The high-scoring, high-profile Mavericks are somewhere near the bottom of the standings in the summer league.
If Michael Finley's in a slump, it's been going on for 100 games now, stretching over two seasons.
Although a few minor moves are needed, the Mavs don't have to change their core to win big.
The only guard in the Mavericks-Kings series capable of carrying a team to the next round is Nick Van Exel.
For all the high-priced players the Blazers and Mavs have stockpiled, the series turned on a guy making the minimum.
Ricky Davis is hot. Samaki Walker is not. And the unheralded Michael Finley is the secret behind the Mavs' success.