Mavericks Vs. Thunder: Dallas Swept Out Of Playoffs

While the Mavericks gave a strong effort in Game 4, their inability to keep the Thunder's guards in front of them or prevent them from scoring at the rim was ultimately their undoing.

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Mavericks Vs. Thunder: This One Is On Carlisle

Dallas may have not been the better team, but they had way too much talent to be swept. It was not Rick Carlisle's finest hour.

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A Last Gasp Comes Up Painfully Short

The coaching staff didn't trust the younger players and the older players didn't have enough left to stay competitive with Oklahoma City. The result was as ugly as anyone could have imagined.

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Mavericks Vs. Thunder: How Dallas Can Adjust Down 2-0

Rick Carlisle has more cards than he has shown so far, but if he doesn't play them in Game 3, it will be too late.

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The Problems With The Mavericks Rotation

The most frustrating part of another narrow defeat is Rick Carlisle's refusal to adjust his lineup to maximize Dallas chances of winning.

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What Did Game One Really Mean?

Dallas played Oklahoma City way closer than most people thought they would in Game 1, which makes their last-second loss all the more heart-breaking.

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NBA Playoffs 2012: An Oklahoma City Thunder Q&A

We talk about whether James Harden has recovered from the elbow heard around the world, who the Thunder will play in crunch time and what their strategy will be on Dirk.

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Mavericks Vs. Thunder Playoff Preview: The Matchups

Dallas can exploit many of the same weaknesses they did in last season's Western Conference Finals, but the loss of Tyson Chandler and the emergence of James Harden should ultimately swing the tide.

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2012 NBA Playoff Predictions: Sporting News Picks Mavericks Over Thunder

Many are already counting out the Dallas Mavericks, saying they are too old and don't have enough weapons to keep up with the young, up-and-coming, Oklahoma City Thunder. However one writer isn't ready to give up on the defending NBA Champions.

Sean Deveney of the Sporting News likes the Mavericks to beat the Thunder as his "Upset Alert". He writes:

"Oklahoma City has championship aspirations, but before they can get there, they've got to exorcise the demon that has haunted them since last spring-Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki, who displayed individual brilliance, averaging 32.2 points and twice topping the 40-point mark, in carrying the Mavericks past the Thunder in five games in last year's conference finals. Dallas is limping into the postseason, but there is still enough talent on hand to give the Thunder a good first-round run."

If anything maturity and the leadership of the veterans may be on the side of the Mavericks as we head in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

For all the latest news and notes about the Mavericks playoff run, head over to Mavs Moneyball while Welcome To Loud City has everything you need to know about the Thunder.

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