The Dallas Mavericks are in the thick of the playoff hunt in the Western Conference as the NBA season is suspended. Here are five positives thus far.
Dallas Mavericks fans are waiting. The coronavirus has suspended the NBA season and put a damper on all social activities. It leaves everyone just waiting. Hopefully, it passes and play resumes in short order. There are no guarantees, though. Please stay safe during this time.
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The Mavs have played 67 games this season. They won 40 and are currently seventh in the Western Conference. The Mavericks sit as a virtual lock to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016 if the NBA returns.
It is important to remember that the Mavs have exceeded expectations. Most experts predicted them as a fringe playoff team that was still building for future contention. Dallas had a postseason berth virtually wrapped up by the All-Star break. To get there, the Mavericks had plenty of unexpected and impressive performances this season.
The positives for the Dallas Mavericks are everywhere. Dorian Finney-Smith is hitting 37.4 percent of his 3-pointers after being well below league average for his entire career. Jalen Brunson filled-in admirably as the starting point guard when Luka Doncic missed time. The Mavs also had road wins against some of the NBA’s top teams including the Lakers, Nuggets, Bucks, Rockets, and Sixers. Here is a look at the top five positives so far.