Everyone predicted the Mavs to lose every series during that magical championship run but this forgotten Spurs squad that won the first seed gets lost in history. I think they're the only team that could have given the Mavs a run for their money. Much like the well regarded "beautiful game" Spurs that did win the title and narrowly won the title the year prior, that team was pushed to 7 games by a past his prime Dirk and bunch of Mavs cast aways. Theres something about that rivalry.

These were the Spurs in transition between the titles, instead of Kawhi they had Richard Jefferson and some depth. This was the year the Grizzlies purposely tanked to avoid the champs and play the Spurs, Manu injured his hand or something in a meaningless game and they lost in 6. But at full health, I think they could have taken them down. Instead of facing a green eyed Thunders squad in the Western Conference Finals (Dirk absolutely torched Ibaka IIRC), they would have faced former and eventual champions.

Do the Spurs end the Mavs or were they simply a team of Destiny? Could the Spurs have beaten Year.1 Miami without Kawhi?