DALLAS The Dallas Mavericks have finally completed what coach Rick Carlisle calls "a wonderful trilogy of experiences'' as a result of their NBA title.
The final chapter came Wednesday night with a championship ring ceremony that was emotionally movingand the precursor to a "ceremonious'' defeat.
"This is an embarrassing loss,'' said Shawn Marion of Dallas' 105-99 collapse at the AAC against upstart Minnesota. "We've all got to sit and look at ourselves. We should be pissed off. We shouldn't have lost this game. This is a game we should have come out and won regardless of the ceremony tonight.''
Really, conventional wisdom suggests they should've won because of the ring ceremony and the motivation that figured to come with it. Unfortunately for Dallas, the positive vibes didn't carry over to the actual game, mirroring what happened in the season-opener when the Mavericks lost to Miami after raising their championship banner.
"This has been a wonderful trilogy of experiences - t...