5 Players Who Must Step Up for Dallas Mavericks' Remaining Games

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5 Players Who Must Step Up for Dallas Mavericks' Remaining Games
Jason DeCrow/Associated Press
In a frantic race for a playoff spot, there are certain Mavericks who need to step up down the stretch.

One year ago, this Dallas Mavericks squad looked relatively hopeless. Though they were competing for a playoff spot, the team was in limbo. It was an organization in transition, and the Mavs looked more like a bunch of individual players than a cohesive team.

Fast-forward a year, and the franchise seems revived. The pieces fit better, the team plays with more life, and best of all, the Mavericks have the record of a bona fide playoff team.

But in this hypercompetitive Western Conference, Dallas cannot be complacent. The team needs to take their game up a notch to assure themselves of a playoff spot. And they specifically need to look to five players for a boost down the stretch.

They may be guys who need to improve, or guys who the Mavs can't afford to lose. Bottom line: They are the players to watch as Dallas chases a spot in the playoffs.

 

 

All statistics, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com.

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