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Dallas Wants it More

I knew this wasn’t going to be a good game for the Warriors. Everything was against them coming into Dallas and winning Wednesday.
For starters, two days of partying didn’t help. Plus, pulling out the first two games on the road trip took away the urgency.
Add to that, it’s Dallas – a team they’ve owned. The Warriors have already conquered Maverick Mountain. There’s no real need to get up for that again. This game means much more to Dallas than it does to the Warriors.
The Mavericks want this game bad. If they lose to the Warriors again, they will keep having to hear about the Warriors’ dominance the rest of the year. They’re going to hear it anyway, because this is just regular season. But to go 2-0 against their nemesis would do a little bit to change the subject.
The Warriors, on the other hand, lose little. If they go down today (the lead is only 11 right now), they walk away from a three-game road trip 2-1. That’s great. And they still have the postseason upset to hang their hats on when it comes to Dallas.
Just looking at the first half, they aren’t playing with the same hunger and urgency that they usually show against this team, that they showed at Denver and Houston.
But, then again, they waited until the 4th quarter to do so. Don’t look now, the Warriors are down just 8 at the half.

Marcus Thompson