Mavs come through in game 1, still work to do

As the highest-seeded Western Conference team to win its playoff opener, the Dallas Mavericks should be feeling pretty good about themselves.
They don't.
Sure, the Mavs are happy to be up 1-0 on the Portland Trail
Blazers going into Game 2 on Tuesday night, and happier still to
have won with their defense.
But they also remember what happened last year, when they got
giddy about winning their first-round opener at home. They got
smacked around in Game 2 and wound up also losing Games 3 and 4 on
their way to being eliminated in six games.
So coach Rick Carlisle spent Sunday and Monday trying to keep
his team from feeling like they've accomplished anything. Dirk
Nowitzki keeps saying a loss in Game 2 would nullify what they've
already accomplished, and Jason Terry says he's trying to think of
the series being 0-0.

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