The Mavs' flameout shows the need for an elite player to pair with Dirk Nowitzki.
Mavericks' season of wishful thinking complicates 0-3 deficit to Thunder.
Brendan Haywood is still the Mavericks' starting center.
The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks have reached a point of desperation after just two playoff games.
It's looking bleak, but don't expect the Mavericks to go down without a fight.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle profanely accused Thunder center Kendrick Perkins of dirty play after Monday night's heated Game 2 of the Western Conference finals.
The Mavericks and Thunder are developing another Red River rivalry.
Kevin Durant's quest for title may not take long if he can be consistent closer.
Mavericks establish themselves as comeback kings during postseason run.
Jason Terry's tattoo of the Larry O'Brien Trophy could be temporary. If his Dallas Mavericks don't beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, Terry said he would have the tattoo removed from the inside of his right biceps.
The Dallas Mavericks do not anticipate that Caron Butler will be able to play in the NBA Finals, although that remains a possibility.
Mavs need to finish off Thunder, who have the look of a perennial contender.
Thunder's Kevin Durant takes another clutch-time hit in OT loss to Mavs
The improbable Game 4 rally is symbolic of the Mavericks' magical season.
Mavs coach Rick Carlisle doesn't want to follow the trend of the team that won the last game getting beat.
Mavs' fortunes changing thanks to surge that includes four straight road wins.