Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/23/12
The Dallas Mavericks have to do a better job of protecting the basketball once the regular season begins, and head coach Rick Carlisle is well aware of that. With 7-footers Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman both sidelined while nursing injuries, Dallas is going to struggle enough to grab rebounds. At the very least, they need to limit turnovers to help compensate for their lack of size. Dallas did not do that on Saturday against the Hawks. The Mavericks are averaging 19.2 turnovers per game and turned the ball over 20 times against Atlanta, including 12 in the first half. The Hawks scored 20 points off those 12 first-half turnovers alone. Before Monday’s game against the Hornets, Carlisle gave a fantastic description of his team’s turnover issue. “We’re doing it every way you can do it,” Carlisle said according to the Star-Telegram. “If we were a sex manual it’d be a best-seller.” Guards O.J. Mayo, Delonte West and Darren Collison have turned the ball over 12 times each through the first five games. Fortunately for Dallas, this is why preseason games are played. There have been times where the players have looked to be in a deeper sleep than Carlisle was on the team bus recently, and that has to stop before the regular season arrives. Nowitzki could be out up to six weeks, so ball security becomes even more crucial for the Mavs while they are without their best offensive weapon. They say sex sells, but in this case Carlisle was hardly trying to be a salesman. H/T SLAM Online
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

What does Tevin Coleman’s return mean for Devonta Freeman?

Antonio Cromartie: Odell Beckham Jr. a ‘one hit wonder’

Thompson fires shots at Clippers: ‘Didn’t they lose to the Rockets?’

'Sell high' and 'buy low' fantasy candidates

Marshawn Lynch ruled out by Seahawks for Week 5

Howard says he played through torn MCL, meniscus in playoffs


Bills offensive progress stalled by injuries

Bruins’ Zac Rinaldo: Raffi Torres’ suspension 'really opened my eyes’

Cowboys’ Sean Lee cleared to play vs. Patriots after concussion battle

NHL Dept. of Player Safety inconsistent with discipline?

Tennessee desperate for big win over #19 Georgia

UCLA punter Adam Searl arrested on suspicion of rape

WATCH: Prince Fielder wipes out trying to climb over dugout railing

Dwight Howard, image & Houston's title chances

What’s wrong with Ohio State’s offense?

Weeden: ‘I don’t need a 12-yr-old telling me how to play’

Fan at Texas A&M game was so drunk, he reportedly told police he was at Baylor vs. Texas Tech

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Mallett’s dad: Criticism of QB makes his grandmothers cry

LSU has sold a disappointing amount of tickets for South Carolina game

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of the college football season

Dalton motivated by getting booed at celebrity softball game

Which undefeated college team has best résumé?

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dwight Howard, image & Houston's title chances

10 unheralded NFL players who will impact Week 5

Five potential upsets in NFL Week 5

Why the Carolina Panthers are the NFL's next super power

NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

Explaining the silence on Thabo Sefolosha’s police brutality trial

Six biggest matchups in Week 6 of CFB

Joe Maddon's defensive calculus

Sepp Blatter appeals FIFA suspension

Looking at four NHL goaltenders who debuted for new teams

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker