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Kidd Key to Game 1

Posted By Alexei Wall On Apr 17 2011 @ 7:44 am In Dallas Mavericks | No Comments

Now, who was that team that won game 1 of the opening playoff series with the Portland Trailblazers 89-81, lead by Dirk’s double-double of 28 pts and 10 rebs. The key to the game 1 win was Jason Kidd though, who was 6 of 10 from 3 pt range and had 24 pts in the game to go along with 5 rebs, 4 assts, and 2 stls. That’s a great game from Kidd.

The issue that always plagues the Mavs is that you can’t expect that every night from Kidd throughout the playoffs. The double-double from Dirk can be relied upon, but the Blazers were in this game until the dagger 3 pt shoot from Kidd in the 4th quarter and I don’t see that changing in this series.

This has been everybody’s upset special for the first round and game 1 shows why. I would certainly like to believe that the Mavs could go all the way to a championship, but my basketball brain knows that the team still doesn’t have what’s needed. Game 1 is typical for the Mavs in that when this team is shooting well they look like world beaters, but what are they going to do on those nights when the jumpers aren’t falling for a second scorer like Kidd did in game 1. That’s what has “traditionally” been the problem for the Mavs in the playoffs leading to being put out in the first round 3 of the last 4 years and concerns me with moving on in this series.

We’ll see if they can keep it going in game 2 on Tuesday night.

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