Dallas Mavericks: Why It's Way Too Early to Write Defending NBA Champions Off

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Dallas Mavericks: Why It's Way Too Early to Write Defending NBA Champions Off
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The defending champion Dallas Mavericks have gotten off to a rocky start so far this season. After an offseason full of transactions that saw the departure of Tyson Chandler and Jose Barea, as well as the arrival of Vince Carter and Lamar Odom, Dallas has won only three of its first eight games.

They've looked pretty sloppy along the way. Just last night the Mavericks lost to their rival, the San Antonio Spurs, 93-71. Against a bitter Miami Heat team on Christmas Day, Dallas lost 105-94, at one point trailing by 35 points.

Nevertheless, it's still much too early in the regular season to begin to count out Dirk Nowitzki and his team, and here's a few reasons why.

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