I really would. I’m fighting off some nasty flu-like symptoms, so I’m going to keep this brief. The Mavs are suddenly really, really good at basketball. For the second straight game, they completely dominated a Western power on both sides of the ball, and blitzed the opposition with brutal offensive efficiency, tenacity on the boards, and consistent defensive execution. Phoenix and Utah both boast offenses that are dangerous in their own right, but last night’s poignant victory was all the more significant because it came at the expense of everyone’s ‘dark horse’ (if everyone is picking them, are they still a dark horse?) for the playoffs, it was unrelenting and superhuman, and it clinched Dallas’ place in the playoffs. Oh, yeah, and just so happened to push the Mavs and Jazz into a tie for 7th, just one game behind the Hornets at 6th.
A few links for you to consume in my drowsy, sinus-pained absence:
- Tim MacMahon dreams of Chris Paul in a Mavs jersey, and who am I to be a dream-killer? I do know this, though: if George Shinn is really looking to cut costs, trading away your best player, main ticket draw, and only hope of getting to the playoffs might not be the way to go. It’s definitely an option Cuban should pursue, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.
- Mark Cuban answers the Shaq rumors.
- Danny Bollinger has an interview up with Jason Kidd.
- Matt Moore is reconsidering the Mavs, and his thoughts are worth a look.
- David Moore isn’t, and is holding on to his convictions. His thoughts are worth a look.
- Art Garcia is the man. Josh Howard is the man. A match made in heaven.