DALLAS -- Because of injuries and youth, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knew his team would have to go through an adjustment period before they start clicking on all cyclinders.
Cuban even admits that because of injuries to Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion, and the young players he added to this roster over the offseason, he's not surprised that his team is 4-4 going into tonight's home game against the Washington Wizards.
"I was talking to some of the guys just now, actually, when (coach) Rick (Carlisle) first came (in 2008) and Jason Kidd first were here together, we went through adjustments,'' Cuban said. "We had a lot of ups and downs early in that season, too, until everybody got on the same page.
"I was just talking to Dirk and said, 'If someone said 4-4, a couple of disappointing losses without Dirk and Shawn Marion, would you take it?' Yeah, we'd take it. We're not happy about it, but we've got a long ways to go.''
The Mavs go into tonight's 7:30 game at American Airlines Center against the Wizards (0-6) needing a victory before hitting the road for games against the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Cuban is optimistic that his squad will get back on course.
"I don't have any fears that we'd get there,'' he said. "I think everybody is on track.
"We'll get better as a team and we'll learn the system better, Dirk and Matrix will get better and we'll get them back and we''ll see what happens.''
-- Dwain Price
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