Optms wrote:Lockdown504090 wrote:The mass were incredibly hot against LA and Kidd did an amazing job on Kobe. If the lakers won that series, I think they would have won the title.
Rick carslie coached circles around the lakers as well
Zero chance they win the title. They wouldn't even gotten out of the West. That team was running on fumes and were sleep walking even after the sweep. The Mav's beat a team that was already mentally out of it. After 3 grueling finals, they were done.
See what I mean about excuses. The only reasons the mavs won was that the Lakers had mentally checked out......nothing to do with the Mavs talent, size, shooting and depth.
Going into the 2011 playoffs the Lakers were the favorite to win the NBA title and just ran into a team that had the size and shooting to match up with them.
No one (myself included) thought the Mavs had any shot against the Lakers.
The Lakers should have won Game 1, and Game 3 against the Mavs. The Mavs stole both of those games at the very end with supreme clutch play. The Lakers gave up in Game 4.
That series really should have been a 6 or 7 game series.
From 2008-2011 No one in the Western Conference had the size to bang with Gasol, Odom, Bynum and Ron Artest.
The Mavs had three 7 Ft players....one of which could shoot from any spot on the court.
Gasol having to guard Dirk 15-20 ft from the basket meant that he couldn't just camp under the rim and grab rebounds.
The spacing (AKA as Gravity) that Dirk brings is what opened all these huge lanes to the basket for JJ Barea. It was a pick your poison. Either get killed by the pick and roll, or leave elite shooters open from three point land.