It seemed to some that the eight-game homestand the Dallas Mavericks are currently on would provide a realistic opportunity for getting both 50 wins and the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. What people who assumed the Mavericks would just breeze through all eight of these games like they were nothing failed to emphasize, though, is the level of competition the Mavericks would be facing and, of course, the Mavericks’ back-and-forth ways.
The Mavericks are like one of those little kids who just can’t — not even for one second — stay in the same spot. Also, whenever something goes right for the team, Dallas is like one of those teenage girls who, after receiving a compliment on her looks, let’s it get to her big head. It’s not what you would expect out of a veteran team whose players, for the most part, have been through all the trials and tribulations the NBA has to offer.
Take the win over the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder which preceded this homestand. The Mavericks came into the game against the Boston Celtics too full of themselves and were lucky to squeak past the Rajon Rondo-less squad. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a pretty yucky — but hungry — team, and the Mavericks slept on them, too.
And Dallas paid the price.
It doesn’t get any easier from here on out. Teams like the Denver Nuggets will be looking to rain on the Mavericks’ parade while the Brooklyn Nets are too hungry and tough right now. Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki will have to lead and tell everyone else to get the heck out of the way, or else Mavericks fans will be sulking once the playoffs begin.