Wednesday, May 18, 2011

OKC Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks Game 1 Highlights (0-1) and Review

Final 121 - 112. Dallas.

And this game was all about the respective superstars: Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant.

Dirk went insane on OKC. 24-24 from the charity stripe? Playoff Record. Not 1 three-pointer. Going for 48 points in this season opener, No. 41 played exactly 41 minutes and shot 12 for 15 from the field...that's 80% for those a little slower than the rest this morning.

Don't sleep on Kevin Durant either. Dude went for 40 points, 8 boards and 5 assists. 10 for 18 from the field and 18 for 19 from the free throw line.

Judging by the play out of Game 1, this appears to be a "clash of titans-esque" match up. It should be exciting to watch all the way throughout the final game, which I believe may be a game 6 or 7.

My series winner: Dallas Mavericks. In order for OKC to pull this one off, they're going to need unreal production from their "role" players. James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Eric Maynor, Thabo Sefolosha...I'm talking to you guys. KD and Russell Westbrook are going to bring it, night in and night out, but so are the likes of Dirk, JJ Barea, Jason Terry, and Shawn Marion...and the numbers are uneven there. My advise to OKC's starting role players and bench: Don't leave your go-tos hanging.

Word to Mark Cuban for putting together a damn-near unbeatable team. One, that will probably carry him, to his first NBA Championship.