CHICAGO -- Saddled with their eighth loss in their past 11 games, the issue of losing confidence has come into question for the Dallas Mavericks.
Center Chris Kaman tried to squash those rumors after Wednesday's 101-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.
"I think some guys are battling a couple of injuries -- some key guys -- and aren't able to perform the same way they're suppsoed to,'' Kaman said. "But we sitll got to go out there and compete, and we don't.
"We don't do it for a full 48 minutes, or even 30 minutes. We have spurts where we do when we look pretty good.''
The Mavs (7-9) looked good early against the Bulls when they led 19-11 less than eight minutes into the game. But the Mavs' offensive and defensive dispositions took the rest of the night off as they ended this brief two-game road trip with an 0-2 record.
"At the start of the game I thought we were playing pretty well,'' Kaman said. "And then just everything got kind of jammed up and we shut down and we misseds ome shots and we shut down.''
-- Dwain Price
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