The Dallas Mavericks dropped their fourth game out of their last five with a demoralizing 136-103 loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday. In their seven games since the NBA All-Star break, the Mavs are just 3-4. They have also fallen to a disappointing 26-33 overall.
Coming out of All-Star Weekend, Dallas needed to go around 20-10 in their remaining 30 games if they wanted to reach the average win total of the eight-seed in the Western Conference over the last ten years. After their start to their first seven games, their goal of making the playoffs is now incredibly difficult to attain. In theory, the Mavericks need to go 17-6 over their remaining 23 games to make the postseason.
Considering that Dallas has shown no signs of improving or stepping-up their play in the second part of the season, it feels like it’s time for the Mavs to close the curtains on their playoff hopes. That doesn’t mean that they should tank the rest of the year and abandon their dignity, but the pipe-dream of them making the playoffs doesn’t really seem plausible anymore.
The fact that the Mavericks will most likely not be in the playoffs is really disconcerting considering their superstar and one of the league’s most recognizable faces, Dirk Nowitzki, is 34 years old and seems to be getting close to the end of his career as a professional basketball player. It’s a shame to see him go out on a disappointing season like this. Hopefully, owner Mark Cuban has some great plans for next season that will allow Dirk to have a proper exit from Dallas.