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Five games to get things right

Mavs running out of time to find groove before playoffs, and Marion's injury won't help

Updated: April 8, 2010, 1:36 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks have lost six of 11 and two in a row. They can't stop anyone and lately they can't even hold on to the ball. Shawn Marion, the club's most dependable defender, is on the shelf for at least one game and possibly more, and only five games remain to get a grip on things before the playoffs begin.

Dirk Nowitzki listened to the lengthy list of ills and nodded his head.

"I always like having something to play for at the end and having a good rhythm going into ...

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