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It's not as bad as it looked for Mavs

Sure there's plenty of work to be done, but opening blowout is no reason to panic

Updated: December 26, 2011, 9:30 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Wow, what a lump of coal that was. But let's start this discussion with some historical perspective.

The defending champion Miami Heat opened the 2006-07 season at home, raised the banner and then laid a Shaq-sized egg by getting plowed by 42 points against a pre-Derrick Rose Chicago Bulls team, 108-66.

So settle down. The Mavs never trailed in this Christmas Day extravaganza by more than 35 points in the third quarter.

A blowout loss was predicted by some, anticipated ...

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