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Mavs' only playoff option is just get in

If team takes care of business at home, schedule should allow rest before playoffs

Updated: April 18, 2012, 11:42 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

The Dallas Mavericks' last two road losses have put the remaining four games and postseason in clear focus and have taken this 66-game season full circle to what owner Mark Cuban has preached from the start: Just get in.

It's the only option left.

A top seed was lost long ago and now it's either sixth, seventh or eighth and then go for broke. The defending champs, revamped edition, will start the playoffs on the road. They'll enter as heavy underdogs against the Thunder, Spurs, Lakers ...

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