Dallas Mavericks


If the Warriors have been able to assert themselves against any Western Conference playoff team, it is the Mavericks, who visit Oracle Arena on Friday night.


OAKLAND -- Inasmuch as they can assure themselves of a playoff berth as soon as mid-March, the Warriors suddenly are the darlings of Las Vegas, where the books now favor them to win the NBA champi


DALLAS -- Amar'e Stoudemire asked out of his contract with the New York Knicks because he wants to make a run at a championship.