Dallas suffered another loss tonight (between Wednesday and Thursday) - its 40th of the season - and is now one game away from the tenth place in the Western Conference, with the chances of missing the play-in looking increasingly high every night.
"It's a big mess right now in the table," admitted Kyrie Irving, after the 116:108 against Philadelphia.
"We are in the balance 40:37 and fighting for the play-in, these were not the expectations of any of us."
The point guard who finished with 23 points also spoke about the dramatic move from Brooklyn to the Mavs: "I didn't ask to move at this stage, I wanted to finish the season in Brooklyn and I didn't get a chance to do so. My expectations have changed, and I have to live with the results, whether we make the playoffs or not."
Irving, who will become a free agent in the summer, claims that he is fine in Dallas: "I try to live in peace with where I am and trust the guys in the locker room. I appreciate the opportunity I got. Everything here is great, except for the losses."
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Irving (Photo: Reuters)
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It should be noted that even if Dallas catches Oklahoma City in tenth place, the Thunder hold the tiebreaker, and in the event of a tie, they are the ones who will finish in a higher position.
"It's definitely frustrating," admitted Luka Doncic.
"We were already in the playoffs, and now we're fighting for the play-in. It's really frustrating. It's not a matter of chemistry, you just have to win games."
Jason Kidd added: "It's always possible, you have to believe in what you're doing and not be selfish, that's where it starts."
On the other side, Joel Embiid received some criticism for being absent from the meeting with Nikola Jokic, and now he is back.
"If one game could hurt the chances, everyone probably wouldn't be in the MVP race. The more important goal is for everyone to be healthy for the playoffs," he said.
Doc Rivers added: "You don't win a title for one game, it's a season award. Joel was dominant all season. He missed a few games,
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Kevin Durant looked rusty upon his return to Phoenix, missing his first six shots and finishing with 15 points on 5-of-18 from the field, but the Suns still beat Minnesota 107-100, and are 0-4 with KD.
"It was hard for me to fall asleep at night, it was so hard not to think about the game," admitted the excited star, who received warm applause from the fans in Phoenix.
"Sometimes you want something too much and then you force things. I thought too much, it doesn't suit me. I'm glad I came back, and we'll build on it."
Phoenix is now in fourth place, which guarantees home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, half a game away from the fifth-placed Los Angeles Clippers.
"Kevin struggles on both ends of the court," Monty Williams said.
"He's still not in top form. When he comes back, we'll all see the Kevin we know."
When Devin Booker was asked if he said anything to Durant after all the fouls, he replied: "What else is possible to say to him? Everyone knows his name. Everyone knows what he does."