Dallas Mavericks Shouldn't Settle for Less Than 'Decent'

By Elaine J. Dispo
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Like I have said before, how the Dallas Mavericks finish matters more than how they start. Heading home from their final game out of four for this west coast tour, they ended that road series with a .500 win-loss percentage.

They begun the month of December and their road trip on a good note, first with a win at home against the Charlotte Bobcats, followed by their first two victories away against the New Orleans Pelicans and the top Western Conference seed, the Portland Trail Blazers — in which shooting guard Monta Ellisexplosive shot ended regulation in favor of the Mavs. However, their pacific coast matchups in California did not treat them as kindly, as they had suffered a double-digit loss at the Sacramento Kingshardwood and had been beaten by a close margin in their Golden State Warriors battle.

Not only were recovering reserves at rest, but wise Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle also made decisions not to play other healthy teammates this time around.

Now Dallas is back to just a “decent” level of basketball, and I hope that they don’t stay stuck in a rut by settling for that at this rate. While the team has made some changes to improve their situation, to move forward this NBA 2013-14 season, they can’t just sit back and let the championship promise of reaching the Finals contenders status again slip from their fingers.

Surely, on Saturday, the 13-10 Mavericks should be able to take on the Milwaukee Bucks, who, so far this season, have incurred only five wins and 17 defeats, including when they lost to Dallas during their first meeting. Can we count on the Mavs to come through and not surrender to another team with a losing record, like they did to the Denver Nuggets (who have, since their twice-straight victories over the Mavs, improved their record considerably and now are ranked above Dallas), and the Kings? Yes, the Mavs can, and this time, they will rule their own court.

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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