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Mavs determined to be much better defensively

Updated: September 28, 2009, 1:11 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon

The Mavericks were a decent defensive team last season. They need to be much better than in the league's middle of the pack defensively to be considered legitimate contenders.

That's the primary point of emphasis entering training camp.

Defense was the first thing discussed by the Mavs decision-makers in every conversation about personnel moves this off-season, according to president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson.

Acquiring Shawn Marion, one of the league's most versatile ...

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