Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 11:00 am  |  12 responses

Tyson Chandler: ‘This Is Not the Same Old Mavs’

We hear it every year, that this Dallas Mavericks team is different, but it may really be time to actually start believing it. From ESPN: “This was so … so un-Mavericklike. Dallas overcoming a 16-point deficit to win a road playoff game? In Staples Center, where they had lost 18 of their 22 games to the Lakers? Coming up with big defensive plays? Dirk Nowitzki outdoing Kobe Bryant? Mark Cuban declining to go on a tirade about the officiating after the Lakers shot almost twice as many free throws as his squad, and instead walking away from a group of reporters with a gigantic grin on his face? Let me check the jerseys and the equipment bags. Yep, Dallas. And this box score I’m holding is a final. That’s 96 points for the Mavericks and 94 points for the Lakers. That’s a 1-0 series lead for Dallas. This is happening. ‘This is not the same old Mavs,’ said Tyson Chandler, whose presence can help explain that. ‘In the past, you beat ‘em up and then they give up and you get aggressive and you back down. This is a different team, different squad, different look. Hopefully we get a different outcome.’ They’ve already advanced to the second round, a rare feat for them recently. And they’ve already done something that not even the good ol’ Mavs, back in the Mark Aguirre, Rolando Blackman, Derek Harper days managed — win a playoff game in Los Angeles. The Lakers didn’t give, the Mavericks took. They took home-court advantage in this series. They took away the near-lock that comes from a Phil Jackson-coached team winning the first game of a playoff. They took away any notion that the Lakers had an easy path to the Western Conference finals.”

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  • Brandon

    Mavs v Heat finals

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Memphis v Atlanta finals

  • jdubbs

    Tyson Chandler is a straight soldier, but the Mavs won’t be able to take 3 of the next 6 against the Lakers.

  • Drew

    Mavs vs. Heat would be an interesting rematch circa 2006

  • http://google c_cantrell

    I seriously don’t believe in the the Mavs ability to beat out the Lakers, but I would love to see L.A. kicked out of contention as a result of this series.

  • bashmo

    Well they have done what every playoff road team aims to do: Steal one in the first two on the road. Now they have to focus on winning at home and stealing whatever they can in LA. Not gonna be easy tho.

  • oinestep

    I’ll believe when I see it Tyson……I don’t have any faith in the Mavs…….Still Playoff choke artists in my book

  • http://www.twitter.com/jtrain73 Jono

    Atl vs Mem will be the best Finals in NBA history. Make it happen Stern!

  • robb

    The Lakers didn’t win because they did what they always do, they’re up by 16 and start making stupid mistakes, getting lazy and being condescendant They need the pressure to be focused. Well they have it now.

  • monkeyball

    Lakers in 6.
    OKC in 7.
    Boston in 6.
    Chicago in 6.

    Favorites almost always win in the NBA. And yes, Memphis upset the Spurs, but no basketball expert picked the Spurs to win the title this year. Not one that I have seen.

  • toinefan88

    I don’t think they took any notion, LA lost a game one a week ago. Kobe will probably break his good leg but still manage to average 28 and win the series. I sure would love to see Cubes beat these guys tho.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    @Jono: The funny thing about that is that after winning each of their conferences, they’d be playing in bordering states.