OAKLAND, Calif. – There has been a big difference this NBA season between the deep Western Conference and the struggling Eastern Conference. Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki broke it down even further Wednesday night, taking a shot at his Eastern foes.
"If you look at the Western Conference, the quality so high. The teams are bunched up right there. We can beat each other every given night. It's not like the Eastern Conference, where you just roll through," said Nowitzki after a 95-93 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Just four of 15 teams in the West have losing records; the only East teams over .500 are the Indiana Pacers (19-3) and the Miami Heat (16-6). Nowitzki's Mavericks (13-10) also have a better record than 13 of the East's 15 teams despite sitting tied for eighth overall in the West.
"We got to compete every night [in the West], especially if you want to win on the road. You're going to be in a lot of close ones," Nowitzki said.