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NBA Playoff Preview: Hornets vs. Mavericks

by Robbie Gillies

#2 New Orleans Hornets vs. #7 Dallas Mavericks
(Season Series – 2-2 Home team won each game)
Average Score: 100-99 Mavs

Most Underpaid Player Ever: Chris Paul is making a mere $3.6 million this season. That’s an unbelievable bargain for the player that SHOULD be MVP.
Player That Doesn’t Deserve To Win: Devean George. George vetoed the initial trade for Jason Kidd and luckily for him they were still able to get the deal done. If they had not and the Mavs had fallen apart, he would be a very hated man. How does someone like Devean George get a no-trade clause?
Glenn Robinson Award ("He’s Still In The League?" Award): Juwan Howard. Not only is he in the league, but he’s wearing number 55. Just seems odd.
Matchup To Watch: Chris Paul vs. Jason Kidd - Basically, the Mavs will need to help Kidd defend the much quicker Paul. If they attempt to let Kidd defend him on his own, they will get burned.
Scene On Bourbon St. Whether Mavs Win Or Lose: Dirk Nowitzki

Cheesy Headline If Mavericks Lose: "Kidd Allergic To Hornets Sting"
Cheesy Headline If Hornets Lose: "Mavs Are Chris's Pallbearer" (Can't get much cheesier)

How The Hornets Will Win:
At home. Winning all four home games in New Orleans.
How The Mavericks Will Win: Slowing CP3 down and letting Dirk take Tyson Chandler inside and out.