The Mavs have the homecourt advantage in this first round series with the Portland Trailblazers.
I was shocked to hear all of the locals here in Dallas/Ft Worth that were declaring the Mavs were ready for the finals after, simply, keeping the homecourt advantage after winning games 1 and 2. It pointed to the lack of understanding of how NBA basketball works, but that’s par for the course for many here and it starts with the team’s owner.
The ultimate loser’s cry was made after the game 3 loss to Portland and I am sure it will be mentioned by someone on the weekday sports radio broadcasts after the Mavs allowed the Blazers to come back from being down 18 points in the 4th quarter of game 4; “the refs cheated us.” Funny, you never hear the winning team mentioning the refs helping them win a game, but you can sure find plenty of people blaming the refs from the losing side though, AMAZING!
Homecourt advantage is homecourt advantage, especially in the NBA. There shouldn’t even be an expectation on any coach, player, or fans part of the visiting team that the refs are going to help you beat the home team. As a matter of fact, the visiting team shouldn’t put themselves in a position for the refs to affect the outcome of the game. That means any team and its’ fans must go into a game on the road with a mentality that they’re going to knockout the home team. The Mavs, indeed, did that for 3 quarters. The problem is that there are 4 quarters in an NBA.
Remember though, the Mavs still have the homecourt advantage for the remainder of this series….
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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!