DALLAS --From Elton Brand's perspective, before Monday's game against the visiting Atlanta Hawks, the Dallas Mavericks started feeling like they had already accomplished something.
The Mavs had won three of four games, and the air around their locker room had began to smell a bit better than it did when Mavs sunk to 13-23 following 99-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 9. But after Monday's disappointing 105-101 loss to the Hawks at American Airlines Center, the Mavs are left to wonder -- again -- what to make of themselves.
"We felt good about ourselves and it might have been to our detriment,'' Brand said. "We might have felt a little too good at the outset of the game.
"We were feeling good about ourselves and saying, 'Hey, we have a chance, keep playing well.' Two, three in a row, keep stringing them along and come back after the All-Star game refreshed, but this one was disappointing.''
-- Dwain Price
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