Paul Garcia

Mavs are now outscoring the Spurs 17-10 in the 2Q with 5:19 before half. DAL cuts SA 14 point lead down to 5.

Dan McCarney

Spurs opened game w/ 27 straight possessions without a TO. Three on the last nine fueling 12-3 run for Dallas.

Dan McCarney

Make that 12-3 and 5 after TO leads to Parsons dunk.

Dan McCarney

10-3 run for the Mavs, lead is down to 7.

Paul Garcia

The Mavs have forced SA into some tough shots these last 4 possessions. Mavs cut Spurs’ lead down to 10.

Jeff McDonald

The Mavs have too many guys who couldn't guard the broccoli tray at a 4-year-old's birthday party.

Dan McCarney

Spurs commit first turnover with 9 minutes left in 2nd quarter.

Paul Garcia

This too though. RT @FlyByKnite: Kawhi Leonad is a thief. http://t.co/bQargZuS9I

Jeff McDonald

Give Amare this: He's every bit as good a defender as he was during his Phoenix heyday.

Dan McCarney

And we all know Bobo loves his spoon feedings...

Dan McCarney

In the corner, buzzed a no-look right past defenders ear to Diaw standing under the bucket for the easy layup. Spoon feeding at its finest.

Paul Garcia

Amar'e thought he was still on the Knicks after giving up that last uncontested layup to Bobo. SA by 14.

Dan McCarney

Manu...so gorgeous. His passing can be worth the price of admission alone. Even when it's a turnover, it's still entertaining.

Mike Monroe

M-V-P: @David Aldridge just got 3 really fine answers from Popovich in TNT between-quarter interview

Paul Garcia

Pop on the lead: "We have lots of chances to screw it up." Only Pop.

Jeff McDonald

Mavs have offensive firepower to give teams trouble, but hard to see them winning a series with that D.

Dan McCarney

Heading for like the 13th or 14th straight game where Pop gets asked, "So, Kawhi's playing really well, huh?"

Paul Garcia

1Q: Spurs 29, Mavs 17. Kawhi 8 points, 3 rebs, 2 steals, 1 block. SA shoots 52% w/ 0 TOs. DAL 42% shooting w/ 6 TOs.

Dan McCarney

End of 1st quarter, Spurs lead 29-17. Kawhi Leonard, budding superstar, leads everyone in everything (8 pts, 3 rebs, 2 stls, 1 blk).

Dan McCarney

Only a matter of time before Leonard gets his first 5x5

Paul Garcia

Manu with a layup after he checks in. Spurs by 14.

Jeff McDonald

It's true: If Kawhi Leonard isn't *somewhere* on your DPOY ballot right now, you're probably doing it wrong.

Mike Monroe

No player in the league is dominating games of late like Kawhi Leonard ... no, not even @Russell Westbrook ... KL 8 pts., 3 RB, 2 steals in 1st

Dan McCarney

19-4 run for the Spurs, who now lead 29-15.

Dan McCarney

Oops, and a block. Don't want to short change him or anything.

Dan McCarney

Leonard still in Galactus mode: 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Paul Garcia

Make that 8 points for Kawhi, 3 boards, 2 steals and 1 block...and the first quarter isn't over yet.

Jeff McDonald

Rondo/Chandler gives Dallas two more plus defenders than last year. Still severe defensive mismatches all over the place.

Paul Garcia

Freaking Kawhi. Just ripped that ball away for his second steal. Spurs take an 11 point lead in the first, Kawhi has 6 points.

Dan McCarney

Steal No. 2 from Leonard. Just straight robbed Ellis.

Paul Garcia

4 turnovers for Dallas now: 2 steals by Parker, 1 by Green, 1 by Kawhi.

Dan McCarney

Boris looking at Stoudemire guarding him in the post like a dozen donuts. W/ sprinkles.

Paul Garcia

Carlisle with a small ball lineup right now with Aminu at PF. Pop sticking with Bonner/Diaw frontcourt.

