I watched last night's game from the home front and was stunned at the Mavericks' response (or lack thereof) against the Thunder. Just one night before, following their victory over the Toronto Raptors, several Mavs were asked about the Thunder, about how tough they played the Mavs here. Every Mavs player said they knew they had to be ready, knew that it was going to be trickier in Oklahoma City's building.
And yet, that's what the Mavs did up there last night. Owner Mark Cuban was upset at the performance. So was coach Rick Carlisle. Understandable. The Mavs had an opportunity to do a number on the Thunder, especially with Kevin Durant and Jeff Green out. Instead, well, we all saw it.
So now the Mavericks play the Spurs tomorrow night; yeah, the same Spurs who, missing Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan last week still beat up on the Mavs. Duncan is back, Ginobili is still out. This is a night when the Mavs need to come out strong and focused. They need this one bad.
So... considering all that's happened in the last 24 hours, how do the Mavs respond tomorrow night?
-- Tracey Myers