Now that we’ve all had a good year to digest the Kidd-Harris swap, and at least one good thrashing at the hands of Devin, everybody’s in the mood to reminisce. This is what we were thinking when we traded for Kidd. This is why the Mavs should have kept Devin. These are the intangible ways in which Kidd helps our team. Blahdy, blahdy, blah.
These dialogues aren’t new. We’ve beaten the trade like a dead horse, whipped out the defibrillator, brought it back, and then beat it some more. To some extent, it will always be a haunting trade to the Mavs. Harris will make more All-Star teams, and those lost draft picks (the productive Ryan Anderson and a future pick) are a punch in the gut. That doesn’t change the fact that we should be beyond this by now. After all that’s happened this season, is another game against Devin Harris really our biggest concern?
For me, tonight’s game is more about seeing where this team is emotionally. They were riding the big one, coasting into the All-Star break, and finally playing well. They blew it late against the Celtics on the break’s eve, and tonight we’ll see if the Mavs are ready to pick up where they left off or if they’ll curl up in the fetal position in the paint and sob. This team once had Devin Harris and draft picks. This team had a win against the Celtics in their clutches. What they have now is a chance to put something tangible together to close out the season, a chance to secure a playoff berth, and a chance to build up whatever momentum they can muster going into the postseason.
I’ll take my chances.