By: Malaika Bobino
Oakland, CA – The defending champs are fighting for a good position in the Western Conference standings. Missing majority of the key players that helped in their success last season, the Dallas Mavericks continue to try to move up from the sixth spot they maintain.
“We’re trying to move up and that’s our goal,” said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. “We control our own destiny and you do that by winning. Being good offensively and taking care of the ball.”
Tonight they faced the Golden State Warriors and won 112-103 before continuing on their 4-game road trip. The Warriors didn’t provide much defense and were down by as much as 19 points before they rallied back for the loss.
Dallas looked good on both offense and defense. It’s a tough road ahead but their only priority is to win and focus on the playoffs. With seven games left in the season they can only hope to they play their best basketball. Otherwise it doesn’t matter who they play first in the playoffs.
“It’s so much parity this year in the West, the teams at the top have been the better teams all year,” Carlisle said. “The thing is get there and give yourself a chance.”
“This is what it’s all about, ” said Jason Kidd. “We got seven games left and we want a good position. Going into the post season we just want to play our best basketball, this what we did two years ago to win the NBA Championship.”