Mavs not satisfied by sweeping Lakers
DALLAS -- Sweeping the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in record-setting fashion is certainly an accomplishment worthy of some celebration.
"I'm probably gonna have some pizza tonight and cheat on my diet," Dirk Nowitzki said after the Dallas Mavericks busted out the brooms with a 122-86 win Sunday, setting an NBA record for the largest margin of victory in a four-game sweep finale.
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OK, so the Mavs aren't exactly getting swept up in the excitement of their dominant performance to finish off Phil Jackson's days in charge of the Lakers dynasty.
They'll enjoy the rest while watching the Memphis Grizzlies-Oklahoma City Thunder series and waiting for the winner in the Western Conference finals. However, the Mavs don't have any great sense of satisfaction after their historic sweep in the Western Conference semifinals.
"It just says that we're a better team than a lot of people gave us credit for," center Tyson Chandler said. "That being said, it doesn't really mean much. We knocked them out, but if we get knocked out, it's not much. Our goals are a lot bigger than that."
Added coach Rick Carlisle: "We'll be satisfied when we have a ring."
Carlisle, who was a reserve on the Boston Celtics' 1986 title team, is the only member of the Mavericks organization who owns a championship ring.
That is the only thing missing from the Hall of Fame resumes of Nowitzki and Jason Kidd. It's also the sole goal for several Dallas veterans, such as former All-Stars Shawn Marion and Peja Stojakovic, who embraced reduced roles to come play for a team they believed could be a contender.
"We've still got a long way to go. We're hungry," Marion said. "Our stomach is halfway full. Let's go on and fill it up."
It'll take a lot more than some pizza to accomplish that. Eight more wins, to be exact.
Tim MacMahon covers the Mavericks for ESPNDallas.com.