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Mavs' plan is to survive and thrive

Managing rest during condensed regular season will be key to peaking in playoffs

Updated: January 13, 2012, 3:28 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- There's nothing normal about this NBA regular season. The schedule is a 66-game sprint over four months.

"We don't want to complain too much about it," Dirk Nowitzki said, "but it is what it is."

It is a survival quest. That's especially true for the league's oldest team, the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.

Ugly is going to happen.

Be warned: Ugly might happen this weekend at the American Airlines Center, even though the visiting Milwaukee Bucks and ...

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