In thinking about the Jazz easily dispatching the Warriors and securing a spot in the West finals, I thought about coach Avery Johnson's comments about Golden State being the only first-round opponent that could derail the Mavs. That might be true, but so what?
If the Mavs had drawn, let's say, the Clippers or Lakers, sure, they could have taken them out, but does anyone now think they could've defeated Utah?
It's another bad matchup for the Mavs. A physical, rising true point guard in Deron Williams; a low-post monster in Carlos Boozer; a dynamic, quick, long-armed defender in Andrei Kirilenko to antagonize Dirk; and a 7-foot, dead-eye 3-point shooter in Mehmet Okur.
It all sounds to me like another recipe for disaster for the Mavs. The truth may be the Mavs had already mentally checked out by the time the playoffs came around. Maybe they really did peak too early in the season and had nothing left for the playoffs.
Regardless, this Mavs team wasn't winning anything this season, no matter the playoff matchups. The best-case scenario would probably have been a second-round elimination ... at the hands of the Jazz.
-- Garza, Mavs Lite