After the Dallas Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns, Dallas clinched a spot in the playoffs for the 14th time in the past 15 years. Against Phoenix, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis combined for 60 points. There are a ton of good duos in the NBA, and the combination of Nowitzki and Ellis has fallen under-the-radar. The Western Conference is stacked, and Dallas is definitely no easy out. The Mavs are just a few years removed from winning the championship in 2011.
If the playoffs started today, Dallas would be facing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs. For Mav fans, that is great news because Dallas won the three-game season series against the Thunder 2-1. The Thunder have a star-studded team with the trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka. Dallas may not be more talented, but the Mavs know what it takes to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy.
If Dallas’ bench can start giving more production, the Mavs suddenly become a dangerous squad. Brandon Wright has emerged as a nice glue guy on this team, and he is a lengthy body on the defensive end. Vince Carter has also made his impact felt when he has stayed healthy. The Mavs have veteran players, and that is something that is extremely valuable when the post-season rolls around.
Something to be aware of in the coming days is that Dirk has a small ankle injury. He sprained in against the Suns, but he has stated that it is fine and he has no problem shooting with it. Behind Nowitzki and Ellis, the Mavs have the ability to play to be a surprising team in the Western Conference. Whoever the Mavs play, that team should be on upset alert for the first round.