The Mavericks made their first playoff appearance since 2005-06, when they went 22-20 and were a top seed in the Western Conference.
They also made a run at the NBA Finals, winning three in a row and then losing in seven games to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said the team has learned a lot this season, even with the losses.
“We’ve got to be better,” Carlisle told reporters after the team’s 109-98 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
“And we’ve got some things that have to be fixed.
You can say the same thing about the rest of the league. “
So, if you don’t see the improvements and improvement, then you don ‘t want to invest in the program.
You can say the same thing about the rest of the league.
But I can assure you we are very, very happy and proud of what we have done.”
While Carlisle was referring to the improvements in the roster, he also acknowledged the team was in a bit of a funk.
“There are a lot of things that go on in the game, not just in the locker room,” he said.
“It’s just one of those things that’s been going on a long time.”
Carlisle did not address what went wrong in the playoffs, saying only, “There were a lot more mistakes than we made.”
The Mavericks (22-23) were on a run they haven’t experienced since the 2004-05 season, when the team reached the conference finals, won two straight, and was swept in the first round by the Phoenix Suns.
The Mavericks are on the verge of their third playoff appearance in four years, and Carlisle had no qualms with the team saying that they were “a little rusty.”
“There’s a lot to be said about being able to win the game in a number of different ways, whether it’s defensively, offensively, or in any other way,” he told reporters.
That’s our job. “
That’s what we’re trying to do, and that’s what I’m trying to get us to do.
That’s our job.
I don’t care what happens, we’re going to win and we’re just going be able to do it.”
The Mavs are coming off a 107-100 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday.
Carlisle made it clear that he doesn’t want the Mavericks to be in the same boat.
“Don’t be a team that has to be like this every single year,” he added.
“You know what, if we have to make a playoff run every year, then we’re gonna have a problem.
But at the same time, I think this team can win some championships and we have a great chance to win some of them.”
Mavericks forward Patrick Beverley scored 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Mavics center Wesley Matthews had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
After winning two straight before being swept by the Lakers, the Mavericks were swept by Los Angeles again on Sunday, 102-96, in Game 5.
They have lost five straight games in the series, and this is their second straight Game 7 loss.
“For some reason, it just seemed like they were always down and they never got back on track,” said guard Tyson Chandler, who scored 15 points.
“This was one of the hardest losses I’ve had to have because we were so close.
I didn’t even want to think about it.”
For the first time in seven years, the Mavos lost a regular-season game to the Lakers.
Chandler, whose father is a former Lakers star, said the win didn’t make him feel good.
“But you know, it’s one of these things that happens in basketball, you know?” he said, adding that he’s never lost to the Mavericks.
“When we play them in the postseason, we win.
We have a good chance to get the job done.”
The game ended with the Mavericks trailing 99-94 with 3:32 remaining, but Chandler said he didn’t think they would get close to a basket.
“They had to come out with that extra drive, and they did,” he joked.
“Our guys came out with their best game, so it was a good loss for us.”
After the game was over, Carlisle and his players left with a group hug.
Carlislas team will play the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round on Thursday.
Mavks coach, Carl Landry, was asked what he thought of his team’s performance.
“Obviously, we knew we had to go out and play really well to get into the playoffs,” he responded.
Like I said, we’ve learned