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February Brings Opportunity for Mavs Print E-mail
by Norm Hitzges    Mon, Jan 23, 2006, 06:07 PM

It was a huge weekend in the world of sports. The Steelers and Seahawks earned their way into Super Bowl XL. There were some huge upsets in college basketball. Chad Campbell won the Bob Hope Classic.

With everything else going on in sports this weekend, the Dallas Mavericks quietly reached a milestone. They have caught the San Antonio Spurs. This is huge.

We’ve written about how Avery and the team are focused on winning titles. Well, this is the first step. The path to a title is much much easier if you are the top seed. This is especially true in the Western Conference. If the Mavs can’t pass the Spurs and finish the season in the top spot, the best they can hope for is a 4th seed. It wouldn’t be impossible for the Mavs to win with the 4th seed. It would just make it a lot tougher.

Prospects for this team are looking up in the month of February. You see, the Spurs have only 3 home games in the entire month of February…They play the remaining 8 on the road. The Mavs on the other hand only have 2 games on the road…They play another 9 inside the friendly confines of the American Airlines Center.

If the Mavs are going to finish with the #1 seed, the next month will be key. The road is a hard place to win in the NBA. It’s especially rough on long, extended road trips.

As good as the Spurs are, it is going to be a rough road ahead. And it is crucial that the Mavs take full advantage of the schedule and not take it lightly.

If they can build a 2 or 3 game lead on the Spurs in the next few weeks, the Mavs will be well on their way to achieving the goal of a Championship.
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