The Dallas Mavericks seem happy they don't have to worry about any more ceremonies honoring their first NBA championship.
Another disheartening defeat followed a night when the Mavericks received their rings, and they'll try to regroup Friday night as they continue to play without Dirk Nowitzki when they host the Utah Jazz.
Dallas (11-8) raised its championship banner before falling behind by as many as 35 points in a season-opening loss to Miami. The Mavericks then received their rings before Wednesday's 105-90 defeat to Minnesota.
"I think we're all happy that we don't have anymore ceremonies for our championship," guard Jason Kidd told the Mavericks' official website. "We can just concentrate on basketball."
Dallas had its seven-game home win streak snapped as Jason Terry scored 17 points and Shawn Marion added 15.
"We still needed to win this game," Marion said. "That's what we're trying to do right now. We're trying to focus on what's at hand right now and the current seas...