Dallas Mavericks Complete 2016-17 Preview

October 3rd, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

The Dallas Mavericks were a split-second away from a winless cameo in the 2016 NBA postseason.

During their playoff opener, the Mavs scored a franchise playoff-low 70 points and suffered a 38-point shellacking at the hands of the third-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder. Game 2, incredibly, went to Dallas 85-84, but only after Steven Adams' potential game-winner was waved off after video review.

"Very proud of our guys and the way they responded after one of the most disappointing games in franchise history," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said, per Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's a group with a lot of pride, obviously a lot of resilience. We had some amazing performances."

Carlisle's use of "amazing" could have used an asterisk.

Dirk Nowitzki finished with more shots than points. Leading scorer Raymond Felton missed two free throws in the final seconds and had more turnovers than assists. If anyone amazed, it was Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook shocking the hoops world with an anemic 15-of-55 showing from the field.

That's what it took to get Dallas a one-point, replay-overturned vic ...

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