The Dallas Mavericks are currently sitting in the eighth spot of the Western Conference. With a record of 37-26, the Mavericks would be in third place of the Eastern Conference if they were in that conference. The Mavericks have played really good basketball in 2014. In fact, it seems like they are over-performing. Dirk Nowitzki has had an excellent season. The combination of Nowitzki and Monta Ellis has been the reason the Mavericks have played so well in 2014.
Even though they are in the eighth seed of their respective conference, the Mavericks out-played the Portland Trail Blazers en route to a 103-98 win. This game was a wild one to say the least. The Mavericks ended the first quarter with a 23-point lead. But Dallas squandered the lead away when they gave up a 28 to 6 run in the third quarter. This was a big win versus one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
Nowitzki and LaMarcus Aldridge are two of the best power forwards in the NBA. Jose Calderon and Ellis also had big games. The acquisition of Ellis in free agency was an interesting one, and many were upset with giving him so much money. But he has turned his career around since coming to Dallas. Ellis is now averaging around 19 points and five assists per game. He has been a great sidekick next to Nowitzki in 2014.
Although they are overachieving, the Mavericks are playing good basketball at the right time. It will be interesting to see what the Mavericks will do in the future when Nowitzki retires. Mark Cuban has already said that he will make a pitch for LeBron James. Regardless, the Mavericks have relied on team chemistry in 2014. With Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, and Vince Carter, the Mavericks have a few veterans that have logged a lot of minutes in The Association. It will be interesting to see if the Mavericks can keep up their hot play, and make the playoffs when they roll around.
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