Mavs' munchkins were up for challenge

April, 17, 2011
4/17/11
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DALLAS -- The big Trail Blazers guards couldn't bully those Mavs' munchkins.

Not in Game 1, at least.

Andre Miller had some success posting up itty-bitty J.J. Barea in the first half, but Portland had only 37 points at halftime. That's quite a contrast to the 38-point second quarter the Blazers had the last time they faced the Mavs, when the Portland guards repeatedly posted up Jason Terry and Barea to turn that game into a blowout.

"When we come in with that second unit, they’re going to post us up," Terry said. "There’s no secret about that. That is their advantage. They have guards that are bigger than us. We just have to do a better job of playing them without fouling them."

Terry picked up two quick fouls in the second quarter, which caused Rick Carlisle to pull the sixth man. But Terry did a terrific job the rest of the game on the 6-foot-6, 211-pound Roy, who finished with only two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Terry, who gives up about four inches and 35 pounds to his fellow Seattle native, battled Roy to prevent him from setting up on the block. On one possession, Terry forced Roy to catch the ball about 18 feet from the bucket. With the shot clock running down, Roy had to jack up a long jumper that failed to catch rim.

"They only went at him two or three times, but I just tried to use my speed and quickness," Terry said. "I had great help behind me. That was big."

Barea is braced for the challenge of battling on the block throughout the series. He believes it might actually work to the Mavs' advantage.

"That takes a lot out of Miller, and then they don’t look for [LaMarcus] Aldridge in those situations," Barea said. "We’ve just got to fight them and hope that they miss."

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Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
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AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
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BlocksS. Dalembert 1.2