Has the Mavericks’ season really come to this?
A team driven to make history could be on the unthinkable end of the ultimate in NBA playoff upsets.
Golden State is halfway home to being the third eighth seed ever to knock off a No. 1 after ripping through the Mavs 109-91 Friday night at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors lead the first-round series 2-1 would move within a victory of the Western Conference semifinals by winning here Sunday. No eighth seed has won a best-of-seven series since the NBA adopted the format in 2003.
“We’re going to stay the underdogs,” Warriors guard Baron Davis said after scoring 24.
The Mavs now face as close to a must-win without being a must-win before heading back to North Texas. The defending conference champs won’t be returning to the NBA Finals, much less the next round, without correcting a number of breakdowns from Game 3.
“Our goal is to beat them and that’s really what we’ve come here to do,” Mavs swingman Jerry Stackhouse said. “Nothing less than just winning this series. That’s all it’s about. Whether you win it in four games, win it in five games or win it in seven games, it’s about winning this series and moving on.”