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SBNation.com: Why you should root for the Mavericks in the playoffs

I make the case for rooting for Dallas in the playoffs this year, and it's more than just because they have Caron, Brendan and DeShawn. If you're not convinced, my wonderful girlfriend, who is not a basketball fan, is also pulling for the Mavs. Here are her thoughts. I don't know anything about basketball. Who knows what the difference is between a charge and a block anyways? But after doing some research to determine which team I should provide my undying support to this postseason, I have thrown my support behind the Dallas Mavericks and you should too. Here's my main reasons why: 1. Strong Supporting Cast: Dirk is the same great Dirk, but this year he's surrounded by a more athletic and talented cast. The additions of Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood provide the Mavs with weapons that they have previously lacked in their earlier playoff runs. Butler appears to be healthy after suffering a hip injury but posted 20 points in a win over the Spurs. The bench of Haywood, Deshawn Stevenson, and Jason Terry provides great depth and solid threats. 2. Jason Kidd as an offensive threat: In addition to his ability to find the open man, Jason Kidd has become a much more prolific scoring threat. In the final thirty games after the All Star Break, in which Kidd played 29, he posted 21 double-figure games and hit for at least 12 points nine times. Not coincidentally, the Mavs went 23-7 after the break, including a 13-game winning streak. Kidd has also nailed threes at a greater than 42% clip - burning teams for double teaming Dirk. 3. Mark Cuban says so GO MAVS (Oh, and if you want to read the cases for every other team, go here).

Playoff rumbings

Some assorted thoughts on this year's playoffs: The Wright Pick: Whenever I watch New Orleans play, I can't help but be intrigued by the play of Julian Wright.  Coming into the playoffs, the...

If we’re going to pull out this series, we’re going to need a miracle. We’re going to have to dig...

If we’re going to pull out this series, we’re going to need a miracle. We’re going to have to dig. We’re going to have to play big. Everyone is going to have to bring their A games. We can’t have no let downs now. It’s one of those things where we’re going into the lion’s den. That arena is going to be ready for us. They’re going to bring out the boo birds and call us every name you can possibly think of. They’re going to boo us from tip-off until the end of the game. For us to silence that crowd, we’re going to have to get out to a quick start and try to get up big to get the fans out of it a little.

Gilbert Arenas' Latest Blog Entry Will the Wizards come out aggressive with a chip on their shoulder, especially considering that LeBron has deemed the series over? Or will they revert to their selfish ways of game 2?
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