SAN ANTONIO -- Here's a look at the odds and ends of a wild Game 3 that went the San Antonio Spurs' way and left the Mavericks down 2-1 and possibly with much deeper issues considering the second-half benchings of Caron Butler and Shawn Marion:
*The Mavs will see how Marion and Butler bounce back from their sit downs. Butler didn't talk after Game 3. Marion expressed frustration at being pulled in and out of the lineup. The two combined for nine points on 4-of-12 shooting and five turnovers. Jason Kidd didn't seem concerned that both players would respond in Sunday's Game 4.
"Stay with it, got to stay together, the sun comes up and we'll be ready to go on Sunday," Kidd said.
*Suddenly the blockbuster trade is not looking so great. Not only was Butler benched, but it sure seems like coach Rick Carlisle is not happy with the play of center Brendan Haywood. For the second time in the three games, the 7-footer logged less than 18 minutes. In Game 3, he finished with four points and four rebounds. The third wheel in that deal, guard DeShawn Stevenson, has played a total of seven seconds in the three games.
*Erick Dampier will likely be hit with a hefty fine by the league for his post-game criticism of the officiating. On Thursday, NBA commissioner David Stern warned coaches and players that he is prepared to levy suspensions for repeated criticism of league referees. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said Dampier's comments are under review.
*The first quarter is killing the Mavs. They struggled to score 16 points in Game 3 and were fortunate to trail by only seven points while committing five turnovers and shooting 36.8 percent from the field. The Mavs have averaged 19.6 points and 4.0 turnovers in the opening quarter of the first three games.
"It's not great always having to battle back," Dirk Nowitzki said. "At least we fought back and got back into the game. I thought when we were down seven points early we battled, but we still would like to start better."
*The Spurs did not make a single 3-point shot, going 0-for-7. San Antonio is 12-of-33 in the series.
*Manu Ginobili will have CT scan today after X-rays revealed the hard-driving guard sustained a broken nose in the third quarter. Ginobili left briefly as medical staff worked to stop the bleeding. He returned with a bandage on his swollen nose and went on to score 11 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.
*Roddy Beaubois made a less-than-memorable playoff debut. Rick Carlisle inserted him in the first quarter with the Mavs trailing 14-6 and need of some offensive juice. Beaubois had a couple of assists, a turnover and a badly missed baseline jumper at the end of the quarter.
*Kidd didn't seem overly concerned about his 2-of-13 shooting in the last two games, including 2-of-10 from the 3-point line. He was 1-of-6 from the field -- all from 3-point range -- in Game 3. Kidd is 5-of-16 (31.3 percent) from downtown in the series. He shot a career-high 42.5 percent in the regular season.
"It happens," Kidd said. "You have to be ready to come back and be ready to go Sunday and knock them down."
*Kidd is averaging 42.3 minutes in the first three games, averaging 8.3 points on 28.9 percent shooting, 8.0 assists and 6.3 rebounds. By comparison, Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who is coming off the bench, is averaging 19.0 points on 51.1 percent shooting, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in just 33.7 minutes. All remaining games will played every other day.
"I would love to get him more rest," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He said he was OK and we needed him out there. It was my decision to have him out there. We always play better when he's on the floor."
*It is time (again) to realize that Dirk Nowitzki is doing everything in his power to carry the Mavs. Remarkably, he nearly pulled off what would have been one of the most courageous victories in playoff history had Dallas won Game 3. In the three games, Nowitzki is averaging 31.7 points -- third behind LeBron James (34.3) and Carmelo Anthony (33.0) -- on 55.7 percent shooting, eight rebounds and 2.7 assists.
*Quote of the night: "This ain’t easy. If it was easy we would have swept them by now." -- Jason Terry, frustrated after missing 6-of-8 shots in the fourth quarter of Game 3 and apparently not realizing that it takes four games to complete a sweep.