DALLAS _ Let's use some common sense and get real serious for a moment.
Barring a serious meltdown by that team in Central Texas, the Dallas Mavericks won't catch the San Antonio Spurs and become the top seed in the Western Conference. The numbers just don't add up.
With 25 games to go, the Spurs are 47-10 while the Mavs are 41-16. If the Mavs finish the stretch run with a 22-3 record, the Spurs would have to go 16-9 just for the Mavs to catch them.
Do you honestly think that's going to happen? The boys in Vegas wouldn't take that bet, and neither should you.
"I think rather than worry about chasing them, we’re focused on ourselves game by game,'' center Tyson Chandler said. "And then the last couple of games, see where we’re at.''
Instead of worrying about catching the Spurs, the Mavs may be wise to concentrate their energy on holding off the Los Angeles Lakers. The Mavs are only two games ahead of the Lakers (40-19) for the No. 2 seed out West, and they still have two games remaining against the Lakers.
-- Dwain Price