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Only one true winner in West's last race

DALLAS -- The final two playoff spots will be up for grabs when the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies play a serendipitously scheduled round-robin tournament of sorts over the final five days of the regular season.

But let's not kid ourselves: There will be only one winner.

Playing the mighty San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs is no prize, as the Mavs were reminded during their ninth consecutive loss to their Interstate 35 rivals, if that term still applies with the recent results between the teams being so lopsided.

Not that the Oklahoma City Thunder or Los Angeles Clippers would be a great playoff draw, but a 7-seed would have least have a shooter's chance against those offensive powerhouses.

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