There are teams that seem to have the number of other teams throughout the sports world. It doesn’t matter how good one team is compared to the other team. Take the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves for instance. The Mavs are currently in the playoff chase while the T’wolves are not, yet for some reason the Mavs can’t seem to beat Minnesota.
After an overtime loss on Wednesday night, the Mavericks are now 1-3 against the T’wolves this season. The only win was a two point victory at the American Airlines Center that ended with some controversy as Shawn Marion appeared to foul Kevin Love on the last play of the game. It was a foul that would have sent Love to the free throw line for a chance to tie the game.
This non-call could be the only thing separating the Mavs from an 0-4 record against the T’wolves. This loss comes at a very bad time for the Mavericks. Dallas was riding high after knocking off the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Boston Celtics in back-to-back games.
Dallas was also within one game of the Golden State Warriors for the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference. After the loss, Dallas is now in the No. 8 spot, and the Phoenix Suns are right on their heels. This was a bad loss for Dallas all the way around. Dallas climbed out of a 22-point deficit and actually took a five-point lead in overtime, but Love hit a hook shot to seal the game for the T’wolves.
Dallas has six games remaining on this homestand. It would seem to reason Dallas needs to win at least five of those six games as they go forward towards the playoffs. This won’t be easy as they have games against the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Warriors and Thunder all coming up. Because of this, the game against Minnesota was not one to lose.