Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Mavericks in a Hole

This could well be it for your Dallas Mavericks this evening. They face Golden State at 8:30 tonight down 3-1. While it was said of the previous game, this is truly a must win. I have to admit, I really don't know what to expect when they take the court. It seems that Don Nelson has a pocket full of Mavericks Kryptonite. It is really hard to believe that the ding dong Warriors are on the verge of bouncing the team that had one of the best regular seasons in NBA history.

The sad thing is that it didn't have to be this way. Back on April 17, the Mavs had the chance to all but eliminate the Warriors from playoff contention. However, we the #1 overall seed wrapped up, Avery Johnson decided to sit his star players and essentially gift wrapped a spot in the playoffs for his mentor in the process. If the real Mavs had shown up to that game, we are probably talking about a sweep of the L.A. Clippers and whether the Mavs would be playing Utah or Houston in round two. No such luck, though. It seems that the Mavs are being paid back from wronging the Clippers.

Perhaps you could say that they really aren't a championship caliber team. If they were really the mighty Mavs, it shouldn't have mattered who their first round opponent was. As Yogi Berra once said, "It ain't over 'til it's over." You do have to ask the question: "Is it over?"

Until next time...

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