Erick Dampier hadn't been playing much lately, be it because the Mavericks were playing smaller lineups or James Singleton was emerging or both. But the Mavs needed him against San Antonio on Wednesday and he didn't disappoint. Here are his numbers in a nutshell:
31:29 minutes, most he's played since Feb. 18 against New Jersey
4 blocked shots, and three of those came in the fourth quarter
19 points for Tim Duncan... he had a little something to do with that, didn't he?
Jason Terry was very high on Dampier's work: Duncan
"Erick Dampier is what makes this team go. He's the one we look for to seal our paint and he's always guarding the toughest player every night. When he plays and coach leaves him out there a good amount of time, he's productive. He was tremendous. It shows what we're capable of doing as a team when we allow him to play. He was doing stuff tonight we haven't seen in a long time: chasing Tony Parker off a three, scrambling around, playing Tim
So, can Dampier do it again tonight?
-- Tracey Myers