Found April 07, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
With the Dallas Mavericks season hanging in the balance, they only have 6 games left to try and make it to the playoffs for a 13 consecutive year, but without winning the majority of their games left and getting some help from the Lakers and Jazz ahead of them in the standings, their chances are very slim in getting over that hump, but don’t completely count them out yet. Over the last several  games, the Mavs have shown signs of a team that really wants to get there, but then they have also shown signs of a very tired team and just want to end the season and get some rest; at least that’s what I have seen. I am a very hard rock Mavs fan, but I also have to be honest with myself and others as to the chances that the Mavericks have in making that final push for one of those last spots. Dallas is still 2.5 games behind the Lakers and Jazz for the 8th spot with both of them holding the tie-breaker scenarios. Tonight the Mavs face the Portland Trailblazers in Portland where Dalls suffered a heart-breaking loss to one of their former coaches, Dewayne Casey; but they also got a much needed win against the Blazers at home in February so these last games are up to Dallas in what they want to do and how they want to finish, either strong or just getting through with the season. This season, we have seen a see-saw of events in games and capping it off with Dirk moving up another notch in the career scoring stat and is now 17th in the history of scoring in the NBA, now passing Patrick Ewing. Now Dirk doesn’t worry about personal stats, he just wants to win and he needs to will his team to do so just like the game against the Clippers and most recently against the Bulls, both are fashionable wins. But Dallas just needs to hunker down and win the rest of their games if they have any hopes of getting to the next round, or we’ll be sitting home watching the games. From the beginning of the season people have written the Mavs off since Dirk was sidelined with recouping from his knee surgery, but if he plays like he did in those 2 games, then they’ll be fighting until the final whistle is blown and the fat lady has sung, and I’m not singing yet! Dallas has proven that they can beat the big dogs but they also have proven that they can wither like a houseplant in the summertime in the desert without water. So where do they go from here? Well, we’ll just have to wait and watch and see what happens starting tonight in Portland before they go home and face Phoenix and get their revenge against Denver at home next week. Well, to keep everything in mind, it starts tonight and it’s a matter of finding out which Maverick team shows up, the one that wants to get into the playoffs, or the one that will whine and be watching from home? The rest is up to them. So I guess the question is, “fear the beard or just shave”? And with that I will bid you an early goodbye and say good luck and let’s go Mavs!
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