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I don't know if losing to arguably the best team in the league by three points in overtime is a good thing or a bad thing for this team. It would definitely be a bad thing if the expectations for this Dallas Mavericks were high to begin with—but alas, they aren't.
Besides being the victims of an insane, career-high performance from Kevin Durant, the Mavericks have showed that they can definitely compete with some of the best teams in the Western Conference.
Before this loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Mavericks had won their previous four games, including wins against playoff contenders in the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies.
Although they're far from being a legit championship contender in the West, the team is turning the tables for the better, as Dirk Nowitzki is still working his way back from an offseason knee surgery.
The team has some quality, cheap players who provide great veteran leadership and can contribute to a winning team like Elton Brand and Chris Kaman, but it all depends on how well this group can mesh into a cohesive unit if they want to have a realistic shot at making the playoffs.