Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/8/12
At some point in the next few weeks, the Dallas Mavericks will welcome Dirk Nowitzki back to the lineup. But against all odds, they're doing just fine without him. In past seasons the Mavs have looked lost without their superstar. But with a surprising 4-1 start, they appear to be flourishing. And with each passing day, the degree of difficulty seems to rise. Already missing Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and reserve guard Roddy Beaubois, the Mavs were without Elton Brand who was with his wife for the birth of their baby girl. Marion's the best all-around player on the team in Nowitzki's absence and Brand's by far the most physical. But not missing a beat, O.J. Mayo and Chris Kaman combined for 44 points in leading the Mavs to a 109-104 win. To be fair, the Raptors were playing their fourth game in five nights, and they didn't have star point guard Kyle Lowry. But they should've had enough firepower to pose a legitimate threat to the Mavs. Instead, Dallas held them at bay for much of th...
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