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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban at an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Dallas on December 14, 2022.Mark Cuban knew precisely what was on the line when he pulled the plug on his team’s season in its second-to-last game. At the time the Dallas Mavericks owner ordered his top players benched, the team was clinging to a slim chance of making the NBA’s play-in tournament.That’s significant now that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat have gotten all the way to the conference finals through the play-in. Could the Mavericks, with one of the league’s five or so best players in Luka Dončić and a proven playoff performer in Kyrie Irving, have done what the Lakers and the Heat did?Sure, it’s possible, but that’s almost beside the point. There’s something unseemly about an owner ordering a team still in contention to…

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