Somewhere right now the Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban is probably preparing to give his own version of the "Win One for the Gipper" speech and it better be a good. With the Mavs down 3-1 there is little to no chance of this team taking the series.
Imagine Cuban entering the Mavs’ locker room before the game and sensing that nobody in it believes they can win. Cuban is not a silver-spooned, old money millionaire; this attitude would drive him completely out of his mind.
With fierce fire shooting through every fiber of his being he gives a stirring go get’em.
“Men we have been through some stuff this year but we can do it. Are they better than we are?
Are we going to let Martin and his family relish the thought of putting us out of the playoffs?
When the Boston Red Sox, a town our own Rick Carlisle played for, was down 3-0 did anybody think they could pull off the greatest comeback in baseball history?
But they did it! And do you know how they did it? One game at a time, that’s how they did it. We can do this. We can be the first time in NBA history to win after being down so far. We can do it.
Do you see Rick Carlisle over there, men? He has a mortgage and a family. This is for sure his last head coaching job in the NBA if you lose tonight, gentlemen.
So go out there and win one for your coach.”
Okay maybe this will not happen but it doesn’t matter what is said in that locker room tonight. Nobody, not even Mark Cuban believes the Mavericks can win this series.