Have the ’11 Mavs done more than just winning a title?
There isn’t a sane person in the world who’d disagree that last year Mavs’ playoffs run was, to say the least, impressive.
Their toughness, resilience, experience and effort have proven more than once that, to put it bluntly, older and slower teams can compete against younger and faster ones.
It takes more than skill, athletic ability and great teamwork to overcome the deficits of 15 points with just a couple of minutes remaining in pivotal games four and two, versus the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat, respectively.
Not willing to overshadow Dirk Nowitzki’s one legged fadeways or Jason Terry’s improbable perimeter clutch shots, nor the defenisve heroics of Tyson Chandler and Shawn Marion, there is one element in particular which distinguished those Mavs from the other contenders back then – the determination.
The very spark of life which appeared in their minds at those crucial moments and fuelled the remarkable comebacks that left everyone astounded and amazed. It may sound like a cliche, but without it, there wouldn’t have been a victory for the Mavs.
The question at hand is – has that same spark managed to strengthen and rejuvenate the likes of San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics of 2012? Could it be that they’ve told themselves that they could do that as well?
Those two teams, the oldest remaining in this year’s playoffs, still battle their way through playoffs’ toughest phases, with only a couple of games remaining to determine the grand finalists, and their chances do not look grim by any means.
Don’t be too surprised if you see any (or both) of these teams you might have written off in the playoffs, clashing for the title, paving their way to the hall of the greatest and writing the history of their own.
If that likely possible chain of events leaves you scratching your head in wonder, just remember what iron will, indomitable spirit and fierce determination are capable of.