The Dallas Mavericks' run in this postseason has been pretty shocking. Although they came into the playoffs with the No. 3 seed in the West, no one really gave them much of a shot of making the NBA Finals, and several geniuses predicted that they'd lose to the Blazers in a first-round upset. Many just assumed that these Mavs had exhausted their potential and were playing out the string of moderate relevance with little chance at ultimate glory.
That's been proven as bunk in each successive series of the West playoffs, a conclusion that reached new highs with Wednesday night's series-clinching win over the Thunder. But the Mavs never lost faith in their own ability to win the championship. That's why, to motivate himself for this season, Jason Terry got a tattoo of the Larry O'Brien Trophy in October.
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