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Game 47: Mavs at Rockets

While they admit that adjustments must be made after suffering their first three-game losing streak of the season, the Dallas Mavericks say they’re not ready to hit the panic button just yet.

Playing the third outing during a stretch of five games in seven days, the Mavericks (30-16) will try to end their recent skid Wednesday night in a second matchup of the season against the Houston Rockets. But, after falling to a 109-90 defeat on their home floor Tuesday night against Memphis, the Mavs admit that making the necessary adjustments on the fly will certainly be difficult while trying to avenge a 95-92 loss in their first visit to Toyota Center back on Nov. 22.

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What To Watch For: Mavs vs. Grizzlies

It’s been a week and a day since the Mavs and Grizzlies have played each other, which in NBA years is both a lifetime and a blink of an eye.

One week ago today, the Mavericks were reveling in their best victory of the season, a hard-fought, well-earned win in Memphis, the type of signature win that can propel a lengthy span of awesome play. Dallas was just half a game out of second place in the Western Conference after the following game, a blowout victory in Minnesota last Wednesday.

Since then, though the Mavericks have dropped two straight heartbreakers. It’s crazy how things can change so quickly in this league. The win in Memphis seems like it happened ages ago, doesn’t it?

Regardless of what’s happened since that game, a win tonight would rekindle the same type of infectious optimism that was present after Dallas claimed a 103-95 victory on the Grizzlies’ own floor. Nothing is better than winning, and a win tonight would not only end the Mavs’ brief two-game losing streak, but also bring the team to within 1.5 games of second place in the West. Currently Dallas sits sixth place in the West, but just 2.5 games separate teams 2-6. It’s a wild seeding race this season, and therefore every win counts. This one would be huge, there’s no doubt about it.

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Game 46: Mavs vs. Grizzlies

Having shown the ability to respond to adversity all season long, the Dallas Mavericks will face another daunting task Tuesday night as they try to avoid their first three-game losing streak.

Falling to consecutive losses against Chicago and New Orleans by a combined seven points, the Mavericks (30-15) will now continue a jam-packed week of games with a third Southwest Division showdown against the Memphis Grizzlies. And after evening the season series against the Grizzlies (32-12) at 1-1 with last Monday’s 103-95 road win, the Mavs will attempt to inch closer in the race for the division crown as the scene shifts to American Airlines Center.

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Why Monta Ellis is on Charlie Villanueva’s all-star ballot

Que pasa mi gente! Getting back into the groove of writing and since last week they announced the All-Star starters and we are less than a week away from hearing who the reserves will be. I want to throw something out there: Monta Ellis deserves to be in New York City! It is an honor to be in the All-Star game and although I have never played in the actual NBA All-Star game, in the past, I have participated in the Rookie/Sophmore game. To be recognized for your craft, for your passion, and in this case your job is a tremendous honor. And honestly every year I feel like a few guys get “snubbed”. And I didn’t even realize until I started thinking about this post, about how Monta has never been elected to the All-Star game…SMH.

The beauty of our team is that it isn’t one guy, it is truly a team effort, a fine balance. Our team, from management to the coaching staff to the players, are crazy hype about how good we are, how much we can improve, and what that means come April, May and June. This isn’t about me (I still have a long way to go) but this is my first real chance in my entire pro career to: 1) play in the playoffs (more on that on a near future post), and 2) making a serious deep run to that title.

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Mavs will look to be better late in order to get back on track against Memphis

It was a signature road win at Memphis that sparked a surge earlier in the month of January for the Dallas Mavericks. Now, the Mavericks (30-15) hope another victory Tuesday night over the Southwest Division rival Grizzlies (31-12) will lead to the same surge up the standings as the scene shifts to American Airlines Center.

Following two tightly-contested losses last Friday at home against Chicago and on the road Sunday in New Orleans, the Mavericks now sit two games back of the Grizzlies in the race for the division crown. But, after drawing even in the season series last week, the Mavs will look to get back on track with a much-needed win on their home floor against a quality opponent.

Avenging a 114-105 defeat on the road back on Dec. 9, the Mavs scratched and clawed before outlasting the Grizzlies en route to a 103-95 victory last Monday. However, with the Grizzlies out for revenge as the two teams jockey for playoff positioning, the Mavs expect yet another dogfight Tuesday while trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.

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Game 45: Mavs at Pelicans

Unable to complete a late rally Friday night to come up just short against the Chicago Bulls at home, the Dallas Mavericks will now once again try to get back on track Sunday on the road.

Despite staging a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter Friday night, the Mavericks (30-14) would fall to a 102-98 defeat to end their three-game win streak. And after converting the Bulls’ 24 turnovers into 32 points at the other end of the floor, the Mavs can credit their loss to a 47-30 disadvantage in the rebounding department.

With that said, the Mavs may need to correct their rebounding issues in order to continue their recent dominance over the Southwest Division rival New Orleans Pelicans in a matinee matchup on Sunday.

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What To Watch For: Mavs vs. Bulls

This Mavs/Bulls matchup is one where an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, but the roles are reversed. In this instance, it’s the Dallas defense that won’t budge, and it’s the Bulls’ offense that’s unstoppable. Weird, huh?

The tables have certainly turned since the last time these two teams met, when Dallas boasted the best offense in the league by far and the Bulls were still considered an elite, defense-first squad. Make no mistake, though: Both teams can play at both ends of the floor. But consider that since Rajon Rondo’s debut on Dec. 20, the Bulls are sixth in offensive efficiency and the Mavericks are sixth in defensive efficiency. During that same time frame, the Bulls have dipped to 16th in defense while the Mavs have hovered just below Chicago in seventh place offensively.

The clubs aren’t necessarily experiencing an identity crisis of any kind. Just the opposite, actually: Chicago’s Achilles heel over the years has been the inability to score, and that’s only been worsened by heavy injuries, primarily to now-healthy superstar Derrick Rose. The Bulls solved this issue by signing Pau Gasol, who’s starting for the East in the All-Star Game.

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Game 44: Mavs vs. Bulls

Returning from an unbeaten two-game road trip with plenty of confidence, the Dallas Mavericks admit they’ll have to remain on an even keel Friday night while welcoming in a Chicago Bulls team that’s eager to avenge a previous loss.

Capturing a 103-95 win Monday in Memphis, the Mavericks (30-13) didn’t suffer any slippage two nights later while storming through the Western Conference-worst Minnesota Timberwolves en route to a 98-75 win. However, with the Bulls (28-16) coming to town and seeking retribution for the Mavs’ 132-129 double-overtime win in Chicago back on Dec. 2, the Dallas team anticipates finding itself in a dogfight as the scene shifts to American Airlines Center.

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The Mavs are coming through in the clutch

The Mavs have been money when it’s mattered this season.

Dallas has played in “clutch” situations (final five minutes with a differential either way of five points or less) in 22 of the club’s 43 games this season for a total of 90 minutes. Only eight teams in the NBA have sweated it out for more minutes than the Mavericks this season, and none of them have performed better than Dallas in those situations.

In fact, not many teams in the league can make that claim, if any at all. The only team in the league with a higher net rating in clutch situations is the Golden State Warriors, currently first place in the Western Conference, but they’ve played just 31 clutch minutes all season, fewest in the NBA and 28 fewer than 29th-place Philadelphia. The Mavs’ 35.3 net rating is the envy of the league’s 28 other teams, and it’s a huge driving force behind the team’s record: Dallas is 16-6 in the 22 clutch games this season.

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