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If Steve Nash wasn't such a big reason the Dallas Mavericks are out of the playoffs, it would be a lot easier for them to feel good about everything they accomplished this season.
Even before owner Mark Cuban decided not to re-sign the team's offensive linchpin last summer, the Mavericks already were moving in a new direction, one that emphasized defense. Nash's departure accelerated the overhaul, freeing the money to bring in a batch of players better suited to the change.