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Villanueva will finally play in a playoff series

Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva, left, is headed to the playoffs for the first time in his 10-year NBA career.
Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva, left, is headed to the playoffs for the first time in his 10-year NBA career. AP

 

This has been an historic season for Dallas Mavericks forward Charlie Villanueva.

To say the least.

After playing 594 NBA games spanning 10 seasons, Villanueva will finally get to do something he’s never done before.

Play in an NBA playoff game.

It’s almost as if Villanueva is like a kid ready to unwrap some presents on Christmas day. That’s how anxious he is to get his first playoff excursion started.

“It’s going to be excited – I can’t wait,” Villanueva said after Wednesday’s 114-98 win over Portland. “This is where the real season begins.

“You’ve got to be thankful for getting 50 wins (because) that’s big for our organization. Now you’ve got to buckle down and get ready to play in the postseason.”

Obvious this postseason journey is one Villanueva will never forget. And his teammates are hoping he enjoy the ride.

“I’m happy for him,” forward Richard Jefferson said. “It’s tough to play that many games and not get there.”

Well, now Villanueva can now check not making the playoffs off his list as the Mavs will open the playoffs this weekend on the road against the Houston Rockets.

“Yeah, it’s a lot of games played making it to the playoffs though, but I’m so thankful and blessed,” Villanueva said. “I’m so proud of these guys and I get to experience going to the playoffs for the first time with these guys, and I’m so thankful.”

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