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The Morning After

In-depth followups on important, interesting or intriguing Mavs games.

The Mavericks don’t need to apologize for how they won Game 5 against the Clippers

In the playoffs, "winning ugly" doesn’t matter.

The Mavericks showcased the blueprint for how they can win with this team in the playoffs

Sure, it might require Luka to be amazing, but he almost always is.

Jalen Brunson has been really good and it’s time to talk about it

The Mavericks third year guard might be their second best player this season.

When Luka Doncic is this good, the Mavericks are unbeatable

Doncic has taken his defense to another level the last week or so and the Mavericks are a different, better team for it.

Take a deep breath — the Mavericks are OK

After a terrible 0-2 start to the season, the Mavericks reminded everyone, including probably themselves, about how good of a team they can really be.

The Mavericks follow the lead of their star, for better and worse

In the NBA, you’re only as good as your star. So when Luka Doncic started cold against the Suns, the Mavericks followed suit.

Dwight Powell’s injury is devastating in every way imaginable

On the court, off the court — every way you slice it, the Powell injury is a gut punch.

When Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are on, the Mavericks look unbeatable

The third quarter was a scintillating preview of what damage the Mavericks can do when their two young stars are hot at the same time.

The Mavericks might have figured out the group they want to ride with

After mixing and matching lineups all season, Dallas has settled in with rotation that feels sustainable.

The Mavericks showed that they can play good defense, for one night at least

Maxi Kleber shut down Pascal Siakam, but the entire team contributed to the defensive effort.

The Mavericks are stealing games they don’t deserve and it’s awesome

Dallas escaped with another ugly win, which is something they have to do now if they want to be a playoff team.

The Mavericks stars cover a lot of warts

Dallas didn’t play a particularly strong game against OKC, but their two stars can set a high floor.

Luka Doncic has it and the Mavericks are going to be OK

The Mavs prized rookie has stones, man.

The Mavericks have to crawl before they can walk

After an off-season of hype and raised expectations, the reality of a still-rebuilding team slapped the Mavericks in the face on opening night.

The Mavericks wish they were the Rockets

Houston pulled off the non-tanking rebuild Dallas pined for, plus other notes.

Dirk being Dirk trumps everything

If the face of the Mavericks wants to turn back the clock, the tank can stay on hold.

Dennis Smith Jr. took the next step in the Mavericks’ second win

The Mavericks didn’t necessarily show their blueprint to winning games in the future, but Smith showed another gear.

The Mavericks looking fun and competent isn’t that hard

Dallas gets its first win of the season behind what should be an easy and simple formula.

The Mavericks offense is offensive

Dallas is in a helluva rut, desperately miss Nerlens Noel and other notes from the loss to Toronto

The Mavericks are dynamic and fun as hell

Dallas looked young, athletic and energized as they took down the hottest team in the league.

The Mavericks have dug a hole too deep to climb out of

Dallas is a different team since the new year, but the comeback might just be too insurmountable — and more notes.

Dirk Nowitzki still creating new memories

The Mavericks’ franchise cornerstone isn’t done being a stone-cold killer, and more notes.

The Mavericks detonated at the worst possible time

Dallas had been so good for over a month and finally collapsed to the mean in violent fashion against Denver, plus more notes.

Yogi Ferrell is smarter than the average D-League call up

The Mavericks keep being fun thanks to their new 10-day contract sensation and other notes from the big upset.

The Mavericks found another gem in Seth Curry

Dallas has polished another cast-off into gold, a bad loss to a bad team, Goran Dragic showed what could have been and more notes.

The Mavericks playoffs chase is over

Dallas can’t take advantage of a soft schedule, Andrew Bogut needs to go, Harrison Barnes is great and more notes.

Mavericks offense stays woke against Wizards

Dallas is now 5-4 in their last nine games so naturally everyone is panicking. Good games from the young (ish) guys against a tough Washington team.