Apr 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and his team celebrate the win over the Phoenix Suns at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 101-98 and clinched a spot in the NBA playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki: ‘Good to be back in big dance’


The Dallas Mavericks are back in the playoffs after clinching a berth in a very tight race for the final Western Conference playoff spots. They look locked in at the seventh seed barring a meltdown from Golden State down the stretch, and superstar Dirk Nowitzki is happy to be a part of it regardless.

“It feels good to be back in the big dance,” said Nowitzk, via the Dallas Morning News. “That’s where competitors want to be — on the big stage in the playoffs.”

Veteran Vince Carter was also thrilled to be in the playoffs.

“We feel official now,” Carter said. “We’re back where we feel we should be. This is a tough bunch. We walked in the day before training camp and looked at all the talent and said: ‘It can happen.’ We knew it was going to be a bumpy road, but there’s so much talent in this locker room.”

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