It’s not often that a #1 seed finds itself in a must-win situation vs a #8.Â According to Dirk Nowitzki that’s what we had in Game 4 vs. Golden State.
“I wouldn’t say we’re worried, but our backs are against the wall. If we lose [today], this season is pretty much over.”
Dallas was down 2-1 to the Warriors, and needed to even out the series and reclaim home-court advantage.Â They proved once again that they couldn’t handle the pressure.Â There were several Dallas leads throughout, but in the end Dallas was unable to close out either the 2nd, 3rd, or most importantly, the 4th quarter.
Dirk Nowitzki once again showed his inability to perform under pressure.Â He did make a couple of 3 pointers in the final minute, but those were the types of shots you just shoot without thinking.Â I’m beginning to doubt whether he can take his game (much less his team) to that next level.
Avery Johnson must be at a loss for words.Â His superstar doesn’t seem hungry, and does show leadership on the court.Â The only players that show any real aggressiveness are Josh Howard and DeSagana Diop.Â What can Avery do to motivate the rest of the team?Â If last year’s choke in the NBA finals doesn’t motivate them, I don’t know what will.
Winning the series still seems feasible.Â All the Mavs have to do is hold home court, and steal game 6 at Golden State.Â They just don’t seem to have the focus to get it done.
I hope I eat these words, but the Mavs are about to surpass the the 2004 Yankees as the biggest choke job in major sports history.