Thanks to a sweep of the Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks have excused themselves from that conversation -- or at least postponed it. The Mavericks have exhibited the sense of urgency the Spurs and Lakers may have lacked.
But this could be because the Mavericks know that, unless they win it all this year, they'll be joining the Spurs and Lakers at the dissection table. This is their best shot at a championship, and they know their window is closing. Consider the evidence: