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More than ever, Dallas Mavericks finding that Nowitzki is a most valuable player | DMN
it's a darn good thing Nowitzki has played MVP-caliber basketball through the season's first two months. If not, the Mavericks wouldn't be atop the Southwest Division and perched behind the Los Angeles Lakers with the second-best record in the Western Conference. "He's having a hell of a year," Shawn Marion said. "When you're talking MVP, what do you determine it from? Wins? Right. Points? Yeah. So I guess he's got to be there. "He's quietly doing what he does to take care of business. And there's nothing wrong with that."

Marion must take what he gets offensively | ESPNDallas
"I’ve just got to stay after it," Marion said. "That’s it. That’s what I’m getting. I’ve got to take what’s there for me. "At the same time, there’s nothing I can do about that. Right now, I’m just trying to do what I can on both ends for this team. The opportunities I get, I’ve got to capitalize on them. It’s hard. It ain’t easy, but it is what it is."

Thursday Mavs Donuts: Wrapped In Baby Seal Skin |
We keep hearing (and we keep saying ourselves) that Jason Terry is going to bust out of this. But I've got him down now for a nine-game slump. (He can't hit a bull's ass with a bass fiddle, right, Rick?) The Mavs keep scrambling for that consistent second scorer, they keep assuming it's Jet and it's a real problem because this team's second-leading scorer has reached his average just once in nine games. Which of course, means his "average'' keeps slipping toward "below average.'' Nine games? We're talking about one-ninth of the season. ... and counting.