On Sunday Night the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs in four straight games as the San Antonio Spurs defeated them 103-82. Just about everyone figured the Spurs would beat the Lakers anyways, especially since they were without Kobe Bryant.
I’m not sure how many of those people had the Spurs beating them in four straight, though. Not only did they win in four straight, though, but they won in dominating fashion. All four of the wins were by double-digit margins and the average margin of victory was 18.75 points.
Now that the series is over, it makes me wonder how the Dallas Mavericks feel about the scenario. It was the Mavericks, along with the Utah Jazz, who were fighting the Lakers for the final playoff spot and the right to face the Spurs in round one. The Mavericks did not have the game changer on their team this year like Kobe. Sure, they had a player here or there that could make a difference but they didn’t have the guy that would dominate a game and take over. Dirk Nowitzki could score points but he was limited by his knee injury.
The Spurs can run it if they need to but they are usually a half-court team and will try to go slow and methodical. They rely on good defense, rebounding and hitting the open looks. Dallas was terrible this year against teams that could rebound and play good defense.
I’m not saying the Mavericks would have gotten swept because their star player isn’t sitting on a bench recovering from knee surgery. However, I think the Mavericks organization needs to realize that just because they barely missed the playoffs doesn’t mean they are close to being competitive. What happened to the Lakers would probably have happened to the Mavericks.