"That and a dollar," team owner Mark Cuban said, "leaves you with a dollar."
Dallas has won 64 games with five left. Winning them all would tie the team for the second-best record in league history. Even if the Mavs lose them all, they're still guaranteed the most wins in the league this season and the most in franchise history.
They've secured the top seed in the playoffs, another franchise first, and they've won only the second division title in their 27 seasons.
While everyone is proud of their accomplishments, nobody is making a big deal out of it. Not after being halfway to the championship last year, then blowing it.
"Our emphasis is on improving - each game, each practice, getting better and positioning ourselves to get back to the finals," point guard Jason Terry said. "I haven't gotten over (last year) yet. Finish - that's our motto this year."
Johnson laughingly threatened to fine Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse if they tried boarding the team plane Tuesday, forcing them to miss a game tonight in Minnesota. More players are likely to miss time down the stretch, including center Erick Dampier, who has a shoulder strain.