Lakers vs. Mavericks: NBA Playoff Series Preview

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The last time these two teams squared off against one another, four players were ejected.

With the Lakers holding a comfortable 90-73 lead in the fourth quarter, Steve Blake drove to the basket, past the cement-shoed Jason Terry, who, being beat, pushed Blake in the back to the hardwood.

Tempers flared, testosterone levels quickly rose, and a chest-bumping match quickly ensued between Blake and Terry.

As Jack Nicholson looked on through purple lenses, the confrontation escalated. Skinny Artest, also known as Matt Barnes, came to Blake’s aid, charging after Terry like a pissed off Spanish bull, nostrils flaring. Brendan Haywood met Barnes, pointing his finger at him as Barnes walked the sidelines of the Mavericks bench when Mavericks assistant coach, Terry Stotts, attempted to calm Barnes, and was slung to the ground. An oval mouthed Mark Cuban cried all the while in the background behind the Mavericks bench.
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Dallas Mavericks Need Jason Terry to Step Up in Playoffs

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It’s officially playoff time in the 2011 NBA, as the Dallas Mavericks’ sixth man, Jason Terry, is aware his production in the postseason will be a vital role.

The Mavericks clinched the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and are set to face the Portland Trail Blazers when Game 1 of the first round tips off Saturday night. Dallas potentially could have had the No. 2 seed, but the Lakers embraced it after beating the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night in overtime.

Forward Shawn Marion said these games are a team effort and not only about one player, but Terry will need to be himself.

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