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Motley Athletics: The Dallas Mavericks

by Max Gosselin-Ildari on February 20, 2011.

The Mavs head into the all-star break having won 13 of their last 14 games. These include road wins in Boston, New York, and Phoenix. At this point, it is safe to say the Mavericks are the best road team in the NBA. With a healthy Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavericks boast an 18-4 road record; beating the Spurs in San Antonio and Durant’s Thunder on their home court twice is not an easy feat.

The Mavericks should have an easy time keeping their momentum after the break because it spawns from a premier level of consistency and depth. Unlike any other team, they have a solid back-up at every position: Barea backs up Kidd, Hayward holds the fort for Chandler, and Terry, the league’s preeminent 6th man, brings instant offense.

This can add up to only one thing. The NBA finals. I’m not saying the Mavs are going to win it. The East brings mighty competition. But with the Lakers burdened by stretches of fatigue and the Spurs’ age and lack of size, it feels like the Mavs’ year for another shot at the title.

And I don’t know if you have seen Dirk play recently, but that off-balanced, fade away, rainbow, impossible-to-make jumper seems to be going in more often than ever. Look for the Mavs to make the NBA finals come June.

-Max

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