SAN ANTONIO – Dirk Nowitzki enjoyed the Mavericks’ first playoff victory since they clinched the 2011 championship for a few minutes before he started fretting about Game 3.
The Mavs seized home-court advantage in the series by routing the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 at the AT&T Center. However, Nowitzki doesn’t think the Mavs have much of a home-court advantage, as much as he appreciates the folks who fill the American Airlines Center.
“I’m a little worried,” Nowitzki said. “I’m a little worried going home. I’d rather play Game 3 here, I guess. We’ve got to figure it out at home. We can’t relax. That’s the thing.”
The Mavs tied for the league’s fourth-best road record (23-18) during the regular season, winning six of their last seven games away from the AAC. Their home record (26-15) was the worst of any of the West’s eight playoff teams, including a disappointing 4-4 homestand late in the season.
The Spurs had the league’s best road record at 30-11, so relaxing even a little bit would be a recipe for disaster for the Mavs.
That was the message Nowitzki made a point to deliver moments after Game 2.
“I like our intensity right now,” Nowitzki said. “It’s a little dangerous going home. We’ve been actually a decent road team all year, but at home, we haven’t figured it out yet. We’ve lost the big [home] games over the last couple of months.
“We can’t take the foot off the gas. We’ve got to keep competing the same way, and then I like our chances going home.”