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Obviously, one of the most watched subplots of the Warriors-Mavericks series was how Dallas owner Mark Cuban was reacting to his star-studded team first struggling and then succumbing to a team that was described by Golden State coach Don Nelson as "Nellie and the Schmoes."

Actually, I give Cuban high marks for being entertaining without going psychotic.

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He got in some shots at Nelson -- who used to work for Cuban -- contending that the Warriors' coach may excel in an underdog role but doesn't do so hot when there's legitimate high expectations (read choke).  So that was kind of fun.

Then, when his Mavericks (67 wins in the regular season, two in the playoffs) were finally humiliated by the Warriors -- and there's no other word for it -- Cuban did not have the team bus driven over a cliff but, instead, was a voice of reason.

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In fact, he was sooo reasonable, it was kind of scary.

One more bizarre turn on the Mavericks' postseason magic  ("Magic?" you ask.  Well, what else would you call the disappearance of 7-foot Dirk Nowitzki before your very eyes?) is that Nowitzki, who shot 2-for-13 last night,  remains a candidate for the league's MVP award, which is voted on after the regular season. Kind of makes this playoff promo one of those Oops moments, doesn't it?

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