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Did you know actor James Garner, star of the classic Warner Bros. TV series, Maverick, was a member of the ownership group that brought the Mavericks to Dallas and the NBA in 1980?
The Mavericks have been an up and down franchise. In its first decade the team made the playoffs a half a dozen times and won half of it’s First Round series. Not spectacular, but okay. The bottom fell out following a First Round loss to
In the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season the Mavs went 19-31, but acquired point guard Steve Nash – nobody’s superstar at the time. In January, 2000, the franchise was sold to Mark Cuban. Cuban quickly embarked on an impressive and ultimately successful revitalization campaign. In 2000-01 the Mavericks finished 53–29. From 2001 through 2005 the Dallas Mavericks lost the Western Conference Semifinals three times, the Western Conference Final once and the NBA Finals once. After losing the NBA 2006 finals to the Miami Heat, the Mavericks came storming back with a league-best 67-15 in 2006-07, only to lose in the first round to Golden State. Last year the team fell to 51-31 and again got knocked out in the first round, this time by New Orleans.
The Mavericks advanced to their first NBA Finals by defeating the Phoenix Suns in 6 in the 2006 Western Conference Finals. They lost to the Miami Heat in 6. In doing so they became the third team in the history of the NBA to lose in the Finals after taking a 2–0 lead.
After a disappointing end to 2006, the Mavericks started 0-4 in 2006-07 but then went 52-5 ought retribution in the new season. After a rocky 0–4 start, the Mavericks then went on a stunning 52–5 over the next 57 games and finished 67–15, tied for 6th place all-time. In one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history, the first place Mavericks were defeated in 6 by the eighth seeded Golden State Warriors. In 2007-2008 the team dropped 16 games to a still respectable 51-31, but again lost in the first round, this time to the New Orleans Hornets.
In the middle of the 2007-08 season the Mavs made a blockbuster deal, sending Devin Harris and others, plus 2 first round picks, in a trade to the New Jersey Nets for Nets franchise player Jason Kidd and other role players. One day after the team lost to the Hornets in the First Round, Avery Johnson was fired. In May Rick Carlisle was hired as the head coach. 2008-2009 will be comeback time for the Mavs and we’ve got your cheap Dallas Mavericks Tickets and Dallas Mavericks Playoff Tickets.
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