Without even playing a game last night, the Dallas Mavericks managed to move up in the Western Conference standings.
Before play began yesterday, the Mavericks were on the outside looking in for a spot in the playoffs, reluctantly sitting in the ninth position. So for the day, Mavericks players got to sit back, relax and cheer on the Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers as those teams were taking on the three teams the Mavericks are hoping to leapfrog.
And this truly was a great day for Mavericks players and fans who have NBA League Pass as the Memphis Grizzlies (who began the day as the No. 8 seed) got dropped by the Trail Blazers, the Phoenix Suns (who began the day as the No. 7 seed) got spanked by the Lakers and the Golden State Warriors (who began the day as the No. 6 seed and three games ahead of the Mavericks in the loss column) lost a heartbreaker to the Knicks.
After all that, the Mavericks are in a 44-30 deadlock with Phoenix for the No. 7 and just two games in the loss column behind Stephen Curry and the Warriors, whom the Mavericks will drink tea with on Tuesday. The Grizzlies though are still right there, lurching, just a half game behind Dallas.
Interestingly enough, former Maverick and friend of Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Kaman, scored an insane 28 points and grabbed a monster 17 rebounds for the Lakers in the win over the Suns. Really, the Mavericks are out here like Joe Cocker, getting by with a little help from their friends.
Considering all the bad breaks the Mavericks have gotten this season, you better believe they will take it to the bank.