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Mavs shouldn't be counted out

We only need to look at last season to realize it's premature to bury champs

Updated: March 15, 2012, 2:46 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks didn't look anything close to a championship contender at the end of the long, grueling stretch of games.

They ended the gauntlet with three consecutive losses, each coming in embarrassing fashion. The Mavs looked old, slow, tired and completely incapable of competing with the NBA's elite.

A little more than two months later, the Mavs were dancing and drinking out of giant, $80,000 champagne bottle and passing the Larry O'Brien Trophy around trendy Club ...

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