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Texas Legends make franchise history during playoff run

Brian Sweet
Dallas Mavericks, Carlik Jones
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The Texas Legends qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2018 and just the third time in franchise history. How did the Dallas Mavericks G League affiliate fair in the postseason? Here is a closer look.

Texas Legends get revenge on the Squadron to open postseason

The Texas Legends would travel out to Birmingham, Alabama for their first-round matchup against the Squadron. It was a great draw for the Legends because the two teams played so much during the regular season, and it helped Texas secure a 115-110 victory.

Justin Jackson would lead the scoring for the Legends with 24 points and Carlik Jones finished with a 22-point 10-assist double-double. Jared Harper scored 28 to lead the Squadron.

The Legends finally got over the playoff hump and got their first-ever playoff victory. What I didn't know until after the game was that coach George Galanopoulos would not coach in this game for unknown reasons. Associate Head Coach Nelson Terroba stepped in last minute and got the win. Here is a video clip of the team showering him in the locker room after the game.

The Legends wouldn't have much time to celebrate as they would have to hop on the plane and head to Rio Grande Valley to take on their next opponent, the number one seeded Vipers.

Texas Legends run into wall against Vipers

Well if you have to bow out of the playoffs, better do it against the number one seed in the Western Conference. The Legends gave it their all against Rio Grande but would end up losing 120-103 to end their season.

Carlik Jones would finish with 36 points and 14 assists for the Legends. Former Texas Legends Tyler Bey scored 25 for the Vipers.

The Vipers would break out to a huge lead to start the game, and the Legends just couldn't keep up with this team. Rio Grande Valley is the best team in the Western Conference, and they showed why they were against the Legends. 

Texas has nothing to feel bad about going into the offseason. They battled through season-ending injuries to bigs and multiple NBA call-ups and got their first playoff win in franchise history. It was a productive and positive season.

It was an honor to cover the Texas Legends this year for The Smoking Cuban. I got to see the future of the Dallas Mavericks right before my eyes. If you haven't been to a Texas Legends game before, I highly recommend you consider going to home games next season.

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