Mavs can't escape their playoff demons

It's hard to argue that this team is different after yet another postseason meltdown

Updated: April 24, 2011, 10:22 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Just when it seemed this team might really be different, the Dallas Mavericks reminded us why they don't deserve to be trusted.

Especially not when it matters most.

For a few quarters Saturday, the Mavs played like a team that was the polar opposite of the soft reputation that has been slapped on them. They were tough. They were physical. They were aggressive. They were dominant defensively.

Then they morphed into the same ol' playoff Mavs, putting them in danger ...

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