- The building of the 30-point lead made me more giddy than I've been at any game all season. But in the back of my mind, I knew they wouldn't hold the lead. It just wasn't the Mavericks thing to do.
- But after the collapse, the Mavericks did something else that was positively not the "Mavericks" thing to do -- hung in, returned volley and initiated a comeback against a team that had put up 127 points in a blowout win on the same court just a month and a half earlier.
- The Mavericks now have four signature wins, and two of them are against Portland. The list includes Monta Ellis's game winner against the Blazers, the MontaDirk-led comeback against Houston and beating Indiana at their own game right before the All-Star Break.
- I thought Thomas Robinson might have been the reason that Mavericks comeback even happened, though. After fouling Monta Ellis on a drive, he immediately picked up a technical. A seven-point Blazers lead turned into four, and then after a trip to the line for Dirk, two. Momentum shifted. The Mavs held on. Just a huge shift.
Picked a hell of a day to quit drinking— Kirk Henderson (@KirkSeriousFace) March 8, 2014
That has to be one of the best games, maybe the best game of the entire NBA season.— Jeff Platt (@jeffplatt) March 8, 2014
One of the craziest game flow charts you will ever see pic.twitter.com/f8wg7C3nOS— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) March 8, 2014
said it during the loss to the Lakers but Portland might lose every game in Texas.— Dane Carbaugh (@danecarbaugh) March 8, 2014
DEVVVVVIIIINNNN MOTHERFUCKING HARRRISSSSSS MOTHERFUCKERRRSSSSS— Hal Brown (@HalBrownNBA) March 8, 2014
The Mavericks are the 2nd team in past 15 seasons to win a game in which it led by 30+ in the 1st half AND trailed in the 4th quarter.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 8, 2014
If you like gifs...
Too much Devin.
A 37-year-old doing things that most 27-year-old's can't.
Terry Stotts thought he saw a flop. Can you tell?
(not mine, via @DaneCarbaugh)
I thought this was a pass until Brandan Wright came out of nowhere
WHOA THERE WES MATTHEWS. I think Dirk has that shot trademarked. You might get sued.
Some light reading
- The Blazers weren't too happy with the refereeing down the stretch. Their words, courtesy of Blazer's Edge.
- Since I'm on the Blazer's Edge train, here's their recap, too. (note: this is NOT an excuse to go troll their site.)
- This is a bit old, but I'm just coming across it -- Mark Cuban talking on his blog about sports and marketing and some other stuff. Worth reading.
- Two Grantland articles that you need to read: first, there's a Giannis profile and it makes you love him even more. Next, Andrew Sharp breaks down the Andre Drummond-Jeannette McCurdy saga and what exactly went wrong. Just TRY and read that without a box of tissues nearby.
Haiku and goodbye
Might have been a charge.
But Devin, you're cool again
And your dope sportscoats