Series Story: The Mavericks ruined every trendy bloggers upset pick, beating the Blazers in six games and buying themselves some time before we all go back to calling them soft and calling out their lack of heart.
How This Series Will Be Remembered: Brandon Roy leading the Blazers to a magic comeback in Game Four.
Series MVP (Blazers): LaMarcus Aldridge. You could have given this to Brandon Roy, or Gerald Wallace but LaMarcus Aldridge kept the Blazers in this series. it was clear in the fourth quarter of Game Six when he went shot for shot with Dirk Nowitzki until the Blazers finally ran out of energy. He did miss two clutch free throws at the end of the game, but the Blazers wouldn’t have been in that position without him.
Good thing the Raptors couldn’t have drafted him with the #1 pick or anything.
Series MVP (Mavericks): Dirk. He is arguably one of the five best players in the NBA right now and made that clear against the Blazers, hitting dagger after dagger. With a series against the Lakers coming up it is going to be real hard for people to ignore the big German.
Unsung Hero: Gerald Wallace. Watch Game Six again and tell me if you would want him on your team or not. He left everything on the court and earned the respect of every basketball fan in the process.
What We Learned About the Mavs: Their veteran core is dangerous. Jason Terry, Kidd, and Dirk can all close out a game and have a lot of playoff experience. Combine that with the fact that they know their championship window is closing fast and you have a dangerous team moving forward.
Blazers Silver Lining: If they can finally stay healthy they will be back next year.
Turning Point: LaMarcus Aldridge’s missed free throws at the end of Ga