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All in or nothing for Mavs

Entire roster needed to beat Spurs; if it's close, Carlisle gives them chance to win

Updated: April 18, 2014, 11:27 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

There is no logical reason to believe the Dallas Mavericks will beat the San Antonio Spurs in first round of the NBA playoffs.

We all know it.

The Spurs had the NBA's best record, and they've beaten the Mavs nine straight times. And know this: They were ahead by at least 15 points in seven of those nine wins.

There's more.

The Spurs have the NBA's best coach, and they don't have the kind of defensive lapses and mental miscues the Mavs have at the end of games ...

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