Mavs to fans: Be loud, wear blue
There have been 98 teams that have been put in a 3-0 hole in NBA playoff history, according to ESPN Stats and Information. Not one has climbed out of it to win the series.
On the flip side, the Lakers will have life if they get a win. That’s the last thing the Mavs want, which is why coach Rick Carlisle made an appeal to the 20,000 folks who will fill the American Airlines Center tonight.
“We have to have the American Airlines Center as loud as Portland was,” Carlisle said. “That’s the loudest I’ve ever heard a building, and we’re going to need every gun blazing and throw the kitchen sink at these guys when they come to our place.”
The Mavs will pass out blue T-shirts to every fan at Game 3 in an attempt to create a Mavs-manic type of atmosphere. We’ll see if all the hoity-toits in the lower level will don the T-shirts, but the Mavs at least expect a high-decibel welcome home after winning twice at the Staples Center.
“They should be going nuts,” said Jason Terry, the sixth man who dabbles in cheerleading. “They should be cheering from now until there’s 0.0 on the clock.”
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett at Mavericks media day to discuss his expectations for the upcoming season.
Play Podcast Mark Cuban joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Mavericks' new GM Gersson Rosas and much more.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss Mark Cuban's comments from Las Vegas about the Mavericks' offseason, how he sees the team without Dwight Howard and more.
Play Podcast Marc Stein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why the Mavericks didn't want to match Cleveland's offer to Andrew Bynum, what's next for the Mavs and the possibility of Dirk Nowitzki ending his career elsewhere.
Play Podcast Jeff Platt fires quick-hitters at Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon in the weekly sports standoff about Andrew Bynum, the Mavs' current backcourt, a potential Nelson Cruz suspension and more.
Play Podcast ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why she thinks Andrew Bynum got a bad rap in Los Angeles and how he would fit in with the Mavericks.
Play Podcast Buy, sell or hold? If Dwight Howard goes to another team, what are the Mavs' options? The guys take a look at a list of potential fallback options.
Play Podcast ESPN's Marc Stein joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the latest news on the Mavericks' meeting with Dwight Howard.