Commentary

Why the Mavs better win now

Dallas must capitalize on this run, because age and the salary cap are looming issues

Updated: May 11, 2011, 2:34 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
Dallas MavericksBrett Davis/US PresswireThe Mavs are an aging bunch, meaning that this season could be their last shot at a title.

In the wake of the early playoff exits of the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers, we have picked at their carcasses, wondering if their title-contention windows have closed.

Thanks to a sweep of the Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks have excused themselves from that conversation -- or at least postponed it. The Mavericks have exhibited the sense of urgency the Spurs and Lakers may have lacked.

But this could be because the Mavericks know that, unless they win it all this year, they'll be joining the Spurs and Lakers at the dissection table. This is their best shot at a championship, and they know their window is closing. Consider the evidence:


To read Tom Haberstroh's full take onthe Mavs, become an ESPN Insider today.