The 2011 NBA Postseason has certainly been full of surprises. Among the biggest stories in the headlines is the improbable playoff run by the Dallas Mavericks.
This is a team that was supposed to be too old, too soft, doesn’t play defense and relies too much on outside shots. The Mavericks were a team that had players who always came up short in the playoffs and whose star athletes were not tough enough to bring home a championship.
Now the Mavericks are just one win away from an NBA Finals berth and have won nine of the team’s last 10 games. Included within this span is five straight road wins.
For those that have followed the team all season, this is hardly surprising, as Dallas had the best road record.
Yet, perhaps fans should be less surprised about the playoff success of this team. After all, when one takes out the 10 losses in 13 games midseason when Nowitzki was out injured and recovering, the Mavericks record stood at 54-15. That record (.782 winning percentage) would have translated into 64 wins over 82 games, which would have been the best mark in the league.
Nevertheless, the basketball gods are aligning and it appears that the team is destined to win its first NBA championship.
The following pages promote eight reasons why Dirk Nowitzki and company will win it all this season. Are these reasons the truth or am I living in a virtual reality world? Feel free to let me know with your comments!