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DALLAS -- Dirk Nowitzki goes into his 19th season looking to get Dallas into the top four in the Western Conference because the big German believes that is the easiest way to advance in the playoffs. Wholesale Jerseys .The Mavericks havent done that since winning the championship in 2011, which helps explain first-round exits in four of the past five seasons. Dallas didnt make the postseason the other year.With another retooled roster that added title-winning experience in former Golden State starters Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut after more disappointments in free agency, the Mavericks are ready to try again in the pursuit of that elusive playoff series win.Wed love to establish ourselves up there, the 38-year-old Nowitzki said. That means youve got to be consistent. Youve got to win those Tuesday night matchups at home that sometimes we end up losing. The West is tough. But I think were good enough and were going to fight for it.Dallas added Barnes on a max contract at four years and $94 million after the Warriors had to let him go in free agency when they landed Kevin Durant. Boguts arrival in a trade was essentially for the same reason.The Mavericks have two players remaining from their championship team: Nowitzki and guard J.J. Barea. And what Barnes considers perhaps the key piece: coach Rick Carlisle, who is back for a ninth season in Dallas.You can never have enough championship experience, Barnes said. Weve got some younger guys on the team, a lot of whom are going to play and a contribute a lot, so just teaching these guys. Dont try and look to the All-Star break or April and say, `OK, now Im going to turn it on. Its every single day.Things to consider as the Mavericks push to make the playoffs for the 16th time in 17 seasons:BACKCOURT CONTINUITYWhile Carlisle is dealing with a retooled starting five for the sixth straight season, he does have some backcourt consistency with the return of point guard Deron Williams and shooting guard Wesley Matthews. Williams re-signed after a solid debut with his hometown team last season. Were big and physical at that position, Carlisle said.BOGUTS BUSY SUMMERThe 7-footer from Australia accelerated his rehab from a left knee injury that knocked him out of the last two games of the NBA Finals loss to Cleveland because he wanted to play in the Olympics. He started fast but faded somewhat as the Aussies fell short of a medal. He doesnt consider summer wear-and-tear an issue this season.I think you come in in a little bit better shape than you do in most years because I was only playing three or four weeks ago, he said in late September.ABOUT THAT YOUTHSecond-year swingman Justin Anderson figures to be the key contributor among a young group that includes forward Dwight Powell and rookie center A.J. Hammons, a second-round pick. While 7-1 Tunisian center Salah Mejri turned 30 over the summer, hes in just his second season.Theyre definitely athletes and we should be able to have a great defensive lineup once Im out, said Nowitzki, who loves to make fun of his defensive shortcomings.THE OTHER CURRYIn addition to adding a Golden State flavor, the Mavericks signed Seth Curry, younger brother of Warriors superstar Stephen Curry. The former Duke player got his first chance at decent playing time last season with Sacramento. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range, and the Mavericks are hoping he offers that threat off the bench.I feel like Ive played with him the last four years hes been around so much. Just practices, he was with us in camp one year, Barnes said, referring to his time at Golden State.CHANGE OF PACECarlisle figures the starting five with be a plodding group with big guards and aging veterans in the front court. The pace will change significantly with a second group that includes the speedy Devin Harris and Barea, along with the athletic Anderson and Powell. Our second unit has virtually never been a mirror image of our starters, Carlisle said. Thats OK. Weve made it a positive in the past and were going to have to do that again.---Follow Schuyler Dixon on Twitter at https://twitter.com/apschuyler Wholesale NHL Jerseys Authentic . Ashley Youngs cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third straight league win. "We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and weve done that," United striker Wayne Rooney said. NFL Jerseys China . And when it opened, every player was at his stall. Thats a sure sign that a team is in a slump and is searching for answers. "Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said defenceman Josh Gorges. http://www.jerseysnhlfromchina.us/ . Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. SEATTLE -- For someone who tries to keep everything as even as possible, this week is a major challenge for Washington coach Chris Petersen.Theres no getting around the enormity of the opportunity in front of the 10th-ranked Huskies when they host No. 7 Stanford.After years of reconstructing their program -- first under Steve Sarkisian and now Petersen -- the Huskies (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) have a chance to prove their top-10 ranking this season is justified and that they are the team to beat in the Pac-12 Conference at this point. Or Friday night could end up exposing Washington as not quite ready to rejoin the college football elite.Either way, its the most significant game in Petersens three seasons and arguably the game with the most at stake for Washington since it last went to the Rose Bowl in 2000.Its a great opportunity for the kids, for everybody playing in a game like this, Petersen said.Its also a historically rare ranked home game for the Huskies. Itll be the fourth all-time meeting of teams ranked in the AP Top 10 in Seattle and the first in 19 years. The last time came in 1997 when No. 7 Nebraska beat No. 2 Washington 27-14.And it comes after Washington barely passed its first real challenge of the season this past weekend at Arizona.Washington survived its trip to the desert, winning in the state of Arizona for the first time in 10 years with a 35-28 overtime win over the Wildcats late Saturday. With a Friday game, everything is condensed this week. The Huskies returned to Seattle around 5 a.m. Sunday, with many watching tape on the flight home. The players came in for practice on Sunday night and practiced Monday -- a normal day off for the team.On top of the conndensed week, classes for the Huskies begin Wednesday. Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic. Weve been looking at this part of our schedule for a long time, Petersen said. On the road, tough environment, have to come home and play Stanford and then go on the road again. We get the schedule and then we make our schedule and adjust and go.The performance in the desert exposed some of Washingtons flaws that were hidden by a weak nonconference schedule and three blowout victories to open the season. Most notably, the Huskies allowed 308 yards rushing to the Wildcats as they were unable to control the line of scrimmage. Those rushing yards allowed came against Arizonas spread offense. But it raised concern the Huskies wont be any better facing Stanfords power run game and star Christian McCaffrey this week.Hes great with the ball in his hands. Unbelievable vision, extremely explosive and maybe as patient as anybody Ive seen, Petersen said. Whether hes returning kicks or handing the ball in the backfield, those characteristics just show up, and its a unique combination.The biggest positive to come out of the Arizona victory was the emergence of running back Lavon Coleman as a complementary option to Myles Gaskin in the backfield. Coleman rushed for a career-high 181 yards on just 11 carries, surpassing his rushing total from all of last year in one impressive outing.We have a good stable of running backs, and those guys can all make plays, Petersen said. When they get the chance to do it and they make something happen, theyll get more carries. Thats just kind of how we did it. Wholeslae Jerseys NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Cheap MLB Jerseys Wholesale Soccer Jerseys Cheap College Jerseys Cheap Football Jerseys Cheap Basketball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys ' ' '  
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