(5) Dallas Mavericks vs. (1) San Antonio Spurs
Dallas is only 1-3 against San Antonio this season, but they're riding high in the saddle after dumping off Karl Malone, John Stockton and the Jazz in a game-five thriller in Salt Lake City. But to throttle the Spurs, they'll have to find a way to slow down Tim Duncan (23 ppg, 13 rpg against DAL) and David Robinson (10 rpg), who have eaten them alive inside. This is the series they picked up Juwan Howard for; they really need him to step up big time. If he can neutralize things inside, Dallas' German gunslinger, Dirk Nowitzki, could make things very dicey for the West's #1-seed.
||The Mavs try to isolate Steve Nash (13) on the pick and roll where he can draw the defense and find his shooters.
Here he gets a screen from Dirk Nowitzki (41) and attacks the middle.
||Danny Ferry (35) hedges to stop Nash (13) but loses Nowitzki (41).
Nash finds Nowitzki, who has faded back to the three point line, and Ferry can't recover in time to stop him.