Wait a second - what just happened here?! The Dallas Mavericks, NBA Champions?! No way. Maybe five years ago, but certainly not in 2011. Not with a 37-year-old point guard who has played more minutes than anyone else currently in the NBA. Not with Jason Terry as your only other scoring threat outside of Dirk Nowitzki. Not with Nowitzki injuring his finger and getting sick in the Finals. Not with Dirk shooting 1-12 in the first half of Game 6. Not with LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade lining up on the other side of the court. Not with a European leading the way (they're supposed to be soft and not championship material, right?). Not if Dallas has to play the Lakers in the Playoffs - there's no way they can beat the Lakers. Not with Mark Cuban owning the team - the NBA and the refs will never let a blowhard, blogging troublemaker like him win. Not by having to beat LeBron - he's better than Michael Jordan, after all. Not with Dirk Nowitzki as your best player - he's a choker in the clutch, right?
To the most unlikely NBA Champion since the 2004 Pistons, kudos.
Listen, not to take away anything from the Mavs, but we all know that their winning the NBA Title was a fluke. The Mavs were lucky enough to face am Laker team that was essentially sleeping at the wheel and an inexperienced OKC Thunder team who had a ball hog for a point guard. I doubt that that team, with all things being equall, could possibly repeat.
@slapdoghoops It definitely wasn't a "fluke." The Mavs were clicking on all cylinders during the playoffs, and the advanced numbers prove it. It was their time and they seized the moment. Players stepped up. Dirk dominated the entire playoffs. They earned it.
@slapdoghoops I wouldn't call anyone who wins a title a "fluke". Of course they were lucky, but every team needs to be a little bit lucky to win. That being said, I don't think anyone counts on them repeating - I think Vegas has them only listed as the fourth favourite ending into next season (if there IS a next season).