“The problem is that the West is tougher,” Dirk said. “All eight teams in the West are teams that won 50 games. That says a lot about the West. Anybody can beat anybody. There wouldn’t be any upsets. That’s how deep the West is.”
In ’06, there were only three 50-win teams in the West. Once the Mavs made it past San Antonio, they were clearly the class of the conference.
Four years later, the Mavs believe they’ve got a better team, but the path through the playoffs will be much rougher.