WASHINGTON, D.C. – With his team mired in a terrible slump, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle spent time during Monday’s practice trying to make sure all his players are on the same page.
The Mavs have lost nine of their last 10 games, including losses in their past six games. It also includes embarrassingly getting blown out two games in a row in front of their home crowd by Denver
(106-85) and San Antonio (111-86).
This is indeed uncharted territory for the Mavs, who have made the playoffs the past 12 seasons.
“We worked hard today and we’re going to stay positive as a staff and we’re going to encourage those guys to stay positive,’’ Carlisle said. “There are a lot of little things right now that are adding up to a sub-total of things that turn out to be bigger things, and we’ve got to keep working and shoring those things up.
“Little things like the untimely turnovers, the missed rebounds, some of the decision-making at just the wrong time. So we’ll keep studying it, we’ll keep coaching it, and those guys will keep working on it and we’re going to get better.’’
The Mavs (12-19) will meet the Washington Wizards (4-24) at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Verizon Center.
-- Dwain Price
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