Time for Mavs to bang back 

June, 18, 2006
06/18/06
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The Dallas Mavericks have answered just about every question their skeptics have had about them this season:

Long ridiculed as a bunch of defensive patsies, they've proven they can offer championship-caliber resistance.

Soft on the backboards for the better part of the last decade, they've shown they can rebound as well as anyone, out-boarding their opponents in their first 17 playoff games (though the Heat have crushed them on the glass the past two meetings).

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