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Blazers bring Mavs to screeching halt

Portland's deliberate pace could be problematic style for Dallas in the playoffs

Updated: March 26, 2010, 3:00 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Perhaps the biggest problem with the Dallas Mavericks' loss Thursday night is that it increases the odds of a playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Is it possible that Portland simply has the Mavs' number? Have the Trail Blazers reversed the Mavs' recent dominance in the series?

"I don't believe that," Mavs forward Shawn Marion said after the 101-89 loss. "We don't have bad matchups. We match up very well with them. They were just more aggressive."

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