I have been MIA this past week. Craziest work week of my life. I haven't watched a Mavs game in almost 2 weeks. Last night, I only saw the final 27 seconds of overtime, though they were a great 27 seconds.
I am hoping that work settles down, and that I can begin to let the Mavs take over my life like usual. By the way, who knew the Hawks were so good? Continue reading to see the roundup of rankings.ESPN.com (Marc Stein) - 7th - The latest indefinite loss of Josh Howard and their wasted chance to beat short-handed San Antonio were undeniable setbacks. But the Mavs will take that 7-3 mark given how up-and-down they've been. Gladly.
John Hollinger - 5th - Hollinger's number crunching power rankings debut this week. No comments, but the Hawks are ranked #1.
SI.com - 9th - Their 3-1 week was overshadowed by news that Josh Howard would be sidelined indefinitely as he continues to recover from offseason ankle surgery. Howard missed the start of the season and then played three games before deciding he needed more time to rehab. Rookie Rodrigue Beaubois (6-for-6, 14 points in Sunday's victory at Detroit) has started the last two games at shooting guard in place of Howard.
NBA.com - 10th - Pace: 95.0 (14), Off: 104.0 (15), Def: 96.7 (5) - With Josh Howard back on the shelf, it's going to take a while before we know how good the Mavs are. We do know that they're improved defensively and that Roddy Beaubois is pretty fun to watch when he gets going like he did in Sunday's win in Detroit.
Ball Don't Lie Twitter Top 10 - 3rd - Dirk Nowitzki is a bad, bad man. Get ready for the Beaubois hype, he's earned it. 3 straight wins on the road.
HoopsWorld.com - 5th - Dallas hasn't faced any elite competition since beating the Lakers on November 30th (other than the 4-4 Spurs). The Mavs don't face a top ten team until the 28th in Cleveland on the second night of a back-to-back.
DimeMag.com - 6th - Dirk Nowitzki deserves just as much early MVP talk as ‘Melo, Wade, Nash, Kobe, LeBron of whoever else is on your list. He's putting up 25.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Oregonian - 9th - Keep an eye on Roddy Beaubois.
San Antonio Express News- 9th - Anger management: Carlisle kicks a table, Dirk takes offense at Wolves trash talk
FoxSports.com - 9th - Josh Howard's latest injury setback puts a damper on strong start by Dirk and Co.