March 28, 2013 Leave a comment
The Mavericks are inexplicably 1.5 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the West with 11 games to go.
A healthy and effective Dirk is easily the biggest reason for the Mavs’ resurgence and 9-3 record during the past 12 games, but Mike James’ emergence as a reliable perimeter option has also played a huge role. James, who took over the starting job from Darren Collison 12 games ago (not a coincidence), hasn’t shot lights out this season or even specifically during this 12-game run, but he’s shooting very well from certain areas on the floor that align with where Dirk likes his shooters to go. Ironically, James’ most effective areas are as odd as the ones Dirk dominates. The two players who make up what’s probably the most unlikely tandem in the league have actually brought out the best in each other.