‘Eerily Similar’: Rick Carlisle Sees 2011 Title Team in Current Dallas Mavs

ByLois C

May 22, 2022 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Dallas Mavericks are set to face off against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. They were largely picked against by experts in both of their playoff series so far. 

Even after taking down the 64-win Phoenix Suns with a historic 123-90 win in Game 7 on the road, the Mavericks are widely considered the least likely to win the 2022 NBA Finals.

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 2011 NBA Finals, Miami Heat
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 2011 NBA Finals, Miami Heat
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 2011 NBA Finals, Miami Heat

Many were not expecting the Mavericks to make a run to the Western Conference Finals and the early consensus certainly favors the Warriors to win the series. However, former Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle sees a similar perception to how this year’s team has made a run compared to 2011.

By Lois C