Warriors v. Mavericks – Why we should care
The Warriors and the Mavericks are facing off again for the 3rd time in 18 days. If this were 2007, it’d be something to celebrate. Golden State won 5 times against Dallas in a similar 17-day stretch, culminating in one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history. The Warriors finished the season with a 7-2 record against Dirk and the Mavericks, and with the franchise’s only playoff series win since 1991. But things have drastically changed since then. They’ve lost 10 of their last 13 to Dallas, including an 0-3 mark this year. Hopes of reaching the playoffs went out the window weeks ago and the Warriors have nothing left to look forward to but the lottery. So why should Warrior fans care about this game?
The answer should be obvious: We Believe. We believe that no matter how bad this team has been this season, they’ve fought as hard as any team has all season long. Even when hustle and heart and team play wasn’t getting them anywhere, they kept on going. Whether you think the reason the Warriors aren’t any good is Keith Smart’s coaching, Monta Ellis’ questionable jumpers, or David Lee’s inability to play in the post, this team certainly didn’t suck because they quit. Even if you don’t agree with the decisions the front office is making, our players are still laying it all out there for us fans. For that, they still deserve our attention. They certainly put on a great show in the loss at Oklahoma City on Tuesday. They battled hard until energy failed them in Memphis. The blowout win against Toronto may have been the most exciting game all year. Bottom line is our guys are still bringing it, even if that’s not good enough for the win.
So before you decide not to watch the game because the Mavs have outscored us by 52 since the 1st quarter March 17th, think about why you’re doing that. Is it really fair to give up on the players on this team? They aren’t the ones who’ve failed us. Oracle is going to be loud tonight; it’s been that way against Dallas since WE BELIEVE gave it reason to be. I for one, think the Warriors have a shot to win this one. The Mavs could have a horrible let down game after the debacle they had in Staples the other night. If they don’t flop, the game should at least be intense. Dirk and Terry have been reminded how soft their team has appeared since the Warriors beat them in 2007 (thanks Matt: http://twitter.com/#!/Matt_Barnes22/status/53944458080817153). So here’s to hoping for a fun game. GO WARRIORS!