I’ll start out by saying…hooray. There, I’ve celebrated the Conference Title. Moving on…
As far as game 5 went, the Dallas Mavericks came from behind late to get the win in game 5, much like they did in game 4, except this time it was for the series. The Thunder are a great young team and have lots of talent and potential, but to get to the top of the summit you have to handle some bumps on the way. For them hopefully this was just a bump. It was a hard fought game between both teams, but the Mavs showed that they are for real this year and will stop with nothing less than an NBA title. Dirk has in many minds has begun to cement his legacy and has showed us numbers during this playoff run from a seven footer like we have never seen before. (though I am one who believes Dirk has been this good for many years, and the biggest difference this year is his supporting cast more than him) Dirk has had the ability to play one on one basically the entire playoffs. One of the toughest covers there ever has been and let him go one on one. What results would you expect? All successful teams have what we call “role players” We are all familiar with some of the greats. The Mavs have role players but a few who score the ball at a high efficiency. Their ability to score the ball and shoot from outside force other teams to abandon the double team on Dirk. Dirk is able to play in more one on one situations as a result. Obviously there is much more to the success of the Mavs than just their role players and Dirks one on one ability, but they are vital parts. Shawn Marion played another outstanding game, again causing difficulty and confusion for Durant all night. The Dallas bench was its usual self, with Barea and Terry both contributing immediately and often once inserted into the game. This is a Mavs team of not only talent but they also possess outstanding resolve and chemistry.
It was a great feeling watching another Western Conference Trophy being held up in Dallas…but that’s just it…another conference trophy. We want the Larry O! Dirk’s celebration was short and sweet after the game, with his feelings being present and obvious in his mind at the time…and voiced by himself after the game saying, “We already have one of those trophies…it didn’t mean anything after that season…Once you get to the Finals, there is no second place.” The Most Dangerous Shark on Dry Land, owner Mark Cuban, stated it well himself also, saying, “We, ain’t done yet!”
So the Mavs will rest and wait yet again for an Eastern Conference winner. Bulls or Heat? I don’t know, but one thing I can tell you is that the Dallas Mavericks don’t care. They are gonna go right through them.
Next stop. NBA Finals.
About the Author
Written by Andy R Strom
I was born in Dallas, TX and raised in the suburb of Coppell, TX. I grew up eating and breathing sports. I "buy local" when it comes to my teams, Mavs, Cowboys, Rangers, Stars, Longhorns. I am 28 years old and currently live in Wisconsin where I graduated college from the Univerisy of Wisonsin Whitewater with a degree in health, human performance and recreation with a minor in coaching. I still follow my teams just as much now as when I am living back in Texas, they're just a little harder to see in person now. However, I follow all major sports and teams and love a good debate.