From The Daily Six Shooter at PlaymakerOnline.com:
It’s a shame the Dallas Mavericks aren’t playing better. With the Lakers losing and Oklahoma City hot on their tail, instead of fretting over falling to the 4th seed in the Western Conference, they could be battling for that coveted #2 seed. Sadly, the Mavs struggles continued last night when Denver came into Dallas and pushed the team’s losing streak to four games. Not only has Dallas lost four in a row, they’ve lost nine straight to opponents that are currently in the playoffs.
It’s a disturbing trend made even worse by the fact that Tyson Chandler still isn’t back from injury and Jason Kidd took the night off to rest.
It certainly didn’t have to do with the way Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion or Jason Terry played. The three combined for 56 points on 60% shooting. But the rest of the team couldn’t help much on offense and that led to fast break points and more opportunities for the Nuggets in their victory.
While the losing streak started before Chandler went down with an injury, his addition will be big. He was a game-time decision last night and should be back for the Mavs game at home against the Clippers on Friday.
Dallas is only one game ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder as the #3 seed in the West with games against the Clippers, Suns, Rockets and Hornets to finish the season. Before you consider the benefits of falling to the 4th seed to avoid the Lakers in the 2nd round of the playoffs, consider that their first round opponent would be the Denver Nuggets who have lost consecutive games just once since the all star break. More than seeding, the Mavs should be worried about winning down the stretch.
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