Dirk Nowitzki might be named the MVP of the 2006-2007 season but if his playoff performance is any indication, he belongs on a milk carton before attending an MVP Ceremony. With the Mavs on the brink of elimination, Nowitzki scored eight points on 2-13 shooting. The 8th seeded Warriors, inspired by a raucous crowd at Oracle Arena, eliminated the 67 win Mavs with a 111-86 beating.
TNT commentator Marv Albert frequently called this result “the biggest upset in the history of the NBA Playoffs.” But it’s not like the Warriors got a few lucky bounces their way. Fact is, they were simply better than the Mavericks. If it wasn’t for a chaotic three minutes in game five, this series would have never even returned to Oakland. Is it really an upset when the better team wins? The Mavs, despite their 67 wins, never solved the Warriors this season. Their 2-8 record against the Boys from the Bay shows that.
Baron Davis’ injury late in the first quarter had to have worried fans and teammates alike. But once he returned, he inspired everyone around him. Steven Jackson, known for his criminal record, stepped up with 33 points and seven three pointers. Davis ended up with 20 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds, despite playing on one leg. For all the courage that Davis showed, for all the passion that Golden State showed, Dallas showed neither.
The likely league MVP was passing up shots to pass to guys like Austin Croshere and Devean George. With about 10 minutes left in the game, the Mavs had completely given up. Sure, they were down 20 but how about some pride? Despite an incredible year with 67 wins, the Mavs are now a footnote in the NBA Playoffs. All of that is down the drain. Meanwhile, a team that hadn’t won a playoff series since 1991 is playing on.