First of all, I love these spurs. I've only been a fan for 3 years but it feels like I've grown up watching every game. The roster, top to bottom, is relatable and easily likeable. Here's to hoping we can keep every piece in place next year and continue this great run.
So now for the reason why the Mavs gave us the hardest times. Here's a complete roster breakdown of the Mavs and Spurs:
Nando De Colo
Basketball, and really most all sports, is a game of matchups. So let's take the top 9 players of each team:
Mavs: Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion, Dejuan Blair, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Brandan Wright, Devin Harris, Vince Carter
Spurs: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Danny Green, Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli
Spurs love to beat teams with depth, keeping a fresh set of legs on the floor at all times to counter a team that usually has the 1 or 2 best players on the court. But look at these players listed. There isn't a huge downgrade from one player to the player of the same position/rotation on the other team.
Duncan -> Dirk
Parker - > Ellis
Kawhi -> Marion
Splitter -> Dalembert
Green - > Jose
Diaw -> Blair
Ginobili -> Carter
Patty -> Harris
If pop switched teams that series he could've beaten the spurs, at least I think so, especially since so many of them were seasoned vets. While many point to Carlisle's masterful coaching as THE reason that series went yard, it wasn't just that at all. Dallas is a team, like SA, with no superstars but supreme depth. Now I don't really feel like pulling up the rosters of the Blazers, Thunder, or the Heat, but I can guarantee you that after their fourth or fifth best player there is a huge advantage towards the spurs.
That's just my quick little thoughts about that series and I don't really feel like going further just cause I don't feel like going over things we all know already. If you read this thanks for your time. GSG, and this team is/was so easy to root for