Since billionaire Mark Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks more than a decade ago, the franchise has experienced an incredible amount of success. Winning more than fifty games and making the playoffs every season for the past 11 years, the Mavs have been a consistent force in the Western Conference. Despite their triumphs, many have viewed Dallas in recent years as perennial underachievers, pointing to the zero NBA Championship banners hanging from the rafters at the American Airlines Center. However, the Mavericks' elusive first championship might be just around the corner. Head coach Rick Carlisle's team amazingly dispatched the Los Angeles Lakers this week in their second round postseason series, sending a message to the remaining playoff participants that Dallas is ready to win it all.
The Lakers couldn't contain the deadly three-point shooting of Jason Terry, allowing the sixth man to knock down nine treys in game four alone. Although Terry should be commended for his efforts beyond the arc, the star of the show in the Mavericks-Lakers series was unquestionably Dirk Nowitzki. The 7-foot German scored at will against LA and may be playing the best basketball of his career at age thirty-two. The race is on for Mavericks playoff tickets with Oklahoma City and Memphis battling for a chance to take on Dirk and the boys in Big D. If the Mavs can continue to play the way they played against the defending champs, then the city of Dallas will have a very good shot at celebrating their very first NBA title this June.