DALLAS — During a visit to San Antonio this past weekend, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said the Mavericks were probably the best team in the league right now. It’s hard to argue that opinion, given the 11-game winning streak the Mavs own after Thursday night’s win over New Jersey.
I brought this up with Mark Cuban before the game as he pounded away on the Stairmaster. Surely, he has to be pleased with the progress of the hottest team in the NBA, one that battling San Antonio for the league’s best record. But are the Mavs, in Cuban’s biased opinion, the best around?
“Miami is the best team in the league right now,” Cuban said simply.
Really? The 15-8 Heat? Yes, Miami has rolled off six in a row to climb to third in the Eastern Conference. I asked Cuban to elaborate and he stuck to his guns that Miami was the class of the NBA.
Ok, Mark. Maybe he’s just gigging LeBron James and the SuperFriends. Maybe he’s just being Cuban. He’s bound to say anything at any time.
The Mavs already beat the Heat in late November and finish off the two-game regular season series Dec. 20 at Miami. Is this an early (another) Finals preview or just a meeting between the NBA’s top two clubs?
At least one of the teams is probably in that group. Just depends on which team and who you ask.