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I was still holding out hope, all the way until midway through the fourth quarter I was still holding out hope.
Not just that the Mavericks would come back after squandering a 10 point lead late in the third against the Clippers. Not just that Dirk would return to his true form, majestically leading Dallas back from the depths for a victory against the hottest team in the NBA.
No, I was still holding out hope that this season wasn’t a lost cause. Unfortunately, that’s what it has become.
With Dallas now 10 games under .500, for the first time since 2000, you can pretty much write off this season. They’re seven games back of the 8 seed in the Western Conference. Between them and the playoffs lie Utah, Minnesota, the hapless Lakers and Sacramento. Yes, the Sacramento Kings currently have a better record than the Mavericks.
A win last night could have been a turning point in the season. Instead, they’re on their way to the lottery. With that in mind, I’ll be working on a series of who the Mavericks should be looking at drafting with their lottery pick. That’ll come later.
But for now, let’s wallow in our sadness a little longer.
Since December 10th, when Dallas beat Sacramento 119-96 to get to 11-10 on the season, the Mavericks have gone a stunning 2-13. They’ve lost to teams like New Orleans, Minnesota and Toronto.
Not to mention, they’ve actually lead going into the fourth quarter the last four straight games, and they couldn’t hold on. Not even with Dirk.
Poor, poor Dirk. A guy who was so spoiled to play with Jason Kidd, who now has guys like Darren Collison and Roddy B, who for all their worth have absolutely no idea how to get the ball to Dirk in space. None.
It’s a sad time to be a Mavericks fan. But hey, at least our powder is dry, right Mark?
I’ll leave you with this.