By Jeremy Martin @Jmartin1982 on April 17, 2014
The Dallas Mavericks are back in the playoffs, but nobody is giving the No. 8 seed a chance against the buzz saw that is the San Antonio Spurs -- and why should they? The Spurs won 63 games this season, and they have beaten the Mavericks nine straight times. On paper this is a huge mismatch, but games aren’t played on paper. Here are my five reasons the Mavs will not only defeat the Spurs, but will make a run to the title.
Dallas played 22 games this season decided by three points or less. It seemed every game came down to the wire. While Dallas didn’t win all those games, the experience they gained will help them in the close games that are bound to happen in the playoffs.
The scariest team in sports is the one that has nothing to lose. All the pressure is on San Antonio. They are the ones supposed to be on their way to a championship. Dallas has no pressure which means they can play free and relaxed with absolutely nothing to lose.
Monta Ellis was criticized in 2012 for saying that he was just as good a player as Dwyane Wade, proclaiming “Monta Ellis have it all.” Well down the stretch this season, Monta showed just how good he can be. Monta hit big shot after big shot. If he can carry that over to the playoffs, the Mavs can be very dangerous.
Rick Carlisle is one of the most underrated coaches in all of sports. He consistently out-coaches his opposition and puts his players in position to get the win. Dallas wasn’t the most talented team in 2011 when they won the title, but Carlisle pushed all the buttons.
The No. 1 reason Dallas will make a run is because of quite possibly the most underrated player in all of sports. Dirk is still getting it done at age 35 and is now tenth on the all-time NBA scoring list. Dirk has never gotten the respect he deserves nationally, but he has the ability to put a team on his back and carry them to victory. He did it in 2011 and he can do it again in 2014.
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