Those Same Old Mav-Wrecks

Another humiliating collapse has even the most loyal Mavs fans bailing before the inevitable crash and burn.

The Mavs fell into the familiar, foolish trap of trying not to lose. It wasn't exactly Dean Smith's old four-corners stall at North Carolina, but it was 12 minutes of being too pick-and-rolly. From Don Nelson to Avery Johnson to Carlisle, when push comes to shove the Mavs wilt—and let their fate be decided via 20-foot jump shots. After taking the 23-point lead, Dallas committed five turnovers and attempted only two shots in the lane. On their last 24 possessions, the Mavs took 15 long jump shots. Tied at 82 in the last minute and with the shot clock at only 11, Terry ridiculously launched a long 3-pointer. Meanwhile, Roy somehow overcame two surgically repaired knees and dropped in a variety of runners, jumpers, accidental bankers and—thanks to a silly Shawn Marion foul—a four-point play.

That's how you get outscored 18-0 in the paint in a fourth quarter and fortify an undesirable reputation.

"We thought it was over with," Marion said afterward. "They were down by 23 and we let our guard down."

In the long, laughable history of the Mavericks, it may have been the franchise's worst, most embarrassing 12 minutes of basketball. Forget the 11 consecutive 50-plus-win playoff seasons. That afternoon in Portland reinforced the legend of the Mav-wrecks, a team of chokers that lacks mental toughness, killer instinct, is 2-17 in its last 19 road playoff games and this year isn't headed anywhere close to an NBA championship. The constant trio throughout Dallas' current playoff failures are Nowitzki and Terry (both born-and-bred jump shooters) and stubborn owner Mark Cuban.

With 30 seconds left and his team down just two points, the Mavs owner left his seat behind the team's bench and retreated to the locker room. Afterward, he refused to speak with the media.

We should be used to this shit.

We're not.

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Mhines3247
Mhines3247

Yea looking pretty dumb now, I was wondering what made you write you latest article the way you did. Maybe you will get away with cleaning up your mess but I know at least two people who see through your BS!

Rmeinen
Rmeinen

boy do you look stupid

Clintp1982
Clintp1982

Nah. Im not jumping ship. Those past failures have only thickened my skin. I made it through. I've been following all season; Im not about to give up because of an ugly loss. Mavs advance tonight with a win. Caron Butler is closer and closer

GAA
GAA

I agree with Whitt. I'm tired of the Mavs losing when it matters most. The fans pay the bills and need to show that they are tired of this shit.

Brooks Riggins
Brooks Riggins

Richie Whitt, your last name is a misnomer. You are a witless, talentless hack who has no business writing professionally. I hope the Mavericks win and that you have a terrible weekend.

Go Mavs.

Storm_71
Storm_71

We are used to this shit RW. Made you can write something that's worth reading (I did not get past the first line).

P.S. Don't forget to water your hair tonight.

Steve Sandwich
Steve Sandwich

Wait -

Is this a recap of LAST SATURDAY's game, or is it a cute-in-a-faggot-way attempt at precience by "predicting" tomorrow night's outcome?

Either way, it looks like shit, it smells like shit...it must be shit.

Richie Shitt.

 
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