DALLAS – The palms may be a bit sweatier and the nerves may be a bit frazzled. Such is life when NBA players encounter playing an elimination game.
And that's the scenario the Dallas Mavericks are faced with as they trail the San Antonio Spurs, 3-2, in a best-of-seven first-round playoff series.
As they prepare to host San Antonio at 7 p.m. Friday in Game 6 at American Airlines Center, the Mavs are obviously in a different state of mind that the Spurs. San Antonio can afford to lose another game in this series, because Game 7 will be back at AT&T Center if the Mavs capture Game 6.
But the Mavs' mentality is much different. For them they know it's win or go on vacation.
“Maybe you’re on the edge a little more,’’ forward Dirk Nowitzki said. “You don’t even want to think that the long season could actually come to an end tomorrow.
“You don’t even want to let your cross your mind. You want to stay focus and …..you kind of want to stay in the moment.’’
Staying in the moment as in not thinking four or five possessions ahead, regardless of what the score is.
“You just stay in the moment and take one possession at a time,’’ Nowitzki said. “Don’t get too high when we make a run and don’t get too low when they make a run.
“Just kind of keep plugging along. And then, like I said, if we do a little better job defensively I like our chances.’’
-- Dwain Price
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