Keys to Watch as Mavericks Make Playoff Push in Season's 2nd Half

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Keys to Watch as Mavericks Make Playoff Push in Season's 2nd Half
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The Dallas Mavericks are only two seasons removed from winning their first NBA Championship, but the 2012-2013 campaign has been a year unlike any other in the Mark Cuban-Dirk Nowitzki era.  

The Mavericks have a dismal 18-24 record by their standards, but the good news is that they only trail the Houston Rockets by 3.5 games for the 8th seed in the Western Conference. 

Dallas has reached the playoffs for 12 straight seasons, and has exceeded the 50-win mark in every season during their run except for the shortened 66-game season last year.

19 of the remaining 30 games for the Mavericks after the All-Star Break are against current playoff teams, so with a tough schedule ahead, let's break down areas that Dallas needs to excel in to make a 13th consecutive trip to the postseason.

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