The cheese stain on your pants, the corn chip crumbs engrained into your sweater, and the empty cans wedge underneath the leg rest as you try to put it down to it’s upright position. It’s been a great 11 hour basketball marathon.
Well great doesn’t really seem like the right adjective.
The Dallas Mavericks have rounded the final turn, and find themselves coming down the stretch. Less than 4 weeks left in the season, and the Mavericks have lost their swagger.
The Mavericks are the oldest team in the league, the Boston Celtics are the second oldest. The Celtics have been through a stretch run before, and they ultimately taught the old Mavericks a valuable lesson.
Excuses are pointless; winning games is all that matters.
So despite being as healthy as they have been since the All-Star break, despite being well rested, despite playing at home, despite knowing they need a win to stay in the playoff push, the Mavericks lost.
The battle got physical, it got personal, it got intense, and it got ugly. The Mavericks had the Celtics on the ropes, yet could not close them out. They lacked the knock out punch, and ultimately got knocked out themselves.
When inspiration was evident, the Mavericks looked uninspired. When they needed to make a statement, they left us only with questions.
Did the Mavericks peak too early? The smooth, well-oiled rotation that Carlisle seemed to have set up looked ugly and disoriented.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 28 points, yet missed the shots down the stretch that Mavericks’ fans have come to take for granted. Jason Terry tried to inspire coming off the bench, ultimately growing cold down the stretch finishing with 18 points.
The East conquered the West. Boston handled the Mavericks in Dallas, and the Milwaukee Bucks went into Denver and beat the Nuggets. Meaning the Mavericks missed a chance to gain a game separation.
The Mavericks hopefully can regain their momentum, and regain their swagger. They have the firepower to win, but that doesn’t always mean wins should be taken for granted.
The Mavericks should have won the game. The excuses are pointless though.
So the Mavericks move on and hit the road starting on Monday in Charlotte. Needless to mention, but I will anyway, the Mavericks need to win on Monday