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April 19, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Chuck Cooperstein

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:02 PM)

Hey there. Nice to be with you after a big win that pretty much means 12 years and running for the Mavs in the playoffs. Took a little longer than usual to get there, but they're there, and that is all THEY have asked for since this lockout shortened season began

Wallace (Fort Worth)

I could see the Mavs going out in the 1st round or potentially making it to the Finals.... Agree with that opinion? Just not sure what we are gonna get come playoff time. Also what is the biggest concern going into the p/o's: rebounding, offense, or something else?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:04 PM)

Anything is clearly possible with this team. The offense is the best it's been all year, but the defense, especially the 3 point defense, has sprung some leaks. But the biggest issue will be defensive rebounding. They've simply got to get better at it regardless of the opponent

Maniesh (New York)

What is the feeling in the Mavs locker room? Do they believe they can win it all? Last season, no one thought that except for them.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:05 PM)

They're feeling a lot better about themselves over the last few games, and it does coincide with the decision to remove Lamar Odom from the team. And you can see that they are playing with grit and a little fire in their belly. last night vs the Rockets was a pretty good example of that

Lawrence (Toronto, Canada)

What are the odds that we see Terry in a Mavs uniform next season?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:06 PM)

I would say about 30%

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:07 PM)

All depends on JET. How much of a cut is he willing to take. Because he is going to have to take a cut

Lawrence (Toronto, Canada)

Who would be the better match-up for Dallas come playoffs: Thunder or Lakers?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:10 PM)

No doubt, it would be OKC. Mavs match up much better with them. Lakers interior size is a huge issue. Unless the Mavericks shoot like they did against LA last year, it would be hard to see them winning the series. OKC has a ton of pressure on them. They are expected to get to the Finals, and anything but that will be regarded as a huge disappointment. They are no longer the nice cuddly kids. How will they respond to pressure?

Mama Williams (Dallas, TX)

Hey Coop!! How confident are you that the Mavericks can bring my boy D-Will back home?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:10 PM)

Mama-- There goes that boy...your boy, right back to Dallas

Ela Ianchis (Seattle)

Hi,I listen to Mavs games on my laptop,I live in the Nortwest and don't have access to FSSouthwest.Just wanted to say "Thank you" for the amazing job you are doing,you make me feel like I have courtside seats to my favorite team's games!Keep up the good work!

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:12 PM)

You are kind...Thank you!

Jeff Gatlin (Solana Beach)

Mavericks have been planning a run at getting Dwight Howard, but his story seems less about being a great player and more about being spoiled brat. Should Dallas, being a very team oriented 'earn your minutes' ball club, continue to pursue such a self-centered player?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:14 PM)

In a word...Yes. It's not unusual for people to tire of a situation and want to move on. He's the best player at the hardest position in the NBA to fill. He's a game changer. You want him on your team, His Wilt-like FT shooting nonwithstanding.

Nick (KY)

Do you think Vince will close out games come playoff time, or do you think Marion will get the nod? Is there any way the two could see time together on the floor in crunch time?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:16 PM)

All depends on what type of game is out there. The last two nights, the Mavs have needed some explosive offense. And Carter has been able to deliver that. There are other games where you're going to have to lock it down, and that's where Marion comes in. As an old boss of mine always told me, "It's all about options, buddy."

jv74 (Denver)

Cuban said all year the Mavs just needed to make the playoffs and be healthy....and as it turns out, they are as healthy as they have been all year and should be the most rested team in the west going into the playoffs (especially if the top 4 seeds battle for seeding until the last game). How much of an advantage does that give the Mavs versus a first round opponent??

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:18 PM)

The 4 days rest is going to be huge, and if the playoffs are assured as a result of play tomorrow night (Or even tonight if the Hornets can beat the Rockets in NO) don't be surprised to see a skeletal crew play that game in Chicago on Saturday. That would pretty much give everyone five days off before tuning up in Atlanta and then playing whoever in the playoffs

tyler (dallas)

you skipped my question and responded to Ela in seattle's compliment.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:19 PM)

Because I basically answered your question in an earlier post

Robert (Dallas)

Enough questions about free agents, and what the Mavs are going to do in the off-season. The time to defend the title is here. What are your thoughts about how the team is looking a week away from the playoffs?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:20 PM)

I think they're as confident as they've been all year. They feel better about wher they are and where they're going, even if the record hasn't always reflected that. I think they're rounding into form to make a spirited defense of their title

Shawn (Arlington)

So Jet is gone next year.What about Delonte? Besides the ear probing thing, he has been a great pickup. What are the odds he returns next year.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:21 PM)

I think West could wind up being a little too expensive. He's had an exceptional year.

Jacob (Arlington)

People always seem to get crazy about which matchups are better. I would like to fall to number 7 or 8 and play either OKC or SA. Knock one of them out in the first round and all bets are off. Am I crazy?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:22 PM)

Would rather see OKC than SA, but ultimately, you're going to have to play a bunch of really good teams to get to where you want to go.

Brett (Victory Park)

What do you think the odds are that the Mavs are hosting the Larry O Brien Trophy again in 2 months? Who do you pick to actually win it all?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:30 PM)

I think their rebounding issues are going to eventually grab them. San Antonio is my pick right now. Love the blend of youth and experience, and their ability to play any style well. having said that, the Mavericks are the only team in the West to have defeated San Antonio twice this season

Rick (DAL)

Dallas should get their first round pick back, right?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:32 PM)

Right now, that would be the case

Jason (Houston)

do you see, is it possible, to maybe go after Batum or Asik as well as Deron during the offseason?

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:33 PM)

I don't think so on Batum, he's going to be paid. He's had a terrific year. Don't know about Asik. Don't really see him as anything more than a backup. A good backup, mind you. I guess it would depend on how much it would cost to get him.

Chuck Cooperstein
  (4:34 PM)

We'll stop it right there. Thanks for the questions and the talk. We'll visit on radio tomorrow night for the Mavs and Warriors and then back here next Thursday on the final day of the regular season