Posted January 06, 2013 on AP on Fox
Coach Rick Carlisle feels the Dallas Mavericks have bottomed out. Dirk Nowitzki thinks his own situation is a work in progress. Following their 11th defeat in 13 games, Carlisle and the Mavericks are hoping Nowitzki can help them turn things around Monday night against the host Utah Jazz. Dallas (13-21) is only two seasons removed from winning its first NBA title, and it has reached the playoffs 12 years in a row. The Mavericks are struggling to replicate their recent success in 2012-13, though, and things only seemed bleaker following Saturday's 99-96 overtime defeat at home to New Orleans, the team with the worst record in the Western Conference. "It feels like (rock bottom). Yeah, it feels like it. I still believe in the team and I like the guys," Carlisle said. "This is just a tough time and it's important that everybody sticks together and we've got to fight through it." Having a healthy Nowitzki would surely help, too. The 11-time All-Star made his return to the startin...
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