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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Dealing Andrew Bogut and/or Deron Williams wouldn't pull the plug on the Mavs fighting for the West's final playoff berth. Dallas recently proved it could win without the two veterans. Williams missed all of the Mavs' 5-2 stretch that included wins over the Spurs, Cavaliers and Jazz. Yogi Ferrell averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.0 steals as the starting point guard during that span, which started after the rookie joined the Mavs on a 10-day deal. Bogut played only eight minutes during that stretch before a hamstring strain sidelined him for eight straight games. Salah Mejri took advantage of the increased playing time during Bogut's absence. Mejri has averaged 5.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 14.1 minutes in February, when he has a net rating of plus-13.3. "We were able to win some games without those guys, as you said," coach Rick Carlisle said. "If it turns out they're not here, they're not here and this is what we've got. If there are trades, there's a chance there's going to be some players coming back that can help us. Look, we'll see. We'll know by 2 o'clock (CT) tomorrow and we'll go from there."

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Mavs PG J.J. Barea (calf) practiced but will miss at least next 3 games. "There's a possibility we'll only have 12 players," Rick Carlisle said, pending possible trades of Andrew Bogut and Deron Williams.

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Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut were held out of Mavs practice. "With the trade deadline tomorrow, you can read a lot into that," coach Rick Carlisle said. "That's about all I'm going to say about that."

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BPI: Loaded slates Saturday, Monday

ESPN's BPI gives the two highest quality matchup ratings of the week to the two biggest games Monday night: West Virginia-Baylor and UNC-UVA. Saturday's slate isn't too shabby, either.

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Baylor ends two-game slide in victory (0:53)
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New look to two-seed line

Arizona rises to a No. 2 by beating Washington, Baylor with its loss to Kansas while Louisville and Oregon hold their positions.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources say Mavs' approach to deadline isn't impacted by DeMarcus Cousins deal. The Mavs won't pull the plug on fighting for West's final playoff spot. That doesn't necessarily mean the Mavs won't make a trade, but there will not be a fire sale with Dallas veterans.

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Baylor's stumble brings clarity to top of Power Rankings (1:14)

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews only secures a score of 11 in the 3-Point Contest. He will not advance to second round.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Commissioner Adam Silver said nothing was resolved when he left the Charles Oakley-Jim Dolan meeting. He is "disheartened" to see that Oakley and Dolan have still not made up but he remains "hopeful" Oakley will return to the Garden. Silver said Oakley was "very emotional" during that meeting and said he would think about it when the meeting ended.

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No. 3 Kansas holds off No. 4 Baylor at the buzzer (0:51)
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Kansas stops Baylor on last play for narrow win (0:54)
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Jackson hosts first-half dunk spree (0:37)
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Motley muscles to basket for lay-in and-1 (0:34)
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Big 12 leaders clash in Waco

Baylor let one get away at Kansas two weeks ago and comes off a surprising loss at Texas Tech last Monday. Scott Drew is 3-20 against the Jayhawks. (1 p.m. ET) Preview