The Dallas Mavericks are getting creative to ensure fans are in their seats for Thursday's home playoff game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Mavs and Thunder are tied 1-1 in their first round playoff series, which now heads to the American Airlines Center for an early 6 p.m. tipoff.
On Wednesday, the team released an "excuse note" that pleads for bosses to let their employees leave work early to root for the Mavs.
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Fans leaving work early were encouraged to use the hashtag #MavsSkipDay on social media.
The note teases to a dramatic pre-game speech from Mavs owner Mark Cuban.