The language that comes to mind is the kind that I normally use in discussing the Bush administration and Republicans in general, but I can't bring myself to similarly describe my beloved (though bitterly, horribly frustrating) Mavs.
Worst sight of the night? Our MVP, the league MVP, standing on the sidelines during the 4th. He was sitting there because Avery Johnson had no choice but to take him out and try to put players in who could produce desperately needed buckets.
Oh well. At least there's FC Dallas. Oh wait...
UPDATE: Jean-Jacques Taylor over at the DMN tells it like it is. Some choice bits:
The Mavs will never win a championship as long as Dirk Nowitzki remains their best player.
Avery Johnson and Mark Cuban disagree.
Too bad.It's the truth. You know it is. Like spanking your kids, it hurts.
Let's be clear: This is one of the most embarrassing losses NBA history. See, it's one thing to lose, but it's quite another when a club that wins 67 games – tied for sixth most in league history - fails to compete in an elimination game.
Until the end of time, the 2007 Mavericks will be known as one of the softest teams in professional sports. A team devoid of character and heart, when it mattered most. It's a fitting moniker that starts with their best player.
See, that's the killer. Yeah those GS fans were loud and rowdy, but the Mavs have been there, done that...and won. When rookie Mo Ager and Austin Croshere are taking your hardest drives to the basket while everybody else is jacking up threes, when players look confused on defense, when nobody's diving to the floor to get rebounds, when you get blown-out in a game you have to win to even survive, and all this after showing serious intestinal fortitude to get 67 wins and the top seed in the West....yes, something is seriously wrong, and no it won't be fixed by a summer of "contemplation." These pieces don't fit. It's time to bring in some players who don't fold when faced with a troublesome no. 8 seed.