The Dallas Mavericks are one of the best franchises in the NBA. They might not have a plethora of NBA titles, but they have always had the winning mentality. That mentality has helped them to stay in title contention for over a decade now.
Even in the 2020-21 NBA season, fans consider the Mavs to be in the upper echelon of the league. However, due to numerous injury troubles, they had a slow start to the season. The team hopes to leave that in the past and put together a winning streak post-NBA All-Star break.
They have taken the first step towards that goal. Tonight, Mavericks convincingly defeated Denver Nuggets and improved their record to 20-17 this season.
Looking at their record, one might consider them to be a top seed in the conference. However, the West is as stacked as always and because of that, the Mavs are still eighth in the conference.
Dallas Mavericks boss talks about the team post-Nuggets win
To win in the NBA, a team needs much more than superstar players. They need a competent front office, a brilliant head coach, and then of course an impressive roster. The Mavericks check all boxes in these categories so far.
Their head coach Rick Carlisle spoke about the team following their win against the Nuggets. He said:
“We want to be an attacking team and our goal is to be improved defensively. We’ve shown signs of that in the last really two weeks since KP [Kristaps Porzingis] has come back. … He’s been a presence, he’s feeling better, he’s looking better… We’re a team that can score but we’re in the process of developing a collective will for our defense.”
Like Carlisle explained, the Mavs have a great attacking unit. All they need to do is improve on the defensive end of the court as well, to make some noise in the postseason.
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