A few days ago, FoxSportsSouthwest.com put a list together called "Mavericks: Did you know?" The list revealed 10 things most people didn't know about the 2010-2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks.
The number one, "Did you know?" on the list revealed that before game six of round one (versus Portland), the team decided to hold a players only dinner at a restaurant. At the dinner, the veteran players spoke on what motivated them from the past in order to prevent themselves from failing again.
Peja Stojakovic discussed his series early in his career against the Lakers, Jason Kidd discussed his series against the Lakers in 2001 and Dirk Nowtizki and Jason Terry revealed their loss in 2006 against the Heat as their worst.
One Mavs' player who made an interesting remark was Shawn Marion:
Shawn Marion talked about the 2007 series with the Spurs when Amare Stoudemire's suspension kept them from advancing to the finals.
It's interesting to see that Marion still recalled that 2007 series as his best chance at the title before Sunday.
I'm pretty sure the San Antonio Spurs' current players will use the freshly marked round one loss as fuel for the upcoming 2011-2012 season. Will the fact that they got bounced with the best record by an eight seed be on their minds or will the fact that they lost with a broken-armed Manu Ginobili be on their minds?
Since winning the title in 2007, what's the worst Spurs loss for you Spurs fans? Losing to the Lakers in 2008? Losing to the Mavericks in 2009? Being swept by the Suns in 2010 or recently losing to an 8-seeded Grizzlies team in 2011?
I'm with MVP - Amare's suspension didn't help them but it was only one game. They lost by two games.
Worst loss for me was against the Lakers. Spurs had a good shot at it. If Joey calls the foul at the buzzer that the league admitted was a foul, bones hits three free throws (very realistic), and spurs win OT (they had momentum at that point), they may have found enough to win the series then beat the Celtics.
oh please... they weren't going to win anything without playing defense or following the rules.... they need to get over it already... cry babies.
I'd have to say getting swept by the Suns in 2010. That series served as a sobering initial illustration as to just how much Duncan, and the Spurs defensive efficiency, had declined. The Suns literally picked-and-rolled the Spurs to death, while repeatedly burning their defense with oustanding perimeter shooting. It shoud've been a wakeup call to the Spurs brass that Duncan needed much more help than just anticipating the arrival of Splitter. Whatever roster tweaks and changes the Spurs made over the summer of 2010, it wasn't enough as they were ousted by the 8th seeded Grizzlies in a stunning first round upset.