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Mavericks receive jolt of reality

Veteran team strays from formula, allows young Thunder to steal home-court edge

Updated: May 20, 2011, 1:37 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks' stunningly easy sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers -- and the ensuing eight-day layoff -- was light-years ago, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

The Mavs took the Oklahoma City Thunder lightly, according to Dallas big man Tyson Chandler.

No, Oklahoma City isn't a two-time defending champion. But unlike this season's Lakers, the Thunder are a team that can beat the Mavs in a playoff game.

The Mavs got slapped in the face with that reality with a series-tying ...

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