DALLAS -- No matter how they dress it up, Oklahoma City's 4-0 sweep of the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs was a slap in the face of the defending NBA champions.
And the Mavs did try to dress it up.
"It's such a fragile game,'' general manager Donnie Nelson said. "You look at (Mavs' first-round foe) Portland last year, and we were one win or one bounce away from getting bounced out.
"You go up (to Oklahoma City in Game 1) and (Kevin) Durant's shot bounces up and falls in. If we would have gotten that win it might have changed things.''
The Mavs didn't get that win. In fact, they didn't get any wins in the series against the Thunder.
That's why changes are in order for the Mavs this offseason.
"The reality is that we've got some changes that will be made,'' Nelson said. "That's the route. We do it every year.
"It's just one of the -- Basketball 101 laws. You've got to continue to evolve and you have to continue to upgrade.''
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