The Dallas Mavericks had not won a playoff series since Dirk Nowitzki lead them to the championship in 2011 before Thursday night. It was a long drought that featured six first-round losses and four years of missing the postseason.
It is the 11th time in franchise history that the Mavericks advanced to the second round with Nowitzki being responsible for seven of those trips. They made it for the first time in 1984 and three times since 2007.
It was the first NBA playoff series win for Luka Doncic, and the set involved plenty of nervous moments. The Mavs played without their superstar in the first three games, let Game 4 slip away in Utah, and survived a potential Jazz game-winner on Thursday night. Dirk enjoyed watching the series, and he is ready for the second round.
Dirk Nowitzki ready for 2nd round of playoffs after enjoying Dallas Mavericks win over Jazz
Nowitzki sent out a Tweet just after the Mavs closed out the Jazz on April 28.
Dirk works for the team as a special advisor to owner Mark Cuban, but he is enjoying the games just like the rest of fans. He is in the arena or watching closely from home sweating out the tight playoff victories. Fans can bet Nowitzki loved every second of the team’s Game 5 masterpiece, and he was nervous as the final shot went up in Game 6.
The Mavericks have made the Western Conference Finals just four times since their inception in 1980, including three runs with Dirk Nowitzki. Winning in the playoffs is hard and the top-seeded Phoenix Suns await, but Dallas is playing like one of the best teams right now. It should be a fun series that will have everyone sweating out every game, including Nowitzki.
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