Dan McCarney

Averaging 113 points/100 possessions in past three games since the Debacle of New York.

Dan McCarney

Nine minutes in, Spurs w/ 21 points, shooting 55 pct, 0 turnovers.

Paul Garcia

2:48 left in the 1Q and KAwhi Leonard already has a steal and block to his total. 13 games in a row now the Spurs have led by double-digits

Paul Garcia

13 RT @Dan McCarney: Leonard with the pull-up J, another double-digit lead for Los Spurs. How many straight is that @Paul Garcia ?

Dan McCarney

Leonard with the pull-up J, another double-digit lead for Los Spurs. How many straight is that @Paul Garcia ?

Dan McCarney

Monta Ellis tries to take Leonard off the dribble, does not live to tell the tale. Steal.

Jeff McDonald

The mismatch with Leonard in the post is just going to keep resulting in wide open looks for the Spurs.

Dan McCarney

Rondo on Leonard, Mavericks doubling on the touch.

Paul Garcia

Spurs take an 8 point lead, forcing Mavs into turnovers like they did Sunday with Atlanta.

Dan McCarney

So we know that fastbreak buckets are an insta-timeout for Pop. Consecutive scoop layups for Tiago are the same for Carlisle.

Paul Garcia

Ellis' shooting percentage in the last 10 games: 38% 5.5 minutes into the first: 75%

Dan McCarney

Both of those shots got a "you have to be kidding me/WTF was that?" groan from the AAC crowd.

Paul Garcia

Tiago (6 points) working in the post on Dallas. SA with early 14-10 lead. Meanwhile, Ellis, who was in a shooting slump, has 7 points.

Mike Monroe

One thing Tiago Spitter can do ... is finger roll

Dan McCarney

Kill me now. It might not get any more memorable than that.

Paul Garcia

Tiago's post game is getting more versatile with that last under handed layup in the post.

Dan McCarney

ON CONSECUTIVE POSSESSSIONS

Dan McCarney

Getting pretty close to seeing everything there is to see after Splitter finger roll.

Paul Garcia

The Tiago post game...

Paul Garcia

Ellis came in shooting 21.9% from three in his last 10 games, so of course he drills his first three of the game.

Paul Garcia

Kawhi gave Rondo a huge amount of space on defense, then Kawhi puts the Spurs on the board with a PUJIT.

Dan McCarney

"Immigrant Song" for the Mavericks as tip off looms. Except Dallas is most definitely not the land of the ice and snow...

Paul Garcia

"Oh, that's messed up." - Russ in the Mountain Dew commercial. Simple, but awesome line.

Dan McCarney

Tim Duncan and Richard Jefferson sharing a pretty jocular chat with about 2 minutes until intros.

Mike Finger

Texas media corps got kind of sappy bidding Nate Boyer goodbye today. "Ehh, met one football player, met 'em all," I told him.

Dan McCarney

Popovich on dealing with the inevitable scourge of doubt... http://t.co/q33m2r1OA2

Mike Finger

Think a 34-year-old at Texas' pro day looked odd? You should've seen Nate Boyer snapping footballs in Afghanistan. expressnews.com/sports/college…

Mike Finger

Catalon and Vasser (knee injuries to both) stick out, because UT would've loved them to emerge this spring.

Mike Finger

Notables on UT spring injury report: Bluiett, Tank Jackson and Roberson are out for the duration; Catalon, Flowers and Vasser are limited.

Dan McCarney

Of minor note, Jeff Ayres is back in uniform and available for duty after a one-game absence for personal reasons.

Dan McCarney

No surprise with probable grade, but Popovich said he expects Ginobili to play tonight vs. Mavs.

Dan McCarney

Just finished Spurs/OKC preview box for tmw's paper. I wrote Russell Westbrook's name a LOT.

Mike Finger

Some people might argue about that last part, Nate.

Mike Finger

Boyer, the ex-Green Beret, on his NFL hopes: "I'm not expecting anything. I'd be grateful for an opportunity. Nobody owes me anything."

