Cleveland in your rear-view mirror.
That's not an indictment on the city. Just a way of saying the Mavericks can be glad they aren't the favorites to win the Western Conference because if they ever made it to the NBA Finals and met up with the Cavaliers, it might not be prety.
"Their record speaks for itself,'' said Jason Kidd. "They're the best team in the NBA right now.''
Said Dirk Nowitzki about the Cavs: "Second half, for some reason, we couldn't get anything to go down and they started to make shots and feel good about themselves. That stretch in the third, where if you can't make anything on offense, you got to still find a way to stay solid defensively and get some stops. We didn't have it there in the third on both ends and you can't do that against a good team. It just piled up.''
But now, the Mavericks are getting ready for a practice in Minneapolis as they prep for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves. They got a gift Sunday night when Phoenix lost to Sacramento. The Mavericks are four games up in the loss column on the ninth-place Suns and it's apparent now that Phoenix isn't good enough to make up that deficit in their final eight games.
Good thing, because the Mavericks don't appear to be good enough to do anything other than back into the No. 8 seed.