NBA Playoff Redux? Different Year, Same Old Dallas Mavericks

April 30th, 2010 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
The silence coming out of Dallas, Texas, is deafening. This year was supposed to be different.

The Dallas Mavericks made a deal to bring Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood over from the Washington Wizards near the NBA trade deadline, and the perception of the Mavericks as a legitimate NBA title contender shot through the roof.

Mavericks' fans were beside themselves with joy, and gushing over how much of an upgrade Butler was over the departed Josh Howard, and how the addition of Haywood would give the Mavericks the size they needed to compete with the bigger teams in the West.

Well, Butler may have been an upgrade over Howard, and on paper the Mavericks may have looked the part of a significantly improved team, but if so the results failed to materialize on the court, again.

The Mavericks were ushered out of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs in Game Six of their first round series, and the Mavericks are left to contemplate another 50-win season that ended in failure.

The Mavericks have now won 50 games for the 10th consecutive season, and the only thing they have to show for it is a 2006 Finals appearance where ...

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