Once your team makes it to the NBA Playoffs, anything is possible when you have one of the top-5 players in the league. The Dallas Mavericks might not be pushing out t-shirts that say "The Time Is Now" like they did during their epic 2011 championship run, but this team has a fighting chance against any opponent on any given night when Luka Doncic is healthy and rested. So why not dream a little?

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The Mavs might be underdogs to the Kawhi Leonard and Paul George-led Los Angeles Clippers, but they also have a lot of things to be optimistic about as well, including Doncic getting a full week of rest prior to the postseason grind, Kristaps Porzingis making it to this series with no major injuries, and having players like Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dorian Finney-Smith really find their grooves towards the end of the regular season. 

Avoiding the play-in tournament also gives head coach Rick Carlisle a full week to focus on his team's familiar opponent.

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On this episode of Mavs Step Back LIVE, Dalton Trigg and Matt Galatzan are joined by their DallasBasketball.com colleague Grant Afseth to discuss the key factors to a potential Mavs first round upset over the Clippers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The guys also take questions from listeners throughout the show as well:

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