Sorry for the utter lack of posts! Yours truly is in school, after all, and the last couple of weekends have been spent cooped up in my room trying my darnedest to come up with something semi-coherent for essay assignments. I haven’t had the time to do or think about anything else in this time, although I did manage to catch a few of the games.
There should be quite a few more posts coming up soon after this one as I’ve hit the mid-semester break (so I’ve got more time now) and we’re now on the verge of the playoffs. Anyway, let’s get to it:
70) Nuggets 106 – 122 Mavericks
71) Nets 107 – 104 Mavericks
72) Thunder 119 – 128 Mavericks
73) Clippers 109 – 103 Mavericks
74) Kings 100 – 103 Mavericks
75) Warriors 122 – 120 Mavericks
76) Mavericks 113 – 107 Clippers
77) Mavericks 107 – 95 Lakers
78) Mavericks 93 – 91 Kings
79) Mavericks 95 – 83 Jazz
80) Spurs 109 – 100 Mavericks
81) Suns 98 – 101 Mavericks
82) Mavericks 105 – 106 Grizzlies
1) PLAYOFFS PLAYOFFS PLAYOFFS. Of course this is point number one! I watched the Phoenix game and I was hootin’ and hollerin’ throughout. When Monta splashed those consecutive wing 3s, I was roaring. When Dirk grabbed a rebound, took it down the floor himself then pulled up and knocked down a 3 of his own, I was jumping all over the place. And those Brandan Wright blocks, oh me oh my.
What a match. Definitely one of the best I’ve ever watched, and what was at stake only multiplied the effect a thousand times.
What a season it’s been. The team really turned it around, and rewarded the faith of us fans. At the beginning, it just felt good to watch a team that at least looked like it had a direction, a purpose. Then it became good to watch a team that won the majority of the games it was ‘supposed to win’, instead of throwing away games to the likes of the Jazz or the Bucks. And towards the end, wins over the Pacers and the OKC showed us that this team was way more than the sum of its parts. It’s got tons of flaws but it also competes at a level which, on paper, should be way beyond this squad’s capabilities.
It’s far from being the best Mavs team we have ever or will ever have the privilege of watching, but it’s definitely one of the most special ones nevertheless
2) The loss to the Grizzlies was a real downer though, especially since it means we’ll be playing the Spurs in the playoffs, pretty much a guaranteed knockout and a likely sweep. However, in trying to offer a positive note, I must say that I felt the same way about facing the Thunder until our recent two wins against them. Before those two victories, we’d lost like 700 consecutive games against them and didn’t look like changing that anytime soon. It seemed like we were giving Durant career nights every time too.
But two wins against them and suddenly we’re all talking about how we stand a chance against them and match up well against them. Maybe we can change the narrative with the Spurs a little too, eh?
At least win a game or two, is all I’m asking. Even if it doesn’t lead to anything in this year’s playoffs, it could help in reshaping potential free agents’ perceptions about us. It’s pretty much all we’ve got to go on right now, with relatively few trade assets (even after we’ve been freed of the burden of owing a pick to OKC) to work with. Which brings me to the last point of this post:
3) What can this team do in the offseason? You might say it’s a little soon to be thinking about the offseason when the post-season hasn’t even begun, but considering the likelihood that it’s going to be a short playoffs and the current team is, in the big-picture view, a work-in-progress anyway, I don’t think it’s too early to look ahead.
There could be some big money coming off the payroll this summer, and there are some big holes in this roster, despite the encouraging progress this season. What could possibly be done to keep building this roster? I’ll be taking a closer look at the available options and have a post about it up soon.
Well, it’s playoffs time! I have to admit it’s a little hard to get hyped since we’ll be playing the Spurs and it certainly feels like we’ve got close to a 0% chance of even denting their armour, but the symbolism of playing in the postseason should matter more than anything else. If nothing else, we’ve showcased the fact that we’ve got a terrific coach, a superstar who ain’t done yet, and now we can add a new and improved Monta to that mix. That’s way more than some other teams can even hope to have.
I’ll enjoy the postseason, however long it goes for. It’s a sign of progress, and after the last couple seasons, to have a light to look forward to is good enough in and of itself.