Should we be getting a little antsy about the Mavericks?
They have, after all, dropped five of their last seven, looking pretty suspect in the process. Included in the setbacks are two by double digits (New York and Indiana), two at home (Minnesota and Golden State) and another against a team (Charlotte) that the Mavs had never lost to before in franchise history.
The only triumphs have come against a winless Washington and two-win Cleveland. That's not exactly a recipe for confidence in a squad that just two weeks ago surprised the league with a 4-1 start without Dirk Nowitzki.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle questioned the team's fight after the 20-point beating to the Pacers. After the overtime loss to Golden State on Monday, Dallas' skipper looked over the box score and zeroed in on a rebounding deficit of 19.
"Nobody's focusing on rebounds," Carlisle said of his players. "That's the whole game."
Losing the battle on the boards has been...