The Golden State Warriors visit the Dallas Mavericks
Last season, it seemed as though the Mavs had made a breakthrough. In the three games the Mavs played against the Golden State Warriors, destroyers of dreams, in 2007-2008, the Mavs went undefeated and won by an average margin of 17.3. The tormenters had become the tormented, and Nellie’s role as a conjurer of cheap tricks was countered by experience, resolve, and twelve grown men being good and pissed off.
This season, the Mavs are 1-1 against the Warriors, but the game on everyone’s mind is the recent letdown in Oakland just two weeks ago.
Looking at the Mavs’ success over that period (significant point differential, 4-1 in the last 5 games), why are we even discussing the idea that the Warriors give the Mavericks trouble? Why does Tim MacMahon even have to combat the theory that Stephen Jackson is a “Dirk Stopper”?
I’ve tried to dispel the mystique of Mavs-Warriors at least once already, but today I’ve come to remind you and myself of that in totality. 2007 is dead and buried; just as Mavs-Heat holds no regular season significance aside from disappointing highlight reels of playoffs past, Mavs-Warriors deserves its spot in the NBA annals, not lingering in the present.
The Mavs spent the proper time dissecting and analyzing their playoff woes. They fully understand what the Warriors were able to do to them, found specific ways to counter those strategies, and have generally been pretty damn successful against the Warriors since that time. You want a team that gives the Mavs trouble? How about the New Orleans Hornets? How about the Los Angeles Lakers? How about the Boston Celtics? The Mavs have flubbed games against the Grizzlies, the Bucks, and the Clippers, so why make more of a loss to the Warriors? The Mavs are a good, not great, team that has had trouble all season with beating the teams that they should beat. That’s explanation A and B for the most recent loss at the hands of the Dubs, and reason C is that the Mavs forgot how to rebound.
There are no monsters here, just a little kid creating reasons to be afraid of the dark, rationalizing a symptom as a disease unto itself.