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2011 Mavs In The Playoffs- Part I of a Preview Series

As most of our readers know, the Dallas Mavericks clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Golden State Warriors.

This is really nothing surprising or new to the Dallas faithful. It’s the 11th straight year that Dallas has gone to the playoffs and should be the 11th straight year that Dallas has won at least 50 games in the regular season.

With that inevitable news out of the way, let’s get to what this series will be about.

I’ll be conducting a series of playoff scenarios and analyzing how the Mavericks will be playing out over the course of the post-season. Of course, since there are still some games remaining on the season, I’ll be making a few assumptions:

First, I will assume that Dallas takes the #3 seed in the playoffs, while the LA Lakers maintain their control of the second spot. With the momentum that the Lakers have, I find it exceptionally difficult for the Mavs to take back the second seed.

Second, I will assume that Caron Butler does NOT return to play for the Mavericks in the postseason. I know that he is adamant about returning, but for the sake of argument (and reality), Butler is not playing for the theoretical playoff team.

Third, I will assume that no other players will get injured and that no significant roster changes will happen. Just for continuity’s sake.

Finally, I will assume the following seeds go as such:

#1 San Antonio Spurs vs. #8 Memphis Grizzlies

#2 Los Angeles Lakers vs. #7 Portland Trailblazers

#3 Dallas Mavericks vs. #6 New Orleans Hornets

#4 Oklahoma City Thunder vs. #5 Denver Nuggets

I’ll cover different analysis if anything drastic changes over the final 12 or so games left for each team, but assume that if Dallas is to make it to the NBA Finals, they would need to go through the Hornets, the Spurs and then the Lakers.

That’s what this series will cover and I will try to get an article out every evening. Enjoy, comment, etc.

Tonight, look forward to what the Dallas Mavericks need to do in order to avoid elimination by the Hornets in the first round.

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