DALLAS -- Despite being down 2-0 in their best-of-seven series to Oklahoma City, Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd is a very calm and cool customer.
Instead of acting like the Mavs are in a pressure-packed situation going into Game 3 of this series, that's not the case with Kidd.
"There are no concerns here,'' Kidd said. "It's just basketball. Keep it as simple as possible.''
From Kidd's vantage point, Kevin Durant made a basket that hit the rim and hit the backboard before falling into the net with 1.5 seconds left as the Thunder won Game 1, 99-98. And in Game 2, Dirk Nowitzki missed a late wide open three-pointer with the Mavs up one point, and also had a fadeaway jumper from the corner hug every part of the rim before falling harmlessly by the wayside.
Those two misses by Nowitzki helped keep the Mavs on the short end of a 102-99 score in Game 2 of this series.
"The Durant shot hits the left side of the rim and goes in and they win the ballgame,'' Kidd said. "Dirk's shot (from the corner) bounces around twice and didn't go in.
"He makes that shot -- but he didn't and we lost.''
The Mavs know they could easily be up 2-0 in this series instead of down 0-2.
"We gave two good efforts in Oklahoma City and came up short,'' Kidd said. "And now it's our turn to protect home.''
-- Dwain Price
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