The loss was the Mavs' second in a row, and dropped them to 9-4 on the year.
But it's not time to panic just yet.
In fact, listen up, because I'm only going to say this once:
THE REGULAR SEASON DOESN'T MATTER.
The Mavs won 67 games last year—but that didn't save them when they lost in the first round of the playoffs. All Dallas has to do between now and springtime is keep up with the Joneses near the top of the Western Conference.
So long as we can come together in the second half of the season, we're going to be just fine.
I've had enough of Mavs fans telling me '07-'08 is going to be like the 90s all over again. Shut up, and let Avery Johnson do his thing—because the Phoenix Suns are in the same boat we are.
Oh—and one more thing...
(And please Mavs fans don't hate me for saying this...)
I still want Kobe Bryant in Dallas.
Mark Cuban has nothing to lose. If it costs us Dirk, or Eddie Jones, or Brandon Bass or Jason Terry or Josh Howard—fine.
Kobe's the missing piece. Look at what Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen have done in Boston. If the Mavs can pull off a deal for Kobe, they may just meet the Celtics in the Finals.
And even if Kobe stays put, I'm not ruling out a title run.