The All-Star break can't come soon enough for the Mavs, who are mostly treading water in this week's rankings, with two rankers keeping them right where they are and two others only moving them down one. Rankers this week mostly liked Chandler Parsons' emergence of late (don't we all love that?) and noted the still tough stretch ahead with the Heat, Grizzlies and Spurs all still on deck (after Monday's loss to the Hawks.)
These rankings do not reflect Monday's loss to the Hawks, and as always, you can read the full ranks for any site by clicking "what they said." Let us know what you think of their thoughts and ranks in the comments!
This week: 10 Last week: 13
Can't remember the last stat in circulation that has made us feel older (and sadder) than hearing 1997 was the last time we saw an All-Star Game without Dirk Nowitzki or Tim Duncan. Dirk's corner J to beat the Lakers was his 12th go-ahead FG within the final three seconds of the fourth quarter or OT over the past 20 seasons, tying him with Kobe and Melo for tops in the league in that span.
This week: 10 Last week: 7
Chandler Parsons has hit his stride, and that helps their dynamic a lot. The Mavs are going to be a pain to deal with the in the first round.
This week: 16 Last week: 15
The weakness of the West beyond the top six teams has allowed the Mavs to be cautious with Dirk Nowitzki, who has sat out five of the team's last 15 games. Dallas is 4-2 without him for the season, even getting a win over Phoenix on Sunday with Chandler Parsons -- who had shot 25-for-43 from 3-point range over his previous seven games -- having an off night. Tougher opponents are coming this week.
This week: 10 Last week: 10
These guys are set for what could be a telltale week, with the Hawks, Heat, Spurs and Grizzlies on deck. It's the final stretch of a hectic 22 games in roughly five weeks. Splitting the week would keep Dallas six games over .500, exactly where it started -- and that should be considered a positive for this grizzled group.
This week: 11 Last week: 10
Zaza Pachulia might be this team's MVP
This week: 13 Last week: 13
Well played by Dallas on Sunday, getting the win over the lowly Suns while resting Dirk Nowitzki (something Rick Carlisle has done more recently). The schedule gets tougher this week with the Hawks, Heat, Spurs, and Grizzlies on the docket.