Commissioner David Stern dropped a hammer after labor negotiations broke down Friday, canceling the rest of the November NBA games.
That means nine more games can be crossed off the Mavericks’ schedule, increasing the total to 16.
They had already lost marquee matchups against the Bulls, Spurs and Thunder in the first batch of canceled games. A Nov. 28 visit from first-round foe Portland to the American Airlines Center is the highest-profile Mavs game to get wiped out with this announcement.
A look at the Mavs games canceled Friday:
Nov. 16, at Grizzlies
Nov. 18, vs. Kings
Nov. 19, at Hawks
Nov. 22, vs. 76ers
Nov. 23, at Rockets
Nov. 25, at Denver
Nov. 26, vs. Cavaliers
Nov. 28, vs. Trail Blazers
Nov. 30, vs. Suns
The season will be reduced to a maximum of 66 games if none of these games are re-scheduled, which would put historic 50-win streaks by the Mavs and Spurs in serious jeopardy.
The Mavs have 11 consecutive 50-win seasons. The Spurs have 13, dating to the last lockout-shortened season. Magic Johnson’s Lakers, who won at least 50 games 12 straight seasons, are the only other team with a streak of more than 10 such campaigns.