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Mavs not ready to throw in the towel

Bucking odds and extending playoff streak is tall order after rough first half

Updated: February 15, 2013, 3:26 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- For more than a decade, Dallas Mavericks fans could take a couple of things to the bank.

Dirk Nowitzki would be an All-Star, and the Mavs would make the playoffs.

Well, this time, Nowitzki will spend his All-Star weekend relaxing on a beach. Realistically, it looks like his schedule in late April will be wide open, too.

Dirk can deal with his streak of 11 straight All-Star selections being snapped. It will be much tougher for him to stomach a run of a dozen ...

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