time All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, as the Dallas team held together for a hard-fought road win.

“We addressed the start,” Nowitzki said. “I think they’re a very good first-quarter team. We mentioned it after Game 1. And for us to be there and even have a lead after the first quarter kind of set us up to be in the game for the rest of the night.

“We let them know we’re here to fight. Obviously, with their talent, with their team and with their roster, they’re still the heavy favorites. But we let them know this is not going to be an easy walkover.”

The Mavericks had dropped five previous matchups against the Thunder during the 2015-16 campaign, falling in all four regular-season meetings before also sliding to the loss in Game 1. However, one reason for the change of fortune was the increased commitment to the defensive end in Game 2.

The Dallas defense forced former MVP Kevin Durant into a tie with Michael Jordan for the most misses in a postseason game since 1997, limiting the perennial All-Star to 21 points on just 7-of-33 shooting from the field. The defensive effort didn’t stop there, holding the Thunder to 33.7 percent shooting as a team and overcoming a 54-45 rebounding disadvantage with 17 points off Oklahoma City’s 15 turnovers. And while using Saturday’s disappointment as motivation to redeem themselves, the Mavericks became the first team to win Game 2 after losing the previous outing by 35 or more points since the Boston Celtics did so against the Orlando Magic in 1995.

“It was an embarrassment, man. It was really nothing to say,” Felton said while recalling the feeling in the locker room following Game 1. “We all knew that wasn’t acceptable. That’s not Dallas Mavericks basketball. You know, that was just a disgrace to the city of Dallas, to the fans of Dallas and to ourselves and our families. It was just an embarrassment on national television to get beat like that, so we were coming in here for a dogfight no matter what. Even if we didn’t come out with the win, we were going to come out and we were going to give them a fight.”

Note: The sixth-seeded Mavericks will now return to their home floor on Thursday, hosting the No. 3-seeded Thunder in Game 3. The series is tied at 1-1. Game 3 will air nationally on TNT. It will also air locally on TXA 21, 103.3 FM ESPN and in Spanish on 1540 AM ESPN Deportes at 6 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting Mavs.com, or by calling (214) 747-MAVS.

The Mavericks’ first-round playoff schedule is as follows:

Game 3 – Thursday,  April 21

Oklahoma City at Dallas at 6 p.m. CT  on TNT/TXA 21

Game 4 – Saturday,  April 23

Oklahoma City at Dallas at 7 p.m. CT  on ESPN/TXA 21

*Game 5 — Monday,  April 25

Dallas at Oklahoma City  7 p.m. CT on TNT/TXA 21

*Game 6 — Thursday,  April 28

Oklahoma City at Dallas TBD on TBD/TXA21

*Game 7 — Saturday,  April 30

Dallas at Oklahoma City  TBD on TNT/TXA21

*If necessary

All games, except those televised on ABC, are available to be televised locally.

baylor

Injury updates presented by Baylor Emergency Medical Centers:

J.J. Barea (right groin strain) — day-to-day

David Lee (right plantar fascia injury) — day-to-day

Deron Williams (left abdominal strain) — day-to-day

Dirk Nowitzki (bruised right knee) — day-to-day

Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) — out for the remainder of the season

Jeremy Evans (right shoulder surgery) — out for the remainder of the season

2016 Playoffs First Round Game 2: Mavs at Thunder

Mavericks vs. Thunder: Game 2

Raymond Felton scores 21 points and grabs 11 rebounds as the Mavericks steal Game 2 in Oklahoma City.