After a 4th quarter collapse in game 4 in which the Mavericks blew an 18 point 4th quarter lead, Monday’s game 5 was a must win for the Mavericks. It was a test of their moxie to regroup and bring a great effort in game 5. The Mavs did just that, brought effort. After a sluggish 1st quarter the Mavs started to dictate the game little by little. Leading the way was Tyson Chandler, who had a huge game for the Mavs. Chandler has been expected to bring the emotional toughness that the Mavs have lacked in years past, and he did. But in game 5 he also brought his lunch pale and did some work on the Portland bigs at both ends of the court. Chandler ended with 14 points and 20 rebounds. Chandler’s huge game 5 can be attributed to his coaching also. Yep, I said coaching. Knowing the importance of game 5, Chandler approached Mavs coach Rick Carlisle about moving from the weak side of the offense so that he could have the ability to move around to get involved more, which Chandler believed would then open up the opportunity for Chandler to grab more rebounds. Obviously Chandler was right on with his assessment. His 13 offensive rebounds were a Mavs franchise record and were just 2 shy of the all time mark set by Moses Malone and the second most since Shaq grabbed 14 in 1995. Chandler’s role in game 5 coupled with the frequency of the Mavs zone defense helped the Mavs lockdown on the Portland bigs and protected the paint. The rest of the Mavs chipped in their share of the great team effort that the Mavs have to play with in order to be successful. Also, Dirk dropped 25, Terry 20 and Marion 14 for the Mavs. And Jason Kidd dropped dimes like…well…like Jason Kidd drops dimes ending with 14 for the game.
After a huge effort in game 4 for the Blazers, Brandon Roy was booed by the Dallas crowd at the start of the game but as the game went on the fans lost interest in him as he struggled again to get his game going in Dallas only netting 5 points for the game.
In reality what the Mavs did is just protect their home court advantage in this series. With all games won by the home team, this series could make its way back to Dallas for game 7. Though regardless of the length of the series, the odds of winning the series are now in the Mavs favor after the game 5 win. Of the previous 157 series tied at 2, the game 5 winner has come out on top 83% of the time.
Game 6. Thursday. Rip City.
About the Author
Written by Andy R Strom
I was born in Dallas, TX and raised in the suburb of Coppell, TX. I grew up eating and breathing sports. I "buy local" when it comes to my teams, Mavs, Cowboys, Rangers, Stars, Longhorns. I am 28 years old and currently live in Wisconsin where I graduated college from the Univerisy of Wisonsin Whitewater with a degree in health, human performance and recreation with a minor in coaching. I still follow my teams just as much now as when I am living back in Texas, they're just a little harder to see in person now. However, I follow all major sports and teams and love a good debate.