Do or Die for the Mavs

Published: Apr 03, 2014 12:27pm EDT
By Steven Baer, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Apr 03, 2014 @ 12:27pm EDT

 

Fighting for their playoff lives the Dallas Mavericks end their longest homestand in franchise history with another overtime loss falling to the Golden State Warriors.

The Mavs started this extremely long homestand with hopes of climbing up the standings and positioning themselves better for the playoffs, but Tuesday night it ended with the third overtime loss on this homestand.  The Mavs wrapped up this extended stay at home going 4-4.  The games that really hurt were the losses to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets and the Warriors.  Dallas failed to make stops at the end of each of these games and ended up blowing fourth quarter leads, which led to losses in overtime. 

Stephen Curry making a 20-footer with 0.1 seconds left in overtime, Klay Thompson hitting a wide open 3-pointer to tie the game before overtime.  The Clippers closing the game on a 16-5 run after the Mavs had a 10-point fourth quarter lead.  Why can’t the Mavs close these games out?

Letting these close games at home slip away has really cost the Mavs.  If the Mavs would have beaten the Warriors that would have gave them sole possession of seventh place and just one game out of sixth.  The Mavs did receive some help on Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies the two teams the Mavs are chasing for the final playoff spot both lost.  The Mavs woke up on Wednesday morning a half-game out of the final spot for the playoffs and now wake up Thursday morning in a tie for seventh.  Just another common occurrence for these three teams as they continue to let each other back in the playoff race. 

 The Mavs walk away from this eight game homestand with only seven games left in the year, five on the road and two at home.  They begin a four-game road trip on the west coast tonight playing the Clippers.  The last two games the Mavs have gone up against the Clippers it has been the same song and dance, Dallas has a big lead or a double digit fourth quarter lead and then it’s gone.  The Mavs have had their foot and the Clippers throat in both games but failed to close the game out.   The next three games after tonight are against the Lakers, Sacramento Kings, and the Utah Jazz.  Three very winnable games that the Mavs will have to take advantage of to put themselves in good position to make the playoffs.    Dallas plays San Antonio the third last game of the year, the Mavs have not beaten the Spurs in over two years now and with the Spurs having a 19- game winning streak currently underway that will most likely go to three years now.  Some good news for the Mavs is that they do get to play Memphis and Phoenix before the season ends to somewhat control their own destiny   The Mavs will get to play the Suns at home on the 12th and then end the year at Memphis on the 16th.

The Dallas Mavericks will have to start playing better basketball and learn to close out a game or two during this key stretch if they are going to make the playoffs.

 


 

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