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4-C tye ftaiuritaa Bailg $tui» Sunday Morning, February 13,1983 Mavericks view possible trip to playoffs Dallas sheds expansion image By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer DALLAS — Like the change to the upbeat rock music they play at time outs, the Dallas Mavericks have shed their country image in the National Basketball Association. If you play Dallas, you had best play hard They are more explosive than expansion now. 1 hey aren't country cool, they're city slick They've beaten Portland in Portland. They've beaten Phoenix in Phoenix. They've beaten the Los Angeles Lakers three out of the last four times they've played them They have won 12 of their last 15 games They are one game over .500 and in second place in the Midwest Division of the NBA's Western Conference. If the playoffs started tomorrow, the Mavericks Mavericks would be there, edging Kansas City out for the sixth and final berth in the Western Conference. Conference. "Dallas has the talent to be a playoff team " said Laker Coach Pat Riley. "Dick" Motta has done a great job." Opposing players are impressed by the crowds they face in Reunion Arena, averaging some 12.000 per game, eighth best in the NBA. ••It's like a college crowd," said Riley. The Maverick fans haven't developed anv- thing like San Antonio's "Baseline Bums" but they are a loyal lot, giving standing ovations to losses. You would have thought Notre Dame had beaten UCLA in South Bend, Ind., the night Mark Aguirre tossed in back-to-back three point baskets to beat the Lakers. Hundreds of fans waited out in the cold to get Maverick autographs autographs an hour after the game. Three weeks later the Mavericks downed the defending world champions again on a last- second Jay Vincent bucket to get Reunion Arena rockm'. Motta has masterfully handled Aguirre, the No. 1 draft choice two years ago. Aguirre, sometimes pouty, sometimes overweight, sometimes no defense, has turned into a slim, trim, eager scoring machine And he's trying hard to plav defense and rebound. "Mark's not there yet with his defense but he hustling and getting more consistent." said Motta. "He has been a force offensively." Aguirre scored a club-high 44 points recently in a road victory over Portland. Trade rumors have been flying about Aguirre but the Mavericks, who still need a beefv rebounding, passing center to be a true playoff threat, have denied them all. Maverick followers saw potential morale problems problems when Motta started Aguirre and Jav Vincent, last season's leading Dallas scorer at the same time. However, both have been caught up in the spirit of Motta's team concept and pass to each other when the situation dictates. Motta's offense is a passing game built around his forwards who produce most of the points. The center, in Dallas' case power forward Pat Cummings, is supposed to be a passer and a banger inside. Motta's defense is on floor burns. You take charges, you dive for loose balls, you help out or you get pine time. Guard Brad Davis, a refugee from the Continental Continental Basketball Association, is a near 60 per cent shooter who is magic doling out assists Not even swift Kelvin Ransey, obtained from Portland in the offseason, could beat out Davis The 6-9 Cummings was picked up from Milwaukee for a second-round draft pick. When he has good games the Mavericks usuallv win He neutralized Kareem Abul-Jabbar in tine game against the Lakers. The Mavericks in three short years have developed into a competitive team without a big-time center, unheard of in today's NBA "It's a shame the All-Star break came when it did because we are on a roll," said Vincent "But we'll come back livelier for our run at the playoffs." Yes, a Ma\-erick said that. Incredibly, he's right. They've got a chance. AP Laserphoto Mavericks patiently groom Aguirre NBA vets enjoy Ail-Star break INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Kareem Abdul- Jabbar and Julius Erving. all-stars 20 times between them, say they still will get a thrill out of leading their teams into Sunday's 33rd National Basketball Association All-Star Game. "I regard the All-Star Game as one of the highest honors of my career," said Erving. the Philadelphia 76ers' forward who will start for the East in the nationally televised game (CBS, 3:30 p.m. ESTi at the Forum. 'To be voted onto the All-Star team by the fans means they respect you, your abilities, your craft. I am excited about the All-Star Game. Its appeal, the glamor and the hoopla around it. have not gotten old or tiresome to me." Erving, an NBA all-star six times previously, was named on 707,012 ballots for a starting position this time, easily breaking the record of 432.230 votes he collected last year. Four other players also surpassed that mark. "The All-Star Game is a great spectacle." said Abdul-Jabbar. who will be AbduI-Jabbar making his 12th all-star appearance. appearance. He was also selected for the 1973 team, but did not play. "It has great tradition. It is an honor to be picked to play in it. I enjoy playing in it because I enjoy playing with great players. It is special." Abdul-Jabbar will start at center for the West, with Los Angeles Lasers' teammate Earvin "Magic" Johnson and David Thompson of Seattle at the guards and Alex English of Denver and Maurice Lucas of Phoenix at the forwards. Johnson was the West's leading vote-getter with 578,795. In addition to Erving, the East starters will be Boston forVard Larry Bird, Philadelphia center Moses Malone and guards Isiah Thomas of Detroit and Maurice Cheeks of the 76ers. Also on the East squad are centers Robert Parish of Boston and Bill Laimbeer of Detroit, forwards Marques Johnson of Milwaukee and Buck Williams of New Jersey and guards Sidney Moncrief of Milwaukee, Reggie Theus of Chicago and Andrew Tonev of Philadelphia. Th£ rest of the West team includes centers Jack Sikma of .Seattle and Artis Gilmore of San Antonio, forwards Jamaal Wilkes of Los Angeles and Kiki Van- deweghe of Denver and guards Jim Paxson of Portland, George Gervin San Antonio and Gus Williams of Seattle. The game figures to be matchup of the West's scoring ability against the East's muscle. The West has the top three scorers in the league. CAR BUYERS DON'S CARS YOST.. fOBrOuRv NEW CAR OWNERS! BEST PAINT PROTECTION BEST PRICE TIDY CAR 901 TEXAS AVE. 943-4714 MOtrnacurs, CABANDVAMS CUSTOM DUALS FREE LUBE Or /Side WITH EACH JOB MUFFLER M9.99 TAH.PH* M9.99 EXHAUST PIPE M9.99 LABOR*9.99. XEROX The one-day Xerox ousesale

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  1. The Galveston Daily News,
  2. 13 Feb 1983, Sun,
  3. Page 30

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