Mike Finger

Scout told Nate Boyer he looked old for an NFL prospect. "I'm 34," Boyer said. Scout laughed. "No, really," Boyer said.

Boris Diaw

Game day in Dallas. Texas rivalry Ahahah! See you Spurs fans ! #GoSpursGo

Dan McCarney

Spurs ranked with NBA's top front office again by ESPN experts blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/20…

Mike Finger

Some results from Texas' pro timing day: 4.54, 2.3, 46 1/2, 15, 1.93, 21.

Dan McCarney

Brown doesn't get nearly enough credit for panting seeds for Spurs dynasty. He brought Pop, Buford to SA, Spurs lucked out w/ Duncan, voilà.

Dan McCarney

Duncan on angling for specific spot: "We can't specifically say, hey, we want to be here or there. We want to have the best record we can."

Dan McCarney

Duncan on seeding: "We want to be as high as possible. One, to feel better about ourselves. Two, we just want to be in the best position."

Dan McCarney

Q: "Will you fulfill your pledge to be nice whenever you cross paths on the sideline again?" Pop: "I was always nice."

Dan McCarney

Pop on meeting with Sager: "It was good to see him. I hadn't seen him in a while, obviously. So to see him out...was a lot of fun."

Dan McCarney

Officially listed as probable after missing four straight with sprained right ankle.

Dan McCarney

Manu participated in shootaround, usually an indication of impending play. But Pop would not commit, saying only that he'll dress.

Michael De Leon

5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Mavs ift.tt/1CM3ZEY #spurs

Michael De Leon

Talking state of the Spurs on ‘The Big E Sports Show’ ift.tt/1xeB3EH #spurs

Dan McCarney

Spurs title odds surging in Hollinger projections. Had been under 2 pct, now approaching 8. Third-best odds of reaching Finals in West.

Mike Monroe

On road to title defense #Spurs have detoured writes 'negative guy' (Iper Pop) @Dan McCarney expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a… via @mySA

Mike Monroe

#Spurs notebook from @Dan McCarney: Pop likes assists; Leonard's growing game expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a… via @mySA

Jeff McDonald

Successfully calls a timeout, pretends to try and assemble a child's bike before giving up and having a beer. #rejectedHardencelebrations

Jeff McDonald

Finishes fast-break layup, pretends to vote in the Republican primaries #rejectedHardencelebrations

Jeff McDonald

Such as: "Makes a free throw, pretends to file his taxes using an outdated version of TurboTax." #rejectedHardencelebrations

Jeff McDonald

James Harden's "3-point goggles" celebration begins with him going in for the optometrist's exam.

Jeff McDonald

"Harden hits the jumper ... and now he's re-enacting the famous scene from 'Dirty Dancing' with Clutch the Bear. And he sticks the landing!"

Jeff McDonald

I think there's nothing cooler in sports than an honest and impromptu display of emotion. What Harden's doing ain't that.

Jeff McDonald

"James Harden sinks the game-winning 3! And now he's pretending to change a baby's diaper while riding a roller coaster!"

Jeff McDonald

Dumber celebration move poll: A) Harden's goofy cooking thing; B) Ricky Bobby's Shake and Bake; C) Happy Gilmore's Bull Dance.

Jeff McDonald

I feel like Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr. foretold Harden's culinary celebration with their "Shake and Bake" move.

Jeff McDonald

Maybe it's just me getting old, but I find this to be incredibly dumb: http://t.co/b91aNeIFGw

Andrew A. McNeill

You're insane and I love it. RT @calebjsaenz: @48MoH Presents "TOO MANY POPS" bit.ly/1DOpKp7

Paul Garcia

Notable teams that have played worse than Dallas from 12/20-03/23/15: Chicago, Portland, Pelicans, Toronto, Washington.

Paul Garcia

Since acquiring Rajon Rondo (12/20-03/23), the Mavs are 25-19. Offense: 103.5 PP/100 (13th) Defense: 101.7 PP/100 (14th) in those 44 games