OJ Mayo has been a pleasant surprise for the Dallas Mavericks this season. He leads the Mavs with 16.8 points-per-game. (AP Images)

Clock's ticking on Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will have to be a main ingredient over the remainder of the season if the Mavericks are to make the playoffs. (AP)

Dallas Mavericks fans have heard all season about the playoff push. They have witnessed winning streaks, losing streaks and gnarly beards. They have been on emotional highs during late-game heroics, and gut-wrenching lows when those nail biters turned sour.

As a Mavs fan, I am a little tired of the talk.

The Mavs, (32-36, 10th in the Western Conference) have 14 games left to prove their valor.

Those 14 games are a make-or-break stretch that could make every Mavs fan in the area give a big Yee-Haw to everyone’s doubts.

Or, those 14 games could be a “I told you so” moment for all those fair-weathered fans whose only appearance at the American Airlines Center was to watch Dirk and Co. sing “We Are the Champions.”

I would like to think this year’s Mavs have earned a little more respect from fans. They have played hard, albeit sometimes sloppy basketball, but have played well enough to fill seats.

As the push for the playoffs hits a smoldering high, the Mavs need to rely on their guns to get the job done. Don’t worry about getting a 30-point game. Don’t worry about seeing OJ Mayo cross someone over so bad he makes them cry.

And especially don’t look for pretty basketball.

It’s time to get down and dirty. Hard fouls, tough drives to the basket and no turnovers are the only thing separating this 1-year-contract scrub roster, with the exception of Dirk Nowitzki, from getting into the postseason.

For God sakes, let Dirk shave… We have seen enough of that Sauerkraut beard.

When in crunch time, please put the ball in Dirk’s hands. Vince Carter was a wonderful player in 2003, but its 2013, maybe he’s washed up?

These Mavs have one last push in them, but is that enough.

Let’s take a look at this week’s schedule:

Friday the Mavs face-off against the Boston Celtics.It is certainly a winnable game, but lets not forget what Jeff Green did to the Heat, not to mention Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Sunday, they welcome the Utah Jazz to the AAC. They will be a tough home game, but it is a must win. Utah is ahead of the Dallas-5 by two games, ’nuff said.

Lob City comes to town Tuesday. Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers are a playoff team, but they have already clinched their spot, time the Mavs steal one from them. Remember when the Clippers weren’t good and we all made fun of Frankie Muniz for liking them? Silly now.

The next ten don’t really matter unless the Mavs can manage to break through for at least three wins this week.

Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening, but who knows, maybe those beards are magical…

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