And so it ended, ended predictably you can certainly say, but also ended in the very worst kind of way.
A sweep. A bleeping sweep.
From world champs to first-round chumps, that's how the world championship run for the Dallas Mavericks came to a disgraceful conclusion here Saturday night.
But please, despite the B.S. denials that will be heard from Mark Cuban over the next weeks and months, let it always be said that the world championship team was never allowed to defend its title after being dynamited from within by the owner.
So the unreasonable facsimile of what was once a Mavs title club went quietly into late spring on this evening, ousted by a young and eager Oklahoma City outfit 103-97.
One, two, three, four. Out the door in this series. The best team won, no question about that.