Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks have a chance at defeating LeBron again in the NBA Playoffs.
It has been 10 years since the Dallas Mavericks upset LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. In 2010 the Dallas Mavericks were led by power forward Dirk Nowitzki and a great supporting cast of players. Head Coach Rick Carlisle had a front row seat as he was the head coach that beat the super team.
There was so much hype coming into the season about the Miami Heat winning a ton of championships. Dallas didn’t listen to the noise and took the Heat head on and shocked the world by taking the series in 6 games.
Fast forward 10 years, and the hype is still on LeBron but with a new team. The Los Angeles Lakers are picked by experts to make it to the NBA Finals. LeBron and Anthony Davis are the two headed monster leading the Lakers.
The Mavericks have the opportunity to beat both Los Angeles teams in the bubble this year. The series with the Clippers is at 2-3 favoring LA, but the Mavs have the ability to turn it in their favor. If the Mavericks can pull off the upset against the Clippers they will head into a matchup with the Utah Jazz or Denver Nuggets.
Luka Doncic is playing at his highest level in the NBA Bubble, and the Atlanta Hawks are probably kicking themselves for not keeping the young guard. Doncic is picking up where Dirk left off being the leader for the Mavericks. Mark Cuban and the Mavericks have had a great eye for International Players. Like Luka the Mavericks acquired Dirk Nowitzki in a trade on draft night. Dirk went on to play twenty successful years, and Luka is on his way to do the same.
If the Dallas Mavericks can pull off the upset on the Los Angeles Clippers and beat either the Jazz or Nuggets they could potentially matchup with LeBron and the Lakers. The question is can history repeat itself? Can Luka and Kristaps Porzingis lead the Mavericks to the finals. The 2010 Mavericks team showed that team play is more important than having big stars.
Dallas would have to beat Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James. This would be one of the greatest playoff runs in recent history. It would prove once again that team basketball is more important than a super team.
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The Dallas Mavericks have a great supporting cast around Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic. Tim Hardaway Jr, Seth Curry, J.J. Barea, and Trey Burke who has came out of his shell since he entered the bubble. Dallas is full of young talent and many people think they’re a year or two away from being title contenders.
This year has been shocking and has had a lot of unexpected events, and the Mavericks are looking to add to the unexpected events by winning their first round series against the Clippers. Ride that momentum past the Jazz or Nuggets and head into the Western Conference Finals against the Lakers.
Dallas could run the table and have a shot at making the NBA Finals. This would put the Mavericks ahead of schedule in expert eyes, and would upset LeBron again when all the hype was on him and his team.
The NBA Restart is great for fans and NBA teams, but most importantly it could be a lifelong memory for the Mavericks if they can top this year off with a NBA Championship!