April 11, 2013 Leave a comment
There’s nothing advanced about the Mavs’ 2012-13 season. Really.
Instead of writing a complex think piece full of wonderful stats and very small numbers, I’ll just do what the Mavs did this year: talk about turnovers.
Dallas will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2001, and unless the Mavs can win two out of their last four games, which seems unlikely after their terrible performance last night against Phoenix, Dallas will lose more games this season than in any since 1997-98. Ouch.
It’s been a story of underwhelming performances, bad crunch-time play and bad attempts at playing defense. Fundamentally speaking, this year’s Dallas team was the worst I’ve seen since the pre-Dirk Mavs rolled out starting lineups featuring Robert Pack and Erick Strickland, when beating the Bulls in 1998 (coincidentally the last time Dallas lost this many games and also the team’s last season without Dirk) was considered the franchise’s greatest accomplishment in nearly a decade. I was at that game, and I remember Cedric Ceballos’ fadeaway miracle. I didn’t understand why everyone was so excited, but the Mavericks were that terrible. It was a milestone, for sure.
(Seriously, it was. They made a video about it. And when I was a kid, I watched this over and over again. That game really was my Super Bowl growing up. I also didn’t know the difference between the Super Bowl and the NBA Finals. I was seven.)