Mavs-Spurs matchups: Point guard
JEFF CAPLAN: Before George Hill re-aggravated his sprained right ankle in Wednesday's regular-season finale, I was ready to believe that Hill, and not Tony Parker, would be the Spurs' starting point guard. He's just been that good, especially during the Spurs' big run through March with Parker out with a broken hand. But, with Hill's status uncertain, let's assume Parker moves back into the starting lineup. Last year, two years ago, I would have given the easy nod to the slashing Parker, whose ability to drive and also drain the mid-range jumper makes him one of the most dangerous point guards in the league and neary impossible for older Mavs point guard Jason Kidd to defend. But, Parker has played just six games since returning from the broken hand, coming off the bench in all and yet to play the type of minutes he's accustomed to as a starter. Plus, he's been bothered by ankle, foot and hip problems throughout the season. There might not be a point guard playing better right now than Kidd. He appears tireless, he's scoring, pushing the tempo, facilitating, rebounding and defending. Right here, right now, Kidd gets the edge. EDGE: Dallas
TIM MACMAHON: Can the Mavs’ biggest matchup problem from last spring’s series against the Spurs be an advantage? Yes, for two reasons: Jason Kidd is playing at a significantly higher level this season, and the Spurs’ point guard are battling injuries. We’re not sure about the status of George Hill (ankle), who some feel is a better fit than Tony Parker at this point. Parker is still working his way back into form after his extended absence due to a broken hand. Utah’s Deron Williams has been the only West point guard better than Kidd since the All-Star break, when the blockbuster trade forced the Mavs to play a more free-flow style that has brought out the best in the ageless wonder. EDGE: Dallas
JEFF "SKIN" WADE: When Jason Kidd is playing at a high level, the Mavericks are really tough to beat. And the level he plays at usually depends on his “freshness.” With the way Dallas found him some rest down the stretch plus only three games to play in the first week of the series, my guess is he’ll be more than ready and more than good. Tony Parker doesn’t look like he’s at full speed yet and who knows the status of George Hill’s injury. EDGE: Dallas
MAVS 3, SPURS 0
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