Mavericks Fail To Make Up Ground For Playoff Spot

The Dallas Mavericks had a chance to get closer to the eighth seed, but failed on Thursday.
The race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference is a close one between the Los Angeles Lakers, Utah Jazz, and Dallas Mavericks. The Houston Rockets seem safe (for now) in the seventh seed where they are up by three games. After Thursday night's games, Dallas and Los Angeles both had opportunities to either get more breathing room or, in Dallas' case, make up some ground on catching up. The Lakers lost to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Mavericks lost to the injury riddled Indiana Pacers. The only good news is if you're a Utah Jazz fan where they gained half a game on the Lakers are only a half of a game out on tying them.

This is mostly disappointing for the Dallas Mavericks. The Jazz have been up and down (mostly down) this season on games they should have won and the Lakers are disappointing their huge expectations of being a championship contender. The Mavericks would be an underdog story in the eyes of many. With Dirk Nowitzki out for the beginning of the season, Dallas had to depend on veterans to channel their youth and also players to play at an incredible level they haven't played before. Dallas has seen a resurgence of Vince Carter this season and also the rise of O.J. Mayo into a legitimate top star in the league.

In Thursday night's loss, the team couldn't muster up more than 24 points in any quarter and under 19 in two of them. Only Mayo and Nowitzki played more than 30 minutes this game, but Nowitzki was the only one who played well enough to keep them in the game. He had 21 points on 50% (10-20) shooting while Mayo only chipped in 7 points on 30% (3-10) shooting. The box score doesn't tell the whole story, but it does show the rest of the team didn't play with any urgency this game.

If the Dallas Mavericks want to make the playoffs, they'll have to play with some determination. They had luck on their side tonight with the Lakers losing, but Los Angeles going one more game up on them could be the dagger for their comeback season. Dirk Nowitzki is showing his worth, but the rest of the team needs to step up or catch up and bring distance on that last seed. The Dallas "Cinderella" story could be over before it even has a chance in the playoffs even if Dirk Nowitzki plays in a level comparable to his prime.

comments
MVPTEXAS @That70sLife @MeanCeIebTweets what's great about this is they have home movies of when they were young to show their kids... :)
8hreplyretweetfavorite
MVPTEXAS RT @SportsCenter: Steelers score 24 points in final 3:08 of 1st half to come back vs Texans, 30-23. Le'Veon Bell: 145 total yds, Rec TD htt…
8hreplyretweetfavorite
MVPTEXAS RT @mavsmoneyball: Mavs vs. Grizzlies final score: Dallas wins 108-103 http://t.co/zSFjGlnGpV
8hreplyretweetfavorite
MVPTEXAS RT @nflnetwork: .@HoustonTexans HC Bill O'Brien's postgame presser airing NOW on NFL Network. #HOUvsPIT
8hreplyretweetfavorite
 

MLB

Matt Garza Takes His Chance
Matt Garza finally got the chance to p...
Yu Darvish for AL Cy Young?
Detroit’s Max Scherzer is the favori...

NFL News

First Pick For Texans
If had looked at the NFL betting last ...
Contact UsTwitterfacebook