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'In our opinion' for December

Updated: January 3, 2012, 12:22 PM ET
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IN THE OPINION OF … SCOOP JACKSON

T

he Dallas Mavericks' championship can officially be called a one-and-done.

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Three games into a season is usually too early to make a definitive call on a team's future, but not this year after two embarrassing blowout loses and a demoralizing buzzer-beater loss to Kevin Durant. The Mavs have proven they didn't just lose irreplaceable players at key positions in Tyson Chandler, JJ Barea, Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson, but they also lost most of their identity.

I guess Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson's decision to save money (to possibly be in the running for Dwight Howard next season) was more important than maintaining the almost impossible-to-find championship chemistry.

It's not dumb in the long run, but it damn sure backfired for 2012.

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