82 games is a long season and the championship teams know how to handle that process. I recall the story Kareem tells about Magic Johnson being so happy on a game winning shot he made on the first game of Magic’s rookie season when he draped himself all over the center; he told Magic “calm down we’ve got 81 more of these games left”.
Well, the Mavs need to forget everything that has happened in the previous games this season against the Spurs and Lakers and just win the last matchups of the season on Friday, March 18th with the Spurs and Thursday, March 31st at the Lakers. I understand we blog and report on the teams during the season to try and make some sense of what’s going on with a team, but it really boils down to who’s playing the best down the stretch as the teams get closer to the playoffs. How many times did everyone write off the two-time defending champion Lakers before the all star break? Does anyone care to retract their comments now?
The Mavs have one thing they can prove and it’s that they understand the grind of the 82 game season and that they are ready to head into the post season playing their best ball against the two western conference favorites in the Spurs and the Lakers. I always point out to everyone that the Mavs are the ONLY team in NBA history to have 50+ wins a season for 10 consecutive seasons with ZERO NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS.
Winning these games starting Friday night will show just what the Mavs are made of and if they are truly ready to make a legitimate run at an elusive NBA title!!!
About the Author
Written by Alexei Wall
I provide sports/life perspectives to sports fans that are better and unlike any others you will hear or read. I am a "crazy stupid" sports fan, season ticket holder for the Cowboys, fan of my other local teams, Mavs and Rangers, and will even "chop it up" with you about life, religion, and politics. I also co-host a weekly internet sports talk show called "The X Factor" (well before Simon Cowell thought of the name) on LIVE365.com, which started while I was attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Irving, TX years ago. The wife, daughter, grown son, and other family keep me busy when I am not watching or playing sports. So, I value my time and want to share the truth with you about what we love, SPORTS, since most out there are so willing to try and mislead you. Well, not me!