Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs Are Cratering. And, Yep, the Butler Did Indeed Do It.

So me and Charles Barkley call the Dallas Mavericks the best team in the NBA, but when I come back from vacation the whole thing's in shambles.

What the what?!

I believe when I left they were 23-5 and had just completed a season sweep of the Miami Heat.

Now? Entering tonight's home game against Portland, they've lost three of four and are without Dirk Nowitzki again and Caron Butler, possibly forever.

UPDATE: It's surgery. It ain't good. It's over. And from what I'm hearing, pencil in the Sixers' Andre Iguodala as a possible replacement.

Things were rolling along smoothly at Oklahoma City when Nowitzki awkwardly stubbed his toe and twisted his knee. But in Milwaukee, while watching TCU beat Wisconsin, I also saw Butler crumple to the court with an ugly injury.

Mavs still haven't released the results of tests on Butler's right knee, but it looks and smells like a torn - or at least partially torn - patella tendon. Ouch. That not days or weeks, it's months. It may, in fact, be the season.

Butler, is a free agent after the season.

Just when the Mavs were re-establishing some cred and anxiously awaiting the return of Roddy Beaubois to climb another level, shit happens. Nowitzki is still hobbling, Beaubois is still a month away and without Butler, the Mavs' momentum - if not their season - has come to a screeching halt.

Somebody wanna fess up to wishing failure on my team?

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Richie Whitt
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