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Mavericks Still Chasing a Playoff Spot
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 6, 2013 @ 8:13 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
No matter how bad the Mavericks think things are, sometimes a close-up look at a genuinely dreadful team will make you appreciate even the faintest playoff hope.
The Sacramento Kings are headed to the lottery for the seventh consecutive season and the Mavericks were glad to cross paths with them Friday night, rolling to a 117-108 victory in what could be their
last visit to Sacramento.
With Seattle and Sacramento fighting for possession of the Kings, they played so poorly that it makes you wonder why any community would want them. But the Mavericks aren’t in any position to pass up gifts. On a night when both teams scored at will during long stretches, the Mavericks took control in the third quarter and had a stress-free finish, for a change. And so, their playoff hopes continue to hang by the thinnest of threads. They still trail the Jazz and Lakers in the race for eighth in the Western Conference. But the math says they are still alive, so they cling to belief.
“It doesn’t look good, to be honest, but I think what you have to do is look at the next game and not focus on the other teams,” Dirk Nowitzki said. “It’s out of our control. We keep one eye on it, but we
want to win the next game and play hard and get better still. And the rest is out of our control.”
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