The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks were swept out of the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder two nights. It was actually a pretty competitive series with three of the four games being somewhat close.
Well, it was a sweep. You said Dallas would lose in 5 and you'd be fine with whatever the result... so this doesn't surprise you too much, right?
The only aspect in this series that surprised me was the Mavs’ ability to compete in OKC. I can honestly say that I didn’t expect that. Game 1 was a heartbreaker. It was a game that the Mavs should have won but the basketball gods had a different outcome in mind. In Game 2, the Mavs had every opportunity to win but couldn’t seal the deal. The way the Mavs played in Games 3 and 4 is what I expected throughout the series. I’m not surprised or really even disappointed. Sometimes, it’s just not meant to be.
Dirk was still Dirk but anyone you thought that underperformed in this series?
I can’t really point a finger at a single player and that in itself was the problem with the 2011-2012 Dallas Mavericks. The overall talent base was not there. Dirk is great but he can’t do it alone. The team as a whole was simply not good enough.
So what's next for Dallas?
Deron Williams, of course. Mark Cuban approached this season with 2012 free agency in mind. The Mavs will pursue Williams very aggressively. Williams hails from DFW so maybe he will want to come home. I don’t see the Mavs resigning Jason Terry or Jason Kidd – unless they are dirt cheap. The Mavs need to add a lot of pieces – some big, some small. It will be an important offseason but I trust in Mark.
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