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The Mavs look like a team of destiny

Written off time after time, this team never lost its faith despite breaks, hiccups

Updated: June 11, 2011, 1:30 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

MIAMI -- Let's be brutally honest about this merry band of basketball misfits, to borrow Donnie Nelson's term of endearment for the flawed but phenomenal team he helped build.

How many times did you write off these Dallas Mavericks as legitimate title contenders?

Full disclosure: To describe every moment of doubt, I'd still be typing at tipoff of Game 6, when the Mavs have a chance to clinch the first NBA championship in franchise history if they finish off the megahyped Miami Heat.

So, ...

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