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The San Antonio Spurs have dominated the regular season with a league-leading 57 wins, but even Greg Poppovich knows that the playoffs are drastically different from the regular season.
Tim Duncan's recent injury scare hampers the team, but they should be ready to go for the playoffs.
The Spurs have a number of threats to dethrone them from their No. 1 ranking, but their in-state Texas rivals—the Dallas Mavericks—may end up being the most difficult for them with Dirk Nowitzki leading the way.
In four regular season games, the Spurs have beaten the Mavericks three times.
However, Nowitzki was unavailable for two of those losses.
In two games, Nowitzki has averaged 24.5 points on 73.3 percent shooting, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
It's clear that the Spurs do not have an answer for Nowitzki.
While Duncan is still playing at a high level, he simply is unable to consistently chase Nowitzki out to the perimeter. The same can be said of Antonio McDyess.
DeJuan Blair is undersized and can do little to stop Nowitzki when he pulls up over him for a jumper.
It will take a team defensive effort to stop Nowitzki, and even then, it may not be enough.