The Mavericks are currently in 8th place in the NBA’s Western Conference.
This obviously is horrible news.
Not only did the Mavs lose the Spurs Thursday night, they took a big step toward being swept out of the upcoming playoffs. Yes, before they play a single game.
Because with the 109-100 loss to San Antonio – playing without Tony Parker – Dallas slipped to 8th spot in the West. And if they remain No. 8 they’ll have a first-round series against No. 1. And that team is of course the Spurs, who have beaten the Mavs nine consecutive times and haven’t lost to them in more than two years. Last night was just the latest example of how the Spurs are a deeper, more efficient team. Hard to imagine the Mavs winning a game, much less four against San Antonio in the playoffs.
But first things first. Just for the right to get swept by the Spurs, the Mavs must first wiggle into the postseason.
With two games remaining in the season Dallas, now 48-32, is in a dogfight with Phoenix (47-31) and Memphis (46-32) for two of the final playoff spots. And just guess who the Mavs play in their final two games? Yep, the Suns Saturday night at American Airlines Center and the Grizzlies Wednesday in Memphis.
Buckle up for a wild weekend. And if the Mavs settle for 8th, get ready for a short ride.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.