Poor Dallas. I had already picked them as the team to fall out of the playoffs and then Dirk gets hurt. As a note I said either Phoenix or Dallas would fall and then Phoenix won their next seven games so I’m stuck with Dallas as my prediction. But Dallas is not looking good at only 1 game ahead of Golden State and only 1 1/2 games ahead of Denver. Tonight they play the Clippers. If they do not win this game I don’t see them being able to stay where they’re at.
Denver and Golden State are going to win more games than they lose, but I’m not sure that Dallas will do the same thing. Dallas and San Antonio are the worst teams in the West’s top 10 in the past ten games. Dallas is 5-5 and San Antonio is 4-6. Most teams only have about 12 games left on their schedule. So if Dallas loses two more games in that stretch than Denver or Golden State they are done for.
Should Avery Johnson be on the chopping block? I say no. He’s done amazing things with this team. I think the fault lies in the trade. If they had gotten Jason Kidd a month earlier they might have been able to do it. And maybe those 12 games will be enough time. But with Dirk out indefinitely (which can mean anything from next week to next season) they are going to have to rely on their bench, but the trade I think hurt them there too. The West is entirely too strong to change the decision maker in mid-stream.