ATTENTION: THE MAVS ARE WINNING AGAIN. Good news/bad news time: none of those wins this past week have been against "quality" teams, Rajon Rondo is hurt, Devin Harris is hurt. But! Wins are wins no matter who they are against, and the Mavs have a nice little three game streak going.
The Mavs have moved down a tad bit in most rankings this week, with most seeming to be concerned about both the qualities of the wins and the Rondo injury. A reminder, these rankings do not reflect last night's win over the Timberwolves.
What say you, Moneyballers? Let us here you in the comments, and as always, you can read the full rankings for each site by clicking on "what they said."
This Week: 9 Last Week: 7
Dallas needed an 11-point fourth quarter from Charlie Villanueva to pull away from the Miami Heat. Worse, Rajon Rondo took a knee to the face from Richard Jefferson and is expected to miss a good deal of time
This Week: 10 Last Week: 8
Guard Rajon Rondo has an orbital fracture in his left eye and a nasal fracture and is out indefinitely.
This Week: 8 Last Week: 8
The Mavericks have one of the league's best point differentials. All their advanced metrics look great, as does their overall record. But they are 2-10 vs. Western Conference playoff teams. They are good enough to make the playoffs, but they need extremely favorable matchups to make a run once there, and those matchups aren't evident.
This Week: 9 Last Week: 8
Of the 11 teams playing .600-or-better basketball, only one will have no one in the All-Star Game: Dallas. The Mavs, meanwhile, are 13-8 since acquiring Rajon Rondo, scoring seven points per 100 possessions fewer in that span but allowing 4.5 points fewer per 100 possessions.
This Week: 11 Last Week: 9
For just the second time in 14 years, Dirk Nowitzki will not take part in the All-Star Game. The Mavs star is averaging less than 30 minutes for the first time since his rookie season, but is just as efficient as ever. His shooting percentages and numbers per 36 minutes are right in line with his career averages. Dallas will gladly take proficient over prolific.