Dan McCarney

Early tip, good Dallas game plan, whatever -- ball isn't popping or going in the hole for Spurs: 34.5 pct shooting, 4 asst on 10 makes.

Mike Monroe

#Spurs led league in 3-pt. pct. but they're 0-5 from range thus far

Mike Monroe

#Mavs on 12-0 run to tie score at 21 at ATT Center; Spurs haven't scored last 2:56

Jeff McDonald

And we're tied. That de-escalated quickly.

Dan McCarney

Summing up game so far for Spurs offensively: Belinelli makes beautiful move to rim, leaves it short, Splitter whistled for interference.

Dan McCarney

Six straight to start the 2nd for Dallas, Spurs lead down to 21-18.

Mike Monroe

First turnover for #Spurs in 1st min. of 2nd quarter

Jeff McDonald

One thing going for Mavs, I guess: They've kept it close enough that if they ever do find the broad side of the barn, still be OK shape.

Mike Monroe

Tim Duncan played entire 1st quarter; @Tiago Splitter replaces him to start 2nd

Mike Monroe

Combined shooting in 1st quarter at ATT Center: 15-46, 32.6 pct. #PlayoffDefense.

Jeff McDonald

Dirk, Calderon, Harris a combined 2 of 14.

Mike Monroe

Final 15 sec. 1st qtr. Duncan blows layup and Dev. Harris knocks in a 3 ... not the way Popovich like to finish a quarter; SAS 21, DAL 12

Jeff McDonald

Mavs, meanwhile, need Devin Harris' first FG in five tries to go hit double-digits in the first quarter.

Jeff McDonald

Spurs lead 21-12 after 1Q. Scored 18 points in paint, had no turnovers. Will win every game doing that.

Dan McCarney

Tim Duncan leaves a reverse layup short, which is what happens on the verge of your 38th birthday.

Dan McCarney

Duplicating hundreds of past Spurs practices, Duncan posts up DeJuan Blair with ease.

Dan McCarney

Marco just had a deflection on defense. That is all.

Jeff McDonald

Spurs up 17-7. If they finally ever hit a jumper, they might really be on to something.

Mike Monroe

Combined shooting by #Spurs and #Mavs: 10-35

Jeff McDonald

Wondering if Pop would go to his bench early even in playoffs? Four reserves + Duncan in the first quarter.

Mike Monroe

#Spurs have had Splitter and @Boris Diaw on @Dirk Nowitzki thus far; Dirk is 1-5, 1-2 FT, 3 pts.; Mavs 3-16 FG; SAS 15, DAL 7

Jeff McDonald

Splitter exits after Dirk starts 1 of 4. German dude will be Boris Diaw's problem now.

Mike Monroe

#Spurs with 13-5 lead as #Mavs have opened 2-13 FG; Spurs 6-17, Duncan 0-4

Dan McCarney

Attacking specific post-ups, like they have with Duncan and Leonard, isn't really Spurs style. Last P/R with Ginobili, Duncan more like it.

Dan McCarney

For all the mismatches they're getting, Spurs are looking super rusty on offense.

Jeff McDonald

When Dirk goes 1 of 2, that still counts as Ball Don't Lie.

Jeff McDonald

5 minutes in ... I've seen Parker iso'ed on Dalembert and Duncan and Kawhi both posting Ellis. How Mavs have gotten six stops beyond me.

Mike Monroe

Popovich sed biggest concern was #Mavs ability to score; DAL is 1-8 thru 1st 5:09 of Game 1 #DefenseWins.

Dan McCarney

Leonard puts back his own miss, Spurs up 9-2 with 6:51 left in 1Q.

Jeff McDonald

Mavs start 1 of 8. Spurs are 3 of 9 and are scorching.

Jeff McDonald

Matchups so bad for Mavs, Duncan posting up Monta Ellis seems like only the second-worst outcome for them.

Jeff McDonald

Is there anyone in Dallas who can defend Tony Parker? I mean now that DeMarcus Ware's gone.

Dan McCarney

The Leonard Effect: Great contest forces Ellis to bail out of jumper with a bad pass. Parker speeds the other way for a layup, and 1.

Dan McCarney

Parker forcing switches at will via the P/R. Snakes inside for a layup on Spurs third poss after two kickouts.

Jeff McDonald

Spurs have gotten Parker iso'ed on Dalembert each of their first three possessions. Seems like they can make some hay there.

Dan McCarney

Wonder what Pop thinks of dubstep...

Dan McCarney

Guessing Pop will still be cutting Jr. no slack.

Jeff McDonald

Spurs and Mavs fans both hear a guy named "Crawford" is officiating a playoff game and ask in a panicked sweat, "Which one?"

Jeff McDonald

And your officials: Joe Crawford, Bennie Adams, Bill Spooner

Jeff McDonald

No surprises here ... Spurs: Parker, Green, Leonard, Duncan, Splitter. Mavs: Calderon, Ellis, Marion, Dirk, Dalembert

Dan McCarney

Definitely a late-arriving crowd at the AT&T on Easter morning.

Danny Green

Happy Easter everyone

Danny Green

Spurs v Mavs 1pm eastern...TNT tune in

Jeff McDonald

Traffic stops in the ATT Center hallway as we wait for Joey Crawford to make his way to the court.

Jeff McDonald

Pop said he couldn't have wine last night because of the early noon start today. You could say he's a mite grumpy.

Jeff McDonald

Even after all these years, Pop says he still gets nervous before start of playoffs. "If you're not nervous, you're dead."

Dan McCarney

Pop still gets nervous after all these years. "If you don't," he said, "you're dead."

