Dallas Mavericks: Hitting the Road for the Final Leg of Season

J.J. Barea and the Dallas Mavericks are still giving their best effort as the season winds down.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Kolch
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By Joel Montgomery

The Dallas Mavericks finally enter the last leg of this season, as they enter the final month of this regular season officially eliminated from playoff contention, and basically just eyeing their spot in the upcoming offseason’s draft at this point. While Mark Cuban’s comments about tanking wishes still reek some headlines, coach Carlisle and the players still continue their wish to defy intentional mediocrity.

Vs. Nuggets (3/6)
The rolling Denver Nuggets came to visit the Mavs on Tuesday night as they continue to battle in the tight Western conference playoff race. Dallas had other plans for star Nikola Jokic and company, in a game where the star was extremely limited in offensive output during his 26 minutes on the floor. His 4 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists were a surprising low in a stretch where he and the whole Denver squad have been flying high as they find their identity going into the final stretch of the regular season. Dallas was led by Yogi Ferrell’s 24-point performance in his team-high 38 minutes.

FINAL: Dallas 118, Denver 107

Vs. Grizzlies (3/10)
Visited by a team seemingly more willing to embrace a tanking philosophy, the Mavericks had no problem routing the Grizzlies on Saturday night. In a 34-point blowout, the Mavericks’ offensive onslaught was led by perennial scorer Harrison Barnes’ 25 points, as well as 20 notched by both J.J. Barea and Mavs newbie Doug McDermott (the one now obviously most accustomed already out of all the Mavs’ new acquisitions). The loss was Memphis’ 17th straight, as they have tumbled from a team that had early season promise to complete tank-job due to plaguing injuries.
FINAL: Dallas 114, Memphis 80

Vs. Rockets
After 2 good wins, it was only a matter of time until the Mavericks ran into some trouble in the Western conference mystery box. On Sunday night they were unfortunate to pull the Rockets, who have become clear new hoop king of Texas after this seriously impressive regular season. Houston didn’t even need James Harden, who sat out (sore left knee) in the 23-point pummeling. Chris Paul and company’s offensive pressure was just too much for the Mavs, as he had an easy double-double (24 pts, 12 asts) while dishing to catch-and-shoot elite Eric Gordon who drained 6 three’s in his 26-point performance. Dwight Powell surprisingly led Dallas in scoring with 20 on 9-11 shooting. 
FINAL: Houston 105, Dallas 82

Ending the week, the Mavs’ end their brief 4-game home stretch and now face a 4-game road trip, with some Eastern Conference foes in wait. Additionally it has been announced that SG Wesley Matthews has a fractured right fibula and will miss the remainder of the season.

Upcoming Games
Tue. 3/13 @ Knicks 
Fri. 3/16 @ Raptors
Sat. 3/17 @ Nets