It's only preseason, but some teams' new studs are playing like duds.
Dirk Nowitzki will have to rediscover his all-star form if the Mavericks are going to be a factor in the playoffs.
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On a Don Nelson team, there are no position battles. In fact, often, there are no point guards, shooting guards or centers.
While Mavs owner Mark Cuban spends to win, the Clippers' Donald Sterling hides behind a payroll full of lies.
Antawn Jamison, just traded to Dallas, will give the Mavs the rebounding presence they so desperately need.
Although a few minor moves are needed, the Mavs don't have to change their core to win big.
The Mavericks have been overlooked the entire season but proved worthy championship contenders.
In the playoffs, Mavs' opponents have gone to the free-throw line much more than they did in the regular season.
As the Mavs battle the Kings, Mark Cuban is trying to decide if coach Don Nelson is part of Dallas' future plans.
For all the high-priced players the Blazers and Mavs have stockpiled, the series turned on a guy making the minimum.
While the Lakers and Jazz will lean heavily on playoff experience, for the Spurs and Mavs -- much of it will be sitting on the bench.
Tim Duncan is hot. Austin Croshere is not. And the Mavs' season has been filled with both good and bad streaks.
The Mavs are still the league leaders in margin of victory, but they've been nothing but mediocre in their last 12 games.