The Most Embarrassing Display of Basketball Ever

2007 May 4
by CajoleJuice

The Golden State Warriors just got done wiping the floor with the Dallas Mavericks. The final score was 111-86. I couldn’t stop laughing when TNT cut to the crowd and I saw this Mavs fan just standing there completely stone-faced ready to murder Dirk Nowitzki – if he was able to find him. Dirk had 8 points. That has to be the most pathetic display by a supposed franchise player, nevermind MVP, in an elimination game in the history of the NBA. The third quarter was, and I quote Marv Albert, “total destruction.” No #1 seed should ever allow themselves to get so utterly dominated. When it was over, the Warriors had outscored the Mavs 35-16 in the 12-minute quarter. I’ve never seen so many drained threes in my life. Golden State just played disgustingly well. Stephen Jackson was an absolute animal. It was a sight to behold.

Of course, the story is going to be Dirk. I don’t know what to say at this point. Basketball is different than a game like baseball, or even football, in the fact that one player can take matters pretty much completely into his own hands; and Dirk played scared, plain and simple. Without him doing anything, the Mavs folded up and got their asses handed to them worse than anyone could have foreseen. I can’t even describe in words how much of a joke the second half was. The Mavs looked like a high school team. I think Mark Cuban might blow up Dirk’s house.

On a final note, if Dirk does get the MVP (it’s a foregone conclusion at this point), it really should be a model of when he got facialed in this game.

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