Mavericks v. Lakers: Who's No. 2?

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If the Mavs don't win tonight, at least J.J. Barea's got this to look forward to.
The Dallas Mavericks say tonight's showdown against the Los Angeles Lakers isn't a statement game.

The Dallas Mavericks are lying.

Beating the Timberwolves, Warriors, Jazz, Suns and -- last night -- the Clippers doesn't mean diddly poo. If the Mavs don't beat the Lakers tonight at 9:30 in Staples Center it'll mean their critics are right.

Same ol' soft as ever Mavs.

It's the biggest game of the season for a couple of reasons:

*At 53-21, Dallas trails 53-20 L.A. by .5 games in the Western Conference standings. This is their last meeting of the season, and with only eight games remaining a loss would all but secure the Mavs the third seed in the upcoming playoffs. A win would give them a fighting chance for No. 2. (Remember, as the Pacific Division champs L.A. has the automatic tiebreaker edge). The importance is that the No. 2 seed would get home court advantage during a potential second-round matchup.

*Maybe just as important ...

The Mavs need a late-season signature victory.

This season they've beaten the Celtics, Heat, Spurs and Lakers, but all of those came relatively early in the season. More recently Dallas lost at home to San Antonio and the Lakers, 96-91, on March 12. (They beat the Lakers at American Airlines Center on January 19.)

Against the West's top eight teams this season the Mavs are only 2-9 and have lost their last six.

The Lakers have won nine in a row at home, seven in a row at home and are 15-1 since the All-Star break. The Mavs are an NBA-best 27-10 on the road and a remarkable 54-24 away from home the last two seasons, but this would be their biggest road win of the season, if not the last two.

To set up this showdown the Mavs beat the Clippers by six last night thanks to point guard J.J. Barea's fellow Puerto Rico native Zuleyka Rivera, better known as Miss Universe 2006. Barea, who is dating Rivera, scored 16 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Says the diminutive Barea of the seemingly unlikely relationship, "She has NBA League Pass now. She watches our games. It's pretty good, man."


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17 comments
brett
brett

The Mavs are NOT 2-9 against the west's top 8 teams this season. They're 2-9 versus them since Jan. 1 (with many of those coming during their funk when dirk, caron went down).

Richie, if you're going to blatantly steal from espndallas or dallasbasketball.com, at least plagiarize correctly.

Pete
Pete

Get lost fake kergo. The real kergo wouldn't post something that childish or lame.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Senorita mas fina, ay carumba JJ...Probably why he's playing well this year..we shoulda got Damp hooked up with Vanessa Williams when she dumped that dude from OZ...we coulda been contenders I tell ya. (RW needs to hookup with Mr. Universe and he might not suck as bad on the radio/blog, nah, he still would.)

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

I'm a Mavs fan tonight. My Spurs need someone to slow down the Laker blitzkrieg that is happening right now. MFFT! (Mavs fan for tonight!!!)

On a side note, good luck to my fellow Sportatorium Fantasy Baseball players.

kergo
kergo

mmmmmmmmmmmm! me likey, alot. Mav's=Meh.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

What the hell? "The Lakers have won nine in a row at home, seven in a row at home"....Well which is it Richie???!!!

Rooster
Rooster

J.J. Barea's is dating this hot piece and Dirk was engaged to some chick that looked like Erick Dampier in a wig? 1st sign of the apocolypse?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

might want to email or twitter him. He doesn't read this. Too many "personal attacks".

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

good luck to you too, It was nice to set the first lineup of the year, Im sure 3 weeks in ill be bored with it, but isnt Fanatasy baseball supposed to be a work timewaste?

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

lineup has been set...looking forward to the grind of a long season. Playball!

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Poor guy needs an editor. Set a calendar reminder and if you come back in a year, it will still say this. The olive branch was pulled and since that happen he doesn't reread the blog or comments.

Beefcake
Beefcake

Yeah, it's weird that people have different tastes. Like, how can so many people like sushi when I think it's gross? WTF?

gofuhcureself
gofuhcureself

Yeah, what happened to RW participating with us in the comments? What did that last....a week? He should interact with the masses here. Hell, who knows, if he did, he might get one or two more listeners for afternoon drive. On second thought....meh.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Plus it's Thursday, his typical bare-minimum effort day.

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