DALLAS – The Mavericks were the team the West’s lower seeds wanted to play, a popular pick to lose in the first round.
The Mavs were given slim to no chance to beat the two-time defending Los Angeles Lakers. (Never mind the odds of pulling off the sweep.)
It certainly doesn’t bother Dallas to be considered underdogs in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
“On paper, we don’t necessarily match up well with anybody, when you just go one-on-one right down the line,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “We'd just as soon play the game and see how we do.”
Actually, on paper, the majority of the matchups against Miami favor the Mavs.
The battle of the benches? The Mavs’ reserves led the league with 40.4 points per game this season. The Heat finished dead last with an average of 21.9 bench points.