Mavericks veterans deliver fiery message that could push team to NBA Finals

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Last week, it was confirmed that the Dallas Mavericks would battle the LA Clippers in the first round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

This is a matchup that Luka Doncic and the Mavs know well, as they battled the Clippers in the 2020 and 2021 playoffs. While LA won't be an easy matchup, the Mavs have proved over the last few weeks that they are serious contenders in the Western Conference and they are one of the hottest teams in the NBA.

The Mavericks held practice and media availability on Tuesday ahead of the NBA Playoffs, and everyone on the squad and coaching staff alike are locked in on the task at hand.

Beating the Clippers.

Mavericks veterans deliver fiery message that could push team to NBA Finals

In this series, the Mavs have several players like Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and Maxi Kleber who have good playoff experience, but they also have some players who have never played in the playoffs.

One of those players is P.J. Washington, and he spoke about a message from a group of the Mavs veterans that fired up and prepared the team for the upcoming series with the Clippers.

Washington said that Doncic, Irving, Hardaway Jr., and Markieff Morris each delivered this message, and it was focused on "sticking together" according to Washington.

"Each game is going to be tough, but at the end of the day, we’re all we got," Washington said. "Just try to stay locked in and stay focused and pretty much just make sure you have a good supporting cast around you, whether it's your family, your loved ones, whoever it is, and just make sure everyone is on the right page."

This message will likely be crucial for the team's vibes heading into the playoffs, and this is something that needed to be said. Emphasizing that nothing is given and every game in the playoffs is a challenge was a key point from this, and having the support from everyone around you is important as well.

Each of the players who spoke have playoff experience, and Morris in particular is someone in particular who gave a speech earlier in the season that motivated the team during a rough patch.

Doncic and Irving both complimented Morris' leadership following this message, and it truly helped the team get back on track.

This message from Doncic, Irving, Morris, and Hardaway Jr. could be exactly what the team needed to get fired up for the playoffs and potentially make an NBA Finals run, and fans can't wait to see the Mavs' rematch with the Clippers.

For all the latest on Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and P.J. Washington throughout the 2024 NBA Playoffs, stay tuned as we'll have you covered with in-depth coverage every day.