The San Antonio Spurs have played their first playoff playoff game in seven years.
They are looking for a win in the Alamo City, but are hoping to be a step closer to a postseason berth with a victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Spurs are still looking for their first win in four years and are 2-2 in games decided by two points or less.
This year’s San Antonio team is loaded with young talent, led by All-Star guard Kawhi Leonard.
Leonard has played at a high level since his return from a knee injury last season, scoring a career-high 32 points against the Mavericks in Game 2 of the first round.
Leonard had 17 points in the fourth quarter in Game 3 and 15 points in Game 4.
The only real question with this series will be how Leonard will match up with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas’ all-star duo of Chris Paul and Tony Parker.
The team will likely be led by center DeMar DeRozan, who has been playing at an elite level, averaging 19.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in the playoffs.
DeRoshan had a career high 22 points in a 108-102 victory against the Thunder last week.
He was named a Western Conference player of the week for Game 2.
DeMar is the only player on this Spurs roster to have played in the NBA Playoffs in three of the past four seasons.
This season, the Spurs have had a .826 winning percentage when he is on the floor.
He scored 17 points against Denver in the Western Conference semifinals last year.
He had 14 points and 12 rebounds in Game 1 against Golden State.
The Dallas Mavericks have struggled offensively this postseason, losing five of their past six games, including a five-game losing streak.
They finished the regular season with a 31-41 record and missed the playoffs with a 27-35 record.
Dallas finished last in the West, while the Spurs finished fourth, behind Golden State, Oklahoma City and Cleveland.
The Mavericks have averaged 106.9 points, but their average margin of victory has been a shade under seven points.
Dallas is shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 27.7 from 3-point range.
That will have to change if the Spurs are going to win.
This is a game that is a little different from most of the other playoff series that have come to San Antonio.
The city has never played in a playoff game before.
There are a few factors at play here, including the history of this series.
This will be the third time that the Spurs and Mavericks have met in the postseason, having played the first two in 2006 and 2007.
In both cases, the Mavericks lost.
There is some excitement around the league, but the San Antonio crowd will not be cheering for a team that has yet to make it past the first four games of the playoffs, and have never played this early in the regular-season schedule.
The series will kick off at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Alamodome, and will be televised on ESPN.
It is expected that the two teams will be very familiar with each other.
If this series continues to develop, we will have a very good idea of who is going to come out on top.