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Posted: Thursday May 22, 2003 2:01 AM

Malik Rose. You never want to kick a man when he's down. And this time, it was the Mavs who were the recipient of the postgame headache. Showing no ill effects from his Game 1 battle scars -- a knee to the head and a stomped foot -- Rose turned in a workmanlike 25-point, six-rebound performance off the Spurs bench.
The Mavs coaching staff. Who was in charge of remembering to pack the composure? Game 2 quickly turned into Ron Artest appreciation night. Four T's were called in the first 11 minutes, ending Don Nelson's night early. Del Harris even asked to be tossed. After the Mavs' start, it probably was to start working on Game 3.
Dirk Nowitzki's third foul. For all intents and purposes, Dallas lost it -- both the game and its mind -- when Nelson didn't take Nowitzki out of the game after his second foul in the first quarter. And when Dirk picked up No. 3 on a clearly blown call -- with the score just 15-14 -- Dallas' meltdown became the feature presentation.
Unless you're Shawn Bradley ... The world's most ineffective giant added another sterling line to his NBA resume. Starting in place of Raef LaFrentz, Bradley lasted only six minutes Wednesday -- contributing only two missed shots, two turnovers and two rebounds to the Mavs' brutal first-quarter effort. But, hey, he wasn't T'd up.
Photo Credits: Rose (Jed Jacobsohn/NBAE/Getty Images), Nelson (AP), Nowitzki (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images), Bradley (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

 
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