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Mavs end trip with a thud in Portland

Loss against potential first-round foe continues downward trend against playoff teams

Updated: April 4, 2011, 2:48 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Dallas Mavericks want to be perceived as a skilled, veteran team that knows how to win.

They look like an old, tired team that's running on fumes, completely lacking confidence, chemistry and any other intangible ingredient necessary to make a playoff run. To put it in plain and simple terms, the Mavs are an absolute mess at the point of the season when they want to be peaking.

That was true before the Mavs left on the season's longest road trip. It's painfully ...

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