- Created on Sunday, 18 March 2012 01:07
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
The month of February did not end well for the Dallas Mavericks; March didn’t start off too great for them either. From late February through March 10 the defending world champions went 2-8, often losing to inferior teams that are already well out of the playoff race.
After a three-game home stand it appears that whatever was ailing the Mavericks may have been dealt with since the team was able to come away with three wins, a 107-98 win over the Washington Wizards, a 101-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, and a 106-99 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Neither of the first two wins go a long way to establishing confidence; the Wizards are not a very good team and the ineptitude of the Charlotte Bobcats is almost close to reaching legendary status. At one time the Mavericks were down to Charlotte by 14 points.
"We wanted to start the game off better and we didn't do that again this game in the first half. We didn't hit shots and the next thing you know we are in a hole. We really need to focus on starting games off better,” said Dirk Nowitzki following the close win over the Bobcats last Wednesday night.
The win over San Antonio was much more of a confidence builder. Their in-state rival currently sits in the No 2 seed of the Western Conference playoffs; Dallas never trailed against them Saturday night and the only tie was early in the first period.
“It was a playoff battle. Anytime we see the Spurs it’s a fun game, great atmosphere, both teams really trying to get the win…” Nowitzki said.
They’ll need that confidence if they are going to finish out the month of March and still be in contention for a playoff berth. The Mavericks are currently sitting in the No 6 seed with just a game and a half lead over No 8 Houston. For the rest of the month they have nothing but playoff caliber teams on the roster (Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, San Antonio again, and the Houston Rockets twice).
So far Dallas is winning the season series with Denver 2-1. They’ve split the two games they’ve played against the Spurs. Los Angles won both games earlier this season, and Miami beat the Mavericks on Christmas Day 105-94. They have yet to play Houston or Orlando.
With only one and a half games separating Dallas from the No 8 seed a bad run here could have the Mavericks on the outside looking in. However, since they are only four and a half games out of No 2 seed should they get hot the future will start looking a whole lot better.