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Offseason | 2024

Dak to Mavs, Stars in playoffs: 'Put pressure on us'


FRISCO, Texas — The Metroplex is thriving as it relates to professional sports, with the glaring exception being the Dallas Cowboys. In 2023, the Texas Rangers beat all of the odds en route to winning the World Series and, one year later, both the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars are in the Western Conference Finals for their respective sport — only a few wins away from hoisting trophies of their own.

"Hell yeah, obviously supporting all the Dallas teams," said All-Pro quarterback Dak Prescott just ahead of the Mavericks' first matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. "Been rooting them on through it all. Time to go get these conferences for both of them."

Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic went on to lead the Mavericks to a Game 1 upset on the road at the Target Center in Minneapolis, and the Stars are preparing to host the Edmonton Oilers at American Airlines Center on Thursday night with the hopes of preventing one.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys are still working to figure out their postseason woes, currently a team that's won 36 regular season games over the last three seasons but with nothing more than an appearance in the NFC Divisional Round to show for it.

Needless to say, they'd like to join the party.

"It's not jealousy, but yeah, it fires you up — a hundred percent," said Prescott.

After all, seeing so much postseason success in your immediate vicinity has to stoke the fires of friendly competition, yes?

"Yeah, any competitor should," the three-time Pro Bowler explained. "Damn sure [does], in my position,as leader of the team and understanding what winning means here. Not getting it done and then watching your brothers across the city go and make these things happen. I want it for them."

Should the Mavericks and/or the Stars go on to win a championship only months after the Rangers secured theirs, it will really turn the screws on the Cowboys in the court of public opinion — making an already pressure-packed 2024 season that much more so.

But, no stranger to pressure or adversity, Prescott says bring it on.

"I want it because it only raises the stakes and makes it tougher on me," he said. "And I'm for that. Go win it. Rangers did it.

"Other two? Go do it. Put more f-cking pressure on us."

As it stands, there's a more than solid chance of that wish coming true.

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