Thunder will be a force for a long time

OKC has look of perennial contender, so the Mavs need to win while they can

Updated: May 25, 2011, 7:04 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks do not need external influences to create a sense of urgency.

Their nine-man rotation, led by a gray-haired, all-time-great point guard, has a combined 103 seasons of NBA experience and zero championship rings. It's been five long, hard, heartbreaking years since the franchise's only Finals appearance, so even though the Dallas roster has been totally renovated around Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry in that time, nobody needs to remind the Mavericks of the importance ...

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