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The Mystery of the Mavericks

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Dirk Nowitzki

My friend Dwayne had a comment to a Facebook post several months back. Someone had posted a frustration after a loss to the Lakers, stating that it was the mystique that LA held; that Dallas just choked when they went up against them because of who they were.

Dwayne replied that he was full of malarkey. That Dallas couldn’t beat LA because the Mavs were just a mediocre team and he wished the Texas fans could figure that out and stop making excuses for them.

My mom had a plaque hanging in our home that said, “O Lord, make my words gracious and tender today for tomorrow I may have to eat them!” Remembering that, I refrained from responding to Dwayne’s obviously erroneous assessment of the situation. Besides, he’s one of my closest friend’s hubby. Wouldn’t want him to banish me from his house! :)

What is it about this team? It was obvious in the first couple of games that no one expected them to go five games, let alone be ahead at the end of five. ABC showed highlight after highlight of the HEAT during every commercial, even when the Mavs were winning.

They are the epitome of underdogs! How are they still in this?

No really, I’m asking. I know they have Dirk (I’m not blind) but Lebron is equally amazing, although annoying. Jason Terry has played well most of the games and I love his attitude. JJ Berea has to be the most fun to watch; does the man know how to slow down? Likewise the HEAT has their hot players, and so did the Lakers, and so did the Thunder. Why are the Mavs still in this?

I’m gonna hazard a guess and hope that some of you will either set me straight or add some of your own thoughts. As we get ready for the game Sunday night, I’m thinking the way the Mavs gel as a team makes all the difference in the world. I get that as much from the losses as from the wins. Seldom have I seen a game where all of them are off or all of them are on. When Kidd is off, Berea is hot. When Terry is injured, Marion is on fire. And as for Dirk, Mr. Amazing, himself; they’ve won on his bad days, too. This team is more than its star; (DUH) and when it works together, it is far more than the sum of its parts!

What am I missing? Help me solve this mystery!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

3 thoughts on “The Mystery of the Mavericks

  1. Wow! the first half is a perfect example of that team work. There was a lid on Dirk's shots, yet the Mavs are still up at the end of the half. The bench players did an amazing job in the third, too, staying ahead! Loving this game!

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  2. The Saints are an excellent example! Fierce and determined! There's just something about that song, "Eye of the Tiger" that works here as well.

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  3. Gelling as a team, and the organization as a whole, DOES make all the difference in the world.Case in point: the 2006 New Orleans Saints. Coming off the disastrous 2005 season with Hurricane Katrina and playing what amounted to 16 road games, there was a huge turnover in players and coaches. A new attitude, a new mindset took hold, from the coaches and the front office, down to the players and staff. The team WANTED to win. That team went 10-6, made the playoffs, and got to the NFC championship game, where no Saints team had been before, and only one game away from the Super Bowl.Skip forward after a couple of mediocre seasons to 2009. A combination of the right players (younger and older, more experienced leaders), the right attitude, a sense of unfinished business, and the drive to do whatever it took to win games happened. They won the first 13 straight games. (No Saints team had ever won 13 in a season!) They held home field throughout the playoffs. They turned games around with huge plays. Whatever it took to get them to the Super Bowl, they did it, and won. Every guy pulling for the teammate next to him, and when one stumbles two more pick up the slack. If the offense struggled, the defense created turnovers and scores. It's kind of the bunker mentality – us against the world, where the only people you can depend on is your teammates. The Mavs want to look the world in the eye and give it a swift kick in the nards. I think tonight's the night they do it.

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