DALLAS "You can't throw a ball through the nose of a defender and have it come out of his (rear) to a teammate," Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said on the eve of Sixers-at-Mavs, by way of clarifying what might be a misunderstanding that is leading to his team's turnover woes.
After climbing above .500 last week, Dallas dropped three straight games, all on the road, all featuring a dizzying total of giveaways. In those loses, the Mavs coughed up the ball 28, 17 and 20 times the first such three-game streak in franchise history since 1998.
Dallas came in ranking in the bottom third of the NBA in turnovers, giving it away on 14.6 percent of its possessions. Meanwhile, here came the 76ers, the fifth-most larcenous squad in the league, having already nabbed 162 steals on the young season.
One team taketh. The other team giveth away in such a manner requiring the coach to conduct a Physics-and-Anatomy class.
"The total was good," said Carlisle aft...