DALLAS — No matter what happens to the Houston Rockets this season, there will be no celebration, no postgame celebration, just another day on the sidelines.
For the second straight year, the Dallas Mavericks will not have a player competing in the NBA All-Star Game, a development that is particularly frustrating for the franchise.
The Mavs have won the championship four times, but this year, they will have a chance to put an end to that streak on Friday when they face off against the Houston Astros.
The Mavlseys first All-Stars game in more than 20 years came in 2013, and the team has only won two titles.
In the last three seasons, the Mavls have made the playoffs every season but once, missing the postseason twice.
The franchise hasn’t won the division title since 2011.
In the years leading up to this year’s All-star game, the team made it clear that it wanted to win more.
Injuries were the biggest issue, and after winning three titles in a row, it seemed that the Mavericks would not have any more trouble keeping their title hopes alive.
Instead, things have gotten worse for the Mafs.
Hail Mary was a huge factor in the Mascot’s struggles.
The team had to go back and forth between Haim and Shaq throughout the playoffs, and it didn’t help matters that the latter was out for the season.
It wasn’t until Haim’s return that the team finally made the leap.
With him on board, the Rockets were able to finally contend in the playoffs.
After going to a 3-2 series lead against the Spurs in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Houston led the series 3-1 heading into Game 2, but a couple of unfortunate turnovers in the final minute and a late-game collapse by the Spurs kept the Mabes in the series.
This time, they won Game 3, but they still lost Game 4 on the road in San Antonio.
Despite their poor performance in the Finals, the Mavericks didn’t have any excuses for how they played in Game 4.
Haim took a huge step forward in Game 5, and in Game 6, he finally found his rhythm and got his confidence back.
He went from a shell of himself in Game 3 to a man again.
The Rockets had a chance in Game 7 on the back of a strong performance from Maim, but their big man was not able to get back to his pre-Tyson Chandler form.
With the Masons first appearance in the All-stars Game, fans had high expectations, but it wasn’t enough to earn them the opportunity.
With a win against the Rockets, the players will be able to take a step back from the expectations of how they performed in the last two seasons.
While the Mavens first All of Summer came at the end of the regular season, it is difficult to imagine how things will change after this season.
After losing the playoffs in each of the last four years, the franchise hasn and should be considered a dark horse candidate to win the conference in 2016.
With the Rockets missing Harden and DeAndre, the offense will have to step up to compensate.
Hassan Whiteside is an important part of the Mavellas success.
He has averaged more than 17 points per game in each season since entering the league in 2008, but the Mavers should have the ability to run the offense.
The most important part about the Maves offensive arsenal is the playmaking of Chandler Parsons.
The Mavericks star has put up over 19 points per contest since the All Star break, which is the most in the league.
The biggest problem for the Rockets is the lack of consistency on offense.
In addition to Harden and Parsons, the big men are also key pieces of the team.
The defense is led by the big man duo of DeAndre Jordan and Chandler Parsons, who together have a combined 19.9 points per 100 possessions this season (2.5 more than Harden).
However, the most important pieces of this team are the guards.
James Harden has been one of the league’s best guards for the last few seasons, and his combination of size, athleticism and length should be able be deadly when the Mamba has the ball.
The Rockets will have two different guards on the court in Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza.
Ariza is a veteran, but he is also a player who is in his prime, which will make the Maims ability to guard him even more difficult.
The first-year Mav has averaged 18.5 points per night and 5.5 rebounds per game over his last two games.
The only problem with Howard is that he has averaged just 13.3 points per outing.
It is difficult for the defense to guard a player like Howard, who is able to score the ball on both ends of the court.
The Houston Rockets should have a