DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 NBA title because they closed out games better than any other team. They were kicked out of the 2012 playoffs because they could not close out a single game.
Oklahoma City Thunder 103
Dallas Mavericks 97
Thunder sweep 1st rd series, 4-0.
OKC guard James Harden finished with 87 points ... that's not true. It just felt like it. Harden actually scored 29, including a driving layup with 10 seconds remaining that gave the Thunder a five point lead. The Mavs were out-scored 35-16 in the fourth quarter.
I blame the refs. And Lamar Odom.
"We knew with this roster it was a long shot," Mavs guard Jason Terry said. "It wasn't our year. It just wasn't our time."
The Mavericks led by 13 points - their biggest lead of the series - going into the fourth quarter on Saturday night. For the third time in this series, the Thunder closed out a close game in the final minutes whereas the Mavs were unable to create plays, get stops, or make shots.
Too bad; this was not the way for Mavs guard Jason Terry to end his career with this team. He can be a free agent this summer, and it does not look like the Mavs will re-sign him.
For the third time in this series it was not a lack of effort that did the Mavs in. The Thunder were just better.
The Mavs enter an offseason that is all about Deron Williams.
If the Nets guard signs with the Mavs as a free agent this summer, this flushed 2011-'12 season is justified as money well spent. If D-Will remains in New Jersey, or signs with a team other than the Mavs, then what were we doing?
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