Jeff McDonald

Will pass along this @ESefko story on Dirk and Duncan, even if it does paraphrase the horrific Toby Keith expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

Notebook: Spurs' deep bench earns playoff time, writes @Mike Monroe expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

Mavericks can impact the Western Conference playoffs, even without advancing writes @Buck Harvey expressnews.com/sports/columni…

Jeff McDonald

Playoffs preview: Ten months after Finals nightmare, Spurs primed to make another run -- mostly because they chose to expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Dan McCarney

Nothing says playoffs in San Antonio than a dude, quite possibly drunk, hanging out of stretch hummer yelling go Spurs go.

Jeff McDonald

Proverbial "calm before the storm" http://t.co/108GJY2c9m

Jeff McDonald

The "blackout" T-shirt http://t.co/RdqzlfYvqx

Jeff McDonald

It's that time of year again, ladies and gents http://t.co/omvYbg4wpE

Mike Monroe

Playoffs begin for #Spurs team that chose not to 'die' after horrid Finals loss writes @Jeff McDonald expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Tony Parker

First game... It s time !

Dan McCarney

Cap projected to increase by $5 million as Diaw, Mills hit free agency (via @espnsteinline) #spurs #spursnation blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/20…

Dan McCarney

An extra $5 million might be enticing to any Spanish big men that hit the open market this summer.

Dan McCarney

Pretty good news for Spurs with projected increase in salary cap. Extra $5 million will come in handy to retain Mills, Diaw.

Dan McCarney

Confident Thunder fan. Already chewing on a big-ass stogie less than three minutes into the first playoff game.

Jeff McDonald

Picking Spurs over Dallas in 5. Will be more surprised if it goes 6 than if Spurs sweep. #butwhatdoiknow?

Dan McCarney

Very end of practice today, Pop and Brett Brown were on far end of court running through plays. Would love to have been a fly on the wall.

Jeff McDonald

Special guest at today's Spurs practice: Youngster Sam Brown. He was accompanied by his father Brett, who apparently used to work here.

Jeff McDonald

Spurs haven't lost a first-round game since 2011 vs. Memphis. Dallas better than UTA, LAL teams Spurs swept in 12, 13 ... but not by much.

Jeff McDonald

Parker says bounce-back from Finals loss shows character: "At the same time, it doesn't mean anything if you don't win the whole thing."

Jeff McDonald

Tony Parker, on Spurs' concerns w/Mavs: "Dallas can score. We know that. We can score too, but we have to stop them."

Dan McCarney

Notes on a practice: Spurs expect to maintain rotation in playoffs #spurs #spursnation blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/20…

Dan McCarney

Two hands, Darren. Two hands.

Mike Finger

Quick post on Texas LB Steve Edmond calling Baylor "trash:" blog.mysanantonio.com/longhorns/2014…

Dan McCarney

Belinelli did have amusing Game 6 quote. Didn't play, obviously, but said it was so tough to watch even he got upset during film in camp.

Mike Finger

The crazy thing is Edmond was hurt and didn't even play against Baylor last year. He said he watched with David Ash at Jordan Hicks' house.

Dan McCarney

Almost wish they would just abolish the block/charge rule. Block a shot.

Dan McCarney

He might be the last push he needs to be able to shoot death rays out of his eyes.

Dan McCarney

If Pop was testy today, can't wait to see him after answering Game 6 questions for four rounds. (If they get that far, of course.)

Mike Finger

Edmond: "Batlor gets a win and act like they haven't won before. They won it, so what? They still suck to me."

Mike Finger

Edmond: "Y'all think it's funny but I'm serious. They have some good players. ... But I don't understand how we lost to Baylor."

Mike Finger

Texas LB Steve Edmond, unprovoked, said he's still bitter Texas lost to Baylor: "I really don't like Baylor. I think they're trash."

Mike Finger

Strong has been given opportunity after opportunity to say he needs better talent and has never bit once. Compliments Mack every time.

Mike Finger

Texas played nothing but 4-3 defense today but Strong insists UT will be multiple. "We didn't want to show what we have."

Mike Finger

Strong on Texas' QB situation: "We don't need a great player. We just need someone to take control of it."

Mike Finger

Swoopes, who started terribly, hits Shipley with one of the best deep balls a Texas QB has thrown in years. 44-yard TD.

Mike Finger

People in Nebraska and Louisville said Shawn Watson was boring but he just went for it on fourth and goal so take that.

Mike Finger

Granted, the passing game would look much better with a healthy Ash. But UT's starting offense can't run on its backup defense.

Mike Finger

Defensive line might be the only answer I'd accept.

Mike Finger

What is Texas' team strength?

Mike Finger

Finally, some success for UT starters. Shiro Davis pressures Onyegbule into bad throw that Mykkele Thompson picks and returns for a TD.

Mike Finger

It's absurd to make any meaningful judgments based on a spring game, but the first 8 minutes of this have been atrocious.

Mike Finger

The spring game just hasn't been the same since Dunkin' Donuts stopped sponsoring it.

Mike Finger

By the looks of that Tyrone Swoopes pick, playing time is available, Max Wittek. Question is, do you want it?

Mike Finger

Texas' starting defense just gave up a 70-yard touchdown drive to a unit led by a converted tight end. Rough.

Mike Finger

So much for "good on good." Texas opens spring scrimmage with backup offense against starting defense.

Mike Finger

Man, Charlie Strong really was serious about making changes. http://t.co/CmVTLuhQxf

Jeff McDonald

Spurs notebook, via @Mike Monroe: After 'OK season,' Duncan ready for more expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

Is Kawhi Leonard ready for playoff spotlight? Indubitably expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…