DALLAS -- It was less than a week ago when the Dallas Mavericks rolled into San Antonio and got blasted by the Spurs, 129-91.
And it wasn't even that close.
At one point in the second half the Spurs led by 46 points. Forty six points!
Part of the reason the the final score was so lopsided was because the Spurs made a franchise record 20 three-point field goals -- in 30 attempts. The Mavs, though, hope to cool off the Spurs when the two teams collide at 6:30 Sunday night at American Airlines Center.
"I can’t imagine them hitting 20 out of 30 three's again,'' center Chris Kaman said while knocking on wood. "But who knows.
"They’re a good team, they play well together, they’ve been together for a long period of time, and they’re well coached. It’s important for us to try to come out in front of our fans and play well, and we've just got to get Dirk (Nowitzki) going a little bit.''
The Mavs are 12-18 and have lost their last five games. That includes that whopping 38-point loss to the Spurs last Sunday, and a 21-point loss to the Denver Nuggets this past Friday.
Despite their issues, the Mavs don't expect to receive any sympathy cards from the NBA's other 29 teams.
"We can’t sit back and feel sorry for ourselves,'' point guard Darren Collison said. "We’ve got to stay positive.
"We’ve got to come together as a team and be ready for the game plan against San Antonio. We’re capable of beating any team, but we just got to be ready to know that, 'OK, we’re going to show up and be ready to play.' ''
Sunday's game against the Spurs is the last of six ganes when the Mavs had to play some of the best teams in the NBA. That includes games against Miami, Memphis, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Denver, and Sunday's 2012 finale against the Spurs.
"It doesn’t get any easier,'' Kaman said. "No one feels bad for us and we don’t want them to.
"We've got to come in and do our jobs, and everybody’s got to stay focused.''
-- Dwain Price
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