The Dallas Mavericks' lost to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night to lock up the precious eight-seed, but, nonetheless, will return to the playoffs after a one-year postseason "sabbatical" to play the Eviction Notice - the San Antonio Spurs.
This will be the fifth time the Mavericks will play Los Spurs in the playoffs de el NBA, all since 2001.
Just the thought of Mavs v. Spurs conjures images of losses, but in the playoffs ...
The Spurs are 3-2 against the Mavericks in the playoffs.
2001 Western Conference Semifinals
The Mavericks had upset the Utah Jazz in the five-game series by winning the final three games of that first round series, and were completely over-their-head against the Spurs. The Mavs lost the four games by double digits. Shawn Bradley was the Mavs' starting center.
2003 Western Conference Finals
The Mavs opened the series by winning in San Antonio, and then dropped the next three games. The Spurs scored 23 consecutive points in the fourth-quarter of Game 6 to win the series. The Spurs out-scored the Mavs 34-9 in the fourth quarter of the final game. The Mavs played the final three games without Dirk Nowitzki.
2006 Western Conference Semifinals
The most exciting playoff series the Mavs' have ever played. Both teams won 60 games in the regular season. ESPN's John Hollinger ranked this as the third-best playoff series ever.
The Mavs led the series 3-1 before the Spurs forced a decisive Game 7 in San Antonio. Dirk Nowitzki forced overtime in Game 7 by converting a 3-point play with 20 seconds remaining. And - yes - DeSagana Diop dominated in overtime.
2009, Western Conference first round
I have no recollection of a series the Mavericks completely dominated. This was the first time since 2000 the Spurs did not advance out of the first round.
2010, Western Conference first round
Put it this way - Roddy Beaubois was the Mavs' secondary scorer. Never a series.
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