Thursday, February 15, 2007

A Brief(ish) Basketball Note

Something bordering on bizarre is going on with the Dallas Mavericks. After beating Houston 80-77 tonight, the Mavs are 44-9. They started the season 0-4, so elementary math tells you they've gone 44-5 since. They've won 30 of their last 32. In case you're not a hoops aficionado, the technical term for such results is "silly."

After losing last year's Finals in truly ridiculous fashion (they were probably about three minutes of efficient basketball away from sweeping the series), I wouldn't have been surprised if they suffered prolonged psychological damage. That's what I thought the 0-4 start portended. I also wouldn't have been surprised if they just played ho-hum basketball until the playoffs, since that's when they really need to salvage their pride.

But that's not what's happening. They're just winning pretty much every game they play, any way they have to. It's perfectly possible that such intensity will result in a burnout come the postseason, but it's also possible that we're witnessing a historic string of redemptive ass-kicking, like the team is some revivified slasher in a horror flick. Either way, I'm certainly enjoying it so far.


Anonymous JB said...

Not so fast Plano boy.....Yao comes back.....plays Dampier like a fiddle.....McGrady and Battier lock down Irk....Rockets take them in Western conf semis 4-2. Write it down.

7:51 AM  
Blogger jka said...

Ditto John. I've been watching our Mavs and waiting for them to exhibit a letdown in the midst of this incredible run. Instead their focus seems to intensify each week. Any doubt about AJ's abilities as a coach (why should there be but they are out there anyway) are gone. I think he welcomed 0-4 as a coaching opportunity. This team has the look. And with Dirk's comments last week about the Miami debacle, make no mistake about the fact that it is all they care about.

11:41 AM  
Blogger paul said...

How cute. We were in your same shoes in Detroit last year at the all star break. Enjoy it while it lasts, because the playoffs aer a whole different beast.

3:57 PM  

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