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November 24, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Tim MacMahon

Tim MacMahon
  (3:01 PM)

A game against the Warriors doesn't exactly have the same feel as it did a couple of seasons ago, but this still ought to be an exciting week in Mavsland. Shawn Marion is questionable for tonight's game and Erick Dampier could also be returning soon. On to the questions ...

Mike S (CT)

Tim, things look good for the Mavs right now thanks to their hot start and the other teams out west all showing early indications of exploitable flaws. However, do you think that such a veteran team will be able to stay fresh enough to make it through the 100 or so games needed to go deep in the playoffs?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:04 PM)

Old legs actually aren't as big of a concern once the playoffs start, because there aren't any more back-to-backs. The Mavs obviously haven't played well in those situations so far this season. The question is whether the Mavs will be healthy when they need to be. They've had all sorts of health problems, and the season is young. They need Josh Howard and Shawn Marion to be active impact players to have a legitimate chance to be a serious threat in the West.

Justin (DA)

Did u c the daily dime on espn.com/nba? N if you did leg had the mavs at number 2 in the playoff seeding. Do you think the mavs can go as high as 2 and can the spurs miss the playoffs?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:06 PM)

I have a very hard time envisioning a scenario in which the Spurs miss the playoffs. As far as the Mavs taking the second seed, why not? That's where they are right now, and I think the Mavs could be at the top of the pack of teams after the Lakers when everything shakes out. The Mavs are 10-3 and haven't really played well yet. On the other hand, their schedule so far has been pretty soft.

Justin (Dallas)

Hey Tim, is it just me, or do the Mavericks seem to have an astronomical number of back to backs this season? That's not exactly fair scheduling, not to mention the fact that having so many days off in between games must throw off the team's rhythm.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:07 PM)

To be honest, I'd have to look at the Mavs' schedule to see how many back-to-backs that they have. It isn't something that I've heard anybody at the AAC complain about, though.

Austin (Arlington, TX)

I am really hoping this team can just get healthy. If they do that, they can compete with anyone. If there is a deal to be made at the deadline and they are playing well, do you do the deal? (i.e. trade dampier, Howard, etc.)

Tim MacMahon
  (3:10 PM)

If the Mavs continue to win, I don't think they'll make a blockbuster deal. If they do pull the trigger on such a trade, I think Josh Howard will be their best bait. He's essentially an expiring contract because of the team option for next season. Erick Dampier's trade value will be highest in the summer, so it'd have to be a no-brainer deal for the Mavs to move him during the season. My best guess is that the Mavs don't move any rotation players before the deadline, but they'll shop for bargains with sitting-at-home Shawne Williams' $2.4 million expiring deal.

tc (Miami, FL)

Mavs are looking better than ever. Very Aggressive too !!! Do you think this is the year they could make it to the Finals

Tim MacMahon
  (3:11 PM)

Um ... they made the Finals a few years ago. Played in Miami, as a matter of fact. As far as their Finals chances this year go, hard to see anybody but the Lakers getting out of the West unless things really go wrong in LA.

Michael (Dallas)

How long until Barea is only getting 10 minutes a game and Roddy is getting the 20 that Barea is use to? Please tell me Roddy will be ready in time for the playoffs.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:14 PM)

I thought Beaubois might earn Rick Carlisle's crunchtime trust after he shut down Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings in OT, but Barea was back out there for the fourth quarter the next game. At some point, I think Beaubois will get the SG minutes that have gone to Barea. But I think Barea will remain the backup PG for the rest of this season. The Mavs see Beaubois as the PG of the future, but if he's going to learn how to play PG on the job, it'll be in the D-League.

Mark Cuban (I'm ON A BOAT!)

Tim - do you think me owning another professional franchise will take away from what should be my first priority, which is getting the Mavs a championship?

Tim MacMahon
  (3:15 PM)

I don't see that as a concern. Cuban already owns several other business, and he makes plenty of time for the Mavs. The best thing about Cuban is that he trusts his basketball people, such as Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle, to do their jobs. He listens to what they have to say and then weighs finances, etc. before making the final decision. But it's not like Cuban is traveling overseas to scout Roddy Beaubois himself.

Tim MacMahon
  (3:16 PM)

Folks, hectic day for me, so I've gotta cut this short. You ought to save your good questions for tomorrow anyway. Donnie Nelson will pop on ESPNDallas.com for a chat at about 1:30 Wednesday. Also, check out our coverage from Mavs-Warriors tonight.