After their brutal 2-7 slide amidst nine games in 12 days, the Dallas Mavericks now find themselves winners of three straight, knocking off the San Antonio Spurs 106-99 in one of the most impressive wins of the season for Dallas.
This next stretch will likely shape the postseason expectations for the Mavs, who play 15 of their last 20 games against teams with a .500 winning percentage or better. Throw in the Portland Trail Blazers, who've blown up their roster, fired their coach and sit only two games under that mark, and the number jumps to 17.
Not only will this month likely define the season, but it also might be a precursor to knowing how different the roster might be come summer time. Even though this season is far from over and the Mavs will fight to the end to defend their title, however, it's never to early to get a jump on what the 2012-2013 roster could be.
Since Dwight Howard elected to waive his opt-out clause, the idea of creating a "Big 3" in Dallas with Dirk Nowitzki and Deron Williams came to an end. In honor of Williams' No. 8 jersey number and his decision to test free agency this offseason, here are eight guys Dallas could chase come July. With cap space and a desire to make the biggest splash in franchise history, it could get real interesting, real fast.