In Part 1, the early days of the franchise were mentioned as the Mavs had grown from a losing expansion team to a near playoff contender. Now, in Part 2, we focus on the first couple of Mavs Playoff runs!
Before the days of LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers made awful trade after awful trade as they often dealt high draft picks for washed up players. For the building Mavs, this was a perfect fit. Acquiring
Finishing 43-39, the Mavs were good enough to earn the 4th seed in the Western Conference and a match-up with the Seattle SuperSonics. In this series, home court was huge. After splitting the first four games, the Mavs and Sonics returned to
The 1984 draft is often known for the selection of Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan. The Mavs, having the 4th pick (again from
I also was able to find a couple of cool links from the time period that would be interesting to check out:
Sports Illustrated article about the team in December of 1984.
And if you ever have a couple of hours, make sure and watch Game 4 of the Lakers-Mavs on YouTube!