The Dallas Mavericks are currently 21-28 and in danger of missing the playoffs if they cannot turn things around quickly. Injuries have been an issue all year. Dirk Nowitzki missed the first 27 games of the season while recovering from a knee injury, and he is banged up once again as he battles a strained muscle in his leg.
Dallas has been one of the streakiest teams in the league this season, as it seems like they lose four straight every time they string together a few victories.The Mavs desperately need to find some consistency to have any chance at getting back on track, and it sounds like they are hoping a little facial hair will help them do just that.
Get used to Dirk with a beard. He’s one of several Mavs who have vowed not to shave until they get back to .500.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 7, 2013
We have heard of NBA players growing playoff beards, but the get-back-to-.500 beard is a new concept. Defense has been the Mavs’ biggest problem. They rank 28th in the NBA with 103 points allowed per game. Maybe some big, grizzly beards are just what the team needs to start intimidating its opponents. Anything is worth a shot.