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Why do the Mavericks win...I still can't belive but maybe that is the reason.

I thought about the reasons for the Mavericks success,against the Blazers,Lakers and Thunder.I came to a conclusion and I'm really interested in your thoughts about my 'theory'.

The assumptions prior to the playoffs about the Mavs were they just are not athletic enough and old.Everyone thought how far more athletic players would completly kill guys like Jason Kidd or Dirk Nowitzki on offense.We speculated about the matchups and we still do it for every series.Often asked questions were: How will Westbrook play against Kidd?What can LMA do against Dirk and vice versa.2010 NBA is all about athleticsm and matchups.And the Mavs are,despite Tyson Chandler,the most unathletic team in the playoffs but are still successful.When looking at the first two rounds and game 1 of the WCF I think one thing became really obvious,teams tried to exploit matchups.In the Blazers series the Blazers forced post ups for Batum and Wallace if matched against a smaller player.They forced Miller to go against Barea.What the Blazers were lacking was ball/player movement.We said:''Oh you got to use your athleticsm.''The Lakers tried the same thing:Kobe can score on Kidd/Terry/XYZ everytime.They are more athletic.The games developed as 1 on 1 challenges for the Lakers/Blazers.The Mavs Zone could wreak havoc because the teams were so focused on expoliting matchups,that they forgot to play Basketball and move the ball.The Mavericks,without any advantage in athleticsm and matchups,besides Dirk,played how Basketball should be played:Move the ball,set picks,drive and kick.Easy shots.The Mavericks are the opposite of the 2011 NBA and that is their big advantage.In Game 1 of the WCF the Thunder focused on Pick and Rolls and became predictable on offense.No ball movement against the zone.Why?Because they tried to use ther athletic players in the halfcourt.Of course I won't deny other reasons for the Mavs success such otherworldly play by Nowitzki (especially in game 1 of the WCF).My point is just right now that the Mavs don't have the best athlets but the fundamentaly best team in the playoffs.They can shoot,pass and dribble.Is it hard to believe that this can be a good role model for the Blazers?I'm curious about your thoughts and critic.Thank you.

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