Dallas Could Miss The Playoffs
The acquisition of Jason Kidd was viewed by many as the final piece to solidifying Dallas’ status as one of the elite teams in the NBA, yet things aren’t falling place and it’s possible they could fail to make the playoffs.
Since the Mavericks acquired Kidd they have gone a pathetic 4-5 while losing precious ground in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Heck, Dallas has the worst record of all three teams based out of Texas. Thanks to a 17-game win streak Houston has now surged ahead of them in the standings and has a chance to secure home court advantage in the playoffs while San Antonio has the top record in the conference.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Are things in such dire straights in Dallas that they will miss the playoffs? It’s doubtful.
Is it possible? Yes, at this point anyone in the West could miss the playoffs and as a seventh seed Mavericks fans should be worried about their team.
Take a quick look at the standings and you’ll see Dallas has sunk to seventh in Western Conference with Golden State one game behind and Denver, the ninth seed, only two games behind. Part of this recent three-game losing streak can easily be attributed to the team suffering through some growing pains as they adjust to playing with Kidd, but with such a small gap between top dog in the west and failing to make the playoffs, Dallas has to be careful they don’t find themselves sitting at home when the playoffs commence in a month.
Last season Dallas had the best record in the NBA yet this season they appear to be fighting for a spot in the playoffs. After being bounced in the first round of the playoffs last spring the Mavericks are poised to be the laughing stock of the NBA for the second straight season if they fail to make the playoffs this season after mortgaging their future to acquire Kidd.
How amazing would it be if Dallas went from top record in the league last season and then after adding Kidd missed the playoffs?
I’m not going to lie, if this went down I would be sporting a grin from ear-to-ear.
Jason Kidd Photo Credit: Icon SMI