Mavs ‘Fish out of Water’ In Seed Hunt
In recent years, the playoffs for the Dallas Mavericks were as much a lock as death and taxes.
For the past 12 seasons the NBA didn’t hold its annual postseason extravaganza without an entry from the Mavs. The only other team with a longer active streak is the San Antonio Spurs, who have advanced to the playoffs for the past 13 seasons.
The postseason has almost been a right of passage for two of Texas’ three NBA franchises.
“And that’s the frustrating part for all of us is that we’re not used to this existence,” Donnie Nelson, the Mavs’ president of basketball operations, said. “We’re used to playing and performing and winning at a much higher level.
“And the fact that we’re literally fighting for our playoff lives is a fish out of water experience, and it’s one that none of us like. And it hurts.”