With the Cowboys in the middle of a playoff hunt and the Rangers in the middle of the Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, the Dallas Mavericks are quietly playing some very impressive basketball.
Josh Howard, Jerry Stackhouse and Jason Terry are all injured and yet the Mavericks are still finding ways to win. And they have wins against some of the top contenders in this league.
As we wrote a couple of weeks ago, even in the best case scenario, I have always expected this team to improve as the season develops. I thought that there was a possibility that the first month or two would be rough. The team would need time to gel together under Avery in his first complete season.
Well, I may have been wrong. This team is playing solid defense. They are forcing the opponent to work on offense. When the Mavericks are “on” defensively they can compete with the top defenses in the league.
Offensively, the Mavs are overcoming injuries. They are finding different ways to score and getting contributions from people other than Dirk. One night Howard will lead in scoring, the next night it’s Jet and the night after that it could be Daniels.
If the team continues to develop the way I think they can, Maverick fans could be in store for a great playoff run.