The NBA uses a slogan in a lot of their campaigns that says “I love this game.” People love the NBA for different reasons. Some of it is the game itself, while others love watching certain players take the court. On paper each night, there are games that you think are sure wins for a certain team while other games look closer in numbers.
Take the Dallas Mavericks‘ schedule this week for example. On Tuesday, the Mavericks played the Charlotte Bobcats, a team in which they had defeated 17 out of 18 in the last 10 years. On Wednesday night, they played the league-leading Indiana Pacers, who have only suffered two home losses all season long. If things had played out according to records and history, Dallas would have beaten the Bobcats, only to lose to the Pacers.
Of course, the exact opposite happened. Dallas suffered its worst loss of the season in Charlotte as it got beat by 25 points. Then, Dallas walked into Indiana and handed the Pacers their third home loss of the year.
This is why they play the games, instead of handing out the trophy to the team most likely to win it all. Dallas understands this very well. In 2007, Dallas finished the season with a record of 67-15 and dominated the regular season. However, it got ousted in the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors.
In 2011, Dallas wasn’t the best team on paper and everyone expected the Miami Heat to walk away as the champions. Dallas, however, proved on the court that it was better then the Heat as they won the title. As a Mavs fan, the last two nights were maddening and aggravating all put together. They were joyous and frustrating, and that’s why I love this game.