Can the Dallas Mavericks Escape the Ghosts of Playoffs Past?

March 24th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
I will always remember the epic collapse of the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals, because it is the first time I have openly cheered for another team due to the defection of Shaquille O'Neal to the Miami Heat.

To be fair, the Mavericks were the victims of some of the worst playoff officiating I have ever witnessed, but the manner in which the games are called is no excuse for the pitiful defensive display of Dallas.

That type of breakdown is capable of leaving a discernible mark on the legacy of a franchise, so it was no surprise to me that the Mavericks followed their failure of 2006 with an equally embarrassing loss in the postseason of 2007.

The Mavericks' first round defeat to the Golden State Warriors represented a new low mark for the team as Dallas became one of the first teams to win 60 games, capture the first seed in the West, and subsequently lose to the eighth seed.

Dallas has spent the past four seasons trying to escape the vestiges of that forgettable past, and appeared to make strides in that direction when they upgraded their roster at this year's trade deadline.

The addition of Caron ...

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