- Created on Thursday, 28 March 2013 22:51
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Jeff Noital
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.