Mavs owner Mark Cuban participated in a 1-on-1 live interview with Bleacher Report (via SI.com) on Tuesday and talked about Dallas’ Western Conference Finals series vs. the Warriors.
Cuban made it clear that experience and execution in crunch time was the most significant difference between the Mavs and Warriors.
He explained how the team’s shortcomings against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals had to do with ‘corporate knowledge’ as opposed to talent.
“When we lost in the Conference Finals, I don’t think it was for a lack of talent.” Cuban said. “I think the Warriors deserve a lot of credit because they had played together for so long, their execution was phenomenal. … That wasn’t so much talent as it was corporate knowledge.”
Dallas was outplayed in several aspects of the game including the rebound and hustle stats, while Andrew Wiggins did a phenomenal work as the primary defender.
In addition to the defense, Wiggins also came up big in the offensive end and add another layer in the Warriors’ dominant offense.
“I think [Wiggins] was the one who beat us. … We knew what to expect from Klay, and from Steph, and from Draymond,” Cuban said. “We didn’t know what to expect or how [Wiggins] would step up, and he did.
After their surprising run in the last year’s playoffs, the Mavs will have to look into ways of improving the roster. Missing Jalen Brunson was a huge blow for the Dallas Mavericks.
However, their improved the big man rotation with the acquisition of Christian Wood via trade and former Lakers, Suns and Warriors big Javale McGee.