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Kiss Mavs' playoff streak goodbye

Lukewarm roster lacks ideal conditions, secondary option needed to avoid lottery

Updated: October 30, 2012, 1:42 AM ET
By Jean-Jacques Taylor | ESPNDallas.com

Your Dallas Mavericks, among the NBA's best franchises since owner Mark Cuban bought them, are headed to the lottery for the first time in forever.

It's actually kind of sad. The reality is the Mavs just aren't good.

Not with Dirk Nowitzki missing three to six weeks depending on whom you believe. And not with O.J. Mayo as the team's second-best scoring option. And certainly not with Eddy Curry as the starting center Tuesday night when the season opens against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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