Originally posted on Hoops Addict  |  Last updated 4/2/12
The Mavs have one of their toughest and most important stretches of the season this week. It won’t get much easier for the rest of the regular season, either. In addition to the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers tonight, this week will feature the Portland Trailblazers and Memphis Grizzlies twice going forward. The good news is that victories in all these games clinch tiebreakers over much of the Western Conference. It’s tough that all these important dates seem to be hitting Dallas all at once, but such in life in a lockout-shortened season. Still, having the ability to decide your own face is better than the alternative. To make it tougher, the remaining schedule before the playoffs start includes seven of thirteen games on the road, all while being two games out of eight place in the West and uncomfortably three games away from missing the playoffs all together. Still, panic isn’t something you’re going to find in the Mavericks locker room. “Everything is important,” Coach Rick Carlisle
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