The Oklahoma City Thunder will look to close out the Dallas Mavericks tonight in game five of the Western Conference First Round. The Thunder have taken games one, three and four while the Mavericks squeaked out an 85-84 win in game two.
Game three evolved into a testy contest with Kevin Durant getting ejected, Serge Ibaka getting slapped with a technical and Russell Westbrook in a meltdown in front of his bench. Welcome to the NBA Playoffs!
“I don’t believe they’re trying to hurt us, and we’re not trying to hurt them,” Durant said, also emphasizing that he wasn’t trying to hurt Justin Anderson when he swung his arm across the Dallas guard’s head. “We’re going to do some talking. We’re going to do some shoving here and there because that’s how competitive both teams are.”
The Mavericks have to win to stay alive in the series but they know where they stand against the Thunder.
“It’s unfortunate, but I’m proud of the guys,” Dirk Nowitzki told the Mavs’ official website. “We’ve got some guys banged up, and they’re still out there trying to give it all they’ve got. Saying all that, we’re going to keep fighting on Monday. Whatever happens and whoever plays has got to come full swing, and we’ll go from there.”