Mar 16, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forwardDirk Nowitzki
(41) celebrates after scoring during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
At this point in the season it appears as if the Dallas Mavericks have earned themselves a postseason berth. They are currently 43-25, tied for the fifth-best record in the Western Conference and a half-game back of the fourth-place Houston Rockets.
Winning it all is another matter, but a deep run in the postseason is not out of the realm of possibilities. The question now is, how much do the Mavericks have in the tank to make some noise in the playoffs?
At the time of posting the Mavs have 14 games left, with 7 of them coming from fellow top-8 seeded Western Conference teams. And considering the standings to date, Mavs would face the third seeded Portland Trail Blazers in the first round. But a lot can change in a short period of time, as we’ve seen throughout this roller coaster of a season. No matter who the opponent ends up being, the Mavericks’ game plan for success in the playoffs doesn’t change. If they play to their abilities they can hang with anyone.
The following slides are a blueprint for the Mavericks’ success, not only to beat their first-round opponent, but for a trip to the Western Conference Finals and a shot at the title. A dream for the second championship in franchise history should never be ruled out.
Hey, this team is deep enough in the pack that no one would be paying attention. That’s the way they like it. It’s a long shot, but in the NBA, impossible is nothing.
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