The NBA desperately needed something to take the focus off the Lakers being eliminated from the playoffs. The Association certainly got it from the Warriors and Mavericks series. This was one of those series that could captivate a non-Lakers crowd, as it did with THN. The series was great theater.
But now what? What is left that is even compelling in the rest of the playoffs? Sadly, there isn't anything. While watching the Warriors knock off the top seed in the West was great, there is nothing left to look forward too. What's left, Warriors v. Suns? Boring. As much fun as it was to loose the Mavericks, the NBA really needed them.