DALLAS -- Dwight Howard's season with the Los Angeles Lakers could not have gone better for the covetous Dallas Mavericks, that is.
"A nightmare," Howard said, describing Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Spurs, wrapping up a four-game first-round sweep of the glitzy Lakers. "A bad dream. I couldn't wake up out of it. It seemed like nothing could go right from the start."
Yes, Howard was describing just that one game (a game in which he earned a third-quarter ejection in order to make his escape). But maybe he was also describing this entire Lakers season, one he can also make his escape from via July 1 free agency.
The Dwight-Lakers season is over. But will the free-agent-to-be's nightmare continue? Or is the Dwight-Lakers era also over?
"The longer things go, the more opportunities present themselves," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said recently. "That's pretty much the way it works. The higher the payroll, the longer the losing streak, the better the chance that something happens."