There’s more Nowitzki/Mavericks statistical goodness from Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
The Dallas-Golden State series was the 20th in NBA playoffs history in which one team had at least 25 more wins than the other in the regular season. Not only are the Warriors the first underdog to win such a series, but the previous 19 teams combined to win only six games, and none of those teams won more than one game in the series.
Dirk Nowitzki, who averaged 24.6 points per game and was an All-Star this season, made only 2 of 13 shots in the Mavericks’ loss (15 percent). Only one other player in NBA history has taken at least 10 shots in a game in which his team was eliminated from the playoffs and made as low of a percentage as Nowitzki, after being an All-Star and averaging at least 20 points per game that season:
Have any guesses?
Michael Finley was 1-for-17 (6 percent) in the Mavericks’ 2001 series-ending loss to the Spurs.
Wow. I consider this team to be the biggest choke-job in sports history. You may not agree, but when you combine it with losing 4 straight to the Heat last year, it’s hard to make an argument.