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The Dallas Mavericks are in a weird position with a month and a half left in the NBA's regular season. The team is currently 24-21, and at times, they've looked like a team that could make some real noise in the playoffs. At other times, they've looked like a team you wouldn't be confident in if they ended up in a play-in scenario. 

So ... what is "The State of the Mavs''?

Despite the ups and downs of this season, the Mavs are likely better than their record shows due to the early-season bout with COVID-19, and more recently, their commitment to 'load managing' Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, even though doing so pretty much assures a loss and a setback in the Western Conference standings. (And playing both of them? Well, on Monday it allowed Dallas to cruise to a win at OKC.)

Does resting Doncic and Porzingis matter as much if the team is going to end up with the 8th seed in a series with the Utah Jazz, a team that gives the Mavs fits?

READ MORE: Luka Doncic Praised As NBA Free Agency 'Recruiting' Tool By Mavs GM Donnie Nelson

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On this episode of Mavs Step Back LIVE via the Locker Room App, Dalton Trigg and Matt Galatzan discuss the current state of the Mavs from different angles. 

*How much of an impact will newly acquired J.J. Redick and Nicolo Melli have this season and in the playoffs? 

*Should the team be implementing such a strict load management plan for Doncic and Porzingis if it's going to lead to a quick first round exit? 

*Is there a disconnect between Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle when it comes to utilizing the "young guys?" 

*Can the Mavs finally turn their free agency woes around this offseason? 

We answer all those questions and more with our listeners on today's episode:

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