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Mavs focused on finishing games

Dallas looking more and more like a contender, but team knows it still has a tough path

Updated: February 24, 2011, 10:49 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The trades of Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams to Eastern Conference teams this week started a false rumor that entered into the conversation about the Dallas Mavericks.

Suddenly, their playoff path -- with two superstars jettisoned -- was much clearer.

Excuse me, but when did a berth in the Western Conference finals go through Denver or Utah? The way things had been shaking out, a first-round meeting against either team was highly possible. If Dallas is who it thinks it ...

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