It seemed like just a couple of days ago when the Dallas Mavericks were playing for their NBA playoff lives. After Stephen Curry‘s backbreaking buzzer-beater a couple weeks back, the Mavericks came to terms with the impossibility of grabbing the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.
However, the Mavericks will open the newspaper today and see that the No. 6 seed is a very real possibility. Why? Well, the young Warriors just have a knack for making things fun by being so inconsistent. The latest setback for Golden State came last night when they lost a heartbreaker in overtime to the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-117.
Curry scored 47 points in that game, but it wasn’t enough to officially cancel the Mavericks’ hopes and dreams of moving up a spot.
As it currently stands, the Mavericks have control of the No. 7 seed in the West. In order though to leapfrog Curry and the Warriors, the Mavericks must win their final game of the regular season in Memphis on Wednesday night, and find out that the Warriors effectively choked away their playoff position by dropping their final two games.
That particular outcome is far from improbable, too, because the Warriors play at home vs. Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves next and at the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Love is probably mad that he’s still never sniffed the playoffs, so he should take pleasure in making Warriors fans cry tonight. The Nuggets are a so-so team, but they’ve played very hard down the stretch for their wacky head coach, Brian Shaw.
Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks aren’t banking on getting that sixth spot, but it has to be refreshing to know that it’s still a possibility after all the heartbreak Dallas has endured this season. For now, anyway, the motto basically is ”anyone but the San Antonio Spurs.”