They are one of six teams and one of four in the west that could win it all this year, however they are also probably only the number six of these six teams if it comes to best chances. If anyone wonders who I am talking about, in the east obvioulsy only Miami and Chicago will be in the final, no other team can beat one of them on the way there. And in the west OKC, Lakers and Spurs are the other three teams. I don't think the Clippers have what it takes, especially with the injury of Billups. And the rest of the teams won't stand any chance of reaching the finals.
As for Dallas, I watch every single game of them and to me there are two things lately (apart from major injuries slowing them down) that are noticable. Number one is that they are really not giving a shit about what happens in the standings, they just care for getting into the playoff as rested as possible with the old squad. Number two is that they sometimes fall in love with 3s way too much. I am quite sure that will stop latest when West comes back.
Apart from that, I agree with everything that was said above, they lost quite some talent but they also added good players in West, Carter and Odom. Odom has very underperformed so far and to me it is all mental, whatever his problem is. I know Dallas is not LA but hopefully once in the playoffs he realizes he has the chance for a ring, even if a smaller one than he used to have before...
I wouldn't underestimate Dallas come playoff time, a team FULL of veterans and Dirk is in good form again after he is in better shape than at the beginning of the season. To me they can win it although I doubt they will. Still definitely a much better team than most others and the bench is definitely one of the best three in the league.
I really hope Williams is interested to join next year, he and Dirk would be a great combination especially if Dallas does not lose too many role players. Unlike Duncan (although he picked up form lately too) and Garnett, Dirk still is at the top of his game when he is fit. He just didn't expect the NBA season to even start, that is why he was so unfit at the beginning of the season. Last 20-25 games I suppose he averages above 25ppg, haven't counted it but am quite sure.
As for イラ, since you are into Asians, Dallas has one for you: Ji Yianlian.