As the Mavericks were getting ready in the pregame locker room, Dirk Nowitzki walked by and asked Caron Butler, who had just come back from the court for some early shooting, what it looked like out there.
"It's feathery-ish,'' Butler said. "That's a word, isn't it?
The AT&T Center is going to be a zoo tonight. There's going to be ear-splitting noise, derogatory and nasty words flying and some serious Mav-hating going on.
And the men might even be worse.
That's a joke for any of you over-sensitive types out there.
Dirk Nowitzki is ready for it and believes the Mavericks are prepared to handle the situation, too.
"Every possession counts and you try to stick together and try to fight and claw your way out of it,'' Nowitzki said. "We're in a hole and face elimination. We worked too hard after the trade for us to go home now. So we're going to let it all rip and see what happens.''
The Mavericks just completed their shootaround in a blissfully quiet arena. They're hoping they can keep it quiet in about eight hours.
"It was pretty crazy last time and elimination games tend to ramp up a little more,'' coach Rick Carlisle said. "But that's what the playoffs are about. We're going to have to play our ass off. I expect it to be physical. To what level, you never know for sure. There aren't many playoff games now that aren't physical.''