The Dallas Mavericks were in a tough spot Saturday night as they were down 3-0 in a best of seven playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In the end, they couldn't compete with a younger, faster Thunder squad, losing 103-97 and losing the series in four straight games.
Fans streamed into the American Airlines Center Saturday afternoon for Game 4 falling into two camps: There were those who were fired up for the game despite the fact that their team was on the brink of elimination.
"Excited. I think we are going to blow them out," said Jon Loh who was attending his first NBA playoff game.
"It's been exciting for me because I'm a season ticket holder, so I'm going to be in it regardless. I'm all in," said Ramonda Busby who is a Mavs season ticket holder.
There were also those who realized no team had ever come back from being down 3-0.
"I'm a little cranky. I'm disappointed we dismantled the team this year so we don't have a chance at repeating the championship," said season ticket holder Tracy Favre."Well, I didn't wear all black and never say die.
It doesn't look good, but I'm still here to support my guys," said Mavs fan Sara Stokes.Some expected to not just win Saturday, but win four straight and take the series from OKC.
"It can be done," said Busby."We are going to be the first to come back. We are going to be the first to come back. Nobody has ever done it from 3-0, this will be the first," said Mavs fan Dillon Doty.
While others just didn't want to end the season at home."One game at a time. Lets not go out with our head hanging low, lets at least win tonight," said Favre.
"I'm just hoping for a win today. I just don't want to go home with a sweep," said Loh.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times