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The Mavs Key to Success

Posted By Alexei Wall On Nov 22 2010 @ 9:26 pm In Dallas Mavericks | No Comments

I doubt you will read a lot about this guy, but I believe the Mavs key to success is DeShawn Stevenson with the most important letter being the “D” for defense.

It’s easy to get caught up in the up and down, high flying nature of any game, especially basketball. However, the old axiom (my new favorite word) is ”defense wins championships” and it’s true. The Mavs have done plenty of winning in the regular season for more than a few years and everything you will read from me will have to do with getting to the point of winning a championship. That’s where Stevenson comes in.

Looking at their last two games alone I saw that Stevenson’s lack of minutes in the Chicago game allowed my fellow Memphis alum, Derrick Rose, to score at will on the Mavs to lose 88-83 and increased minutes for Stevenson in the Atlanta game with them winning 98-93. The point being is that defending the 1 and 2 positions in the NBA has become more critical with far fewer true low post players in the league. That’s when Stevenson’s defensive abilities will have to kick in.

It won’t show in the box score as a sexy stat, but Stevenson will have to be the back court stopper at the 1 and 2 positions for the Mavs if they really want a championship. Both conferences possess big time players at those positions and winning at the highest level comes down to getting that critical stop in the last two minutes of the game. That’s what separates the men from the boys and what I will be watching as the season progresses when it comes to the Mavs and you should be too if you want to know how far the Mavs can really go!

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