2006 Mavs are no match for '11 version

Matchups show this year's NBA Finals team is better in almost every area of game

Updated: May 31, 2011, 10:14 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

MIAMI -- There is no doubt in Dirk Nowitzki's mind. These Dallas Mavericks are better than the 2006 NBA Finals squad.

That isn't a knee-jerk reaction to the Mavs marching through the Western Conference playoff bracket.

Nowitzki made that statement many times throughout the course of the season, always following it up by saying the problem was that the rest of the West's best had unfortunately also gotten better.

The rest of the West is no longer an issue, having been left ...

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