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Dirk Nowitzki doesn’t think Mavericks are a playoff caliber team right now

01/04/2014 at 7:01 am By

Dirk NowitzkiThe Dallas Mavericks let another winnable game slip away in a 119-112 loss to the Clippers Friday night, leading Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki to question whether or not Dallas has what it takes to make the postseason.

“The way we let those games slip away, I don’t think we’re a playoff team,” Nowitzki said via ESPN Dallas. “We’ve got to win those games. We’ve got to find a way to get those stops and protect the home court.”

Dallas has found ways to lose double-digit leads multiple times already this season. Friday the Mavs blew a 13-point lead and lost by seven, and earlier this season Dallas blew a 17-point lead to the Hawks, an 18-point lead to the Warriors and a 19-point lead to the Raptors.

“It just always comes down for us to getting stops and rebounds,” Nowitzki said. “If we don’t, we’re in trouble. If you look at the numbers, we scored 112 [and] we shot over 50 percent. There’s no way we should have lost that game.”

At 19-14 the Mavs currently hold a 2 1/2 game lead over the Minnesota Timberwolves for the eighth seed, but that lead can evaporate quickly in the competitive Western Conference.

Dirk’s comments may be a method of lighting a fire under his teammates, but the Mavs are a veteran team and should know what it takes to win by now. Nowitzki at 35 is averaging 21 points and having one of his better seasons in recent years so he’s doing his part, but his window with the Mavs is closing quickly and he knows it.

-ALR

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3 Comments so far

  1. Sports mom

    on 01/04/2014 - Reply

    I agree with Dirk. Mark Cuban screwed this team big time when he got rid of the 2011 team. And I’m not talking about Chandler. Corey Brewer, Deshaun Stevenson and a few other support guys that would not have broken the bank should still be in Dallas. San Antonio is the way you build a team; you should never clean house on a championship team. That crap about him not getting in luxury tax trouble is just crap. He screwed up big time. Cuban achieved his goal of winning a championship and now he’s lost interest in the Mavericks. Jerry Jones has possessed him. It kills me to have two average teams in Dallas. 3 if you include the Rangers.

  2. Dfwsportsfan

    on 01/05/2014 - Reply

    Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worst than the Cowboys, Mark Cuban morphes into Jerry Jones. This team totally sucks and Cuban created it.

  3. Robert Freeman

    on 01/05/2014 - Reply

    I agree with Dirk too. This team has been an embarrassment for the last 3 years. At least we always had the Mavs when the Cowboys stunk but it’s amazing how a great owner like Mark Cuban started ruining the Mavs just like Jerry Jones did. He used to want the Mavs to compete with the best but for the last few years he seems more interested in his TV career than in the Mavericks. This team is not going anywhere as it is. It has one great player on it, 2 or 3 good players, and the rest are all average or below average.

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